Spirituality and Public Health: How Religious Disciplines Impact Human Health
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
4:30 to 6 p.m.
72 East Concord Street
Live-Streaming Available During Event
The sources of human flourishing are, within public health, often ignored or misunderstood. Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom’s book Spiritual Audacity: Six Disciplines of Human Flourishing, employs his spiritual memoir to explore sources of human flourishing. The three SPH respondents will each explore from their own unique perspectives how diverse spirituality impacts public health.
“Jim manages something quite remarkable with this book: he throws himself headlong into life’s complexities and navigates his way through with grace, integrity, and compelling good humor.”—Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom
Jim Sherblom is an author, mystic, biotechnology entrepreneur, investor, and company creator. He holds a BA from Yale, an MBA from Harvard, and a masters in divinity and a doctorate in ministry from Andover Newton Theological School. Sherblom serves on the SPH Advisory Board.
Christina Gebel (SPH’14)
Roman Catholic Practices and Public Health
Christina Gebel is a 2014 graduate of the SPH MPH program, where she concentrated in community health sciences and maternal and child health. Christina’s interests include the intersection of faith, spirituality, maternal health, and pregnancy. She is a freelance writer, doula, and childbirth educator, and attends mass at St. Cecilia Parish in the Back Bay. Gebel currently works for the March of Dimes in Massachusetts as their MCH director, where she oversees March of Dimes public health work throughout the state of Massachusetts.
Katelyn Long, DrPH Candidate, Boston University School of Public Health
Ecumenical Religious Practices and Public Health
Katelyn Long is a DrPH candidate at SPH. She is currently studying the role of voluntary and faith-inspired organizations in health systems. Her other public health work has been in the areas of chronic disease prevention, adolescent health, mental health, and positive deviance in vulnerable communities.
Michael Stein, Chair and Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health
Patient Spirituality Impact on Public Health
Michael Stein is chair of the Department of Health Law, Policy & Management at Boston University School of Public Health. He is the author of many books, including The Lonely Patient.
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