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Monday, March 14 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Religion as a Social Determinant of Health

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There is increasing awareness among public health professionals and the general public that the social conditions of poverty, lack of education, income inequality, poor working conditions, and experiences of discrimination play a dominant role in determining health status. But this broad view of the social determinants of health has largely ignored the role of religious practices and institutions in shaping the life conditions of billions around the globe.  This session will address this omission by examining the embodied sacred practices of the world's religions, the history of alignment and tension between religious and public health institutions, the research on the health impact of religious practice throughout the life course, and the role of religious institutions in health and development efforts around the globe. This discussion will complete the picture of the social determinants of health by including religion, which has until now been an invisible determinant.


avatar for Mimi Kiser, DMin, MPH, RN

Mimi Kiser, DMin, MPH, RN

Program Director, Emory Laney Graduate School
Ms. Kiser has been with the Interfaith Health Program since 1993. The Interfaith Health Program (IHP), formerly of The Carter Center now at Rollins School of Public Health, works nationally and internationally with the faith community on issues related to promoting both individual and community health. Ms. Kiser first worked in Community Health Nursing for 7 years in a rural setting, before returning to Atlanta to finish her education in public... Read More →

Monday March 14, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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