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Faith & Health Forum, Feb. 27

The School of Health Professions and Human Services presents a forum on the “Intersection of Faith and Health: Fostering and Sustaining Partnerships to Improve Public Health Outcomes” – Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus.

The one-day conference brings together faith leaders, academic scholars, students, experts, and practitioners from health institutions and government agencies to examine different perspectives on the connection between spirituality and health.

“We are thrilled to host this forum, and hope it equips both faith and health leaders with the tools and resources to work together to more effectively and efficiently improve community health,” said Anthony Santella, DrPH, assistant professor of health professions, director of the Master of Public Health program, and a key organizer of the event. “Only by working together can we address complex health issues on Long Island.”

More than 40 participants will serve as presenters, panelists, moderators and speakers throughout the day’s events, addressing issues such as caring for patients in diverse communities, preparing students to address faith and health-related issues, integration of spirituality in medical education, building and sustaining partnerships between health and faith groups, and the role of faith communities in addressing health epidemics on Long Island such as AIDS/HIV.

Program participants from Hofstra University include Holly Seirup, vice dean of the School of Health Professions and Human Services; Kathleen Gallo, founding dean of the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies; Ann Burlien, associate professor of religion; Bob Brinkmann, vice provost for scholarship and engagement; Rabbi Meir Mittelman of Hofstra Hillel; Anthony Santella, director of the Master of Public Health program, and Alice Fornari, professor of science education at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

The conference is co-sponsored by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Suffolk County Department of Health Services Office of Minority Health, Northwell Health, and Hofstra’s School of Health Professions and Human Services.

The event is free and open to the public.


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