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Building Healthy Communities through Medical-Religious Partnerships

Building Healthy Communities through Medical-Religious Partnerships

by Richard G. Bennett, W. Daniel Hale
     
 

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Because health care works best when patients assume greater responsibility for their own health, community outreach and patient education have taken on increased importance. Building Healthy Communities through Medical-Religious Partnerships describes an innovative approach to the development of community-based health education and patient advocacy programs

Overview

Because health care works best when patients assume greater responsibility for their own health, community outreach and patient education have taken on increased importance. Building Healthy Communities through Medical-Religious Partnerships describes an innovative approach to the development of community-based health education and patient advocacy programs targeted at the prevention and management of disease.

Partnerships between health systems and religious congregations, the authors show, can be remarkably successful at bringing appropriate care to people who are often difficult to serve. The book offers valuable guidance for religious and medical leaders interested in developing programs in their congregations and communities. It includes practical and accessible information for establishing health education programs, identifies additional resources that can be obtained from local and national organizations, and discusses a range of medical topics. It also outlines how to train volunteers to assist others in navigating our complex health system.

This revised and expanded edition of Building Healthy Communities through Medical-Religious Partnerships includes several new chapters along with descriptions of five medical-religious partnership models. Special attention is given to the challenges and opportunities presented by our aging and increasingly diverse population.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: Written by a geriatrician and a psychologist with an orientation to community medicine, this book discusses how religious congregations can help in the medical care of their parishioners. This first edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The purpose is to enable the coming together of religious leaders and the medical community to help parishioners prevent and care for chronic illness in themselves and their loved ones. The book meets these worthy objectives handsomely.
Audience: The audience is mainly religious organizations and community-based health systems looking to build bridges to organizations in their communities. Nurses interested in parish nursing will also find much of value here.
Features: The first of the book's four parts spells out the model of a religious organization-healthcare partnership. The second section describes the illnesses common in older persons and approaches to prevention, education, and care of these persons. The third part gives a very useful listing of resources, including examples of successful partnerships. The fourth and concluding part is composed of appendixes that include a most useful congregational survey form and program evaluation form.
Assessment: The paradigm of healing body-mind-soul is very Cartesian and the examples of successful programs are primarily mainline Protestant organizations. That said, the grass-roots aspect of this book has much to commend it, especially as community medicine as an idea gets traction (think medical home). Parish nursing, brilliant in its scope and execution across the land, might be expanded upon in the next edition. The impact of illness on the daily lives of persons is hard to understand, both by the lay public and the medical community. This is a useful attempt to find the common ground of understanding and translate it into practical actions.
Perspectives in Science and Christian Faith
This book is an extremely effective resource.

— John F. Pohl

JAMA
An excellent resource for leaders of faith communities who envision a health ministry for their adult congregants as well as for health care leaders interested in exploring partnerships with faith communities. This book literally has the potential to save lives.

— Pat Fosarelli, MD, DMin

JAMA - Pat Fosarelli

An excellent resource for leaders of faith communities who envision a health ministry for their adult congregants as well as for health care leaders interested in exploring partnerships with faith communities. This book literally has the potential to save lives.

Perspectives in Science and Christian Faith - John F. Pohl

This book is an extremely effective resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801892936
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/08/2009
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,046,085
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Harold G. Koenig

Bennett and Hale herald a new way of practicing health care that combines the strength and resources of the medical community with those of the religious community. This model of partnership provides us with a blueprint for similar partnerships throughout the United States in the decades ahead. This book is a must-read for all those contemplating such partnerships in their communities.

Benjamin S. Carson
Churches and other religious congregations can play a vital role in helping us stay healthy. Building Healthy Communities through Medical-Religious Partnerships provides a framework for hospital and faith community leaders to develop programs that can have a meaningful impact on congregational members.

Ben Carson

Churches and other religious congregations can play a vital role in helping us stay healthy. Building Healthy Communities through Medical-Religious Partnerships provides a framework for hospital and faith community leaders to develop programs that can have a meaningful impact on congregational members.

Max Cleland

Based on my service in the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Senate and my responsibilities caring for my elderly father, I recognize the challenges that face our country with respect to the health needs of older adults and others who are dealing with chronic illnesses or disabilities. This book provides the instruction for hospitals and religious congregations to address these challenges in a proactive and compassionate way.

Meet the Author

Richard G. Bennett, M.D., is the Raymond and Anna Lublin Professor in Geriatric Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and president of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. W. Daniel Hale, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and director of the Community Health Initiative at Stetson University.

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