ARHAP Conference 2009

July 13-17, 2009

The ARHAP Conference 2009 used the theme "When Religion and Health Align: Mobilizing Religious Health Assets for Transformation" to spur discussion about the rapidly expanding knowledge base on religion and health. The ultimate goal was to identify ways of effectively using new knowledge. Sessions 1 and 2 explored conceptual and practical boundaries between the two disciplines and the leadership needed in public health and religion today; sessions 3 and 4 reviewed empirical research on ways religious beliefs about health influence individuals and organizations. Sessions 5-7 considered ways to cooperatively mobilize religious and secular health assets, and session 8 stepped back to reevaluate the need to discuss the intersection of religion and health. The conference concluded with sessions dedicated to reflecting on the future of religiously influenced social health transformations.

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