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Religion, health care journalists collaborate

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Sept. 16, 2009

Health care, religion journalists collaborate in training

Minneapolis, Minn.—More than 50 journalists last week attended a ground-breaking workshop on the role of religion in health care.

The program,
"Spirituality  and Health: a Workshop for Journalists on Understanding the Relationships Among Faith, Culture and Health," was the first in which religion and health care journalists collaborated in specialized reporting training.

The Sept. 9-10, 2009, workshop was organized by Religion Newswriters, in cooperation with the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Center for Health Care Excellence and the University of Missouri's Center on Religion & the Professions. 

Speakers discussed:
  •   A history of the medical-religion debate
  •   Religion's role in culturally competent hospital and medical training
  •   New boundaries in bioethics
  •   Integrated health, spirituality and health care policy
  •   Palliative care and the spirit: broadening the doctor's role
Keynote speaker was Professor Anne Harrington, chair of the history of science department at Harvard University. Harrington is the author of three books: "Medicine, Mind and the Double Brain" (1987), "Re-enchanted Science" (1997) and "The Cure Within: A History of the Mind-Body Medicine" (2007). She is working on a new book tentatively titled "When Minds Fall Ill."

Other speakers included researchers on bioethics from Mayo Clinic, leaders in palliative care and affiliated faculty with the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Health.

This program was made possible by a generous grant from the Fetzer Institute.

Contact: Debra Mason



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