“New Questions of Ancient Relationships: Opportunities to Advance the Health of the Whole by Weaving the Strengths of Congregations and Communities of Spirit” Presentation at Viterbo University April 12
April 2, 2018
“NEW QUESTIONS OF ANCIENT RELATIONSHIPS: OPPORTUNITIES TO ADVANCE THE HEALTH OF THE WHOLE BY WEAVING THE STRENGTHS OF CONGREGATIONS AND COMMUNITIES OF SPIRIT” PRESENTATION AT VITERBO UNIVERSITY APRIL 12
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Gary Gunderson, vice president of faith and health ministries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Teresa Cutts, assistant research professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine, will present “New Questions of Ancient Relationships: Opportunities to Advance the Health of the Whole by Weaving the Strengths of Congregations and Communities of Spirit” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in Viterbo University’s San Damiano Chapel.
Faith communities have long been involved in health and healing. But what does that work look like today amid a changing religious and healthcare landscape? Recent research on innovative public health programs suggest a vital and distinctive role for congregations and communities of spirit as partners in advancing the health of society’s most vulnerable. Gunderson and Cutts will provide a firsthand account of the conceptual framework and practical implications for aligning the health assets of religious communities and healthcare systems.
Gunderson oversees spiritual care services for patients, families and staff at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. A recognized expert in congregations and health, Gunderson has previously served as senior vice president of the Faith and Health Division of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee. Gunderson became involved in public health through his work with former President Jimmy Carter in Atlanta when he directed the Interfaith Health Program at The Carter Center for a decade. He was lead author for a recent paper based on this work and published by the Institute of Medicine, The Health of Complex Human Populations. Gunderson also holds faculty appointments at the Wake Forest School of Divinity in Public Health Sciences.
Cutts has served as the primary investigator (PI) and co-PI on numerous large-scale grants, including a community-based intervention to promote peace and safety among minority males in Memphis, prevention and treatment programs in faith communities, and the development of a community health record to combat obesity and cardiovascular disease. She currently serves as co-PI for Stakeholder Health, a learning collaborative of over 50 healthcare systems representing several hundred individual hospitals across the U.S. Stakeholder Health works in conjunction with U.S. Health and Human Services and the White House with the goal of strengthening community partnership for healthcare via innovative strategies to improve the health of vulnerable populations.
This lecture is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Center for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University, the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, and Mayo Clinic Health System.