Interconnections between the faith-based and medical sectors are multifaceted and have existed for centuries, including partnerships that have evolved over the past several decades in the U.S. This talk outlines ten points of intersection that have engaged medical and public health professionals and institutions across specialties, focusing especially on primary care, global health, and community-based outreach to underserved populations. In a time of healthcare resource scarcity, such partnerships—involving religious congregations, denominations, and communal and philanthropic agencies—are useful complements to the work of private-sector medical care providers and of federal, state, and local public health institutions in their efforts to protect and maintain the health of the population. At the same time, ethical and political challenges and obstacles remain, mostly related to negotiating the complex and contentious relations between these two sectors.
This event sponsored by the Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality.