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Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health

Ellen L. Idler


Religious institutions and public health institutions seek to improve the well-being of their communities, many times with aligned interests but occasionally at odds with each other. This book explores for the first time the intersection of these two social institutions. Chapter 1 argues that, while public health professionals and the general public are increasingly aware that social factors such as education, income inequality, and experiences of discrimination powerfully affect population health, there has been little awareness of religion as a social determinant of health. In this work, sch ... More

Keywords: religion, religious practices, religious institutions, public health, health, social determinant, life course, HIV/AIDS, pandemic influenza, Alzheimer’s disease

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199362202
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362202.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen L. Idler, editor
Emory University and Rollins School of Public Health

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2 Refuge Meditation in Contemporary Buddhism

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi and Brendan Ozawa-de Silva

5 Vegetarianism in Seventh-day Adventism

George H. Grant and Jose Montenegro

Weekly Religious Practices

Annual Religious Practices

9 Fasting in Islam

Abdullahi An-na’im

One-Time Religious Practices

13 Cremation Rites in Hinduism

Bhagirath Majmudar

17 Religion and Reproductive Health

Laura M. Gaydos and Patricia Z. Page

23 Mapping Religious Resources for Health: The African Religious Health Assets Programme

James R. Cochrane, Deborah McFarland, and Gary R. Gunderson


Safiya George Dalmida and Sandra Thurman

25 Influenza Pandemic

Mimi Kiser and Scott Santibañez

26 Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementias

Kenneth Hepburn and Theodore M. Johnson II


Paul Root Wolpe, Walter Burnett, and Ellen Idler

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