Location

Andrews University, Buller Hall

Start Date

17-5-2018 8:35 AM

Description

This presentation provides an overview of recent scientific research in the area of childhood influences on adult health, the significance of mental health challenges in contemporary society, self-reported discrimination and health and the effects of forgiveness on health. In all of these diverse areas, the findings highlight opportunities for faith-based institutions and individuals to affirm and act on mission priorities.

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David R. Williams is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. Previously, he served 6 years on the faculty of Yale University and 14 at the University of Michigan. He holds an MPH from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Williams is an internationally recognized social scientist focused on social influences on health. He has been invited to keynote scientific conferences in Europe, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, South America and across the United States. His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect health. He is the author of more than 400 scientific papers and he has served on the editorial board of 12 scientific journals and as a reviewer for over 60 others. The Everyday Discrimination Scale that he developed is one of the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies.¹

¹https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/david-williams/

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May 17th, 8:35 AM

Findings from Recent Scientific Research: Highlighting Priorities for Mission

Andrews University, Buller Hall

This presentation provides an overview of recent scientific research in the area of childhood influences on adult health, the significance of mental health challenges in contemporary society, self-reported discrimination and health and the effects of forgiveness on health. In all of these diverse areas, the findings highlight opportunities for faith-based institutions and individuals to affirm and act on mission priorities.