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Expert on spirituality and health to speak at Norwalk Hospital

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Norwalk, CT - In observance of National Spiritual Care Week, October 21-27, the Spiritual Care Department at Norwalk Hospital is hosting a community education program with a renowned guest speaker, Harold Koenig, MD, director and founder of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, Duke University. The program, “Better Health through Spirituality,” will be held on Wednesday. October 24 at 7:30 pm in the Richard S. Perkin Auditorium of the hospital and is open to the general public. Dr. Koenig’s talk will present important findings that show how spiritual beliefs and practices promote better health, happiness and longer life.

“This presentation is one of the highlights of the activities being held at Norwalk Hospital during Spiritual Care Week,” according to The Rev. Debra K. A. Slade, BCC, Director of the Department of Spiritual Care, who added that, Dr Koenig is considered one of the world’s top experts in spirituality and health.

Dr. Koenig has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with more than 300 scientific peer-reviewed articles, 60 book chapters, and 40 books in print or in preparation.  Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate (September 1998) and the U.S. House of Representatives (September 2008) concerning the effects of religious involvement on public health. Dr. Koenig has been nominated twice for the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.  He is the recipient of the 2012 Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center.  He is board certified in general psychiatry, and formerly board certified in geriatric psychiatry, geriatric medicine, and family medicine.  He serves on the faculty at Duke as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine, and is on the faculty at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor.   

He is the former editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, and is on the editorial boards of many professional journals.  His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on over 50 national and international TV news programs, including The Today Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, and several times on Good Morning America. He has also been featured in over 100 national or international radio programs including NPR and BBC interviews and in hundreds of national and international newspapers or magazines, including Reader's Digest, Parade Magazine, Newsweek, Time and Guideposts.

His latest books include The Handbook of Religion and Health (Oxford University Press, 2001; 2012); his autobiography, The Healing Connection (2004); Faith and Mental Health (2005); In the Wake of Disaster (2007); Spirituality in Patient Care, 2nd edition (2007); Medicine, Religion and Health (2008), Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatry (2009, Cambridge University Press), and Spirituality and Health Research: Methods, Measurement, Statistics, and Resources (2011). Dr. Koenig travels widely to give workshops and seminar presentations in the United States and around the world.

For more information on this program or to contact the Spiritual Care Department at Norwalk Hospital, please call 203-852-2541.

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