When: June 3, 1:00-1:30pm US Eastern Time
As the work world emerges from the global COVID pandemic, many companies are grappling with the psychological toll in addition to covid’s physical toll.
Faith employee resource groups (ERGs) in the world’s most successful companies can play a role in advancing physical and psychological health in today’s world. Many, in fact, played a roll in keeping people connected and physiologically healthy during the pandemic, as was reported in numerous ERG community calls during the height of the pandemic.
Indeed, the positive connection between religion/spirituality and health is one of the most empirical and well-researched areas involving social determinants of health and wellbeing. The Duke University Medical School’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, led by Harold G. Koenig, M.D., M.H.Sc., has been at the forefront of these scientific discoveries.
For example from the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation’s own cutting edge research, see Belief, Behavior, and Belonging: How Faith is Indispensable in Preventing and Recovering from Substance Abuse, a Faith Counts study published in the Journal of Religion and Health by the father-daughter research team Brian & Melissa Grim.
Join the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation’s president Brian Grim as he discuss this with guests including Dr. Koenig, the World Economic Forum’s Kelly McCain, who will introduce the Forum’s project Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare. The Platform serves the mission to ensure every person on earth has equal access to the highest standards of health and healthcare by keeping populations healthy and delivering the best care.
Also, Fr. Greg McBrayer, Chief Flight Controller and Chaplain at American Airlines Flight Operations Center IOC in DFW, and lead for the Christian Employee Business Resource Group at American Airlines, will discuss how faith contributes to health in the airline and travel industries (also see: Airports Step Up Mental Health Assistance as Passenger Anxiety Soars).
Confirmed Panelists thus far include:
- — Harold G. Koenig, M.D. Duke University Medical School Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Associate; Professor of Medicine; Director, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; Adjunct Professor, Dept of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Adjunct Professor of Public Health, Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan, P.R. China; Visiting Professor, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
- — Lena Barkley from CVS Health and Ronald Wampler from Aetna will describe how their Faith CRGs advance health.
- — Fr. Greg McBrayer, Chief Flight Controller and Chaplain at American Airlines Flight Operations Center IOC in DFW, and lead for the Christian Employee Business Resource Group at American Airlines
- — Kelly McCain, World Economic Forum, Project Lead for Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare
For more on the connection between faith and health, see the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation’s research on faith and recovery.