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Book and Media Reviews
November 4, 2009

Building Healthy Communities Through Medical-Religious Partnerships

JAMA. 2009;302(17):1909-1914. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1598

It is commonplace to hear about ways that medical and religious institutions, regardless of size, can or should partner in promoting the health of the individuals whose lives they share. In Building Healthy Communities Through Medical-Religious Partnerships, Bennett and Hale describe practical ways that this might be accomplished. Although the back cover indicates that the book is for leaders of hospital/medical as well as faith communities, the writing style lends itself much more to leaders of faith communities, because health care personnel will already be familiar with the descriptions, risk factors, and long-term sequelae of the conditions discussed. Nevertheless, if leaders in the medical field skip over such sections, they will find much useful information that they can use to forge relationships with communities of faith—relationships that can benefit all concerned.

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