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Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health$
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Ellen L. Idler

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362202

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362202.001.0001

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Influenza Pandemic

Influenza Pandemic

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Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health

Mimi Kiser

Scott Santibañez

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes a collaborative program between the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Emory University Interfaith Health Program to promote seasonal influenza vaccinations through partnerships with local faith-based organizations. Religious institutions have historically provided care to victims during infectious disease outbreaks in their communities, but their role in prevention efforts is important as well. The significance of this role is increased as infectious disease epidemics become global or pandemic. Particularly in medically underserved and economically challenged communities, this program’s health education efforts and its provision of the vaccine in clinics held in close proximity to hard-to-reach populations has made visible vital networks of trust and resilience that extend the reach of public health.

Keywords:   influenza, epidemic, pandemic, Interfaith Health Program, vaccination, faith-based organization, prevention, health education, public health

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