Health Programming for Clergy: An Overview of Protestant Programs in the United States
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The health of clergy is important, and clergy may find health programming tailored to them more effective. Little is known about existing clergy health programs. We contacted Protestant denominational headquarters and searched academic databases and the Internet. We identified 56 clergy health programs and categorized them into prevention and personal enrichment; counseling; marriage and family enrichment; peer support; congregational health; congregational effectiveness; denominational enrichment; insurance/strategic pension plans; and referral-based programs. Only 13 of the programs engaged in outcomes evaluation. Using the Socioecological Framework, we found that many programs support individual-level and institutional-level changes, but few programs support congregational-level changes. Outcome evaluation strategies and a central repository for information on clergy health programs are needed. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1007/s11089-011-0382-3
Publication InfoWallace, AC; Proeschold-Bell, RJ; LeGrand, S; James, J; Swift, R; Toole, D; & Toth, M (2012). Health Programming for Clergy: An Overview of Protestant Programs in the United States. Pastoral Psychology, 61(1). pp. 113-143. 10.1007/s11089-011-0382-3. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/6215.
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Associate Research Professor of Global Health
Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Health
David Toole has a joint appointment in the Global Health Institute, the Divinity School, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics. His recent courses include Global Health Systems, Global Health as a Moral Enterprise, Challenges of Living and Ethical Life, and Life, the Universe, and Everything: How to Ask the Right Questions in a World without Answers. His research centers on questions concerning what it means to be human, and on the role of mission hospitals in African health systems.
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