RPHC Blog

GPB News: An Interview with Ellen Idler

Ellen Idler, PhD, lead author on the paper, "Religion, a social determinant of mortality? A 10-year follow-up of the Health and Retirement Study", was recently interviewed on GPB News about her findings. Listen to the...

Can Going to Church Make You Live Longer? An interview with Ellen Idler, Director, RPHC

There are all kinds of way to get healthy. You could spend time jogging, doing yoga...or going to church. New research from Emory University finds regular attendance at religious ceremonies can improve one’s health and lower mortality. We talk about this idea with the...

Emory Study Shows Link between Regular Attendance at Religious Services and Health and Longevity

From ASPPH Friday Letter, January 12, 2018 Researchers from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health have published a paper in PLOS ONE that links regular attendance at religious services with improved health and lowered mortality. Dr. Ellen L. Idler,...

Religious Organizations in the Public Health Paradigm

By Ellen Idler |  Posted originally to the OUP Blog If you think about big public health challenges of our day — the Ebola virus in Africa, the rising rates of suicide among the middle-aged in the United States, the HIV epidemic everywhere — religions are playing a...

Religion and Public Health Partnerships in the Ebola Crisis

April 3, 2017 - Lecture by Dave Robinson at the Rollins School of Public Health Fear, Death, Faith, and Trust: Muslims and Christians Fighting Ebola Together in Sierra Leone References World Vision International—Protecting the Living Honouring the Dead Ebola 2017...

Panel says rape culture can be curbed by open dialogue about sex

From Baylor Lariat A panel of faculty from the religion, public health and sociology departments hosted a discussion about how people relate to sex as the concluding part of a series about sexual assault and rape culture Thursday evening in the Baylor Sciences...

To see how religion boosts public health, watch ‘Call the Midwife’

From Religion News Service I was thrilled to hear that PBS’ “Call the Midwife” has started a new season in the U.S., especially since a British friend had sworn to me that no more episodes were being produced. Back we can go to those breath-holding glimpses of...

Faith and Health: Who suffers most when TV goes low on religion? 

HuffPost, April 11, 2017 “…what is the impact of the public trashing of religion on the lives of the great majority of Americans who profess a belief in God? New research exploring the relation between mental health and negative media portrayals of religion...

Public Health in Partnership in the Ebola Crisis – Emory University

Dave Robinson, Senior Advisor Operations/Faith & Development at World Vision International, served on the front lines of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, particularly within the multi-faith sector’s humanitarian response.  His lecture at Emory illustrated the ways in...