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Prayer researcher to address health conference

By Melanie B. Smith · 340-2468

A physician who has conducted research into the effects of prayer on patients will be among speakers at a conference at The University of Alabama.

Dr. Harold Koenig, co-director of Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, will address the Rural Health Conference on April 19-20.

The theme is “Hope and Healing for Health Disparities: A Conference on Spirituality and Rural Health.”

Other speakers include:

  • Dr. Barbara Alving, director of the National Center for Research resources, part of the National Institutes of Health.

  • Bishop Earnest Palmer, senior pastor of Cornerstone Full Gospel Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, which is engaged in health promotion and wellness.

  • Rueben Warren, a director at the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities in Bethesda, Md., and associate director of the Institute for Faith-Health Leadership at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.

  • Rev. Melvin Tuggle, pastor of Garden of Prayer Baptist Church in Baltimore and chairman of Heart, Body and Soul, a partnership conducting health and prevention programs.

    The cost is $75 per person. Continuing Education Unit certificates will be available. Hosts are the UA Institute for Rural Health Research and the College of Community Health Sciences. Meetings will be at Bryant Conference Center.

    For more information, go online to or call (205) 348-0025.

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