Religion and Global Health Forum

A Hearty Faith and a Healthier World

Welcome to the Religion and Global Health Forum (RGHF) – henceforth the Forum. Inspired by one of the ancient prophet’s questions: “Is there no Balm in Gilead? Is there no doctor there?” (Jer. 8:24), we at the Forum have a dream:

To build a world where peoples of all socio-economic, racial, religious, gendered, geographical, cultural, and differently abled backgrounds and bodies, especially the historically marginalized, have access to consistent, quality healthcare and dignity.

For us, this dream requires intentional, ethical, holistic, and strategic considerations of how religion and faith can and do function as healthcare assets, and as catalysts for high quality healthcare outcomes in the global landscape and experience.

The Forum partners with scientists, researchers, religious leaders, writers, poets, educators, counselors, etc. in the fields of medical, social, political, and environmental sciences, to host panel discussions, presentations, and partnership building platforms that will improve individual and public health outcomes across the world. The Forum brings the expertise of different health-related disciplines to share knowledge, strategies, challenges, and processes associated with examining religion as a health asset and a catalyst for health.

A Message from the Director

I am extremely delighted that we are able to begin this forum here at Drew University Theological School. A healthier world is what we need. And I believe religious persons have a lot to say and do to achieve that. Our global networks, our theological commitments, and our interdisciplinary approaches to the work of life and community and faith, are all resources for showcasing how religion can be a major asset for creating concrete global health outcomes. ”
Director's Statement
Dr. Kenneth Ngwa, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Drew Theological School

Drew Theological School MLK Jr. Day Event

"To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate"

Join us as we invite Rev. Lydell Lettsome, MD; Lilly Immergluck, MS, MD, FAAP; and Nashon Hornsby, JD, LLM to discuss the recent developments related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Topics we will discuss include: 1) Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe? 2) Does the COVID-19 vaccine impact DNA? 3) What are the side effects? 3) Can anyone, including children, take the COVID-19 vaccine? And many other topics.

For further information about how to join the conversation, review the event flyer here.

The Wabash Center's Dialogue on Teaching: "We Need a Teaching Movement"

New Podcast Series: The Wabash Center's Dialogue on Teaching: "We Need a Teaching Movement" with Dr. Kenneth Ngwa and Wabash Center Director, Dr. Lynne Westfield
Episode #33 (Recorded on 04/27/2020)

Past Events

On August 4th, the Religion & Global Health Forum launched its participation with the Never Stop Breathing campaign. It is a movement for health and social justice that focuses on eliminating health disparities, resourcing quality health, creating systemic health, and breathing better together. To learn more about Never Stop Breathing, click here.

On April 3rd, the Religion & Global Health Forum held a community conversation on COVID-19 with Drew University Partners: Dr. Kenneth Ngwa; Dr. Brianne Barker; Dr. Christina McKittrick; Dr. Arthur Pressley; Dr. George Van Orden; and Dr. Merel Visse. If you missed this opportunity, you can watch the video below:

Community Conversation

Global Health, Theological Education and COVID-19

On Friday, April 24, 2020, Drew Theological School's Religion and Global Health Forum hosted a community conversation on "Global Health, Theological Education and COVID-19."The theological discussion included members of Drew Theological School faculty, co-moderated by Dr. Kenneth Ngwa and Dr. Arthur Pressley. The participants were: Dr. Catherine Keller; Dr. Traci C. West; Dr. Laurel Kearn; and Dr. Angella M. Pak Son.

To read about the event, visit the the news story here!

If you want to watch or rewatch the conversation, you can visit this page to see the video!

Religion and Global Health Forum Co-sponsors COVID-19 in Africa

On May 5, 2020, Drew Theological School's Religion & Global Health Forum participated in a Zoom webinar with the Global Health Catalyst responding to COVID-19 needs and concerns for African countries and those in the African Diaspora.

Seminary Hall

Launch Celebration of the Religion & Global Health Forum

On 13 February 2020, the Religion & Global Health Forum formally launched with in partnership with Harvard Global Health Catalyst, Drew Theological School, and Drew's Medical Humanities program. To learn more about the event, see the news story here!

Our Partners

Meet the RGHF Director & Student Research Associates