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About W. Daniel Hale
Dan Hale is Special Advisor to the President of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Director of the Healthy Community Partnership. He also is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with appointments in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology. Prior to assuming his position at Johns Hopkins Bayview in 2011, Dr. Hale was Professor of Clinical Psychology at Stetson University.
A national leader in health ministries, he is the co-author of BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES THROUGH MEDICAL-RELIGIOUS PARTNERSHIPS, published by Johns Hopkins University Press and now in its third edition (2018), and HEALING BODIES AND SOULS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR CONGREGATIONS (Fortress Press, 2003). In 2016 he was named Mental Health Professional of the Year by NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore, and also was a recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for Excellence in Education and Inspirational Leadership. In 2018 Dr. Hale received the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry Anti-Stigma Advocacy Prize.
Dr. Hale frequently speaks at churches and other faith communities and also leads workshops offered by healthcare and community-based organizations. He is passionate about de-stigmatizing depression and other mental illnesses and helping those impacted by depression to get the support and professional attention they need.
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While we might want to believe that our religious faith can protect us from depression and suicide, we know that’s not true. We have heard too many stories of religious leaders and members of deeply religious families who have suffered from depression and taken their own lives. We need to recognize that no group is exempt from this terrible illness. Depression is found among the young and old, the religious and nonreligious, and all ethnic and racial groups.
In Depression - Out of the Darkness and Into the Light, Dan Hale, a psychologist and national leader in health ministries, draws on his own his own struggles with depression, his work as a psychotherapist, and his experiences as a father who lost a daughter to depression, to offer guidance for individuals and families impacted by depression and for congregations that recognize the importance of ministering to those suffering from this terrible illness.
How can religious and health care organizations work together to create community-based health care programs?
Because health care works best when patients assume greater responsibility for their own health, community outreach and patient education are essential. But where can health care organizations find the resources to educate large numbers of people about chronic diseases? How can they tailor programs to meet the needs of increasingly diverse communities? And how can they reach people who have no ties to the health care system?
Building Healthy Communities through Medical-Religious Partnerships presents an innovative approach to community-based health education and patient advocacy programs targeted at the prevention and management of disease. Offering valuable guidance for religious and medical leaders interested in developing programs in their congregations and communities, the book includes practical and accessible information for establishing health education programs, identifies additional resources that can be obtained from local and national organizations, and discusses a range of medical topics. It also outlines how to train volunteers to assist others in navigating our complex health system.
This latest edition, which has been thoroughly revised and updated, incorporates
• new chapters on medical topics across the lifespan, including lung disease, kidney disease, and child and adolescent health issues;
• a thorough assessment of medical-religious partnerships that have emerged over the past twenty-five years; and
• a user-friendly website with downloadable resources—including an instructor's guide, PowerPoint slides, and ready-made handouts.