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Health Report for U.S. Seminary Schools: Are We Training Healthy Clergy?

Bopp, Melissa; Baruth, Meghan

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000059
Feature: parish nursing/research

ABSTRACT: Seminary schools are responsible for training clergy members and clergy have been shown to influence the health environment of faith-based organizations. The purpose of this study was to document the health environment at seminaries in the United States. Study results provide insight into the health-related environment of seminary schools influencing the next generation of clergy members.

Is seminary training preparing clergy to be healthy and lead others toward health?

Melissa Bopp, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor of Kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University. Her research includes developing culturally and spiritually tailored interventions. She writes about the role of clergy in health promotion and how they contribute to the health environment of churches.

Meghan Baruth, PhD, RN, is a research associate at the University of South Carolina. She is involved in various health promotion interventions, including a large scale faith-based intervention targeting environmental change in African Methodist Episcopal churches.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer review 8/7/2013.

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