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Spirituality and Medicine Conference - Renewing the Mind

(Washington, DC – April 15, 2005) -  The 8th Annual Spirituality and Medicine Conference and Banquet, "Renewing the Mind," will be held on April 22, 2005 at the Howard University Hospital Tower Auditorium and the Grand Hyatt Hotel.  The keynote speaker for the seminar is Rev. Dr. Lucille C. Norville-Perez, former president of the National Medical Association and medical director of the NAACP.  The banquet speaker is Bishop Noel Jones, Pastor, City of Refuge, Gardena, California.

This year's seminar speakers include physicians who are also ministers including Harold B. Betton, M.D., Betton Clinic; and Therman Evans, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO Wholelife Associates.  Seminar topics range from healing the body through visualizations, focusing the mind on the power to heal, to integrating the body/mind connection.

Studies suggest that many patients believe spirituality plays an important role in their lives, that there is a positive correlation between a patient's spirituality or religious commitment and health outcomes, and that patients would like physicians to consider these factors in their medical care.  The evidence in the medical literature suggests a strong relationship between spirituality and medicine is increasing.

"This event solidifies the partnership between Howard University Hospital and more than 65 churches in the metropolitan area,” said Robert Williams, MD, President of the medical staff and seminar Co-chair.  At Howard University Hospital, we incorporate the patient's spirituality as a component of the treatment process.”

Please note the April 22nd seminar - Spirituality and Medicine “Renewing the Mind” will take place from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Howard University Hospital Tower Auditorium. The banquet is scheduled from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 pm at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. For additional information, please call Ms. Chapman at 202.806.5620 or Dr. Hodges at 202.865.3327

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, six Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.      For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s web site at


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