A faith-based prescription for the Surgeon General: challenges and recommendations

J Relig Health. 2012 Mar;51(1):57-71. doi: 10.1007/s10943-012-9570-4.


This article summarizes how the Office of the Surgeon General can leverage faith-based resources to fulfill its mission and that of the Surgeon General of the United States. Such resources, personal and institutional, have been utilized historically in health promotion and disease prevention efforts and are a valuable ally for public health, an alliance that continues under the Obama Administration. This paper outlines the history and mission of the Office; details the recent history of federal faith-based initiatives; and advocates an expanded alliance between the faith-based and public health sectors sensitive to legal and professional boundaries.

MeSH terms

  • Health Policy*
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Religion and Medicine*
  • United States
  • United States Public Health Service*