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8th Annual William S. Perper Faith-Health Symposium

Understanding Addiction: A Community Approach to Healing

Perper Symposium

A free conference for individuals who are concerned about the current substance use crisis in our country, and for those who are personally facing challenges of substance use disorders.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019

Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
7 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019

The symposium features keynote addresses by experts in spiritual care and medicine from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Judson Memorial Church. Among the speakers are:

  • Renee Blanding, M.D., vice president, medical affairs, Johns Hopkins Bayview
  • Michael Fingerhood, M.D., chief, Division of Addiction Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview
  • Gail Goldstein, director, Strategic Planning & Program Implementation, Bureau of Alcohol & Drug Use Prevention, Care & Treatment, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Erica Poellot, M.Div., director, Faith and Community Partnerships, Harm Reduction Coalition

There will also be a panel comprised of individuals who have personal experience with substance use disorders.

All attendees will receive a free copy of Building Healthy Communities Through Medical Religious Partnerships, 3rd ed., co-authored by Richard Bennett, M.D., W. Daniel Hale, Ph.D., and Panagis Galiatsatos, M.D. If you’re unable to attend the symposium, the book may be purchased online here.  

Registration is now closed; however, walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 410-550-1663 or e-mail An invitation flyer can be found here.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the William S. Perper Foundation, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Healthy Community Partnership (a program of Johns Hopkins Bayview and Baltimore-area faith communities).