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Eighth Annual William S. Perper Faith-Health Symposium

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church hosts the eighth-annual William S. Perper Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 14. The theme of the day-long event is “Understanding Addiction: A Community Approach to Healing.” We recommend this provocative symposium for all who are concerned about the substance use crisis in our country, especially those individuals and families who are themselves facing the challenges of substance-use disorders.

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 are among the keynote speakers of this year’s symposium. A panel discussion will feature individuals who have personal experience with substance use disorders.

Speakers include:
- Renee Blanding, M.D., vice president for medical affairs, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
- Michael Fingerhood, M.D., chief of the division of chemical dependence, Johns Hopkins Bayview
- Gail Goldstein, director with the bureau of alcohol and drug use prevention care and treatment, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
- Erica Poellet, M.Div., director of faith and community partnerships, Harm Reduction Coalition
- The Rev. Kate Dunn, associate pastor for congregational care and outreach, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

The day begins with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 am. The program begins at 9 am. For complete program details, visit the symposium website.

The symposium is free of charge, and advance registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome to register on site at 8 am the day of the event. 

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).

For more information, contact: Kimberly Monson ([email protected], 410.550.1118).