Dr. Jason Purnell Received Reinhold Niebuhr Award
Dr. Jason Purnell, Assistant Professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, received the Reinhold Niebuhr Award during the 2016 Spring Convocation at Eden Seminary.
Dr. Purnell is a licensed psychologist and a former director of community engagement at the United Way of Greater St. Louis. He received his doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the Ohio State University and his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. He is also a faculty scholar in the Institute of Public Health at Washington University.
Dr. Purnell’s research focuses on how socioeconomic and sociocultural factors influence health behaviors and health outcomes and mobilizing community action on the social determinants of health. He is currently leading a project funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health called For the Sake of All, a multi-disciplinary project on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis. A final report was released in May 2014. The project is now in its second phase, focusing on community engagement and implementation of recommendations made in the initial phase of the project.
Reinhold Niebuhr was a 1913 graduate of Eden and a distinguished American social ethicist and theologian. Niebuhr’s perspectives significantly impacted American-theological thought in the mid-twentieth century. Specifically, Niebuhr was concerned with relating the gospel to pressing social issues. The Reinhold Niebuhr Award of Eden Theological Seminary is given to recognize and honor persons who exemplify in their own life and ministry a commission for parts of humanity that most of us never see.