Health Humanities

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No field provides richer stories of human tragedy and triumph than healthcare. The Slattery Center and the Panuska School (PCPS) are partnering on several programs and events that use healthcare stories to enrich the human narrative and spiritual experience for our students and community. Collaborating on PCPS’ groundbreaking autism initiative, the Center will highlight the essential storytelling dimension of autism and other developmental challenges. The Center will sponsor a range of speakers on the topic and coordinates a storytelling initiative involving parents in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Center will also sponsor student videographers to record heroic autism stories from the NEPA region. Through a relationship with Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, leaders in a range of pediatric fields make presentations each year on topics in pediatric health.

In Spring 2021, the Slattery Center and PCPS, together with the Department of Philosophy, kicked off an annual series on the life and work of Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, the innovative Catholic doctor, humanist, and educator who inspires the idea of Ignatian Health Humanities. Our guest was the accomplished nurse and bioethicist Katherine Brown Saltzman from UCLA.

And, in Spring 2022, the Slattery Center and PCPS, in partnership with local assisted living and nursing home facilities, will launch our first annual Frontline Stories podcast series in which students will interview workers and residents at long-term care facilities, prisons, and homeless shelters in the area, exploring struggle, courage, and faith in places very close to St. Ignatius’ heart.