HUMAN/E Health & Healthcare Symposium

HUMAN/E Health & Healthcare Symposium
Friday, October 23, 2020 - Saturday, October 24, 2020

This is a virtual conference.

How do we define health in appropriately “human” terms? How do we deliver healthcare in a more humane manner? How can we create a world that is more conducive to human health? Biomedical and clinical approaches alone seem  insufficient to address these questions and others about caring for the health of the “whole person,” and whole communities, in a complex world. The HUMAN/E Health & Healthcare (HHH) Symposium at Creighton University is a place to discuss such issues in a setting that encourages dialogues across boundaries.

Keynote Speakers

Uché Blackstock, MD
Founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity

Jonathan Metzl, PhD
Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, and author of Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland


  • Relate health care challenges at the structural level (political, social, economic and/or cultural) to one’s own practice, training, teaching or scholarship
  • Name at least one feature of a structurally competent healthcare system
  • Identify strategies for reducing health equities at the structural level
  • Recognize ways in which racism influences health outcomes and care access

Designed For

Clinicians, educators, students, administrators, and health professionals working in any and all settings

Jointly Provided By

Kingfisher Institute for the Liberal Arts and Professions
Creighton University Office of Continuing Education


Friday, October 23, 2020

3:30 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Tracy Leavelle, PhD

3:35 p.m.
Keynote Lecture

Jonathan Metzl, PhD

4:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion

Moderator: Tracy Leavelle, PhD
Panelists: Kelly Dineen, RN, JD, PhD; Nicole Piemonte, PhD; Renuga Vivekanandan, MD; Christopher M. Whitt, PhD

5 p.m.
Q&A Session

Saturday, October 24, 2020

9:55 a.m.

Tracy Leavelle, PhD

10 a.m.
Session I

  • Human/e Healthcare: Perspectives from Neuroscience
    Dr. Roy Pereira, SJ
  • Professionalism: Friend and foe in attaining a patient-centered healthcare system
    Andrea L. Kjos, PhD, and Stacy L. Gnacinski, PhD
  • The error of ethical approaches that depend on  “good persons”: an assistance-focused approach
    Mark Robinson, PhD
  • The Business of Death: Resisting the Commodification of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in the U.S. Healthcare System
    Nicole Piemonte, PhD and Shawn Abreu, MD

10 a.m.
Workshop: Recognizing and improving burnout among healthcare professionals for a more humane delivery of care

Diego R. Torres-Russotto, MD, FAAN

10 a.m.
Roundtable: Integrating Public Health, Law, and Conflict Engagement to Address Systemic Health Inequities

Palma Joy Strand, JD, Jackie Font-Guzmán, PhD, and Andy Wessel, MPH

11:30 a.m.

Keynote: The Double Pandemic of Racism and COVID19 and Structurally Competent Care

Uché Blackstock, MD

1 p.m.

1:30 p.m.
Session II

  • Student Perceptions of a Reflective Writing-Based Wellness Course: A Call to Bring Emotional Socialization out of the Hidden Curriculum
    Jonathan Koley and Kelly Rhea MacArthur, PhD
  • Weaving the Kitchen Cupboard into Health Care Practice: Lessons from Ethnographic Observations of Home Health Care in the U.S. Midwest
    Laura Heinemann, PhD and Bridget Backer
  • Creighton University at Highlander: Creating A Model for Community (Re)Engagement
    Sadie Schultes, Emily Sierra, Kathy Gonzales, PhD and LaShaune Johnson, PhD

1:30 p.m.
Workshop: Tools for Self-Awareness: A Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga Workshop

Candace Bloomquist, PhD, Sara Bharwani, MA, Anita Armstrong, and Alyssa Lucker, MD

1:30 p.m.
Roundtable: Protecting the health of meat-processing workers and their communities: a public health ethics and policy approach

Kelly Dineen, JD, PhD, Sara Donovan, MPH, Jocelyn Herstein, PhD, MPH, Abbey Lowe, MA, and Athena Ramos, PhD, MBA, MS, CPM

3 p.m.

3:30 p.m.
Session III

  • Peoples’ Experiences With Pouches (P.E.W.P.) Study: An Examination of Stigmatizing Messages from Medical Providers Toward Ostomy Patients
    Leslie Riggle Miller, MA
  • A “Bigger Dream”: Climate Crisis and Trauma in Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves and Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning 
    Lydia Cooper, PhD
  • “To versus for”: Intellectual Disability and the Politics of Medical Intervention
    Brooke Kowalke, PhD
  • “Breaking the Fever: Maria Edgeworth, Illness, and Irish Politics”
    Matthew Reznicek, PhD

3:30 p.m.
Workshop: Community (Re)Engagement: Lessons Learned from Highlander Community Day

Kathy Gonzales, PhD, LaShaune Johnson, PhD, Sadie Schultes, and Emily Sierra

3:30 p.m.
Roundtable: Neurofibromatosis (NF): a portrait of 1 in 3000: How portraiture can support the NF community, medical education and health professions

Regina Idoate, PhD, Rachel Mindrup, MFA, and Ashok Shrestha

5 p.m.


There is no cost to attend this event. Funding was provided by Humanities Nebraska (HN) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Omaha, NE 68178
United States