Announcement: Pa MHC Merges with Intl Health Hum Conf

Dear PA Medical Humanities Consortium (MHC) Folks:

I’m writing with exciting news.  The MHC (formerly the PA Medical Humanities Consortium) has decided to combine efforts with the International Health Humanities Conference and other folks interested in creating a national Health Humanities group.  Thus, the MHC governing board voted to dissolve our organization and fold our assets (a small amount of money, some leadership in shaping the new organization, and our email list) into the national effort.  We realized that lots of small groups like ours around the country were offering meetings at conflicting times.  Most folks have enough conference travel funding (if any!) to attend only one of these meetings.  Thus, when Tess Jones, began to organize conversations about the national group, we decided to put our full support behind her efforts.

Tess Jones is the Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program and Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado, Denver. She has chaired the Visual Arts and Cultural Representations Affinity group of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) since its founding in 1998, served as ASBH Treasurer for two years, has organized multiple national and regional conferences, is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Humanities, and is lead editor of the new Health Humanities Reader (2014).  She is perfectly situated to lead the emerging national Health Humanities organization with great success.

We’re excited about the future of health humanities and hope to see you at the upcoming meeting in Denver (April 30-May 2, 2015).  The afternoon of May 2nd will be devoted to a discussion of the emerging national organization.  (Please see the attached announcement).

Planning is also well underway for a 2016 meeting of the new group at the Cleveland Clinic, led by Martin Kohn.

Warm regards,

Beth Dolan, Lehigh University