Compassion in Action is Thriving Despite Political Chaos in Healthcare USA!

Healthcare professionals at all levels, in all disciplines, and in all areas of our country continue to provide care while politicians and consumers discuss problems and solutions re: our extraordinarily complex system.

Finding a beacon of light that focuses on what many of us hold dear is something worth shouting about, right?

Over 500 nurses, doctors, social workers, patient advocates and other professionals attended the 3-day inaugural “Compassion in Action” conference in Boston, MA this past June.  That says something, right?

“Now more than ever our healthcare system needs to focus on what matters,” said Andrew Shin, JD, MH, Senior Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships. “If we lose the human connection at the heart of healthcare, then we will continue to see rising burnout among our workforce and stagnate in our efforts to improve quality, meaningfully engage patients and families and improve the overall health of our communities.”

And guess what, lots of the talks are available on the Schwartz Center FB page!

Don’t these titles sound inspiring?  Something to bookmark when you need a bit of inspiration?

Lots of reasons to keep The Schwartz Center on your radar!

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Wouldn’t Every Community Benefit from a Holistic Health Collective Like the River Guild?

The River Guild is a holistic health collective with community space serving Concord and Central New Hampshire. Their classes include yoga, healthy eating seminars, meditation, reading groups, author events, mindful parenting, art and children’s classes.

Their philosophy is grounded in the firm belief that everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach!

And they have an outstanding group of educators and practitioners who use The River Guild as their home base.  These instructors and this organization are helping to build an essential bridge between art and science.

Meet Jennifer Sue Mallard, a talented actress and one of the dedicated instructors at the River Guild Holistic Health Collective.  She teaches many forms of art all of which is approached in a therapeutic way. She incorporates meditation in every class and teaches improv for adults and youth.

Doesn’t this look like an exciting place? Whether for primary treatment or to support traditional medicine, with all the chaos in health care these days, it is reassuring to hear about a calming and loving place for healing.  And what a great place for instructors too!

Jen also teaches wire wrapping healing stones, painting from your soul and collaborative choreo!

I’m loving having found an outlet to combine my passions of helping people organically and in a healthy way by using what I know And love. Art is such a beautiful form of medicine and I’m lucky to have become aware of how I can use my skills in a deeper way, to bring us all together and heal the soul!  –Jennifer Sue Mallard

Don’t these classes sound wonderful?  I wonder what collaborative choreo is!

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Article Highlighting Alan Alda’s Work in Communicating Science & The Emerging Field of Medical Improv

I’m honored to have “Medical Improv: A New Way to Improve Communication”  be referenced in Jude Treder-Wolff’s recent article,  Creating A Climate For Communication In Science and Medicine Through Improvisation

Here is an excerpt to pique your interest.  I think you will find it straightforward and compelling.

In his new book If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look On My Face? Alan Alda describes a troubling interaction with an oral surgeon that took place minutes before a procedure was about to begin.

“The dentist had the sharp end of the blade inches from my face. It was only then that he chose to tell me what he was seconds away from doing to my mouth. ‘There will be some tethering.’

I froze. Tethering? My mind was racing. What does he mean? How could the word tethering apply to my mouth? He seemed impatient and I didn’t want to annoy him, but he was, after all, about to put a scalpel in my mouth. I asked him what he meant by tethering. He looked surprised, as if I should know the meaning of a simple word. ‘Tethering, tethering!” he said.”   Read the complete article here.

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