The Tenth Annual McGinley-Rice Symposium

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"The Face of the Person Who is Homeless"

October 17 - 18, 2019

Call for Abstracts

This call for proposals invites papers and posters that:

  • Explore the social justice tradition and its application to the health and well-being of the person who is homeless
  • Present research data that discuss the current state of knowledge regarding the causes and effects of homelessness,
    its prevention, identification, and short and long-term treatment.
  • Discuss clinical and/or programmatic initiatives to foster health care equity for the person who are homeless.
  • Discuss philosophical and/or theoretical issues related to the health and human consequences of a person who has
    is homeless.

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About the Symposium

The McGinley-Rice Symposium on Justice for Vulnerable Populations is a unique scholarly forum for nurses and other health care professionals to address issues of social justice in health care. Organized annually by the holder of the Jacques Laval Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations at the Duquesne University School of Nursing, the McGinley-Rice Symposium is an expression of the mission of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic missionary order that founded Duquesne and assists needy and marginalized persons throughout the world.

Eileen Zungolo Spirit of Service Award Recipient

Dr. James S. Withers, Recipient of the 2019 Eileen Zungolo Spirit of Service Award

We are proud to name Dr. James S. Withers, MD, FACP, founder and medical director of Pittsburgh Mercy's Operation Safety Net, as recipient of the 2019 Eileen Zungolo Spirit of Service Award. 

Each year, the Spirit of Service award is given to a person whose life symbolizes and represents the mission of the McGinley-Rice Symposium. The award is named for the Duquesne University School of Nursing former Dean, Eileen Zungolo, who wrote the grant that brought Sr. Rosemary Donley to Duquesne and established the symposia. 

Keynote Speakers

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Photo of Caitlin Cocilova

Caitlin Cocilova
Staff Attorney
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless  |  Washington, DC

Photo of Abigail Horn

Abigail Horn
Deputy Director
Office of Community Service  |  Allegheny County, PA

Photo of Deborah Linhart Deborah Linhart
Bethlehem Haven  |  Pittsburgh, PA
Photo of John Lovelace

John G. Lovelace
President, UPMC for You, Inc.
President, Government Programs and Individual Advantage

Photo of Dr. Withers Jim Withers, MD
Founder and Medical Director
Operation Safety Net  |  Pittsburgh Mercy Health System  |  Pittsburgh, PA

Plenary Panel Speakers

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Anna Kudrav
Assistant Chief
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police  |  Operations Branch  |  Pittsburgh, PA

Maurita J. Bryant
Assistant Superintendent
Allegheny County Police Department  |  Pittsburgh, PA

Anthony B. Fiorillo, MD, FACP
Medical Director Ambulatory Electronic Medical Record
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine  |  Pittsburgh, PA

Mary Herbert, MPH, MS
Clinical Director
Program for Health Care to Underserved/Birmingham Clinic
UPMC Montefiore Hospital  |  Pittsburgh, PA

Carlos T. Carter
Executive Director
Homeless Children's Education Fund  |  Pittsburgh, PA

Melissa Ferraro, MAOL
Executive Director
Sisters Place, Inc.  |  Clairton, PA

Mary Frances Pilarski
Health Care for Homeless Veterans Coordinator
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System  |  Pittsburgh, PA

Susan Rauscher
Executive Director
Catholic Charities  |  Pittsburgh, PA