The Third Annual McGinley Symposium - 2012

Face of the Veteran graphicThe third annual symposium focuses on the unique needs of our veterans, including:

  • Exploring the social justice tradition as it applies to the health and wellbeing of the veteran population and their families;
  • Sharing research aimed at understanding and improving health care for veterans and their families;
  • Discussing clinical and program initiatives that foster social justice in health care for veterans and their families.

About the Symposium

The Rita M. McGinley Symposium 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 Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations at the Duquesne University School of Nursing, the McGinley 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.

Press Coverage

Speaker Highlighted on CNN Heroes

Meet the doctor who treats the homeless - Dr. Jim Withers

Article Wins Awards!

Sr. Rosemary Donley's article "Catholic Tradition and Veterans' Care," was published in Health Progress, the official journal of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. The article received  second place for Best Essay from the Catholic Press Association.

In addition, that entire issue on vets received the Gold Award for Best Single Issue on a Specified Topic from Association Media and Publishing!

View an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Comments about the Symposium:

"Best conference I have attended in a very long time!"

"Speakers were outstanding! All topics relevant and thought provoking others."

"The presenters were very prepared for this seminar and answered questions with much knowledge and insight."

"Very rich in content."

"...captured very relative topics that are applicable to our clinical practice efforts"

Program Information

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Dr. Anna Alt-WhiteAnna C. Alt-White, PhD RN
Dr. Alt-White is the Director for Research and Academic Programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Nursing Services. In this role she is responsible for planning and formulating national policies and activities that impact nursing staff.

Roger Brooke photoRoger Brooke, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, where he is also Director of the MIlitary Psychological Services. He is a Board Certified and licensed clinical psychologist.

Lauren Matukaitis Broyles photoLauren Matukaitis Broyles, PhD, RN, is a Research Health Scientist at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and an investigator with the VISN 4 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS).

JulieHera DeStefano photoJulieHera DeStefano
Producer/Director, Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home

A native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (BFA), DeStefano is an independent Producer and Filmmaker. DeStefano conceived the idea for Journey to Normal in the spring of 2009, and has developed it into a feature-length documentary and online narrative film archive.

Dr. Michael ParkinsonMichael D. Parkinson, MD, MPH, FACPM
Sr Medical Director, Health and Productivity, UPMC Health Plan
Col, USAF (Ret) and former member Defense Health Board
Dr. Michael Parkinson oversees the health and productivity strategy for both UPMC Health Plan and UPMC WorkPartners and has spent his career advising on public health, preventive medicine, and consumer-driven health plans.
Cathy Rick photoCatherine (Cathy) Rick, RN, PhD (h), NEA-BC, FAAN, FACHE

Cathy Rick is the Chief Officer, Office of Nursing Services, for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Ms. Rick provides leadership and guidance to VA's 80,000 nursing personnel, who care for nearly six million veterans each year.

Fr. John SawickiJohn Sawicki, CSSp is an assistant professor in Political Science in Duquesne University, and a director of the Center for International Relations. He is also an adjunct professor in the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Rev. Michael D. Wurschmidt photoRev. Michael D. Wurschmidt is an Anglican priest who is the founder and current pastor of Shepherd's Heart Fellowship, an urban congregation of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh that is dedicated to providing help and hope to the homeless of Pittsburgh.