The Fourth Annual McGinley Symposium - 2013

The Face of the Child

The fourth annual symposium focused on caring for children who are abandoned, neglected, abused or victims of violence. Specifically, the symposium addressed three areas of concern:

  • Using the lens of social justice to examine domains that affect the lives of America's children and families;
  • Examining important clinical, practice and health policy issues that affect children;
  • Discussing how to create safe and supportive environments for children.

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.


Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey
Laura Bailey serves as the Director of Educational Initiatives for the Homeless Children's Education Fund, where her role includes developing out-of-school-time programs and collaborative community initiatives in Allegheny County to improve educational outcomes of children and youth in homeless situations. Read more...

Karen Cox

Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FAAN
Karen Cox brings over 20 years of nursing experience in clinical and executive practice. She currently serves as Executive Vice President, Co-Chief Operating Officer at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, a 350 bed academic pediatric medical center in Kansas City, Missouri. Cox led the organization to receive Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, becoming the first hospital in Kansas and Missouri, and only the third children's hospital. Dr. Cox also serves as Assistant Dean for Clinical Partnerships at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC). Read more...

AA Howsepian

Avak Howsepian, MD, PhD
A.A. Howsepian, M.D., Ph.D. received his M.D. from the University of California, Davis, and completed a residency in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco – Fresno Medical Education Program where he is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. In that capacity, he supervises Psychiatry residents and teaches courses in Psychiatric Ethics, Psychiatry and Religion, Neuropsychiatry, Psychopharmacology, Forensic Psychiatry, Electroconvulsive Therapy, and the Paraphilias and Perversions. Read more...

Tammy Hughes

Tammy L. Hughes, PhD
Tammy Hughes is the Martin A. Hehir Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education at Duquesne University. Active at the national level she currently serves on the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) She is the Past‐President of the Division of School Psychology (16) of APA, Past‐President of Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP), and served on the 2009 APA Presidential Task Force on the Future of Psychology Practice. Read more...

Deborah Moss, MD, MPH

Deborah Moss, MD, MPH
Deborah Moss MD, MPH is a pediatrician with extensive experience designing and evaluating interventions to improve the quality of care for underserved populations. As faculty in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for the past 16 years, she has focused on improving pediatric care through leadership in education, translation of evidence into practice, and training of pediatric providers. Read more...

Judy Hale Reed

Judy Hale Reed, BA, MPA
Ms. Hale Reed has worked to improve women's and children's lives for nearly two decades. She has focused on combating trafficking in persons and promoting gender equality for the past nine years. Her efforts have emphasized policy-level work to promote partnerships and cooperation. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women's Studies, an M.P.A., and is currently pursuing her JD at Duquesne University.

Rev. Snyder

Rev. Larry Snyder
Father Larry Snyder is President of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the national office of more than 160 local Catholic Charities agencies nationwide that provide help and create hope to more than 10 million people a year, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. Since joining CCUSA in 2005, Snyder has been responsible for leading the overall direction of the Catholic Charities movement and the strategic leadership of CCUSA. Read more...

UPMC Health Plan Launches Special Report on Allegheny County Maternal and Child Health Care Collaborative

UPMC Health Plan has launched an online, interactive report detailing the growth and evolution of the Allegheny County Maternal and Child Health Care Collaborative, a community-based collaboration designed to improve health care service delivery and outcomes for Medicaid-eligible parents and their young children.

The report, Perspectives on the Allegheny County Maternal Child Health Collaborative, highlights the involvement of the key partners as well as the personal stories of those who were central to the operation and success of the Collaborative since its inception in 2002.

Read the report

Continuing Education Credits for nurses and other health professionals.
Duquesne University School of Nursing is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, which is an accredited approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The program has been approved for 9 continuing educational credits for nurses and social workers and 12 ACT 48 educational hours for teachers. Continuing education for physicians will also be offered.