Call for Abstracts

13th Annual McGinley-Rice Symposium: The Face of the Person Who is Socially Isolated

The 13th annual McGinley-Rice Symposium looks with compassion into the face of the person who is socially isolated. During the pandemic, millions of Americans were quarantined to contain the spread of COVID-19. Social isolation disproportionately challenged the 20 percent of Americans who live alone. COVID-19 and social isolation have been called a double pandemic causing social isolation that has disturbed human minds and spirits. Within the first months of the pandemic, 30 percent of the populations experienced mental health symptoms, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease and emotional distress. The saddest climax of isolation is dying alone.

2022 Call for Proposal

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 socially isolated.

  • Present research data that discuss the current state of knowledge regarding the causes and effects of social isolation, its prevention, identification, and short and long-term treatment.

  • Discuss clinical and/or programmatic initiatives to foster health care equity for the person who is socially isolated.

  • Identify and discuss the social and cultural issues of social isolation.

  • Discuss philosophical and/or theoretical issues related to the health and human consequences for the person who is socially isolated.

General Information

  •  Abstracts much be submitted online by noon, Monday, April 18, 2022.

  • The lead author/presenter will be notified of the decision of the Review Committee by Friday, May 13, 2022, and must confirm participation in the Symposium by Friday, May 20, 2022.

  • All abstracts will be blinded for peer review.

  • All presenter's names and abstract titles will be included in the symposium program booklet and website.

  • All presenters are required to be paid registrants of the conference.

  • Continuing Education credits will be available from the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

For questions and further information, contact Sr. Rosemary Donley ( or Kellie Dalton ( or 412.396.5203).

The McGinley-Rice Symposium on Social 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.