Community Action Poverty Simulation challenges students to rethink poverty’s impact on health

While some may believe poverty is a stand-alone issue, the complexities and challenges of poverty and its effect on health can’t be ignored. A 2013 survey by The Associated Press found four out of five adults in the U.S. struggle with joblessness, near poverty, or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives. Now, a new program at McGovern Medical School aims to show medical students the realities of poverty through a first-hand simulation.

Sandy Frieden, Ph.D

Arts & Resilience delves into the language of film

Dr. Sandy Frieden, adjunct assistant professor at the University of Houston, spoke about the art of “diagnosing” the meanings and details behind movies for this month’s edition of the ongoing Arts & Resilience Program – a series of events designed to link the arts and humanities with medicine at McGovern Medical School.

Jane Weiner (center), professional dancer and founder of Hope Stone, Inc., hosts an interactive session with participants during this month's Arts & Resilience Program, a collaboration between the Dean’s Office of McGovern Medical School and the McGovern Center

Weiner melds dance with medicine as part of Arts & Resilience

Jane Weiner, professional dancer and founder of Hope Stone Inc., had much to say about the intersection of dancing and healthy living at this month’s presentation of the Arts & Resilience Program – a series of events designed to link the arts and humanities with medicine.

Linda Burger, CEO of Jewish Family Service, and Rabbi Steven Morgen of Congregation Beth Yeshurun address McGovern Medical Students during their visit to Jewish Family Service as part of the Sacred Sites of Houston elective course.

Medical students learn about intersections of faith, health as part of elective

A group of McGovern Medical School students have been having spiritual experiences of a medical kind, learning about how various religious communities across Houston approach the intersection of faith and healthcare as part of an ongoing elective course sponsored by the John P. McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics.