Harrisburg ProgramFriday, October 22

52-01 Magnificent Healing: Mending the Healthcare System through Stories

Friday, October 22, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Harrisburg Ballroom: Lancaster/Getty

This live event will not be recorded.


Chair: Amy E.  Skillman (Goucher College)

Forum participants:

Zohreh Akhtar (Pediatrix Medical Group)

Kelly Armor (Independent)

Betty Itunga (PA Immigrant & Refugee Women's Network (PAIRWN))

Ho-Thanh Nguyen (PA Immigrant & Refugee Women's Network (PAIRWN))

Cecelia Ann Ottenweller (Independent consultant)

Carolyn Patterson (PA Immigrant & Refugee Women's Network (PAIRWN))

We live in a time of multiple global ills; a health pandemic, systemic racism, divisive politics, and economic inequities, all of which impact the health and well-being of our communities. How can folklorists leverage our perspectives, resources, and skills to facilitate community-based responses? We know stories. We know stories can change a perspective, create a sense of belonging, and influence public policy. This forum offers a follow up discussion to the August 12 virtual presentation of Magnificent Healing, a play about cultural collisions in healthcare. We will share models for gathering stories about health and healing to learn from the past and narrate a more equitable future.