Student Essay Project 2018

Annual Gathering 2018: Stories of Healing

Mennonite Healthcare FellowshipStories of Healing2018 Student Essay Project

In conjunction with

Annual Gathering 2018

There are two winners in the 2018 Student Essay Project, held in conjunction with Annual Gathering 2018, June 22-24, 2018 at Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio. Entrants shared their perspective on the theme: “Stories of Healing.” 

  • Patty Peebles, DNP student at Goshen College from Chicago, Illinois
  • Nicole Groff, MPH and PA student at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Watch below for publication of these articles in the Mennonite Health Journal. Articles will also be in the registration packets at Annual Gathering 2018. Register today!



  • Enrollment in an undergraduate, graduate, professional, residency, fellowship, or internship program relating to health (physical, mental, or spiritual).
  • Support of the Mission of MHF to be an interdisciplinary community of Anabaptist health professionals which seeks to nurture the integration of faith and practice, to provide opportunities for dialogue on health-related issues, and to address specific needs through education, advocacy, and service.


  • Describe an experience or project (scholarly, professional, or extramural) through which you witnessed or participated in a story of healing.
  • Define the challenges and opportunities of individuals of your profession in creating opportunities for hearing the underlying stories of patients/clients/colleagues.
  • Discuss the influence of Anabaptist values of Biblical and historical storytelling on professional practices of listening carefully to the stories of others.


  • Essay under 2,000 words (preferred format)
  • Submitted as a digital document in MS Word or compatible format.
  • Alternative formats will be considered if the idea is submitted by February 1, 2018.


(Any or all of the following may be given)

  • Complimentary registration for Annual Gathering 2018) Up to 3 awards to be granted. Upon request, registration waiver may be deferred one year or an alternative gift given.
  • Publication or feature in the Mennonite Health Journal.
  • Opportunity to present your work at the MHF Annual Gathering 2018 in Bluffton


  • Email essay content to by February 28, 2017 (extended to March 9, 2018) with the subject “Student Essay Project.” Essays should be in a MS Word compatible format.
  • Contact the MHF Office for details on submitting art or video content.
  • Include a photo (JPG or PNG) and brief biography explaining your current position and future career goals.
  • Awards will be announced on or about March 19, 2017.

2017 and 2018 Winning Essays

Below are winning essays that have already been published in Mennonite Health Journal.

Essay Projects have been held in conjunction with MHF’s Annual Gathering in 2017 and 2018

The Beauty and the Pain

          Mennonite Health Journal, Vol. 19 No. 9, May 7, 2018 The Beauty and the Pain By Nicole Groff Student Essay Project 2018 Winner PDF “How do we weigh the beauty of this world and the pain of this world?” This was the question I asked as I sat on one of the...

Nursing: A Whole Being Endeavor

          Mennonite Health Journal, Vol. 19 No. 8, April 25, 2018 Nursing: A Whole Being Endeavor By Patty Peebles Student Essay Project 2018 Winner PDFNursing is a whole being endeavor. The work nurses provide requires an attention and compassion that can help...

Creating Healing Environments

      Mennonite Health Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4, May 26, 2017 Creating Healing Environments Jessica Clasen, RN Read in PDF Providing a healing environment is essential to patient-centered care and aids in reducing anxiety and stress.  Healing is not the same as...

Medical Mission Trip to Nicaragua

Mennonite Health Journal, Vol. 19, No. 3, May 11, 2017 Medical Mission Trip to Nicaragua Milan Sheth Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship 2017 Essay Scholarship Read in PDF It is a privilege and a blessing to be in a position to help those in need. In the Bible, Jesus...

The Healing Power of Story – Beth Toner

  Mennonite Health Journal, Vol. 19, No. 2, May 8, 2017 The Healing Power of Story Beth Toner, MJ, RN Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship 2017 Essay Scholarship Read in PDF   The shift report might have sounded something like this: "82-year-old female, status...

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