MHF Annual Gathering 2018

Daryl SniderSpecial Presentation

Late Saturday evening, 9:00-10:00 p.m.

Daryl Snider will be sharing from his collection of original songs and the stories of healing behind the songs.

Stories of HealingWorkshops

MHF Annual Gathering 2018

The following workshops are planned for Annual Gathering 2018, June 22-24, 2018 at Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio. Workshops will be held in three sessions late morning and early afternoon on Saturday. Each workshop will be offered twice. 

Anna KauffmanOur Own Stories: Provider Health and the Healer as Patient

Anna Kauffman, MD

Bluffton, Ohio

As health care providers, we are used to caring for others, yet it can be challenging to be the patient. Narratives give insight into these situations. Background information will include statistics on provider health and a review of the literature on providers as patients. We will explore together strategies for being the patient and caring for ourselves and colleagues. Stories will provide an avenue to hear what healers as patients can teach us.

Ross KauffmanHealing Communities: Stories from Public Health History

Ross M. Kauffman, PhD, MPH, CPH

Bluffton, Ohio

In this interactive session, we will explore stories from the history of public health, looking for lessons we can apply to improving the health of communities today. Stories examined will include John Snow’s investigation to determine the cause of a cholera epidemic and Ignaz Semmelweis’s efforts to promote handwashing. The session will include an opportunity for some participants to engage with the stories through a virtual reality experience.


Rudi KauffmanDirect Primary Care – New Model, New Solutions, New Problems

Rudi Kauffman, MAT, PhD

Bluffton, Ohio

Direct Primary Care is an approach to primary care where patients pay directly for their care (rather than having payment go through an insurance company). This approach dramatically decreases the cost, but it also means that the truly indigent do not have access to it. Perhaps most interestingly, it can be built in a number of ways to incentivize wellness (rather than treatment), relationships (rather than “productivity” measures), and/or community (rather than entirely individual concerns). This presentation will introduce attendees to the practice of Direct Primary Care as it has been implemented at Hickory Medical in Bellefontaine, Ohio. The preponderance of the time will be spent in discussion of the ethical, moral, economic, and professional realities of the new model. For a preview of Direct Primary Care, see this recent news clip about the medical practice. 

Sarah & Herb MyersFrom Surviving to Living

How one couple experienced quality of life in the midst of cancer.

Sarah and Herb Myers

Harman, West Virginia

During a time of intense stress and facing death, one can also find ways to enjoy life/living.  Herb and Sarah will share glimpses into their lives of the tools that were helpful to them during the almost four years of Sarah’s treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  Some of the quality of life-building tools that will be discussed include writing, exercise, faith, music, books, family, friends, humor and nature.

Doug Graber NeufeldWhat Climate Change Means for Human Health

Stories and Solutions

Doug Graber Neufeld, PhD

Harrisonburg, Virginia

This workshop will use stories to dialog on the impacts of climate change to human health, and to illustrate the interdependent relationship of healing in humans and the creation. This session will bring stories from diverse populations, including other cultures and socioeconomic groups, and participants will be invited to reflect on what this issue means for their own communities.

Beth TonerTelling and Hearing Our Stories

Transforming Health Care Through Narrative

Beth Toner, RN, MSN, MJ

Pottstown, Pennsylvania

This workshop–which will build on the morning plenary session–will be designed to allow health care professionals at all stages of their careers, patients (and potential patients-that’s all of us!), and caregivers to learn more about how to practically apply narrative (storytelling) to provide healing and improve care. Participants will then talk through potential health care encounters, share their stories as patients and providers, and brainstorm together ways to practically apply narrative and storytelling in all types of health care settings to restore joy in the healing professions and transform the healing process for patients.

Gail WeybrightClair Hochstetler

Healing and Death

Gail Weybright, MSN
Milford, Indiana

Clair Hochstetler, MDiv
Cincinnati, Ohio

Death is generally viewed as the antithesis of healing, a failure of healing. But there are circumstances in which death may be viewed as the ultimate healing. Gail and Clair, in different roles and from different perspectives, experienced this together during the death of Clair’s brother Don. In this workshop they will share the story of Don’s life and death and explore how Don’s death and the death of others can be a form of healing. Scriptural accounts of healing and death will be highlighted. Ways to promote healing or a “good death” will be examined using the five elements of “Flourishing” as proposed by Martin E. P. Seligman and The Four Things That Matter Most – A Book About Living by Ira Byock, MD.

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