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“Faces of Health” event fosters cultural awareness in health care


UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA NEWS RELEASE — The University of Nevada, Reno’s Division of Health Science’s Third Annual “Faces of Health” Cultural Considerations in Health Care event will take place on February 25 and 26, at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Cultural Consideration in Health Care is an interdisciplinary event, planned by students for students, aimed to provide health sciences students with an educational experience in cultural awareness and its application to health research, policy and practice.

The public is invited to attend the keynote session, on Monday, February 25, at 5:30 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union ballroom. The session will feature a presentation and group discussion by Dr. Victoria Sweet, author of God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine.

Dr. Sweet will tell stories of her remarkable patients at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, with their surprising answers to our health care crisis, based on her highly-praised new book. Published last spring, God’s Hotel made the San Francisco Chronicle’s best sellers list its first week out, and has garnered strong praise from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly and fellow physician-writers such as Oliver Sacks. Dr. Sweet is a fantastic story-teller and has unique insights on medical care, advocating an approach she calls “slow medicine”.

The University of Nevada School of Medicine, a research-intensive, community-based, statewide medical school, has served Nevada for more than 40 years as its only public medical school. Our mission is improving the health of Nevada’s diverse population through world-class biomedical research, an innovative curriculum integrating basic and clinical sciences, and highly competitive residency and fellowship programs that complement a statewide network of urban and rural clinical facilities. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services and education, we are a resource for improving health care regionally and across the country.

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