Carta por la Compasión. Boletín de marzo 2014. Salud

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March 2014 Newsletter – Focus on Healthcare

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for Better Health by Diego Rivera

Dear Silviano,

Earlier this month, the Charter for Compassion International announced our Global Compassion Council (GCC) and our global members who are helping to guide the work of the Charter.  Of our thirty-seven members we have four who are from positions in Healthcare. Here is a brief bio for each:


Dr. Elizabeth Rider
Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, a pediatrician and medical educator, teaches and consults internationally on relationship-centered care, communication skills, professionalism, reflective practice, narrative, and healthcare education program development. An Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Rider has been an invited speaker in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, and Taiwan, where she was invited by Taiwan’s Education Ministry to teach leaders from Taiwan’s 11 medical schools about teaching, assessing, and integrating communication and relational skills into medical education curricula.

Dr. James Doty
James Doty, MD, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of CA, Irvine and medical school at Tulane University. He trained in neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia (CHOP) and in neuroelectrophysiology focused on the use of evoked potentials to assess the integrity of neurological function.
whoolery Dr. Magdalena Whoolery
Magdalena Whoolery lives in Botswana where she founded the Botho Compassion Movement in 2013, mobilizing the community to cultivate and nurture compassion. The movement has developed a network of organizations through the Charter for Compassion and conducted capacity building and compassion events. Magdalena is a nurse with a PhD in Health Studies from Brunel University, specialized in the care of homeless people with Tuberculosis (TB), developing the theory of Survivalising. For her thesis, she conducted cohort analysis of social, environmental and clinical factors likely to impact treatment outcomes for tuberculosis patients in London, and contributed to the publication of its findings in THORAX Journal.
Roshi Joan Halifax
Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 and has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions and medical centers around the world. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress.

Healthcare’s focus on physical disease and bio-medicine is unbalanced. We need to pay much more attention to emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing and the huge importance of healing relationships.

~ Dr. Robin Youngson,
Time to Care

Learn more of each of the four individuals above and our other GCC members.  Dr. Elizabeth Rider (information above) and Dr. Robin Youngson from Auckland, New Zealand have guided our Healthcare sector from its initiation just over a year ago.  The GCC members who are associated in healthcare will help to guide our work in compassionate healthcare in the global arena, assist us in reaching out to current and prospective partners, and help build our Compassionate Healthcare Reader by introducing us to new avenues of practice, reflection and research.


When you visit the Healthcare section of the Charter’s website, you’ll see a link to Hearts in Healthcare, the organization begun by Dr. Youngson. The site is a hub where you can find articles, inspiration, resources and campaigns, all designed to help you be part of this movement for change, motivating others to join in and supporting each other as together we all work towards our goal. If you are in healthcare or not, visit the Hearts in Healthcare website and register as a member.

Welcoming Healthcare Partners

During the last year, the Charter’s Healthcare sector has grown to 79 partners.  Below is the list of healthcare partners added since January 1, 2014.  Click on the name*, and you will find your way to the partner web page.

If you would like, or know of an organization who would be interested in being a partner to the network, please tell them about the Charter.  The process for joining is easy and requires just a few minutes of time, though the rewards of being a member are long term and can be as extensive as you like.

* Please note that there are no links to some partners.  Their website partner pages are still in process.

  1. David J. Johnson, Erie PA, USA
  2. Dignity Health North State, Redding CA, USA
  3. Enzo Behavioral Healthcare, Clearwater FL, USA
  4. Global Health Alliance (Contact: Shaneela Omar) Houston TX, USA
  5. Holy Cross Hospice, Gaborone, Botswana
  6. Hospice Palliative Care Association, Cape Town, South Africa
  7. International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  8. Laura Bassi Physio-Therapy, Ferrara, Italy
  9. Mental Health in African American Community, Atlanta GA, USA
  10. Mental Health Chaplaincy, Seattle WA, USA
  11. Mesert Humanitarian Organization (Contact:Temesgen Tefera) Addis Ababa
  12. Methodist-LeBonheur Healthcare (Contact: Jim West) Memphis TN, USA
  13. Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, Neepawa MB, Canada
  14. Post Traumatic Stress Injury Recovery Support, Wynndel BC, Canada
  15. Providence Pediatric Emergency Department, Providence RI, USA
  16. Rall Counseling Service, Nelspruit, South Africa
  17. St. Luke’s Medical Center, Taguiq, Philippines
  18. Umududuzi: Hospice Care for Children, Durban, South Africa
  19. University of Tasmania: Healthcare Division, Glenalta, Australia
  20. Village Health Works, New York NY, USA and Burundi

Next Healthcare Partner Call

Our next Healthcare Call will be Tuesday, April 1.  This is a general call for all healthcare partners. We will be using Maestro Platform for this call so you will need to register to get the call-in number, and you will receive your own personal identification access number. Please register online as soon as possible since this allows us to tailor the agenda to meet the needs of those involved in the call.

register online

Seattle (U.S.A. – Washington)  6:00 AM
Montreal (Canada – Quebec)  9:00 AM
Halifax (Canada – Nova Scotia) 10:00 AM
London (United Kingdom – England)  1:00 AM
Stockholm (Sweden)  2:00 PM
Cape Town (South Africa)  3:00 PM
Amman (Jordan)  3:00 PM
Karachi (Pakistan)  6:00 PM
Jakarta (Indonesia)  8:00 PM
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)  9:00 PM
Perth (Australia – Western Australia)  9:00 PM
Auckland (New Zealand)  2:00 AM (Wed)

If your city isn’t listed and you aren’t certain as to what time the call would begin in your location, consult the World Clock—Time Converter. Start with Seattle at 6:00 AM and enter your city in the field and click on convert.

Becoming a Charter Partner

We are excited about the increasing number of Healthcare partnerships! Please help us make new connections and spread the word. Being a partner costs nothing monetarily – it is our goal to bring together partners who understand the importance of compassion, kindness, and cooperation within their organizations, and would be open to acknowledging their association with the Charter.

Each partner receives a page on our website which is linked back to their own site. We also have partner sector newsletters, maintain a Partner Facebook page, and have bi-monthly partner calls. A significant number of collaborations have started among our partner organizations across the globe. Our community of members is over 120,000, and we have a robust Facebook presence with visits of close to a half-million each week.

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Make compassion an everyday practice of health and well-being in your life and in your communities.

Anyone, any age, can participate in the Relays, now and year-round. The Relays mobilize each of us to seek, discover, and practice compassion in our daily lives. We share acts of compassion and pass on compassion person-to-person and group-to-group around the world.

Use the Compassion Relays Torch logo to highlight and pass on news about the Relays to friends, family, and colleagues via social media and hand-to-hand.

Remember these two key links for the Compassion Relays!

  1. Find basic information about the Relays here.
  2. Report your acts of compassion and your Relays experience via the Compassion Map.

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