Healthcare

  • System or Market? The Political Debate over Healthcare in America with Michael Fine

    Air Dates: September 16-22, 2019 The political debate over healthcare in the United States seems cyclical—it rises and falls with America’s political calendar.  Dr. Michael Fine argues that for patients and caregivers, issues like cost, access, and outcomes are real, they are present, and they often have life-and-death consequences. A former director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, Fine has been a writer, community organizer, family physician and public … Read More

  • Current Health Concerns in the LGBTQ+ Community

    Current Health Concerns in the LGBTQ+ Community The LGBTQ+ community has largely been overlooked and underserved by the health care profession. What are the effects of this inattention on the health and well-being of this population? How can those working with this community, including providers and policy-makers, best serve them? Panelists: Dr. Timothy Cavangh, Thundermist Community Health Center Freeman T. Freeman, MSW/CSW/LCSW Melissa H. Manley, Clark University *Registration will open … Read More

  • Mental Health Stories with Sarah Fawn Montgomery

    Air Dates: April 8 – 14, 2019 Millions of Americans live with mental illness every day. Sarah Fawn Montgomery is a poet and author who explores the stigmas and biases associated with mental illness—both historically and today. Her book, Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir details Montgomery’s personal experience in coping with the challenges that come with mental illness.  In her experience, care proved to be a trial and error … Read More

  • Healthcare Through a Doctor’s Eyes with Helen Ouyang, MD

    Air Dates: March 25-31, 2019 Public understanding of healthcare is driven principally by our own personal experience—and that of our loved ones—with doctors, nurses, and hospitals—and for many, it can feel overwhelming. Dr. Helen Ouyang is an emergency room doctor at one of America’s best hospitals, but admits she found it difficult to access the healthcare system when she had her own health scare.  Helen Ouyang, M.D., M.P.H., is an … Read More

  • Jason Rafferty on Story in the Public Square

    Health in the LGBTQ Community with Jason Rafferty

    Air Dates: February 12-17, 2019 Recently, the Trump administration proposed defining gender as an individual’s assigned sex at birth. But the medical community—including Dr. Jason Rafferty—tells us gender is not so simply expressed. Rafferty graduated from Harvard Medical School and obtained post-graduate training through the Triple Board Residency at Brown University. He has additional Masters’ degrees from Harvard University in public health concentrating on Maternal and Child Health, and education … Read More

  • Image from a Fall 2016 Lecture on Pope Francis' encyclical.

    Spring 2019 Event Series Announced

    Today the Pell Center announced the Spring 2019 event series. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 email [email protected] with any questions or concerns. Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and stay informed about … Read More

  • You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death, and In Between

    Modern medicine is a world that glimmers with new technology and cutting-edge research. To the public eye, medical stories often begin with sirens and flashing lights and culminate in survival or death. But these are only the most visible narratives. As a critical care doctor treating people at their sickest, Daniela Lamas is fascinated by a different story: what comes after for those whose lives are extended by days, months, … Read More

  • Image from a Fall 2016 Lecture on Pope Francis' encyclical.

    Fall 2018 Lecture Series Announced

    Today the Pell Center announced the Fall 2018 event series. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 email [email protected] with any questions or concerns. Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and stay informed about … Read More

  • Daniela Lamas on Story in the Public Square

    You Can Stop Humming Now, stories from Dr. Daniela Lamas

    Air Dates: June 9-11, 2018 The remarkable strides made in medicine, such as the interventions that keep people alive, and the choices those technologies present to both patients and doctors, have been lost in a lot of the political debate about healthcare. Dr. Daniela Lamas, documents those choices and their consequences in a beautiful new book, You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death and In Between. … Read More

  • Justin Kenny and Steve Morrison on Story in the Public Square

    The New Barbarianism with Justin Kenny & Steve Morrison

    Air dates: April 21-23, 2018 International law outlaws the targeting of medical facilities in conflicts. However, guests, Justin Kenny and Steve Morrison, point to an alarming trend in the Syrian Civil War and other conflicts where combatants are targeting healthcare facilities and healthcare workers through their film, “The New Barbarianism.” Justin Kenny is an award-winning television news producer and editor based in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Small Footprint … Read More