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Past Schirber Lectures

The Impact of Culture on Health Care — Striving for Inclusive Practice
David B. Hunt, J.D., President and CEO of Critical Measures, LLC.

March 29, 2017
6:30 – 9 p.m.
President’s Dining Room, Gorecki Dining and Conference Center, College of Saint Benedict

NOTE: As of March 27, this event is full.  No additional registrations are being accepted.

Please join us for a fascinating discussion of how three demographic megatrends (race, immigration, new cultural influences) are changing the face of American health care. In particular, we will explore critical current issues such as: racial and ethnic disparities in patient outcomes, providing language access for Limited English Proficient and Deaf and Hard of Hearing patient and the emerging discipline of global or cross-cultural medicine as it affects immigrants, refugees, and international travelers (including Americans who travel abroad and return with diseases of foreign origin.

Along the way, attendees will understand ten core, cross-cultural differences that can affect the patient provider relationship. Finally, we will explore the many ways in which culture affects healthcare (including pain styles, religion and spirituality, birth and death and dying, family, patients’ explanatory model regarding health, illness and disease, decision-making, family, cross-cultural communication etc.) 

Students planning on going into a health care related field are encouraged to attend. 


2017 Schirber Lecture

Alcohol and other Drug Addiction: Impact on students, families, communities, institutions and health care (anyone you know?) 

Annetta Sanow Sutton, CEO and founder of Five Point Consulting 

Monday, April 24
8 p.m. Lecture
Founders Room (Quad 170), Saint John's University  

SuttonAnnetta Sanow Sutton, CEO and founder of Five Point Consulting, author, former spiritual care professional at Hazelden/Betty Ford treatment center and diocesan director. For over 35 years, Annetta has been a Midwest-based national speaker with expertise in the areas of addiction, recovery, grief and spirituality. Annetta continues to speak and write on chemical dependence, recovery and human rights. As a spiritual counselor she assists others in finding their spiritual core, recovery and processing grief through addiction, trauma, death of a loved one and divorce. With a B.A. in Ministry and Addiction Counseling from the University of Mary, a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling from Emmanuel College Boston, certified through the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Annetta is a mother of five. Annetta acknowledges her greatest education has occurred through motherhood and life. 

Annetta’s book, Catholic Alcoholic: A Witness to Addiction and Redemption was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award. It is an inspiring autobiographical work of how addiction has touched every area of her life. She quickly adds, “So has recovery.”  She continues to work on a sequel to Catholic Alcoholic and another research project called Invisible People as well as a cadre of children’s books.