Health and Human Values Lecture Series

Started in 1994, the Health and Human Values Lecture Series is an annual series of lectures supported by a grant from the Johnson and Johnson Family of Companies.  Lectures are scheduled for fall and spring of the academic year. Each series is based on a theme, such as changing paradigms in health care, global health issues and communicating identity. Lectures are held on the campus of Villanova University and are free and open to the community. The Health and Human Values Lecture Series encompasses the College of Nursing’s Annual Distinguished Lecture in Nursing which began on the occasion of its 25th anniversary in 1978. This event, co-sponsored by the Alpha Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, brings together members of the student body, alumni, University and regional community to hear the insights of prominent national and international speakers.

Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Driscoll Hall Auditorium

Lisa Davenport Boornazian ’92 BSN, RN 
Director, Safety Surveillance, Astra Zeneca

Lisa Davenport Boornazian launched her nursing career in oncology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). It is a specialty in which nurses and families become especially close, bonding in times of joy, fear or grief. In 1995, Lisa drove to Toms River, N.J. to attend a funeral for a teenager with whom she was close. While it was her first time visiting, she knew of the town as its youngest residents were part of a flow of patients from the area which included a chemical plant. Initially ignored by physician colleagues when she questioned a possible public health link, an incidental conversation with her sister-in-law who worked for the Environmental Protection Agency led to a journey that exposed industrial pollution causing a cancer cluster in a picturesque Jersey Shore town. A book chronicling the story has received this year’s Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction.

All of Us Home
A Social Justice Documentary

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Driscoll Hall Auditorium

Student Panel
Melissa Johnson, MSW

Homeless Health Initiative Social Worker Trainer, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

At this compelling event, healthcare issues surrounding the homeless in Philadelphia will be explored and followed by a short film written, directed and produced by a social justice documentary class in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. All of Us Home highlights the work performed by the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP) in order to bring attention to the ongoing problem of homelessness. As All of Us Home takes a look at the work of the student volunteers and their positive relationship with the guests at SREHUP, it explores the roots of homelessness such as extreme poverty, drug and alcohol addiction and a lack of quality education.


College of Nursing 36th Annual Distinguished Lecture in Nursing- Strategies for Building a Quality and Safety Culture

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Villanova Room, Connelly Center

Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Program Director: RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program; Beerstecher Blackwell Term Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Cronenwett recently completed seven years as principal investigator of a national initiative, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, with four phases of funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The QSEN project focuses on enhancing nursing curricula and fostering faculty development to support student achievement of quality and safety competencies including: Patient-Centered Care, Teamwork & Collaboration, Evidence Based Practice, Quality Improvement, Safety and Informatics.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Alpha Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International — nursing’s honor society.

Medication Safety: Empowering Nurses Beyond the Five Rights

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Driscoll Hall Auditorium

Susan Paparella ’86 BSN, ’02 MSN, RN
Vice President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Horsham, Pa.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices is a nonprofit organization that works closely with healthcare practitioners and institutions, regulatory agencies, professional organizations and the pharmaceutical industry to provide education about adverse drug events and their prevention. An industry expert, Susan Paparella has directed and performed onsite medication safety risk assessments and root cause analyses for hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.


What Does Accountable Care Really Mean?

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Driscoll Hall Auditorium

Denise Fessler ’97 MSN, RN, CMAC
Healthcare Management Consultant

In the world of healthcare reform and endless acronyms, are you looking for clarity? For instance, what is ACO, PCMH or ACA? Hear from Denise Fessler, who has a long and distinguished career in the health insurance industry and has been lauded for her mastery of critical issues and leadership in promoting innovative clinical programs designed to improve patient outcomes and  reduce the cost of health care.


Health and Human Values Lecture Series


Additional Information

For more information about the lectures, directions, or to be added to the mailing list, call the College of Nursing at (610) 519-4900.

All lectures are held at Villanova University and are free and open to the community.