2023 Symposium for the Advancement of Catholic Health Care

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The 2023 Symposium for the Advancement of Catholic Health Care is titled “Health Care Policy Through the Lens of Catholic Teaching”.  Occurring in conjunction with the launch of the CHCLA Public Policy & Advocacy Institute, this Symposium will focus on how we, as Catholics, should view public policy in light of Catholic teaching.

The CHCLA Symposium for the Advancement of Catholic Health Care is a three-year initiative to explore the foundations of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.  The Symposium will approach Catholic health care from all angles, tackling the historical, theological, philosophical, scientific, and practical applications of Christ’s teachings and works, to all facets and arenas impacting Catholic health care.  From the historical to the present, from bioethics to environment and art in health care facilities, this Symposium will rely upon experts in the fields of medicine, law, philosophy, theology, administration, business, advocacy, policy, architecture, among others, to lay a foundation that looks not just to the past and the present, but to identify principles and guidelines to direct the path of Catholic health care into the future.

Date and Time: November 9, 2023, 8 AM-4 PM

Location: The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington D.C.


We are pleased to have an impressive list of speakers to speak on various areas of Catholic health care policy, including:

Dean Marie Nolan with Catholic University of America

David Schindler with the John Paul II Institute

Lucia Silecchia with CUA Columbus School of Law

Bob Moffit with Heritage Foundation

Event Schedule:

8:30 am Registration table open and continental breakfast served

9:00 am Welcome by Steven White, M.D., President of CHCLA

9:02 am Opening reflection and prayer of Archbishop Joseph Naumann (via video)

9:05 am Comments by Sr. Jane Marie Klein, OSF (via video)

9:08 am Opening comments by Joshua McCaig, J.D., M.S., Symposium Chair and CHCLA Vice-President

9:20 am Remarks by Louis Brown, J.D., K.M., Director of the CHCLA Public Policy & Advocacy Institute and Vice-President of Public Policy

9:25 am Remarks by Elizabeth Kirk, J.D., Director of the Center for Law and the Human Person at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

9:30 am David C. Schindler, Ph.D., Professor of Metaphysics and Anthropology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage & Family “Healing Health Care: A Catholic Perspective”
10:15 am Break

10:30 am Lucia A. Silecchia, J.D., Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law “Mutual Dependency and Indispensable Solidarity: A Catholic Perspective on Guardianship Policy”

11:15 am Break

11:30 am Marie T. Nolan, Ph.D., RN, Dean and Professor, Conway School of Nursing at The Catholic University of America “The Moral Foundation of Nursing as a Guide for Healthcare Policy”

12:15 pm Lunch Break

1:30 pm Panel Discussion: Saving Medicare and Private Sector Health Care through Modernization

  • Moderator: Grace-Marie Turner, Galen Institute
  • Panelists: Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., The Heritage Foundation Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Ph.D., American Action Forum Brian J. Miller, M.D., American Enterprise Institute

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Panel Discussion: Protecting Medicaid and Care for the Most Vulnerable

  • Moderator: Nina Schaefer, The Heritage Foundation
  • Panelists: Steven White, M.D., CHCLA Ed Haislmaier, The Heritage Foundation; Brian Blase, Ph.D., Paragon Health Institute

3:45 pm Closing comments

Register HERE.

Download a printable version of the event schedule HERE.

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