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about Converging Roads

Where Health Care Ethics and Medicine Converge
Converging Roads is a regional conference series offering continuing education for health care professionals that equips them to practice the highest ethical and medical standards of their profession. To learn more about Converging Roads, click here.
  • Feedback from Converging Roads 2019:
  • "I’m so glad I attended. It was so insightful and gave me more knowledge on how to study more about human dignity, disabled persons and the correct way to explain our duty to others (as health care providers to our patients)."
  • "It is edifying to be with so many people trying to live their faith in a field that constantly challenges the truth."
  • "Thus far in my (nascent) career, my Catholic and medical identities have unfortunately been largely separate. I’m confident that the knowledge I obtained at Converging Roads and my subsequent reflection will serve me well on my path towards becoming the Catholic physician I’m striving to be."
 

REGISTRATION

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Ticket Options:
  • Physician/Physician Assistant: $149
  • Nurse/Nurse Practitioner: $129
  • General Admission*: $79
  • (Other health care professionals and non-health care professionals)
  • Medical resident, clergy, or religious*: $69
  • Student Scholarship Rate**: $15
  • (Medical, and nursing, graduate, and undergraduate students)
 
  • *Not eligible for CME/CNE credits, however, Social Worker/Chaplain certificates of completion can be requested upon registration for continuing education purposes.
  • **Not eligible for CME/CNE credits.

Exhibitor Opportunities:
Includes 1 exhibitor booth and admission for 1 organizational representative
  • Ministry/Non-Profit (including CME/CNE credits): $170
  • Ministry/Non-Profit (not including CME/CNE credits)*: $100
  • Vendor/For-Profit (including CME/CNE credits): $220
  • Vendor/For-Profit (not including CME/CNE credits)*: $150
 
  • *Not eligible for CME/CNE credits, however, Social Worker/Chaplain certificates of completion can be requested upon registration for continuing education purposes.
 

TOPICS

  • Care for the Sick and Dying: Rooted in Catholic Social Doctrine
  • Christopher Kaczor, PhD 
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  • A Catholic Response to the Opioid Crisis
  • Cynthia Hunt, MD
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  • Access to Health Care for the Poor: Mental Health
  • George D. Santos, MD
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  • Religious Liberty and Care for Patients: A Challenging Case
  • Joseph Meaney, PhD
  • The Future of Catholic Health Care
  • Christopher Kaczor, PhD 
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  • Access to Health Care for the Poor: Preventive Care and Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Charleta Guillory, MD, MPH, FAAP
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  • Medical Marijuana and CBD Oil: In Conflict with Hippocratic Medicine?
  • Stacy A. Trasancos, PhD
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  • Vaccine Ethics: A View through Catholic Social Teaching
  • Paul J. Carson, MD, FACP and Stacy A. Trasancos, PhD
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SCHEDULE

 
9:30 AM
Prayer & Opening Remarks
9:35 - 10:30 AM
Care for the Sick and Dying: Rooted in Catholic Social Doctrine
10:35 - 11:30 AM
A Catholic Response to the Opioid Crisis
11:35 AM - 12:05 PM
Access to Health Care for the Poor: Mental Health
12:05 PM - 12:25 PM
Break for Lunch
12:35 - 1:35 PM
Religious Liberty and Care for Patients: A Challenging Case
1:40 - 2:40 PM
The Future of Catholic Health Care
2:45 - 3:15 PM
Access to Health Care for the Poor: Preventive Care and Maternal-Fetal Medicine
3:20- 4:20PM
Medical Marijuana and CBD Oil: In Conflict with Hippocratic Medicine?
4:25 - 5:25 PM
Vaccine Ethics: A View through Catholic Social Teaching
5:25 - 5:30 PM
Closing Remarks

Speakers

CHRISTOPHER KACZOR, PhD
Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount Univeristy

Dr. Christopher Kaczor (rhymes with razor) is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University. He received appointments as a member of the James Madison Society of Princeton University, the Pontifical Academy for Life of Vatican City, and a Consultor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He graduated from the Honors Program of Boston College and earned a Ph.D. four years later from the University of Notre Dame. He has written more than 100 scholarly articles. A Fulbright Scholar and an award winning author, his fifteen books include Disputes in Bioethics, Abortion Rights: For and Against, 365 Days to Deeper Faith,  The Gospel of Happiness, The Seven Big Myths about Marriage,  A Defense of Dignity, The Seven Big Myths about the Catholic Church, The Ethics of Abortion, O Rare Ralph McInerny: Stories and Reflections on a Legendary Notre Dame Professor, Thomas Aquinas on the Cardinal Virtues; Life Issues-Medical Choices; Thomas Aquinas on Faith, Hope, and Love; The Edge of Life, and Proportionalism and the Natural Law Tradition. Dr. Kaczor’s views have been in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, National Review, NPR, BBC, EWTN, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, MSNBC, TEDx, and The Today Show.

LEONORA BUTAU, MA, PhD
Program Director, St. John Paul II Foundation

Dr. Leonora Butau is Program Director at the St. John Paul II Foundation where she oversees the Together in Holiness conference series and the second phase of the Foundation's successful Converging Roads medical ethics conferences. Leonora moved to Houston from England, where she taught Christian Ethics and Christian Spirituality at St. Mary’s University, London, for eight years, and where she led efforts to empower Catholic couples, educators and young adults in St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. While in London, she also worked for Caritas Social Action Network, the charitable agency of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. She earned a B.A. in Theology and Religious Studies and an M.A. in Bioethics and Medical Law from St. Mary’s University, London, and has a Ph.D. in Bioethics from the University of Surrey, (England). Leonora is blessed to be married to Rufaro and to enjoy the gift of their son, Jesse.  She feels honored to join the Foundation, especially in its important apostolate to medical professionals and married couples.

CYNTHIA HUNT, MD
Psychiatrist and Chair of Catholic Medical Association National Opioid Task Force

Dr. Cynthia Hunt is a graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and Board Certified practitioner in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry, which includes a year of fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  She currently maintains an active practice at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, where she is the Chief of the Department of Psychiatry.   She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member of St. Patrick’s Archdiocesan Seminary in Menlo Park, CA . She has been privileged to serve the Catholic Church over the last 12 years in the Exorcism and Deliverance ministry as psychiatric consultant to priests, exorcists and Bishops and is on the Advisory Board for the Pope Leo XIII Institute.   She has been invited to give presentations on this topic in many settings including Priest/ Clergy Days,  Deaconate Training, National Meetings of the Catholic Medical Association  and the Catholic Psychotherapy Association as well as  conferences with laity and SCRC. Dr. Hunt  has also worked within  the Catholic Medical Association for many years and has served as President of the Fresno Guild,   member of the FIRE Committee, and as a speaker for CMA national and local conferences.   She is currently a CMA Board Member and is Chair of the national CMA Opioid Task Force,  meeting with Health and Human Services in Washington, DC.   Recently she participated in  representing  North America at an International Meeting on Addictions at the Vatican through the Dicastery of Integral Human Development. An accomplished pianist, Lay Carmelite,  and member of the Board of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests,  she has been blessed with her husband of 27 years and their three children.

JOSEPH MEANEY, PhD
President of The National Catholic Bioethics Center

Dr. Joseph Meaney is the President of The National Catholic Bioethics Center. He received his Ph.D. in Bioethics from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome. His doctoral program was founded by the late Cardinal Sgreccia and linked to the Medical School and Gemelli teaching hospital. His dissertation topic was Conscience and Health Care: A Bioethical Analysis. Dr. Meaney earned his Masters in Latin American Studies focusing on Health Care in Guatemala from the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in History and a concentration in international studies. The Benedict XVI Catholic University in Trujillo, Peru awarded Dr. Meaney an honorary visiting professorship. Dr. Meaney was director of international outreach and expansion for Human Life International (HLI) and is a leading expert on the international pro-life and family movement, having travelled to eighty-one countries on pro-life missions over the last 25 years.  He founded the HLI Rome Office in 1998 and lived there for nine years where he collaborated closely with dicasteries of the Holy See, particularly the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Academy for Life.  He is a dual US and French citizen and is fluent in French, Spanish, Italian and English.  His family has been active in the health care and pro-life fields in Corpus Christi, Texas, and France for many years. Dr. Meaney was the General Editor of the English Edition and co-author with his father, Dr. Michael Meaney, of a chapter in the Pontifical Council for the Family’s Lexicon: Ambiguous and debatable terms regarding family, life and ethical questions and has published in a number of scholarly journals.  He has also written many popular articles and has been interviewed by newspapers, radio and television in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. His popular articles have appeared in the National Catholic Register, Crux, Inside Catholic, Crisis Magazine, Inside the Vatican, and many other publications. Dr. Meaney, his wife, Marie, and their young daughter, Thérèse moved to Pennsylvania from Paris in the summer of 2019.

STACY A. TRASANCOS, PhD
Executive Director, St. Philip Institute of Evangelization and Catechesis

Stacy A. Trasancos, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization founded by Bishop Joseph Strickland in the Diocese of Tyler, TX. She is a Fellow for the Word on Fire Institute and an international speaker for Catholic Answers. Dr. Trasancos received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Dr. Trasancos has published several books on the intersection of theology and science and teaches online courses on the subject at Seton Hall University. She has also published a booklet, "20 Answers: Bioethics", and writes a science column for the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly.

PAUL J. CARSON, MD, FACP
Professor, Management of Infectious Diseases, Dept. of Public Health, North Dakota State University, and Professor in the Dept. of Internal Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine

Dr. Paul Carson is a physician who has practiced medicine as an infectious disease specialist in MN and ND for over 25 years.  He has held past roles at Sanford Health, a large integrated health system in the Upper Midwest, as Chair of the department of infectious diseases, Director of Clinical Research, and past Chief Quality Officer.  He is a Professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, in the Dept. of Internal Medicine.   In 2013, he joined the faculty of North Dakota State University in the Dept. of Public Health where he now teaches on management of infectious diseases in the Master of Public Health graduate program, and directs the Center for Immunization Research and Education (CIRE).  His research is focused on barriers to vaccination and vaccination policy.  He is the immediate past President of the Fargo Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. He is married to Janine, who he met in medical school.  Together they have 4 children, including one in obstetrical training, one currently in her first year of medical school, one who is a missionary for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, and one who is an engineer.  

CHARLETA GUILLORY, MD, MPH, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine; Director, Neonatal Perinatal Public Health Program, Texas Children’s Hospital; and Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy and Congressional Fellow

Charleta Guillory, M.D., M.P.H, F.A.A.P., is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Neonatology at Baylor College of Medicine and Director of the Texas Children's Hospital Neonatal-Perinatal Public Health Program. She earned her doctor of medicine degree from Louisiana State University Medical School, completed her pediatric residency at Louisiana State Medical Center and the University of Colorado. She received her post-doctoral fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and is board certified in both pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Her primary research focus addresses the issue of decreasing black infant mortality and morbidity. Dr. Guillory presently serves as Chair of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Newborn Screening Advisory Committee and as Co-Chair of the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mother and Babies (TCHMB)-Neonatology Section. In February of 2019, she received the American Academy of Pediatrics President’s Cup Award, in recognition of her contributions to improve access to healthcare for children, during the Committee of Federal Government Affairs Meeting in Washington, DC.

GEORGE D. SANTOS, MD
Vice Chairman of Board of Trustees at The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

George D. Santos, MD, is a general psychiatrist in private practice in Houston, Texas. He is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the public mental health system, and has served as President of the Harris County Medical Society, Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, and Houston Psychiatric Society. He has served for over 20 years on the Harris County Mental Health Needs Counsel and has been a mental health advocate in the legislature for almost 30 years. He obtained his BS Degree from the University of Notre Dame and his MD degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He also attended his General Psychiatry Residency program at the University of Texas Medical School Department of Psychiatry. He has also worked as a contractor and consultant to the Department of Homeland Security in developing local-based mental health programs for immigration detainees from youths to adults. He was part of the initial team developing the emergency psychiatric response for the hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort at the Reliant Center and then subsequently was Director of the emergency psychiatry response clinic at the NRG Center for hurricane Harvey.  He has been an advocate for access to mental health care for all populations.

SPONSORS

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Accreditation  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and St. John Paul II Foundation. Christian Medical & Dental Associations is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit  The Christian Medical & Dental Associations designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistant  AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™. by an organization accredited by the ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive up to  7  credits for completing this activity.

Nurse Practitioner  The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCP for further guidelines.
Nurse practitioners may receive up to  7  credits for completing this activity.

Nursing  This educational activity has been approved by the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91). Determination of credit is pending.

Objectives:
▪ Identify the cultural challenges to Catholic healthcare ministries.
▪ Discuss strategies which will increase the viability of catholic healthcare ministries.
▪ Propose models of care that will allow Catholic health care to flourish in the decades ahead.
▪ Discuss the importance of vaccinations to secure optimal outcomes for the general population and the negative impact of non-vaccinated populations.
▪ Describe ethical and moral responsibility regarding vaccinations.
▪ Discuss the state laws and Texas Catholic Conference policy on vaccinations and matriculation in educational settings.
▪ Identify the effects of social determinants of health in maternal-fetal medicine.
▪ Discuss the challenges, joys, and unique needs of health care to poor mothers and their babies.
▪ Propose effective models for ensuring robust access to health care for the poor.
▪ Discuss the health crisis centered on opioid abuse and overdosing.
▪ Propose a path forward for alleviating the crisis through prevention, treatment, and recovery programs.
▪ Identify a robust response for Catholic facilities and Catholic medical professionals with consideration for what practices and interventions, rooted in best practice, can be implemented.
▪ Discuss the basic principles of social doctrine for the Church and how they lead to a flourishing healthcare.
▪ Identify how care for the sick, disabled, and dying is rooted in social doctrine.
▪ Discuss how patient care is rooted in Catholic social and how such care will be distinctive in clinical practice.
▪ Discuss the meaning of religious liberty and rights of conscience of medical professionals and patients.
▪ Study a case in which patients or practitioners have differing religious convictions or value judgements and how such care can be handled well.
▪ Identify best practices for medical professionals to utilize for managing such conflicts to ensure the good of the patient.
▪ Identify the effects of social determinants, and access to mental health care.
▪ Discuss resources available to and needed for securing positive mental health outcomes for the poor.
▪ Articulate outcomes secured by robust solutions to provide care.
▪ Outline the data on effectiveness and outcomes for patients who use medical marijuana and CBD oil.
▪ Distinguish between medical marijuana and CBD oil and consider appropriateness for patient care.
▪ Identify the laws of Texas regarding use of medical marijuana and CBD oil.


Chaplains
The National Association of Catholic Chaplains has approved this program for 7.25 Continuing Education Hours. Please be sure to select the General Admission or Clergy/Religious (if applicable) ticket option and request a certificate of completion on your registration form. For questions, please email aubrie@forlifeandfamily.org.

Licensed Professional Counselors
This activity is approved for 2.5 hours (presentations on care for the sick and dying, the opioid crisis, and access to health care for the poor: mental health). Please be sure to select the General Admission ticket option and request a certificate of completion on your registration form. For questions, please email aubrie@forlifeandfamily.org.

Social Workers  
The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners has approved the St. John Paul II Foundation to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers. This activity is approved for 7 hours. Please be sure to select the General Admission ticket option and request a certificate of completion on your registration form. For questions, please email aubrie@forlifeandfamily.org

Venue

St. John Paul II Foundation

7730 Westview
Houston, TX 77055

For More Information:
Aubrie Miller, Conference Coordinator
832.779.1070
aubrie@forlifeandfamily.org

CONTACT US

  • PHONE

    832.779.1070

  • PHYSICAL ADDRESS

    7730 Westview
    Houston, TX 77055

  • MAILING ADDRESS

    P.O. Box 5927
    Katy, TX 77491

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