2023-2024 GHHS Annual Initiative

The world at large, and healthcare as a result, is experiencing a deficit of compassion and empathy. The Gold Humanism Honor Society invites its members to work together to begin to bridge the gaps in a polarized world.

Humanism in healthcare puts people at the center:

  • The person in front of you
  • The caregivers beside you
  • The community around you

People can have wildly different views, experiences, backgrounds, and ideas. These differences make the world beautiful. And sometimes, they can also lead to challenging moments — in the world and in healthcare.

The 2023-24 GHHS annual initiative, The Gold Compass: Using Humanism to Navigate Different Perspectives & Create Human-Centered Care, invites GHHS members to act as leaders in creating opportunities or modeling the search for ways to interact with openness in civil discourse.

Mitigating this divide—the separation we feel within ourselves and with one another—may have the power to reinforce the most essential components of what it means to be both a human and a healer.

We look to GHHS members, exemplars of humanism, to help humanize differing perspectives in healthcare. The goal of this initiative is to acknowledge that we live in a time with complex viewpoints and to seek to cultivate understanding and elevate the idea that within discourse lives humanity.

Over the coming months, we’d love to hear your ideas about how you can contribute to this initiative on a chapter level. Will you create programming related to civil discourse or structural racism in healthcare? Please let us know your plans, and feel free to reach out if you’d like to discuss them with the GHHS leadership team.

Access a guide on how to open conversations about difficult topics with optimal effectiveness.