Call for Abstracts

12th Annual McGinley-Rice Symposium: The Face of the Person Who is Poor

The McGinley-Rice Symposium on Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations is a unique scholarly forum for nurses and other health care professionals to address issues of social justice in health care. Organized annually by the holder of the Jacques Laval Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations at the Duquesne University School of Nursing, the McGinley-Rice Symposium is an expression of the mission of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic missionary order that founded Duquesne and assists needy and marginalized persons throughout the world.

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Call for Proposals

This call for proposals invites papers and posters that:

  • Explore the social justice tradition and its application to the health and well-being of the person who is poor.

  • Present research data that discuss the current state of knowledge regarding the causes and effects of poverty: its prevention, identification, and short and long-term remedies.

  • Discuss philosophical and/or theoretical issues related to the health and human consequences of poverty.

  • Discuss clinical and/or programmatic initiatives to foster health care equity for the person who is poor.

  • Discuss governmental and private programs to address poverty.

In the video below, Sister Rosemary Donley, PhD, APRN, FAAN, professor and the Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations, shares examples of possible abstract topics that you could submit.

General Information

  • All abstracts must be submitted no later than 12 Noon (ET) on Friday, April 16, 2021.

  • The lead author/presenter will be notified of the decision of the Review Committee by Friday, May 14, 2021 and must confirm participation in the symposium by Friday, May 21, 2021.

  • All abstracts will be blinded for peer review.

  • All presenters' names and the titles of their abstracts will be included in the symposium program booklet and website.

  • All presenters are required to be paid registrants of the conference.

  • Contact hours will be available. Duquesne University, School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

For questions and further information, contact Sr. Rosemary Donley ( or Kellie Dalton ( or 412.396.5203).

The 12th annual McGinley-Rice Symposium looks with compassion into the face of the person who is poor and views the world through his or her eyes. The 2021 symposium will be held on October 21-22, 2021.

Abstract Layout

  1. All abstracts must include the following information centered at the top of the page: the name and credentials of author(s) on first line; the name of institution or organization on the second line; the city and state on the third line; skip the fourth line; and the title of the presentation on the fifth line.

  2. The abstract may not exceed 300 words and must be formatted with one-inch margins and 12-pt. Times New Roman typeface.

Abstract Organization

The content of each abstract must be organized under separate headings according to one of the formats listed below.

Traditional Research Format

• Purpose
• Theoretical Framework
• Methods (Design, Sample, Setting, Measures, Analysis)
• Results
• Conclusions and Implications

Qualitative Research Format

• Purpose
• Background
• Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic Approach)
• Findings
• Conclusions and Implications

Programmatic Format

• Program Goals
• Structure
• Process/Implementation
• Evaluation/Outcomes

Philosophical and Theoretical Format

• Purpose
• Background
• Approach
• Major Points and Rationale
• Conclusions

Clinical Format 

• Purpose
• Background
• Process
• Impressions
• Lessons Learned