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John M. Conry Pharm.D., BCPS, AAHIVP


John Conry discusses Vincentian health care history and principles and addresses inequities in health care, particularly in the United States. He focuses on the challenges that persons who are homeless face in managing chronic conditions and obtaining preventive care. A pharmacist and an educator at St. John’s University, Conry explains his work and that of his students with Project Renewal. Among other services, Project Renewal maintains five MedVans, traveling state-of-the-art clinics that work specifically with the homeless in New York. Although it does not have a spiritual component, Project Renewal provides holistic care, exemplifying hospitality and other Vincentian values. Conry shares a typical student reflection from this experiential service learning opportunity. He emphasizes the need for students to be educated as compassionate professionals who understand their responsibilities to poor persons.