Health, Language, Religion, and Spirituality (HeaLRS)

Navigating the Nexus of Health, Language, Religion, Spirituality (HeaLRS): A Community-Driven Initiative

Mission, Context, Goals, Approach 

In our dynamic and complex global landscape, this scholar community is committed to a comprehensive exploration of the intricate interplay among Health, Language, Religion, and Spirituality. Recognizing the inherent nexus that exists within these domains through the lens of Humanities in Health (HinH) @ Pitt, our collective and cross-disciplinary Community of Practice (CofP), consisting of students, interns, staff, faculty, and community and tech industry partners, seeks to illuminate the multidimensional influences and reciprocal relationships that bind them together. We will illuminate the transformative power of Language, shaping narratives that influence well-being, foster a sense of belonging, and cultivate cultural humility to enhance our approach to health, spirituality, and religious dynamics, particularly when working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. We will show how these complex elements intersect with social determinants of health (SDOH) to impact diverse populations.  

Join us in this intellectual journey as we navigate the nexus, unraveling the transformative power of language, embracing cultural humility, and fostering dialogue to address the diverse needs of diverse individuals and communities. Together, let us explore ways to respond to challenges with compassion, empathy, and resilience, enriching our collective understanding of the human experience in the context of Health, Language, Religion, and Spirituality.'

Interested in joining:  

Our approach is community-driven, so kindly send an email to Please emphasize your needs and interests including what religion, spirituality, language and health mean to you. Together, united by our shared humanity, we can address challenges with resilience, compassion, and unity.  Through these interactions, students can actively contribute to and benefit from our shared exploration.  

Faculty Lead: Dr. Abdesalam Soudi ( )

Upcoming events:

Community United in Compassion
Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
University Club, Ballroom A
Vegetarian lunch will be served 

Humanities @ Work in The Community, Health & Tech Industries: The Power of Language and Compassion
Friday, April 12, 2024
University Club, Ballroom A