One Health Care Community One Book

A long-year celebration of reading

One Health Care Community One
Book proposes to engage members of Johns Hopkins Medicine in a year-long celebration of
reading and discussing one story.


“Fidelity,” a story by Wendell Berry, award-winning author of the National Humanities Medal,  is a beautifully written story about a rural farming family’s struggle to cope with the local health care system at a relative’s end of life.


Conceived and organized by Lauren Small, and co-supported by AfterWards: An Interprofessional Program in Narrative Medicine, the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine, and the Office of Cultural Affairs 


Research shows that narrative medicine 

  • enhances empathy and reflection
  • promotes personal and professional growth
  • fosters holistic care and compassion
  • builds community across the health care professions
  • promotes self-care


Throughout the year, members of the Hopkins health care community will have opportunities to engage with “Fidelity” through

  • keynote address
  • book conversations
  • book talks
  • other arts presentations


Practically everywhere on JHU campus! 

Apart from attending One Book One Healthcare System events, JHU affiliates can organize their own readings and discussions of “Fidelity” at their leisure, and they will be provided with food and beverages.

For more information, contact 

Lauren Small

Jeremy Greene

Images courtesy of Wellcome Trust