There is an educational component to all Gesundheit projects—the books, movies, lectures, clowning, global outreach, the model hospital project. In addition, Gesundheit hosts events focused on education—at the site of the future hospital and elsewhere—in the form of medical student electives, summer institutes, health care system design intensives, and conferences.


Spring Social Medicine Symposium

April 19-22nd, 2018 | Urbana, IL

Organized by Patch Adams MD and School for Designing a Society, the Symposium looks at the impacts of social context on health, disease and the practice of care. We ask such questions as: What’s the effect of poverty and racism on epidemiology? How do we take into account the social as well as physical side-effects of our medicine?

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Spring Wellness Celebration

May 18-20, 2018 | Hillsboro, WV

Wellness is a vital part of Gesundheit Institute and our mission worldwide. We want to offer a weekend to focus on what it means to be well and learn simple and effective ways to incorporate it into our everyday lives. We will learn about wellness of the mind, body, spirit, family and community and how each of these elements affects us in varying ways.

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Summer Session at Gesundheit!

June 3 – 23, 2018 | Hillsboro, WV

Join us for three weeks in West Virginia where we’ll offer starting concepts, experiential exercises, community living, creative projects, humanitarian clowning, wide-ranging discussions. In these activities we’ll explore humanism as a counter to the de-humanism we find in our current society. How can we counteract the social structures—legal, non-legal, formal, informal—that treat people as something other than people?

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The Laughing Body: Art of Care

August 17-24, 2018 | Hillsboro, WV

We invite you to spend a week in August, reflecting, playing, and living together in the wonderful natural environment of the Gesundheit! Institute in West Virginia. It’s a week devoted to the Art of Care – as a way to better understand ourselves, discover our bodies, and reflect on facets of Care.

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Health Care Justice Celebration!

Winter 2019 | Hillsboro, WV

Come join us at our five day Health Care Justice Party at the Gesundheit Institute! These five days are for people who feel called on to create positive change in health care and are looking for sympathetic folks to learn from and strategize with. Join us by celebrating the new year!

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Course Descriptions

Rather than orienting participants to find a comfy spot in the current social system, this School offers tools, time, ambiance and company in which people can imagine and design a system they would prefer. Find out more about courses offered in relation to a particular program/session, in either Illinois or West Virginia.

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Patch Adams MD & Gesundheit Institute, P.O. Box 307, Urbana, IL 61803

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