International Association

                 for Human Caring

IAHC Supporting

Watson Institute


Abstract Deadline Extended


 December 1, 2017

Annual Conference Theme

Caring from a public perspective:

The social impact of caring science

on health and healing.

May 30 to June 1, 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Host:  University of Minnesota School of Nursing,

Keynote Speaker: David Freudberg,

National Public Radio Host of “Humankind”

Address Title: Human Caring Meets Human Media

Presentation formats include podium, workshop, symposium and poster

CE credits application pending

Submit an Abstract

2018 Abstract Conflict of Interest Form - Required

Dear friends in caring science,

There is just one week remaining in which to submit an abstract for the 39th Annual Conference of the International Association for Human Caring (IAHC), May 31 to June 1, 2018, at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Please visit the IAHC website to submit an abstract, and also to register for the conference. Categories of registration are available for members, non-members, students, low resource country registrants, as well as an early registration rate.

In addition to IAHC subsidizing students and low resource country registrants, IAHC members are also committed to other fund raising activities such as book sales, silent auctions, and donations of every kind to further disseminate caring science throughout the world. Please consider adding a five percent donation to your registration fee, which amounts to $20, to support caring science dissemination through new global memberships.

Preparations for the 2018 conference are well under way, and as the time approaches we need student volunteers to assist delegates with way finding, monitoring presentation rooms, and as general ambassadors of good will. Please contact me directly at to volunteer. Thanks.

The conference agenda will be finalized as soon as the presenter roster is achieved, so please observe the abstract submission deadline of November 15, 2017. Meeting this deadline also facilitates IAHC contacting embassies, in a timely manner, of countries where delegates need to obtain a visa to visit the USA.

Highlights of the agenda will include a panel of past (and current) IAHC president(s) to discuss the past, present, and future ideals of IAHC, as well as a fitting tribute the IAHC founding member, Delores Gaut. Announcements regarding a well-known publisher for the International Journal for Human Caring are anticipated, along with opportunities for journal articles to be widely available, and to be rated by indexing standards.

Most of all, fellowship, networking, moral support, and loving-kindness are among the mutual benefits of attending an IAHC conference. These are what make the financial challenges and volunteer efforts of staging a conference so very worth-while.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick J Dean RN MSN EDD,

IAHC President and Associate Professor Ad Honorem


Dear future participants in the 39th annual International Association for Human Caring conference,

The deadline for submitting professional abstracts is fast approaching (October 13, 2017), while student abstracts are due November 15, 2017. I hope this reminder will inspire each of you to prepare a podium, workshop, or poster presentation addressing the conference theme: The Social Impact of Caring Science on Health and Healing.

Abstract submission and conflict of interest forms can be found on the website. Only one name for correspondence is required on the abstract form, whereas all presenters will be recognized in the conference brochure. Forms must be completed as found on the website and submitted electronically. Hand written versions will not be accepted.


Social Impact is likely more challenging for those of us whose caring science focus has addressed more of a professional impact on health and healing. However, when practiced in partnership with all members of society, caring science is better able to achieve a broader impact on health and healing.

Keynote speaker, David Freudberg of National Public Radio will open the conference with a presentation: Caring Media Meets Caring Science. David hosts a series of national podcasts devoted to issues profoundly affecting humans in all aspects of their lives. His special attention to the impacts of social media on humans draws a parallel with caring science impact on society well being in general, and on health and healing in particular.

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is proud to host concurrent sessions in its beautiful Bentson Center for Innovation and Community Health, while the Commons Hotel, across the road, will accommodate opening sessions each day, along with breakfast buffets. Room locations, presentation schedules, and session breaks are in the planning stages along with a reception, membership gathering, expert panel, and board meeting. Photos and descriptions of the Bentson Center and Commons Hotel are available on line.

Lastly, I am looking forward to seeing you all again in Minneapolis, May 30 to June 1, 2018, along with as many newcomers as possible. On Saturday, June 2, I would like to arrange a bus to Rochester for delegates to visit Mayo Clinic, and enjoy afternoon tea at the home of Patrick and Joan Dean, in the historic Mayowood district. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the website later.

The conference team and IAHC organization look forward to receiving your abstract by October 13, 2017.  Your presence at the conference and your contribution to enriching the knowledge of caring science and its social impact are invaluable to better understanding a broader perspective of health and healing.

In love and caring,

Patrick J Dean EDD RN,

Clinical Associate Professor Ad Honorem

President, International Association for Human Caring 



We are please to announce that the First Issue of the 2017 IAHC Human Caring Journal is now available on the Pinnacle website.

Please follow this link to the site for access.

International Journal for Human Caring

Upcoming events

No upcoming events

38th Annual Conference




Dear participants in the 2017 IAHC conference at MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada, my profound gratitude to all of you for your gifts of presence, presentations, and preparations for this wonderful event.

The pause of silence at the closing was beautifully spontaneous, and mystically embraced each one of us in its circle of caring science; a science that propels us to enhance our energy, commitment, and action between now and the 2018 conference. Who knows what will happen globally and locally between now and then, but we cannot rest is our resistance to the forces that seem to want to dehumanize us.

Strengthening the membership of IAHC, submitting volumes of well edited material to the Internal Journal for Human Caring, and digitally reaching out to citizens of every nation are among our many priorities going forward. There is also a call for recording conference presentations and sharing for limited periods of time on the website.

A compilation of conference evaluations will be forthcoming in the next few weeks, along with reminders to submit any outstanding evaluations. Please also begin identifying which source(s) of caring science information you would like to submit in the follow up evaluation that will be sent to you in about six months time.

An abundance of volunteers signed up for committee work, and these valuable resources will be processed as soon as possible while the energy and enthusiasm of attending 2017 remains in play.

A reflection on the 2017 conference is being composed by Marlienne Goldin, and will appear on this website when it is ready. Additionally, anyone else who wishes to write a reflection is invited to do so and submit it to the IAHC website.

The list of individuals deserving thanks for facilitating the success of 2017 is longer than will fit in this letter, but suffice it to say that efforts were monumental in many cases, and the need to share some of this burden is urgently needed by those of you who signed up for committee and board of directors’ work. Even if you are not presently able to assist directly, your future availability will be welcomed with open arms.

In our quest for an exponential spread of human caring in society, I wish us courage, strength and faith.

Yours in caring,

Patrick J Dean EDD RN OSTJ

IAHC President

View Photos from IAHC 2017 Conference

Annual Conference

Special Thank you to Bill Wagner for providing the photo record!

2017 IAHC Conference

Agenda - Subject to Revisions & Adjustments

Presenter Listing - Subject to Revision

Conflict of Interest Forms

Additional Information and Details

Journal Update

Dear  Members,

The International Association for Human Caring has recently entered into partnership with Allen Press, Inc. to produce the International Journal for Human Caring. We are excited about this new venture and the benefits it will bring to our readers and contributors in the coming year. Some of these benefits include an online automated submission and peer review system called PeerTrack that will help streamline the process for publishing in the journal and an online journal hosting platform called Pinnacle.

In the wake of our decision to cease providing the International Journal of Human Caring in hardcopy format, we felt it was important to implement a more robust platform for journal access online. The new Pinnacle platform will allow for seamless institutional access via IP range and Trusted Proxy Server and will also give library administrators the ability to manage their account information directly and receive COUNTER compliant reports for usage statistics.

We also have plans to join CrossRef so that we may begin to implement DOIs, ensuring persistent linking for articles as well as an increased ability to track citations. All of these changes are now in progress and should be completed within the next 6 – 8 weeks.

The International Journal of Human Caring has long been a trusted resource for nurses and other disciplines interested in the advancement of caring and caring science. It is the only international journal with a focus on caring science related to health, human relationships, and improvement of the human condition. We are enthusiastic about the changes coming in 2016 and hope you will be pleased with the improved access that comes from our new online journal hosting platform.

In peace and caring,

Nancey E.M. France, PhD, RN, AHN-BC                                Zane Robinson Wolf, PhD, RN, FAAN

Past President, International Association for                          Editor-in-Chief, International Journal for Human Caring

About us

In 1978, the National Caring Research Conference was conceived and initiated by Dr. Madeleine Leininger. The annual conference was designed to gather scholars together to share ideas, research, and theories of care and caring.

The core philosophy of the association is based on the belief that caring is the essence of nursing and caring is the unique and unifying focus of the profession.

The national organization began in 1987 through the generosity of 42 charter members. In 1989, with the encouragement of nurses from around the world, the conference association was changed to the International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) Inc.

The central purpose of the IAHC, Inc. is to serve as an international, scholarly forum for all nurses interested in the advancement of the knowledge of human care and caring within the discipline of nursing. In 1993, Drs. Leininger, Delores Gaut, and Malcom Mac Donald produced a video outlining the history and growth of the Association. In 1994, Dr. Leininger established the Leininger Research Scholarship Fund to assist in the financial support of nurse researchers studying the phenomenon of human care and caring.

Become a member

Some of the Member benefits include:

  • Complimentary subscription to four issues of the International Journal for Human Caring.
  • Participation in quarterly Circle of Caring Teleconferences related to caring scholarship and updates on the organization
  • Reduced Annual Conference Registration Rate
  • Reduced Watson Caring Science Institute Conference registration rates.
  • One Hour conference call, or on site visit with an IAHC caring scholar.  Contact us for details.


Join us

Caring... The Essence of Nursing




The International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) provides the forum for discovery and dissemination of caring science.



Members of the IAHC believe:

  • Caring is the human mode of being
  • Caring is the essence of nursing and the moral imperative which guides nursing praxis (education, practice and research)
  • Caring is both spiritual and human consciousness that connects and transforms everything in the universe  Caring in nursing is action and competencies which aim toward the good and welfare of the others
    Caring in nursing is a special way of being, knowing and doing with the goal of protection, enhancement and preservation of human dignity
  • Care is culturally diverse and universal and provides the broadest and most important means to study and explain nursing knowledge and nursing care practices.


The goals of the IAHC are to:

  1. Identify major philosophical, epistemological and professional dimensions of care and caring to advance the body of knowledge that constitutes nursing.
  2. Assist nursing and other disciplines to use care and caring knowledge in human relationships and to facilitate the application of this knowledge to transform organizational systems in which nurses function to become care-focused.
  3. Explicate the nature, scope, and functions of care and caring and its relationship to nursing.
  4. Identify the major components, processes and patterns of care and caring in relationship to nursing from a transcultural nursing perspective.
  5. Stimulate nurse scholars and other professionals world-wide to systematically investigate care and caring and to share findings with colleagues at an annual research conference.
  6. Disseminate knowledge through refereed publications and public forums.
  7. Maintain an organization with elected officers and paid members for the purpose of maintaining a network of scholars.


Address: P.O. Box 6703 * Grand Rapids, MI  49516


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software