The international network HDC – Health Dialogue Culture

– previosly known as Communion Dialogue and Medicine, started in 2003 and involves professionals from various disciplines in health sciences, as well as from different geographic regions and cultures.

HDC was inspired by the Spirituality of the Unity of the Focolare Movement, which was founded by Chiara Lubich, in Trento (Italy) in 1943. It also has its roots in the culture that emerges from this movement which strives to create constructive dialogues. The movement has helped create a contemporary culture in many areas including: politics, economy, sociology, law, psychology, health, art, communication, ecology, pedagogy, sport...

Through engagement with the scientific cumminuty, HDC wants to contribute to the construction of a Medical Anthropology, which supports attention towards better science and health. This focus is based on the constant respect to the life, dignity and intergraty of each person. HDC continues to promote the individual while striveing to achive a higher level of social/collective health. HDC is proposed to be a “space” for cultural reflection. We are connected to professional practice and experience in the context in which we find confirmation on theoretical suppositions, new lines of studie and research.

Some steps from HDC

2001 – First Steps – International Congress – Rome (Italy): “Current human health: a possible balance”

Key points:

The search for individual answers to the necessities of health;
Creation of the universal principles, based on the centrality of the person.
2007 – International Congress – Rome (Italy): “Communication and Relationship in Medicine: new perspectives to the doctor’s practice”

Key points:

Role of the doctor-patient relationship, among health sciences professional and the various types of services, network structure;
Operational models and practice in various countries.
2011 – International Congress – São Paulo (Brazil): “Spirituality and health on the global view of the person”

Key points:

Strategies and implementations of spirituality in professional practices.
2013 – International Congress – Padua (Italy): “Which medicine: among globalization, sustainability and health care”

Key points:

To contribute to the creation of a health system appropriate to the current medical challenges, through the principles suggested at the Ethical Charter: common well-being, respect, relationships, reciprocity.
2014 – Latin-American Congress – São Paulo (Brazil): “Integral Health: challenges and priorities in Latin”

Key points:

Proposals for a political health model for the Latin-American countries.
2015 – Summer-School – Lisbon (Portugal): “Heath between present and future: challenges and responsibility for the youth”

2016 – Summer-School – Prague (Czech Republic): “The evolution of biomedicine: challenges to the professional ethics”

In these years, many events happened in other nations including: Lithuania, Romania, Poland, France, Germany, Australia, etc...

2017 – International Congress – Brasil (São Paulo): “Promoting Global Health: strategies and actions on the individual and collective level”

In todays modern health care system, it is accepted that biochemistry and genetics are not enough for an insightful understanding of health and illness. The personal, sociocultural and spiritual dimensions of health can no longer be ignored for thier ability to provide quality of life. The context of each patient must be taken into account and underpinned as neccesity. As health contributes remarkably to economic growth and social well-being its determinants must be considered highly strategic. Health systems have to look at patients in their wholeness respecting their complexities and experiences as vital thier overall health. Therefore, relationships which cultivate a deeper understanding between health professionals and thier patients become key elements of a better healthcare system.

The Congress endeavors to better understand these aspects through the sharing of experience and good practice among its participants.




The association wants to contribute towards the elaboration of a medical anthropology inspired by the principles of the spirituality of unity which animates the Focolare Movement and by related experiences made in different countries.

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In this perspective it seeks to redefine the meaning of the life and dignity of all persons, and the health–illness relationship in a personal and social dimension.


The Association was constituted in 2003, following the development in recent years of a number of initiatives in the most varied environments, by doctors from different fields of expertise, professional formation and cultural backgrounds.

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