On Thursday, August 13, 2020, the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program hosted its inaugural meeting of the official HAPF book club, “The Next Chapter”, created by Alumni Fellows Jane Pederson (2018-2019 Fellow) and Teri Kennedy (2015-2016 Fellow).
Our first book selection was The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness by Kelli Harding, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, who joined us for the encouraging discussion. As summed up so eloquently by our Deputy Director, Kathy Pike: “We can find ourselves in a hurried-up world where it is easy to lose track of what really matters. Layer on that the pandemic where we can lose track of our days, and life can be befuddling at times. Last Thursday’s book club meeting created space and time not only to talk about kindness but to experience kindness as well.”
Thank you to everyone who attended and helped organize this first meeting, and we look forward to the many more to come!