Community Service Learning in April: Pediatrician will speak about homeless and at-risk youth

Book cover: Ask Me Why I Hurt

The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics will offer opportunities to discuss Dr. Christensen's book.

Randy Christensen, MD MPH, author of Ask Me Why I Hurt, will be a featured speaker at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics‘ Fifth Annual Community Service Learning Conference on April 5, 2012.  The Libraries and the Center are encouraging students, faculty and staff to read Ask Me Why I Hurt and participate in group discussions about the book in advance of the author’s visit.

Dr. Christensen is a pediatrician for Phoenix Children’s Hospital who operates the Crews’n Healthmobile, a 38-foot mobile medical unit that goes out into the streets of central Arizona to provide free healthcare services to homeless and at-risk youth, as well as referrals for housing, food, GED, substance abuse, employment, obtaining identification, legal services, and health insurance.

Ask Me Why I Hurt is Dr. Christensen’s memoir of his work  caring for society’s throwaway kids—the often-abused, unloved children who live on the streets without access to proper health care, all the while fending off constant threats from thugs, gangs, pimps, and other predators.  You can learn more about the book and author at, and follow Dr. Christensen on Twitter (@AskMeWhyIHurt).

We encourage you to pick up a copy of Ask Me Why I Hurt at the Health Science Center Libraries, the HSC Bookstore, the San Antonio Public Library, or your local library.  The Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics will sponsor upcoming book discussion opportunities prior to the event;  check for more information.  Then join us on April 5, 2012 for the Community Service Learning Conference, where Dr. Christensen and Julie Watson LPN will speak on “Why do you do what you do? Caring for Underserved Populations.” at 3:35pm.

Luke Rosenberger, Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections