“Heal the sick” was one of Jesus’ first instructions to his disciples (Matthew 10:8), and for 2,000 years Catholics have attempted to follow the example of the Great Physician. From the healing ministry of the apostles, to the founding of the first hospitals, to modern Catholic health care systems, treating the body, mind, and spirit of the sick and suffering has been at the heart of the Church’s work. In 2017 and 2018, Gerber Institute programming will focus on issues at the intersection of Catholic tradition and health care. Exemplary issues for programming include bioethics, end-of-life care, health care access for the poor and marginalized, mental health care, rural health care and reproductive health.