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Headline: Engaging the power of hope

Modern medical research and high-powered technology are changing the face of health care, but for Joan Haase, there is still a place for a low-tech approach that empowers the human spirit by engaging hope and spirituality.

Haase is internationally recognized for her research into how children, adolescents, young adults and their families adjust to dealing with cancer and other chronic illnesses, building on the innate resilience of human nature.

"We've long known that one of the most important tools to fight cancer and other diseases is the human spirit," says Haase. "What we're trying to do is find the best way to use not only the spirit of the child — or the person — with the disease, but those around them, who make up their support group."

Her adolescent resilience model (ARM for short) is widely used around the world by professionals who help youngsters and their families cope with both the physical and mental stress caused by diseases like cancer.

Haase is the Emily Holmquist Professor in Pediatric Oncology Nursing in the IU School of Nursing at IUPUI, an honor named for the former dean of the IU School of Nursing. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the 2008 Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award (from the Oncology Nursing Society) and the 2007 Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award (from the Association of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Nursing).