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St. Luke’s Health Launches Search for “Chief Humankindness Officer” in Houston

Local children encouraged to attend casting call to show off their best words of motivational encouragement to win honorary title and spread humankindness among the community 



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HOUSTON, May 10, 2022St. Luke’s Health is on the search for a “Chief Humankindness Officer,” an honorary title created for a local child to help the organization demonstrate what humankindness looks like in action, and spread verbal encouragement and kindness throughout the Houston community, and beyond.

The search, and new Chief Humankindness Officer role, brings to life St. Luke’s Health’s Hello humankindness movement, which supports the philosophy that while medicine has the ability to cure, shared humanity and human connection has the power to heal – body, mind and spirit. 

The Chief Humankindness Officer search will be conducted on Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Silver Street Studios at Sawyer Yards during a one-time-only open casting call for children ages 5-12 who live throughout the Greater Houston area of Texas – no previous performance experience is required. Participants will be asked to deliver 30 seconds of their best original words of motivational encouragement and positivity, and share what humankindness means to them, as well as how they show it through interactions with others. Participants will be judged on creativity, originality, likability and their perspective on humankindness. 

After the casting call search, one child will be offered the opportunity to serve as Chief Humankindness Officer, and may be selected for an upcoming St. Luke’s marketing effort. The winner will also have a chance to connect with a casting director from Upward Artistry, a local talent agency in Houston, to hone their performance skills during a one-on-one session.

“There’s no denying that children can be a force of positive energy and inspiration, which is why enlisting our local youth to serve in the role as Chief Humankindness Officer for St. Luke’s Health is so exciting,” said T. Douglas Lawson, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s Health. “Our search for a Chief Humankindness Officer seeks to harness the power of words and encouragement to underscore how kindness, empathy and connection among adults, children and even pets can impact our overall health.”

“You don’t have to be a trained performer or artist to make an impact on someone, which is why I love this opportunity for the youth of Houston. I’ve seen the incredible talent among our young Houstonians and am thrilled to help everyone showcase their ability to verbalize motivational encouragement through the open casting call search for the Chief Humankindness Officer,” adds Cristala Poole Dorsey, creative director of Upward Artistry Talent Agency. 

St. Luke’s Health strives to care for each patient with kindness, empathy and respect, in addition to providing world-class medical and academic excellence to the community. Learn more about the healing mission of St. Luke’s Health at


For more information on the Chief Humankindness Officer casting call, and official casting call rules, visit   

About St. Luke’s Health

St. Luke’s Health is home to 16 general hospitals covering Houston, Brazos Valley, Brazosport, and Lufkin and includes Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the research and teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine. St. Luke’s Health is also home to the Texas Heart ®Institute (THI), the top ranked heart center in Houston, and the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, a nationally ranked NCI designated cancer center. Its integrated network of care includes more than 380 employed and 1,600 clinically aligned network providers, and more than 11,000 employees delivering high value, nationally ranked quality and compassionate care along with a Christian ministry of healing. St. Luke’s Health is a member of CommonSpirit Health, a national nonprofit, Catholic health system with more than 140 hospitals covering 21 states and delivering care to more than 12.3 million patient visits annually. 

About CommonSpirit Health

CommonSpirit Health is a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 by Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. With its national office in Chicago and a team of over 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit operates 140 hospitals and more than 1,500 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2021, CommonSpirit had revenues of $33.3 billion and provided $5.1 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

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