Wittenberg And Community Mercy Health Partners
Collaborate To Present Free Public Lecture Series
Sept. 11, 2006
Mary Jo Groves, university physician, will be the primary speaker for the series, which includes such subjects as dieting, the pandemic and flu, interpreting medical information, cardiac health and a lecture aimed at parents with graduating high school students, among others.
“The best way I can serve the community is to teach patients about their health, and having a lecture format is a way to give back to the community,” Groves said.
The first lecture of the series, titled “Dieting? Again? Let’s Get Serious About Healthy Eating,” takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in 105 Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning, on Wittenberg’s campus. There are a total of nine lectures in the series, running through May 2007. For more information, call the Wittenberg Health Center at (937) 327-7811.
Experts from CMHP will participate in the series. Guest speakers from CMHP and other community resources will include a nutritionist, cardiologist and a rehabilitation specialist. Additional features may be added to programming – for example, at the flu lecture, members of the Clark County Health Department will be present to administer flu shots.
The Doctor Is In series features interactive talks lasting about an hour. All events are on Wittenberg’s campus, room 105 Shouvlin Center, at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Sept. 13 - "Dieting? Again? Let's Get Serious About Healthy Eating"
Oct. 18 - The Couch Potato’s Guide to Exercise
Nov. 15 - Pandemic, Flu and You
(Clark County Health Department will be on site for flu shots afterwards)
Dec. 13 - Medicine as a Foreign Language: How to Interpret What the Doctor/Nurse/Test/Newspaper/TV/Web site Said
Jan 24 - Separating the Myths from the Medicine
Feb. 14 - Happy Valentine’s Day: How to Avoid Heart Disease
Mar. 14 - Great Patients—Great Providers: How to Make the System Work for You
Apr. 18 - America’s Health Care Crisis: Why Americans Are Paying More and Getting Less
May 9 - Talk Fast: A Crash Course for Parents and Their High School Seniors
“I am passionate about providing information to the public,” Groves said. “It’s a great way for me to donate what I know to people who want to learn and might not otherwise have the means to see a doctor or get the attention they desire.”
Assistant Director of Human Resources Benefits and Recruitment LuAnn Shafer said that the university partnership satisfies a desire to promote a healthier workforce and to educate Wittenberg’s staff about living healthier lifestyles.
“We have a conscientious workforce,” Shafer said. “They are interested in taking care of their health.”
Groves and Shafer hope the monthly lectures will serve to educate the public about common health issues, especially those members of the community who might not have access to health care.
“I think it strengthens community relations between Wittenberg and Springfield, and that’s a good thing,” Shafer said.
- Written By: Rachel Morgan '08
- Photo By: Rebecca Horn '08