Health & Healing: How Are You Feeling?
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 09:00AM Add to Outlook

The WURD Speaks Health and Healing event is an afternoon designed to make you smarter, stronger and of course healthier. Divided into two main components, the program will start off with a screening of “The Deadliest Disease In America,” a highly acclaimed documentary that explores racism in health care, what to do about it and how to report it. This will be followed by an interactive roundtable discussion with a panel of health experts who will offer strategies on how to live disease, pain and stress-free while creating energy, balance and vibrancy in your life.

Event Panelists

Calvin B. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H - Moderator
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Temple University Health System.

Calvin B. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H., is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Temple University Health System. Prior to joining Temple, Dr. Johnson was the 24th Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was appointed to this role in April 2003 by Governor Edward G. Rendell.

As Secretary of Health, Dr. Johnson oversaw an agency with nearly 1,800 employees and a budget of $900 million and led the department in dealing with a variety of public health issues including: the management of the largest single-source Hepatitis A outbreak in U.S. history in 2003; the use of nearly $500 million in Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement funds to focus on biomedical, patient-oriented clinical investigations and health services research; the implementation of a department-wide data–driven, performance-based outcomes management initiative to ensure that public health programs are effectively meeting the needs of all Pennsylvanians; and promoting children’s wellness, improving accountability, and recruiting and retaining a highly skilled public health workforce.

Before serving as Secretary of Health, Dr. Johnson was an assistant professor of pediatrics at Temple University School of Medicine and a practicing pediatrician at Temple University Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Johnson graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, with a degree in chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He trained in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Glenn Ellis, Sr.
Health Educator

Glenn Ellis maintains a busy lecture schedule in the U.S. and abroad, where he highlights health disparities and medical ethics. He has presented at conferences on health equity and disparities in The Netherlands, Belgium, Cuba, Ukraine, and Germany.

His syndicated health columns, published weekly, are read by millions nationwide, through The Philadelphia Tribune,,, and Ellis’ writing is found in Real Health Magazine, The Black AIDS Institute Newsletter, as well as The National Medical Association’s, Healthy Living Magazine. He also is a member of the Review Staff of the American Journal of Public Health, a member of The Association of Healthcare Journalists, and is Editor-at-Large for

Ellis remains a favorite radio guest and commentator nationally. He serves on the Institutional Review Board and the Ethics Committee of Mercy Health Systems in Philadelphia, as well as a member of the Institutional Review Board of Thomas Jefferson Health Systems.

He co-authored an academic paper, African American Experience with Health Care: The Case for Specific Content in Cross-Cultural Education, which was published in The Journal of Academic Medicine.

In 2009, Glenn Ellis was asked to serve as a health policy advisor to the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Black Legislative Caucus. Currently, he is president of Strategies for Well-Being, LLC, a health education and consulting company. In addition to self-publishing Which Doctor? What You Need to Know to be Healthy, Glenn Ellis has earned a well-deserved reputation as an internationally respected health educator and complementary medicine consultant.

Therman E. Evans, M.D.
Physician, Pastor, Professor, & Motivational Speaker

As a physician, Dr. Therman E. Evans has an extensive and impressive background that has contributed and led him to his current leadership position. He is the founder and CEO of Whole Life Associates, a graduate of Howard University undergraduate (BS) and medical school (M.D.), the former Vice President and Corporate Medical Director of Cigna Insurance and Healthcare Corporation, as well as the National Health Director and Washington Bureau Chief for Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Operation Push. Additionally, he studied and achieved his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in theology from the United Christian College of New York. 

Dr. Evans has published over 30 articles in various health journals and newspapers, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the National Medical Association, The Los Angeles Times, HealthQuest, Ebony Magazine, Washington Post and Black Collegian Magazine. For 10 years he hosted a two-hour radio show called “Lifeline” in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Evans was appointed in 1998 and formally installed as Pastor of Morning Star Community Christian Center on July 25, 1999. As the Senior Pastor, he has brought the message of “wholeness” in mind, body, and spirit to the dynamic and growing membership and ministries of the Morning Star congregation. Likewise, he has established healing through outreach services that positively increase self-reliance, health and well being to an economically and socially depressed community.
Ruth King, MA
Author, Life Coach and International Consultant

Ruth King, MA, is a recognized authority on emotional wisdom and the author of the groundbreaking book, Healing Rage (Penguin Group 2007), which became an O Magazine Nugget July 07. Pulitzer Prize Winner Alice Walker says: "Ruth King's desire for our wellbeing and freedom radiates throughout. This is a book that can change your life."

A life coach and international consultant, King is the creator of leading-edge methodologies that build emotional wisdom. A partial client list includes Kaiser Permanente, Intel Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Levi Strauss & Company, Best Buy.

King has studied indigenous cultures and their response to intense emotions in many parts of the world including Brazil, Cuba, China, the Philippines, Europe, Scandinavia, and India, and led cultural awareness tours to Egypt, Ghana, Senegal and South Africa.

Responding to the emotional challenges in our lives, King has facilitated Generational Healing and Transforming Rage retreats where participants are empowered to release and heal emotional distress, honor ancestors, and become reacquainted with inner wisdom.

King has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University (l992) and has been a practitioner of mindfulness meditation since 1992. King weaves Eastern and Western psychology, leadership development, metaphysics, and teachings from wisdom traditions to lecture, coach, and facilitate teachings that transform the emotional body and mind.

Edith Peterson Mitchell, M.D., FACP
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology, Program Leader in Gastrointestinal Oncology, and Associate Director of Diversity, Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University

Edith Peterson Mitchell, MD, FACP is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology, Program Leader in Gastrointestinal Oncology, and Associate Director of Diversity for the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Mitchell received a B.S. in biochemistry from Tennessee State University and her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. In 1973, while attending medical school, Dr. Mitchell entered the Air Force and received a commission through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. She entered active duty after completion of her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Georgetown University.

Dr. Mitchell is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, Aerospace Medical Association, Association of Military Surgeons, and the Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania. She also belongs to the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, and the Philadelphia Society of Medicine. Dr. Mitchell has authored and co-authored more than 100 articles, book chapters, and abstracts on cancer treatment, prevention, and cancer control. As a distinguished researcher, she has received 21 Cancer Research and Principal Investigator Awards, and serves on the National Cancer Institute Review Panel and the Cancer Investigations Review Committee.

In addition to her medical achievements, Dr. Mitchell is a retired Brigadier General from the Air National Guard. General Mitchell has been awarded over fifteen military service medals and ribbons including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Achievement and Commendation Medals, National Defense Service Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal.