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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.
Calvin B. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H - ModeratorVice 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, BlackPressUSA.com, EURweb.com, and BlackVoices.com. 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 BlackDoctor.org.
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
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.
Ruth King, MAAuthor, 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., FACPClinical 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.
Frederick Douglas Burton, M.D.Owner and Medical Director, The Burton Wellness & Injury Center
Frederick Douglas Burton, M.D., owner and medical director of The Burton Wellness & Injury Center, is a specialist in Internal Medicine and has been a pioneer in the field of natural medicine and cancer research since 1986. His specific philosophies on health are geared toward the prevention of disease through healthy living, proper exercises and most importantly, appropriate nutrition. By working closely with his patients, he developed countless treatment protocols for numerous ailments utilizing "herbs", "homeopathics" and specific food combinations. His belief in the "Wellness" model and "Holistic approach" has enabled him to improve the lives of an extraordinary number of people who suffer with chronic and acute diseases. Dr. Burton's use of laboratory medicine aids him in administering proper nutritional guidance for patients who are making a conscious effort to improve the quality and quantity of their lives. Dr. Burton is a regular guest host on 900AM-WURD’s “How to Outlive Your Doctor” show.
State of Mind II : The Impact of Race, Culture and History on Mind, Body and SpiritSunday, Feb 19, 2012 - Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 Add to OutlookWURD Speaks: State of Mind II
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April 7, 2012 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1pm-3pm
A conversation with three of the Nation's Most Powerful Voices on Behavioral Health and Emotional Well-Being:
Dr. Joy DeGruy "Post Truamtic Slave Syndrome"
Therman Evans, M.D. "From Purpose to Promise Driven"
Robin L. Smith "Lies At The Altar – The Truth About Great Marriages"
Ruth King "Healing Rage"
Dr. Joy Agela DeGruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW), a master’s degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Social Work Research. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Research at Portland State University and is a member of the International faculty for London’s Department of Health. With over twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society. Dr. DeGruy’s workshops also go far beyond the topic of cultural sensitivity and diversity; she provides specialized work in areas of mental health and ecological resilience. Her clients have included academic institutions such as Oxford University, Harvard University, Columbia University, Fisk University, Smith College, Morehouse College and the University of Chicago, International Faculty of London Department of Health to name a few. She has also presented to federal and state agencies such as The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Probation and Parole agencies, Juvenile Justice Judges Association and Police departments. She has worked with major corporations and companies such as Nordstrom’s and Nike, the NBA Rookies Camp, and with the G-CAPP program based in Atlanta, Georgia. Recently, Dr. DeGruy released, “A Time for Healing”, The Post traumatic Slave Syndrome: “Study Guide.”
Dr. Robin L. Smith is a national television personality, #1 best-selling author of Lies At The Altar – The Truth About Great Marriages, and the popular book Inspirational Vitamins, A Guide To Personal Empowerment – Foreword written by Stevie Wonder. She is also a contributing author for the book The Audacity of Faith, an ordained minister, keynote speaker, and licensed psychologist. She is one of the most sought after speakers and relationship experts in the country. Her contributions include appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, NBC/The Today Show, ABC News/Good Morning America, CBS/The Early Show, MSNBC, the Fox News Channel, and many other news and talk show formats. Dr. Smith also hosted a ﬁ ve-day a week call-in program on Oprah Radio where listeners got their daily dose of Inspiration, Information and Empowerment. Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Temple University, her master’s degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and obtained her undergraduate degree from LaSalle University. In May of 2007, Dr. Smith received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary.
Ruth King, M.A., 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.