A weekly series of discussions led by medical and other health professionals during National Minority Health Month promoting prevention.

Registration is OPEN!

Who should attend?

Local Faith, Community & Health Sector Leaders with a Minority Constituency

RegistrationCost
Faith Leaders / Community Leaders / Health ProfessionalsFREE

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Together build awareness about the disproportionate burden of premature death and illness in diverse populations.

4 - Focused Weekly Sessions
(1 hour each)

Program Overview
Join Health professionals in weekly beneficial discussions for guidance on promoting health and wellness for individuals at increased risks for contracting and being adversely affected by chronic diseases and health disparities.

These special seminars will assist faith and neighborhood leaders to effectively partner and collaborate with health care providers and systems to improve health outcomes through prevention and punctual appropriate care.

Weekly Focus Areas:

Week 1 | Cancer Prevention and Care - April 7thWeek 2 | Diabetes Care and Management - April 14thWeek 3 | Mental Wellness and Behavioral Health - April 21stWeek 4 | Environmental and Social Determinants of Health - April 28th

Encourage action through health education, early detection and control of disease complications.

Cancer Prevention and Care
Week 1 – Thursday, April 7th @ 1 PM

Panel Moderator

Dr. Doron Schneider

VP, Clinical Strategies
Tandigm Health

Panelist

Jennifer Galetta

Community Ambassador
Penn Medicine
Abramson Cancer Center

Panelist

Melissa A. Herd

Acting Regional Director
Region III
U.S. Department Health and Human Services

Panelist

Dr. Sheena Jain

Radiation Oncologist
Redeemer Health
In Partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Panelist

Armenta L. Washington, M.S.

Research Coordinator Senior
Penn Medicine
Abramson Cancer Center

Diabetes Care and Management
Week 2 – Thursday, April 14th @ 1 PM

Panel Moderator

Frank Franklin, PhD, JD, MPH

Deputy Commissioner
Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Panelist

Deborah Witt, MD

Medical Director
Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity

Panelist

Lori McLeer Maloney,
CRNP, MBA

Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Practices of the
University of Pennsylvania
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Panelist

Kristin Motley, PharmD, MBA

Executive Director
Health Educated

Mental Wellness and Behavioral Health
Week 3 – Thursday, April 21st @ 1 PM

Panel Moderator

John F. White, Jr.

President & CEO
The Consortium, Inc.

Panelist

Gerri H. Walker

President & CEO
Behavioral Wellness Center
at Girard

Panelist

Rev. Ann Colley,
LMFT, M.Div

A.L. Colley & Associates, Inc.

Panelist

Dr. Funke Afolabi-Brown, MD

Pediatric Pulmonologist
Restful Sleep MD, Inc.

Environmental and Social Determinants of Health
🔴 Week 4 – Thursday, April 28th @ 1 PM

Panel Moderator

Sandra E. Brooks, MD, MBA

Exec VP / Chief Community Health Equity Officer
Thomas Jefferson University

Panelist

Palak Raval-Nelson, P.hD, MPH

Deputy Commissioner
Philadelphia Department of
Public Health

Panelist

Sharelle Barber, ScD, MPH

Director
The Ubuntu Center on
Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity

Panelist

Marshala Lee, MD

Director
Harrington Trust at Christiana
Care’s Institute for Research on Equity and Community Health

Series Biographies

Cancer Prevention and Care
Week 1 – Thursday, April 7th @ 1 PM

Panel Moderator

Dr. Doron Schneider

VP, Clinical Strategies
Tandigm Health

Doron Schneider, MD is Vice President of Clinical Strategies at Tandigm Health. He joined Tandigm in June 2020 after spending 23 years at Abington Health as a practicing internist, educator and Chief Safety and Quality Officer. He led that system using the principles and science of high reliability to multiple regional and national recognitions for performance excellence, quality and safety. Nationally Dr Schneider has been active with the American College of Physicians (ACP) as a national faculty member in their quality improvement programs.

He has also actively engaged with many national organizations to advance performance excellence. Dr. Schneider has a passion for diabetes and serves as the Section Editor for Quality Improvement Stories in the journal Clinical Diabetes. He lives in Montgomery County, PA with his with his wife, 4 kids and 2 dogs and enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and biking with his family and friends.

Speaker

Jennifer Galetta

Community Ambassador
Penn Medicine
Abramson Cancer Center

My name is Jennifer Ann Galetta, I am a 47 year old single mom of a 5 year old girl. I grew up in New Jersey and moved to Philadelphia after graduating college. I work for the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilty Services. I have been with the department for over 20 years, working to make sure there are services and supports for Individuals with needs.

I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcenoma, IDC in October 2019. I had returned to working full time in September, after having my first and only child and just turned 43 years of age. I was still juggling being a new mom and work; getting my mammogram was at the end of my to do list. It was the end of September and I saw that I forgotten to schedule the mammogram. That night I performed a self exam and found a lump in my right breast. It was September 20th, that I was calling the woman's center at Pennsylvania Hospital, informing the scheduler that I found a lump. A mammogram and ultrasound could not be scheduled until 10/10/2019.

I had my mammogram and ultrasound as scheduled and because the lump was confirmed, the next step was a biopsy that was scheduled to occur 10/14/2019.

I was unaware of my risks for breast cancer. I had no family history of breast cancer. I had a childhood friend that lost his mother to breast cancer. I was called by the Radiologist the following week and was informed that the biopsy revealed that I have breast cancer. I asked what my next step should be and was given the name of an Oncologist surgeon at Penn.

It was later on that I learned that I was triple positive and what that meant. I had a lumpectomy 11/2019. The additional pathology done from this surgery along with what was found gave me a different treatment plan than what I had anticipated upon learning that I was triple positive. I began taxol and herceptin infusions December 2019 through March 2020. April 2020 I had a double masectomy with reconstruction.

Upon completing treatment and learning that I have NED, I was not only excited but wanted to help others.

I am feeling healthy and strong. I look forward to doing more volunteerism to help others.

Panelist

Melissa A. Herd

Acting Regional Director
Region III
U.S. Department Health and Human Services

Melissa A. Herd is the Acting Regional Director and Executive Officer of HHS Region III. She joined the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs in November 2014. In her current role, she works on a range of programmatic matters, often of a sensitive nature, with special emphasis on program policy analysis and coordination of cross-cutting issues. Melissa serves as the liaison between the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs and the HHS Operating Divisions in Region III. She has served in the Bush, Obama, Trump and now Biden Administrations as a career federal worker.

Prior to joining the Office of the Regional Director, Melissa worked for 10 years as a member of the Regional External Affairs (REA) team for CMS. In her role on the CMS REA team, Ms. Herd served as the state lead for Virginia and the District of Columbia where she handled issues relating to Medicare for beneficiaries in those two areas. Prior to joining CMS, Ms. Herd served as the Diversity Account Manager for the American Red Cross, Penn-Jersey Region, where she coordinated blood donations for use in transfusion therapy for children with sickle cell disease.

Melissa holds a BA degree in Psychology from Smith College in Northampton, MA.

Panelist

Dr. Sheena Jain

Radiation Oncologist
Redeemer Health
In Partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Dr. Sheena Jain leads a team of compassionate radiation oncology professionals who will get to know you and develop a personalized course of treatment based on your individual cancer diagnosis, tumor and anatomy. She will oversee and carefully monitor your radiation therapy to ensure accuracy and help minimize side effects.

As a board-certified radiation oncologist, Dr. Jain is highly skilled in the most advanced forms of radiation therapy, including stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and high-dose rate brachytherapy (HDR), among others.

Dr. Jain will work with your medical oncologists, surgeons and other members of your cancer care team before, during and after treatment, so that you can get back to the life you love.

Panelist

Armenta L. Washington, M.S.

Research Coordinator Senior
Penn Medicine
Abramson Cancer Center

Armenta L. Washington, M.S., is currently a Research Coordinator Senior with Abramson Cancer Center - Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In her role with the Office of Diversity and Outreach, Armenta utilizes her expertise in building community partnerships to engage disparate communities. Armenta will focus on outreach and education to underserved communities and increase their opportunities to participate in cancer research.

Prior to her position at Abramson Cancer Center, Armenta served as the Program Manager at Fox Chase Cancer Center’s - Office of Community Outreach.  She was responsible for managing outreach activities which included education and training. She planned, designed, and implemented programs to address cancer health disparities which included, a Digital Storytelling Project as well as a Community Ambassador Training Program.

Armenta previously served as a Training Manager for the Family Planning Council – TRAINING 3 (now known as AccessMatters). In her role she provided technical assistance and training programs for healthcare providers throughout HHS Region III. She designed and facilitated a “Training of Trainers” Science-Based Curricula which was delivered to Region III grantees. She also coordinated numerous training and professional development activities for local and regional healthcare provides often working collaboratively through grant projects with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Office of Population affairs (OPA).

Armenta currently serves as a member of Penn’s Center for AIDS Research – Community Advisory Board where she is the co-chair of the Black Men’s Health Initiative.

She received her Master of Science in Health Education from Saint Joseph’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Millersville University.

Diabetes Care and Management
Week 2 – Thursday, April 14th @ 1 PM

Panel Moderator

Frank Franklin, PhD, JD, MPH

Deputy Commissioner
Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Deputy Health Commissioner Dr. Frank A. Franklin has a background in injury epidemiology, forensic epidemiology, health policy, and the law.
Before his role as Deputy Health Commissioner, Dr. Franklin served as the Director of Epidemiology, Analytics, and Evaluation Division at the Multnomah County Health Department. He also had the opportunity to work with an integrated substance use treatment and primary care agency as the Director of Treatment and Prevention Services.

Dr. Franklin received his doctoral training at The Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg of School of Public Health. He earned a master’s in public health and completed post-doctoral training in health policy from the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Franklin also holds a Juris Doctor from the Kline School of Law at Drexel University. He is a member of the National Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Injury Control and Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a member of the International Advisory Council (IAC) with the Monell Center.

Dr. Franklin’s career as a public health practitioner reflects a commitment to advancing population health and well-being through applied epidemiology, the law, and public policy.

Panelist

Deborah Witt, MD

Medical Director
Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity

Dr. Deborah K. Witt is an experienced Family Physician who trained at the Thomas Jefferson University, Home of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and continued her career with the Department of Family and Community Medicine for more than 26 years. She works extensively with faith based and community organization to promote health and wellness, most recently conducting pop up COVID 19 vaccination clinics throughout the city.

As Medical Director, Dr. Witt will be lead the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity’s community screening efforts, engage organization and healthcare providers to partner with the collaborative to address the untreated and undertreated hypertension, diabetes and metabolic syndrome in our communities with the Frazier Family Coalition for Stroke Education and Prevention and Closing the Gap initiatives.

Ultimately, continuing in her efforts to improving the health and well-being of the most medically underserved and economically vulnerable communities of Philadelphia. Dr. Witt also continues to teach and mentor, medical students at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC). Dr. Witt is passionate about community service and serves on the Board of Directors with Glory Unlimited Ministries, Teaching to Change Lives, Inc, and Sugga Mamas Diabetes Prevention and Management.

Panelist

Lori McLeer Maloney,
CRNP, MBA

Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Practices of the
University of Pennsylvania
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Lori McLeer Maloney, CRNP, MBA, BC-ADM, CDCES, is a Nurse Practitioner at Penn Medicine Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism; Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center located at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management and is a certified diabetes care and education specialist. She co-chairs the Community Pillar of Penn Medicine Equity in Endocrinology. Her clinical practice includes patients diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1 and Type 2), various thyroid disorders, and metabolic bone disorders including osteoporosis. Lori is particularly passionate about the management of Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, and lifestyle modification to include nutrition and exercise.

Lori is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn SON), where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Adult-Gerontology Primary Care. She will graduate from Penn SON in May 2022, with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). She earned a Master of Business Administration from Temple University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Pennsylvania Association of Alumnae.

Panelist

Kristin Motley, PharmD, MBA

Executive Director
Health Educated

Dr. Kristin Ball Motley is a pharmacist who received her PharmD from Florida A&M University and MBA from University of the Sciences. Dr. Motley has served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at Hampton University. She is the President of Health Care Solutions of Delaware Valley, a health and wellness consulting firm. Dr. Motley is also the founder of Health Educated, a non profit organization that offers services and programs to improve health equity, decrease health disparities, and increase health literacy, especially for underserved communities.

She works as a Compliance Coordinator and Field Supervisor for the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia. She is also the host of the Keeping It 100 where she discusses important health topics to help people make better health decisions. The online show is on FB and YouTube on Wednesdays at 12:15p EST at CMPradio.net.

Dr. Motley was born and raised in Chester, PA and resides in Claymont, DE with her husband and their two children.

Mental Wellness and Behavioral Health
Week 3 – Thursday, April 21st @ 1 PM

Panel Moderator

John F. White, Jr.

President & CEO
The Consortium, Inc.

John F. White, Jr. has dedicated, his life to serving the City of Philadelphia. He began his career as a community organizer at the Philadelphia Urban League more than 25 years ago.

Effective and effidient, ,Mr. White served as a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives for the 200th District in Philadelphia in 1976. During his five-year term, he sponsored several key pieces of legislation tackling a range of public policy concerns including juvenile justice, prison reform, social welfare and energy issues. His leadership led to appointments to the Mass Transit and Democratic Policy Committees. He was also elected Chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation to the Pennsylvania House.

Mr. White returned to Philadelphia's political arena in 1981, when he was elected as a member of City 'Council. During his six years as a City Councilman, he served as Chairman of Council's Health and Human Services Committee where he upgraded the City's Department of Human Services, increased foster care' placements and established a comprehensive Emergency Utility Fund to assist Philadelphians with heating costs.

Whether serving in an elected or appointed office, Mr. White has consistently sought innovative solutions that use both common sense and common ground to work.

In 1987, Mr. White was summoned 'back to Harrisburg as he was appointed Secretary of the 'Department of Public Welfare (DPW) -- the Commonwealth's largest State agency. While Secretary, 'he built upon the diversity that exists statewide among political parties, divergent i'nterest'grdups and various constituencies to create and implement award-winning initiatives such as the "Penn Free" Comprehensive Education, Prevention and Drug Treatment Program. In addition, Mr. White's leadership of DPW fostered the development of several other nationally recognized programs, which created jobs for more than 200,000 welfare recipients; improved access to medical treatment for low income families and expanded health care services for children statewide.

Mr. White completed a four-year term as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA), which, prior to his arrival, was described by housing experts as being one of the most troubled housing authorities in the country. With 2,200 employees - including its own Academy-trained police force - serving some 43,000 residents with an annual budget of $115 million, the Philadelphia Housing Authority ranks as the fourth largest "city" in the Commonwealth by its size alone. Under his leadership, Mr. White guided PHA from the darkness of patronage and waste to a model that has been hailed as one of the nation's best. In the words of the Philadelphia Inquirer in reviewing Mr. White's performance.."political leaders must forge a consensus that PHA should be allowed to carry out its primary mission - decent, safe housing for poor citizens. That was John White-'s focus, and it worked." His legacy included a tough new tenant lease (the first in 20 years) that held PHA and its tenants accountable for the state of their housing; an historic implosion of the Raymond Rosen and Schuykill Falls high rise towers to make way for improved housing, construction of commercial strips and an improved quality of life; and the removal of PHA from the federal list of "troubled" housing authorities by the Office of Housing and Urban Development

His dedication to the City of Philadelphia is ongoing. As President and CEO of The Consortium, a Community Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center in West Philadelphia, he continues his commitment by advocating for the health and well being of the consumers in the West Philadelphia community.

Mr. White attended West Chester University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives. He is the father of three sons.

Panelist

Gerri H. Walker

President & CEO
Behavioral Wellness Center at Girard

Gerri H. Walker, served as the long-term chairman of The Behavioral Wellness Center at Girard (formerly North Philadelphia Health System – Girard Medical Center) Board of Directors for 26 years before becoming its President and CEO. The Center is a 272-bed facility which includes a 65-bed private psychiatric hospital, 207 drug and alcohol residential beds and a 752 capacity methadone, vivitrol and suboxone clinic. She also served as the first woman and African American to hold the dual role of City Representative and Commerce Director, the chief marketing and business development executive for Philadelphia overseeing a budget of $108mm and 700 employees. She therefore brings a dual perspective to her role as CEO of The Behavioral Wellness Center at Girard.

Walker has extensive business management and communications experience from leading her own consulting company. She received a Master’s in Education from Temple University and a B.A. in French and Spanish from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to studies abroad, she also has experience in domestic and international business.

Walker has been President and CEO of her own company serving domestic and foreign national chief executive officers in business development, management, and communications. Among her many accomplishments, she’s been listed in Who’s Who in International Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders Worldwide and American Business Leaders.

She has also taught leadership and executive communication at several leading universities, traveled throughout West Africa, lived in Accra, Ghana and won Power Talk International’s worldwide speech competition on the stage of the Sydney Opera House.

She was previously a partner of Diamond Cutter, LLC, a holistic wellness company dedicated to enhancing lives, mind, body and spirit; and co-founder of The Forerunners International Institute, a non-profit dedicated to fostering communication and understanding among persons of the African diaspora, through personal development, travel and international conferences.

Walker is currently chairman of the board of the Simpson Fletcher Conestoga Corporation, which owns a housing complex for the elderly and the disabled. She is a member of the board of the Inspire Children Foundation and former chair of the Philadelphia Commercial Development Corporation, a public financing agency, and of the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority and Urban Affairs Coalition among others.

All of Walker’s experiences, including her work as a licensed spiritual practitioner, give her a unique outlook on the field of behavioral health from its impact on youth, the financial, mental, and physical health of families and communities, the need for cultural and spiritual sensitivity and the governmental financial commitment needed to make a difference.

She has been married for 57years to Reginald Walker and has two children, a daughter, Rana and a son, Tschaka (Chaka).

Panelist

Rev. Ann Colley,
LMFT, M.Div

A.L. Colley & Associates, Inc.

Rev. Ann Colley is a consultant, teacher, psychotherapist and speaker/trainer with an extensive record of staff development, leadership development and training, organizational management and strategic development and planning. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Ordained Clergy, Ann's work has included being the Associate Pastor at a mega church, development of a private practice providing psychotherapy, diversity, equity and inclusion consulting, life coach and spiritual counseling.

Ann has developed a psychotherapy group practice and consulting firm that provides transformational therapy and organizational consulting, keynote and training speaking and people development. The goal is the development of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and resources to maximize external productivity for the benefit of self and others. Ann’s passion and broad experiences help to develop kinship with diverse clients. She brings a contagious energy, warmth and optimism which stimulate learning through raising delicate issues in a way that is infused with humor and perspective that increases an environment for trying new ideas/behaviors. Her message of empowerment has been shared in Corporate and Non-Profit organizations, Religious organizations, retreats and conferences.

Over the past thirty years Ann has developed counseling programs, leadership training programs and mental behavioral health trainings. Additionally, she has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing, sales, management, teaching, training and consulting, communications, strategic partnership and community building. She also conducts organizational strategy planning facilitation, church growth workshops, leadership development workshops, life, career, and spiritual coaching and professional developmental training, seminars, and forums. In addition to running a private group practice Ann.

Ann also is an adjunct professor at Union Theological Seminary, PCOM and Harcum College. She has been an adjunct at Holy Family University, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia Certificate Leadership Program and Palmer Theological Seminary. She was a On-Call Chaplain at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for four years.

Ann L. Colley is a native of Chicago and has been a resident of Philadelphia for over twenty years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from DePaul University, her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, her Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and she completed her clinical training in marriage and family therapy at the Council for Relationships (an AAMFT certified program).

Ann L. Colley is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of the AAMFT, was certified as a National Professional Development Trainer for Fred Pryor Seminars, and is a member of two non-profit Board of Directors as well as a Chair of Corporate Compliance Committee.

Panelist

Dr. Funke Afolabi-Brown, MD

Pediatric Pulmonologist
Restful Sleep MD, Inc.

Dr. Funke Afolabi-Brown is a triple board-certified sleep medicine physician passionate about helping people discover the gift of sleep as a superpower.

Dr. Brown is a speaker, an educator, a writer, and the founder of RestfulSleepMD where she helps busy professional women and their children prioritize sleep to not only achieve their optimal health but also thrive and live to their fullest potential.

As a physician in practice for over a decade, a mom of two, she fully understands the impact of sleep deprivation on our mental, physical and emotional health. As a result of this, she has dedicated her career to helping professional women be their best selves. She does this through speaking, coaching, courses, and programs focused on educating and empowering busy professional women to make sleep a priority as a critical pillar of their health.

She is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Amerian Thoracic Society.

She is a frequent speaker at various conferences, summits, workshops, and association meetings.

Environmental and Social Determinants of Health
Week 4 – Thursday, April 28th @ 1 PM

Panel Moderator

Sandra E. Brooks, MD, MBA

Exec VP / Chief Community Health Equity Officer
Thomas Jefferson University

Trained in OB Gyn at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Gynecologic Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Sandra E. Brooks also served as Professor and Director of the Division of Gynecology Oncology at the University of Maryland for 10 years where in addition to clinical practice, teaching, and mentoring trainees, her research focused on health services and cancer disparities. Dr. Brooks received her MBA in Medical Services Management at Johns Hopkins University prior to transitioning to a physician executive role in Louisville where she developed a multi-modal prevention service line. Dr. Brooks has had an enduring programmatic and research interest in reducing health services and promotion of health equity as exemplified in her role as principal investigator of one of 21 National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center Programs focused on promoting health equity, quality, clinical trials and survivorship.

Prior to her return to Philadelphia, Dr. Brooks was Chief Medical Officer of St. Joseph’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital, BayCare, Health System in Tampa, Florida, where she accomplished major initiatives focused on patient safety and quality. Dr. Brooks’ national work includes serving on boards of the American Public Health Association and Co- Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.

Joining the Jefferson Health System just prior to the pandemic, Dr. Brooks quickly became integral to the Center City Division pandemic response as the Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Brooks is deeply engaged in vaccine promotion efforts, leading Jefferson’s REAL TALK campaign. Dr. Brooks was recently named the Executive Vice President, Chief Community Health Equity Officer, TJU, and is leading the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity, while continuing her role as Chief Medical Officer for TJUH, Inc.

Panelist

Palak Raval-Nelson, P.hD, MPH

Deputy Commissioner
Philadelphia Department of
Public Health

Palak Raval-Nelson, P.hD, MPH is Deputy Health Commissioner for the Department of Public Health. She has worked for the department since 1996 when she began her career as a public health sanitarian. Since then, she has served as a supervisor, manager, administrator, and most recently as director of Environmental Health Services. As Deputy Health Commissioner, Raval-Nelson has oversight of Environmental Health Services, Air Management Services, Public Health Laboratory, and the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office.

Raval-Nelson also serves as adjunct faculty at Drexel University’s School of Public Health and Temple University. She teaches environmental and occupational health, as well as vulnerable populations and the environment. She has presented many papers at NEHA, PPHA, and APHA, and has had several publications in the National Journal of Environmental Health. In 2008, she published her first book, Breast Cancer Politics: An Evaluation of the Current Funding Policies. She has graduated from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute.

Raval Nelson has her B.S. in Biology from Temple University, her M.P.H. from MCP Hahnemann University (graduating with the distinguished Hiega Society Award), and her Ph.D. in environmental health and policy from Drexel University. She is a member of the Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society. She was recognized in 2006 by the Society of Women Environmental Professionals as an outstanding woman environmental professional for the Delaware Valley.

Raval-Nelson is deeply committed on working with vulnerable populations and being a voice for marginalized communities to ensure equity and environment justice. She has been a civil servant for 26 years and believes in helping people.

Panelist

Sharelle Barber, ScD, MPH

Director
The Ubuntu Center on
Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity

Dr. Sharrelle Barber is a social epidemiologist and scholar-activist whose research focuses on the intersection of “place, race, and health” and examines the role of structural racism in shaping racial health inequities among Blacks in the United States and Brazil. Dr. Barber is a faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health and the Inaugural Director of the Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity which launched in Fall 2021.

She received a Doctor of Science degree in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Master of Public Health from the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bennett College.

Panelist

Marshala Lee, MD

Director
Harrington Trust at Christiana
Care’s Institute for Research on Equity and Community Health

Dr. Marshala Lee is a board-certified family medicine physician and the Director of the Harrington Trust at ChristianaCare’s Institute for Research on Equity and Community Health. She also serves as the lead physician at Shortlidge Academy’s School-based health center sponsored by ChristianaCare. Dr. Lee’s role supports efforts to strengthen community partnerships, mentor premedical and medical students from underrepresented backgrounds, and develop new models of patient-centered health care that address the social determinants of health.

In her free time, Dr. Lee serves as a member of Brown’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Brown’s Advisory Council on Relations with Tougaloo College, Member of the Wilmington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s Physical and Mental Health Committee, health contributor for the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, Communities in Schools Board Members, Young Physician Coordinator for Region 2 of the National Medical Association, and the Vice President for the First State Chapter of the National Medical Association.

Among many honors, Dr. Lee was recently awarded the 2021 Brown Medical School’s Junior Alumni Award for Excellence in Diversity.

Dr. Lee completed her undergraduate training at Tougaloo College, a historically black college in Mississippi prior to obtaining a medical degree with a concentration in advocacy and activism from Brown Medical School. She completed her family medicine residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Lee was chosen as a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy and obtained a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Healthcare Management and Policy from Harvard.

Keynoter

Roslyn Holliday Moore, MS

Deputy Office Director for Programs
Office of Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Roslyn Holliday Moore, MS, is the Deputy Office Director for Programs for the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Ms. Holliday Moore oversees all program development and implementation activities for OMH.

Prior to joining OMH, Ms. Holliday Moore served as the Senior Public Health Analyst in the Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE) for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The OBHE coordinates SAMHSA’s efforts to reduce disparities in mental and/or substance use disorders across populations. As senior staff, Ms. Holliday Moore provided guidance and direction on national policy, program and data initiatives that addressed health disparities and promoted health equity for underserved individuals and communities.

Prior to federal employment, Ms. Holliday Moore held leadership positions in children’s mental health for the New York State Office of Mental Health’s New York City region, including serving as Director of Community Services for the Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center. Through her work for the NYS Research Foundation, she directed the Families Reaching In Ever New Directions (F.R.I.E.N.D.S.) system of care in the South Bronx. The project demonstrated cost benefits and improved health outcomes of community-based services for children.

Ms. Holliday Moore earned degrees in Speech-Language Pathology at Queens College, CUNY and Teachers College, Columbia University and is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist.

CME CATEGORY 2 CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT

Physicians may self-claim this program for Category 2 credit. Category 2 credits can be claimed for learning activities not designated for Category 1 credit - that a physician considers to have educational value related to his/her medical practice.

Category 2 Credit Documentation must include: • Activity title, • Subject or content area, • Date(s) of participation, and • Number of credits claimed.

Information Below:
Category 2 credit is self-designated and claimed by individual physicians for participation in education activities not designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit that: • comply with the AMA definition of CME; and • a physician finds to be a worthwhile learning experience related to his/her practice. Examples of learning activities that meet the requirements for AMA PRA Category 2 Credit include but are not limited to:

• Participation in educational activities that have not been designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit; • Teaching physicians, residents, medical students or other health professionals; • Unstructured online searching and learning; • Reading authoritative medical literature; • Consultation with peers and medical experts; • Small group discussions; • Self-assessment activities; • Medical writing; • Preceptorship participation; and • Research.

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