Brigham and Women’s Center for Community Wellness Health Discussions

HEAL2: Health Education, Awareness & Literacy
= Healthy Engagement, Actions & Life

These informative discussions are FREE and are currently being held for a virtual audience only.

Everyone could use a general health curriculum to better understand common conditions affecting their loved ones, to learn the best prevention strategies, to know what questions to ask their doctors, and to know where to go for additional information. These monthly forums led by BWH physician cover a variety of topics relevant to our community ranging from hypertension and diabetes to opioid abuse and stress management. Join us for your monthly dose of health education and empowerment!

Questions? Please contact: Gayna Sealy, Program Manager at 617.288.9092

Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders
with Dr. Allison Vise, Internal Medicine, BWH

Thursday, April 1, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

Please come and join the discussion as we will cover topics including:

  • What is substance use disorder (SUD) and how is it different from a typical ingestion of substances?
  • What are personal risk factors that put someone in risk for SUD?
  • What are options for medications for treatment?
  • Learn how to administer life-saving overdose treatment and other resources.
  • Any other questions you have!

Join online (Zoom link below) or by phone 646.876.9923!


Past HEAL2 Discussions

Kidney Health
with Dr. Sunny Kung, BWH

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Please come and join the discussion as we will cover topics including:

  • What are the kidneys and what is their function in the body?
  • What is chronic kidney disease (CKD)?
  • What are symptoms of CKD and how does it manifest in the body?
  • Ways to protect your kidneys.
  • What are treatment options if the kidneys stop working?

Heart Disease
with Dr. Luisa Paredes Acosta, Internal Medicine, BWH

Thursday, February 4, 2021

  • What “heart disease” means and review the most common types.
  • How heart disease can develop and what we can do to prevent it.
  • The most common medications prescribed for heart disease and why is it so important to take them.

Thyroid Health
with Dr. Kelly Schuering

Thursday, January 7, 2021

  • Discussing the thyroid’s main function and role in the body.
  • What are the signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism
  • What should we know about thyroid nodules?

Preparing for End of Life:
A conversation between loved ones & caregivers
with Dr. Maria Patanwala

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Please come and join the discussion as we will cover topics including:

  • What is “Advance Care Planning” for the end of life?
  • What are hospice and palliative care?
  • Discuss the challenges that caregivers face alongside their loved ones.
  • Discuss strategies to have an open discussion with loved ones around wishes and important documents.

Community Convos: Real talk at the intersection of health, medicine, race, and community.

These informative discussions are FREE and are currently being held for a virtual audience only.

Given the glaring health inequities magnified by the COVID pandemic and ongoing social and racial injustices, it is time for some real talk on some important and perhaps difficult topics. Community Convos is a new series of conversations between that bring health practitioners, academics, thought leaders and others together with community members to discuss pressing issues at the intersection of medicine, health, race, politics. Through dialogue we build shared understanding and empathy. And through empathy we build the truth and respect needed to join forces and make progress

Questions? Please contact: Gayna Sealy, Program Manager

Let’s Talk About: Parenting during Pandemic
Staying Strong while Struggling Inside…Caring for our Children During the Pandemic

Thursday, April 29
7:00pm – 8:15pm

Moderated by
Dr. Rich Joseph
Medical Director,
Center for Community Wellness

Discussion topics TBA

Past Community Convos

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph

Let’s Talk About: Trauma Informed Care

  • What is trauma and how does trauma impact our biology and manifest in the body?
  • How has the healthcare system contributed to trauma and what are we doing to have more providers practice in a trauma informed way?
  • How can we take a trauma-informed approach to coping with COVID-19?
  • How can we develop and boost our resiliency in the face of trauma?
Download Trauma Informed Care Resources Document here

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph

Let’s Talk About Substance Use Disorders

  • How can we better understand the disparities in the treatment of SUDs?
  • The impact of COVID-19 on SUDs and its role in recovery and relapse.
  • Stigma around SUDs and how it interferes with the provision and reception of treatment.
  • The role of technology and its impact on people’s ability to obtain treatment.
  • And any other questions you may have!
Download Substance Use Disorder Resources Document here

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph

Obesity and Weight Management

Fatima Cody-Stanford and Chioma Tomlinson, expert practitioners of Obesity Medicine discuss the complexity of obesity as a disease. They explore the biology of weight gain and how excess weight wreaks havoc across all bodily systems and functions. They discuss disparities in obesity rates and barriers in access to obesity care and how the medical system must do better. The discussion finishes with the comprehensive model of obesity care and how a multipronged approach is often needed to promote healthy and sustainable weight loss.

Thursday, December 10th
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph

Let’s Talk About COVID-19: An Update

Dr. Lindsay Baden, Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Paulette Chandler, Associate Physician in Primary Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dr. Lisa Cosimi, Associate Physician in Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital discuss the latest COVID statistics, health and testing information

November 10, 2020
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph


Dr. Stuart Quan and Dr. Olabimpe Omobomi, of the BWH Sleep Medicine Center discuss the science of sleep, the health risks of sleep deprivation, health disparities in sleep disorders and treatments, and the interplay of sleep and stress.

September 22, 2020
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph

Colon Cancer

Two experts, Dr. Nadine McCleary and Dr. Nicolette Rodriguezfrom BWH/Dana Farber, explore the ins and outs of colon cancer.

July 23, 2020
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph


Explore the basic steps and processes of vaccine development with Dr. Lindsey Baden, lead researcher COVID vaccine trial. 

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