Brigham and Women’s Center for Community Wellness Health Discussions

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 617.288.9092

Past Community Convos

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph

Let’s Talk About: How to Lose the COVID 19

Your path to healthy & sustainable weight loss

Thursday, May 20, 2021
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph

Let’s Talk About: Lupus

When the Body Attacks Itself: Lupus and Other Autoimmune Diseases

Download Lupus Resources Document here

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

Let’s Talk About:
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

Let’s Talk About:

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

Let’s Talk About:
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

Let’s Talk About:

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

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