Brigham and Women’s Center for Community Wellness Health Discussions

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!


Please contact
Mandy Bass, RN, MS
Programs Director

Let’s Talk About:
Serious Illnesses and End-of-life Conversations
with Emily Moore, MD

October 21, 2021
7:00 pm  – 8:15 on Zoom

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

  • Recognize common terms and definitions related to end-of-life care
  • Practice strategies to talk with loved ones about what their future wishes are
  • Become familiar with options for personal advance care planning
  • Name caregiver burnout as a significant source of stress for those who have an ill loved one
  • Any other questions you have!

Join online or by phone.
Connect by link below or call 646.876.9923


with Emily Moore, MD

Let’s Talk About
Lung Disease, Time to Breath Easier
with Kelly Schuering, MD

Thursday, November 4, 2021
7:00pm – 8:15pm

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

  • Distinguish between reactive airway and smoking-related lung diseases
  • Discuss the risk factors for asthma, COPD, and lung cancer
  • Learn about the guidelines for lung cancer screening and understand the risks/benefits
  • Discuss environmental impact on lung disease.
  • Any other questions you have!

Join online or by phone.
Connect by link below or call 646.876.9923

Dr. Kelly Schuering

with Kelly Schuering, MD

Past HEAL2 Discussions

Let’s Talk About: Cervical and Breast Cancer: Risk Factors and Prevention
with Miguel Linares, MD

Thursday, October 7, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

  • The risk factors for cervical and breast cancer
  • The screening options available for cervical and breast cancer
  • The ages and frequency for which screening is recommended
  • The protective factors, and racial differences in cervical and breast cancer

Let’s Talk About: Tobacco, alcohol, and more.
with Sunny Kung, MD

Thursday, September 16, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use that are common and linked closely with mental health
  • Discussion about the tobacco quit line, 1-800-QUIT NOW
  • Effective medications that can help people stop using tobacco, alcohol, and other substances
  • How to be a supportive ally to those who are struggling with substance use

Recovering from COVID-19: What to expect and how the COVID Recovery Center can help.
with Dr. Beret E. Amundson, Internal Medicine BWH

Thursday, August 19, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

  • The spectrum of short or long term effects patients may experience following infection with COVID-19
  • The COVID Recovery Center, it’s goals, and the various services (sub-specialty, social, patient navigator services etc) available to patients
  • How to get connected with the COVID Recovery Center (for patients or family members who may have had COVID-19)

Immunizations in Light of COVID
with Dr. Miriam Kwarteng-Siaw

Thursday, August 5, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

  • Understand the reasons for adult vaccines including pneumococcal, zoster, tetanus, flu and others.
  • Discuss the importance of vaccines to prevent disease, and common side effects.
  • Learn updates on Covid Vaccines.

Alzheimer’s: When is my memory loss normal, or not?
with Khin-Kyemon Aung & Hanna Vollbrecht

Thursday, June 3, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

  • Understand the difference between normal aging, confusion, and dementia
  • Recognize the telltale signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia
  • Discuss how the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is made
  • Learn about resources, strategies, and therapies to help support loved ones with Alzheimer’s dementia

with Dr. Laura Nicholson, MD

Thursday, May 6, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

  • Understand the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Define gout and fibromyalgia
  • Discuss lifestyle changes/natural remedies to help support musculoskeletal health (weight loss, resistance exercise, etc)
  • Discuss treatment strategies for arthritis (Physical Therapy, medication, joint replacement)

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!

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.