Events / 2017 Homer G. Phillips Public Health Lecture Series

2017 Homer G. Phillips Public Health Lecture Series

6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Eric P. Newman Center, 320 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

This public health lecture series is named in honor of the historic Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, the premier training ground for African American medical professionals.  Although it closed its doors on August 17, 1979, we can learn much from the hospital’s history, presented by the very people who worked diligently to provide culturally sensitive care to the patients who so deeply trusted and loved them.

Guest Speaker: Georges C. Benjamin

Topic: Marshalling a Public Health Response to Trauma and Traumatic Stress

Georges C. Benjamin

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, is well-known as a health leader, practitioner and administrator. He currently serves, since December 2002, as the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. He is also a former Secretary of Health for the State of Maryland.      

Dr. Benjamin is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, a Master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a fellow emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He serves on several non-profit boards such as Research!America, the University of Maryland Medical System, and the Reagan-Udall Foundation.

He holds honorary fellowships in two British societies: the Royal Society of Public Health; and the Faculty of Public Health, as well as an honorary doctorate of science from the Meharry Medical College Nashville Tennessee.  Dr. Benjamin is also a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, a council that advises the President on how best to assure the security of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Honoree: Alive and Well

Alive and Well STL is a community-wide effort focused on reducing the impact of stress and trauma on our health and well-being. The research is clear. Stress and traumatic experiences are making many of us sick and together are a leading cause of poor health outcomes.

To become Alive and Well, we need:

  • Informed, supportive communities that recognize the impact of stress and trauma on people’s lives and their health.
  • Service providers who respond to individuals in a way that acknowledges the impact of stress and trauma in their lives.
  • Access to mental health services that recognize and address the impact of stress and trauma.
  • Communities and services that actively work to reduce exposure to traumatic events and toxic stress.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Reception: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Lecture: 7:30 pm

Washington University School of Medicine
Eric P. Newman Center
320 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis MO 63110

This event is free of charge but space is limited.

Please RSVP by Friday, October 20 by calling 314-362-6854 or emailing the Office of Diversity Programs at