Community Health Lecture Series

Free monthly lectures presented by Midwestern University faculty experts at the Glendale Foothills Library

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Midwestern University's free monthly Community Health Lecture Series continues to serve the community by offering presentations on a variety of healthcare topics from the University's faculty experts.

Held on the second Monday of every month, each hour-long interactive lecture addresses health issues facing our community every day, from coping with ankle injuries to finding the proper mental health resources to addressing arthritis in your pets.

The lectures are provided at no cost to the community and are held in partnership with the Glendale-Foothills Branch Library. No reservations are necessary.

Monday, July 10, 2023, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Get Out and Start Exploring Again: Tips for Travel Medicine

Presented by Jennifer Wild, D.O., Medical Director, Physician Assistant Program

With summer rapidly unfolding, many of us are planning vacations and gearing up to travel, whether locally or internationally. Join Dr. Wild to learn how to book and prepare for a pre-travel consultation at a travel clinic, health concerns for international travelers, and travel safety tips such as sunscreen application and mosquito avoidance.

Monday, August 14, 2023, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Can You Have Gum Disease and Not Know It?

Presented by John Francis, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Associate Professor, Dental Institute

Your teeth aren’t the only part of your mouth that you need to take care of - your gums are just as important! Sometimes, you can have gum disease and not even know it. In this presentation, Dr. Francis will highlight the usual signs and symptoms of this disease, how it’s commonly treated, and how inflamed gums might be affecting other parts of your body.


Monday, September 11, 2023, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Common Drug-Drug Interactions: Maximize Effects and Minimize Toxicities

Presented by Rahul Deshmukh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Glendale

Drug-drug interactions (DDI) are commonly observed in day-to-day life. Whenever a patient is prescribed two or more medications concurrently, this could be either a recipe for success or disaster. In this presentation, Dr. Deshmukh will talk about how patients and healthcare providers can work together to avoid adverse drug-drug interactions and maximize the therapeutic effects of drug treatments.

Monday, October 9, 2023, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Occupational Therapy: Restoring Function After Illness or Injury

Presented by Charlie Wilson, M.O.T., OTR/L, Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Have you ever wondered what occupational therapy is, and how it might help you? Join occupational therapist Charlie Wilson to learn about this unique branch of healthcare, what adult neurorehabilitation is, and how occupational therapy can help a variety of people after illness or injury.


Monday, November 13, 2023, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Updates in Obesity Medicine

Presented by Carly Ernst, D.O., Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

New weight loss medications are being highlighted in the news daily, thanks to celebrities. Dr. Ernst will break down the causes of obesity, how to balance your hormones with dietary alterations, and what’s actually going on with those new medications.


Monday, December 11, 2023, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

How to Fall, and Fall Recovery Strategies for Active Adults

Presented by Patrice Ayala, D.P.T., PT, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

As we get older, the fear of falling and hurting ourselves becomes more prevalent, and we do everything we can to avoid it happening. However, did you know there is a way to fall safely? Join Dr. Ayala to learn the art of falling, as well as recovery strategies for active adults.

The information presented in these lectures is provided for informational purposes only and is not for use in diagnosing any condition.  The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment.  Always consult your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding any possible medical condition.


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