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Your Health Lecture Series

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and its community partners throughout the state. 

See sidebar for upcoming lectures. All events are free and open to the public.

Questions? Contact Mark Brieve at 616-234-2667 or by email



End of life: Who decides when you die?

Wednesday, January 25, at 7 pm
Hope College, Graves Hall, Winants Auditorium
263 College Avenue, Holland

Click here to RSVP or call 616-234-2667

Advance directives like living wills or durable powers of attorney are often touted as the solution to difficult choices at the end of life. While they offer advantages, should every adult have one? Can they sometimes have unintended consequences? Do they really eliminate the need for families and health professionals to make hard ethical decisions? Join Dr. Tom Tomlinson at this Your Health Lecture to learn more about end of life decisions on Wednesday, January 25 at 7 pm, at Hope College’s Winants Auditorium.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Hope College, Holland Hospital and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

About the speaker

Tom Tomlinson, PhD, is a professor and director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Tomlinson has taught health care ethics to MSU’s medical colleges since 1981. He is the author of numerous publications on the topics of patient choice, consent, medical directives, biobanks donation, clinical decision-making and other ethical concerns.



Making a difference: The pursuit of health and well-being in your community

Wednesday, February 8 at 7 pm
Lake Superior State University, Crawford Hall, Room 204
650 W. Easterday Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie

To RSVP call 616-234-2667

There is an undeniable link between where we live and the health of our community. Access to health care doesn’t necessarily lead to a healthy population. What are the needs in our community? How can civic engagement improve the health and well-being of our community? Join Dr. Joan Ilardo at this Your Health Lecture to learn more about keeping our community healthy, Wednesday, February 8, at 7 pm, at Lake Superior State University’s Crawford Hall.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Lake Superior State University, War Memorial Hospital and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus.

About the speaker

Joan Ilardo, PhD, LMSW, is the director of Research Initiatives at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the principal investigator/executive director of the Partners in Aging Strategies and Training. The newly formed collaborative is developing and implementing strategies to promote patient-provider partnership that incorporate community-based, nationally recognized evidence-based patient and caregiver education. Dr. Ilardo also serves as an active member of several statewide coalitions addressing patient self-management of chronic diseases and as commissioner on the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging. 



Making a difference: The pursuit of health and well-being in your community

Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm
Northern Michigan University, Reynolds Recital Hall
1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette

To RSVP call 616-234-2667

There is an undeniable link between where we live and the health of our community. Access to health care doesn’t necessarily lead to a healthy population. What are the needs in our community? How can civic engagement improve the health and well-being of our community? Join Dr. Joan Ilardo at this Your Health Lecture to learn more about keeping our community healthy, Thursday, February 9, at 7 pm, at Northern Michigan University’s Reynolds Recital Hall.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Northern Michigan University, UP Health System – Marquette and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Campus.

About the speaker

Joan Ilardo, PhD, LMSW, is the director of Research Initiatives at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the principal investigator/executive director of the Partners in Aging Strategies and Training. The newly formed collaborative is developing and implementing strategies to promote patient-provider partnership that incorporate community-based, nationally recognized evidence-based patient and caregiver education. Dr. Ilardo also serves as an active member of several statewide coalitions addressing patient self-management of chronic diseases and as commissioner on the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging.



What is seasonal affective disorder?

Thursday, February 16 at 10 am
Novi Public Library, West Meeting Room
45255 West 10 Mile Rd., Novi

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Everyone can have a bad day. However, some people experience sadness or depression related to the change in seasons. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) symptoms often begin in the fall and snowball during the winter months. How can we recognize and respond appropriately to the signs of SAD? Join Dr. Deborah Wagenaar at this Your Health Lecture to learn more about the “winter blues” and how to find relief on February 16 at 10 am, at Novi Public Library’s West Meeting Room.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Providence-Providence Park, Novi and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Flint Campus.

About the speaker

Deborah Wagenaar, DO, MS, is associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Michigan State University. Dr. Wagenaar completed her medical degree at MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1983. After a rotating internship at Metropolitan Hospital she finished her adult psychiatry residency program through Michigan State University in 1987. She traveled to the University of Washington to complete a geriatric psychiatry program in 1988. She has been in the MSU Department of Psychiatry since 1993, first serving as associated training director for the psychiatry residency program and currently as the director of the psychiatry clerkship program for the Colleges of Osteopathic and Human Medicine. 



When Every Second Counts: Air Medical Services

Thursday, February 16 at 7 pm
Calvin College Chapel Sanctuary
1795 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids

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Tragedy can strike at a moment’s notice. When every second counts, time and distance can make a ground ambulance transfer prohibitive. Air medical services are available for certain types of medical conditions, but who decides which services should be used and if it is safe for patients to fly? Join Dr. Robert “Butch” Hubers at this Your Health Lecture to learn more about air medical services in our region, Thursday, February 16, at 7 pm, at Calvin College's Chapel Sanctuary.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Calvin College, Spectrum Health and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

About the speaker

Robert “Butch” Hubers, MD, MBA, is Medical Director of Contact Center Services and Chief of Transport Medicine at Spectrum Health Medical Group. He received his bachelor of science in biology and chemistry at Calvin College. Dr. Hubers earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed an emergency medicine residency with Spectrum Health. Recently, he obtained his master of business administration from Auburn University College of Business. Dr. Hubers currently practices as an emergency medicine physician with Emergency Care Specialists at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids and as a flight physician for Aero Med. Previously, he was Aero Med’s program and medical director.



Millions of Lives Saved: The Incredible Impact of Immunizations

Thursday, February 23 at 7 pm
Mott Community College, Event Center
1401 E. Court Street, Flint

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Vaccines are among the most effective ways to prevent serious disease at any age. There are a growing number of misperceptions about immunizations that have sparked a national debate about public health. Join Dr. Keith English at this Your Health Lecture to learn the facts about vaccines and the importance of immunizations on Thursday, February 23, at 7 pm, at Mott Community College’s Event Center.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Mott Community College, Genesys Health System and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Flint Campus.

About the speaker

B. Keith English, MD, is chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. English achieved national acclaim for leading the Memphis community response for the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic while at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is also recognized for other work in pediatrics and was named “Pediatrician of the Year” by the Tennessee chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, among other awards.



End of Life: Who decides when you die?
Wednesday, January 25 at 7 pm, Hope College, Graves Hall, Winants Auditorium

Making a difference: The pursuit of health and well-being in your community
Wednesday, February 8 at 7 pm, Lake Superior State University, Crawford Hall

Making a difference: The pursuit of health and well-being in your community
Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm, Northern Michigan University, Reynolds Recital Hall

What is seasonal affective disorder?
Thursday, February 16 at 10 am, Novi Public Library, West Meeting Room

When Every Second Counts: Air Medical Services
Thursday, February 16 at 7 pm, Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Millions of Lives Saved: The Incredible Impact of Immunizations
Thursday, February 23 at 7 pm, Mott Community College, Event Center