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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



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

Click here to RSVP or call 616-234-2667

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.



Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease

Tuesday, March 7 at 6 pm
Munson Community Health Center, Conf. Rooms A & B
550 Munson Avenue, Traverse City

To RSVP, call 616-234-2667

As many as one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease today. While a diagnosis can be devastating, it is important to know that there are a number of treatments available for those coping with the disease.  Join Dr. Tim Collier at this Your Health Lecture to learn more about Parkinson’s disease and the latest research and promising new treatments that can positively affect lifestyle, Tuesday, March 7, at 6 pm, at Munson Community Health Center.

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

About the speaker

Tim Collier, PhD, is a professor in the MSU College of Human Medicine Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine and Edwin A. Brophy Endowed Chair in Central Nervous System Disorders. More than 15 years ago he became a member of a four principal investigator collaborative team that has been studying issues of dopamine neuron biology as they apply to aging, Parkinson’s disease and experimental therapeutics. In 2010, the team was recruited to MSU College of Human Medicine where they continue to study Parkinson’s disease with interests in cell transplantation, growth factors, stem/progenitor cell biology, gene transfer, and dietary/exercise interventions among others.



Improving Mental Health as a Community

Wednesday, March 15 at 7 pm
Alma College, Swanson Academic Center, Room 113
614 W. Superior Street, Alma

To RSVP, call 616-234-2667

Every year, one in five Americans experiences a mental health condition. How can we work together to positively impact the mental and physical health of adults, children and families in our community? Join Dr. Carol Janney  to learn about ongoing mental health research and ways to address the community’s mental health needs on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 PM, at Alma College’s Swanson Academic Center.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Alma College, MidMichigan Health, Saginaw Valley State University and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

About the speaker

Carol Janney, PhD, is a community health researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Based in Midland, Dr. Janney is part of the college’s effort to establish a statewide research network. Dr. Janney’s extensive research and formal training as an epidemiologist, applied biostatistician, exercise physiologist, nutritionist and health educator allow her to develop, implement, and evaluate behavioral studies/interventions aimed to improve the mental and physical health of individuals with mental health issues, their families and their communities.



Millions of Lives Saved: The Incredible Impact of Immunizations

Thursday, March 23 at 12:00 pm
Michigan Technological University, Great Lakes Research Center, Room 202
100 Phoenix Drive, Houghton

To RSVP, call 616-234-2667

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, March 23 at noon, at Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research Center.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Michigan Technological University, UP Health System – Portage and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

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.



Millions of Lives Saved: The Incredible Impact of Immunizations

Thursday, March 23 at 7 pm
Northern Michigan University, Reynolds Recital Hall
1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette

To RSVP, call 616-234-2667

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, March 23 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

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.



Sleep Long and Prosper: The Importance of Sleep and Tips to Improve

Tuesday, March 28 at 7 pm
Aquinas College Performing Arts Center
1703 Robinson Rd SE, Grand Rapids

To RSVP, call 616-234-2667

Sleep plays an important role in your physical and emotional health. Millions of Americans suffer from either occasional or long-term sleep problems that can impact job performance, health and relationships. How can you improve your sleep and decrease your risk of sleep disorders? Join Dr. Christopher Morgan at this Your Health Lecture to learn more about the importance of sleep and ways to improve your sleep habits, Tuesday, March 28, at 7 pm, at Aquinas College’s Performing Arts Center.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Aquinas College, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

About the speaker

Christopher Morgan, MD, is the medical director of Mercy Health Saint Mary's Sleep Center and a neurologist at Mercy Health Saint Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Dr. Morgan is also a clinical assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  Dr. Morgan first became fascinated with sleep disorders while researching the effects of sleep deprivation in medical students during his neurology residency at Loyola University Medical Center. He then went on to complete a sleep medicine fellowship at The University of Michigan Medical Center. Dr. Morgan is a board certified sleep physician.



Forever Young? Maximizing Our Options as We Age

Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm
Novi Public Library (West Meeting Room)
45255 West 10 Mile Rd., Novi

To RSVP, call 616-234-2667

We all do our best to prepare for the “golden years,” often planning much in advance. There are many factors that contribute to the overall quality of life as we age, such as physical, environmental, cognitive, psychological, social and financial matters. Join Dr. Joan Ilardo at this Your Health Lecture to learn more about the importance of advance planning and its effects on quality of life, Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm, 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.

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.

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

Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease
Tuesday, March 7 at 6 pm, Munson Community Health Center

Improving Mental Health as a Community
Wednesday, March 15 at 7 pm, Alma College

Millions of Lives Saved: The Incredible Impact of Immunizations
Thursday, March 23 at 12:00 pm, Michigan Technological University

Millions of Lives Saved: The Incredible Impact of Immunizations
Thursday, March 23 at 7 pm, Northern Michigan University

Sleep Long and Prosper: The Importance of Sleep and Tips to Improve
Tuesday, March 28 at 7 pm, Aquinas College

Forever Young? Maximizing Our Options as We Age
Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm, Novi Public Library