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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



Nutrition: The Foundation of Lifelong Health

Tuesday, September 27 at 10 am
Munson Medical Center, Cowell Family Cancer Center, Room B031
217 S. Madison Street, Traverse City

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Nutrition has a significant impact on one’s overall health. What a woman eats during pregnancy not only affects her health, but the long-term development of her child. Join epidemiologists Drs. Jean Kerver and Kelly Hirko at this Your Health Lecture to learn about the foundation of lifelong health and the importance of prenatal, adolescent and adult nutrition on Tuesday, September 27, at 10 am, at Munson Medical Center's Cowell Family Cancer 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 Speakers

Jean Kerver, PhD, MSc, RD, is an assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in the Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Pediatrics & Human Development. As a nutritional epidemiologist and registered dietitian, Dr. Kerver has spent her career developing effective ways to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors for families living in poverty or facing other challenges. Her primary research interest explores the connection between prenatal nutrition and long-term development of children.

Kelly Hirko, PhD, MPH, is an assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics. Her research focuses on understanding cancer’s lifestyle risk factors, particularly obesity and nutrition. Dr. Hirko’s research also investigates the racial and socioeconomic disparities in cancer occurrence.



Encouraging Healthy Lifestyle Choices in Children

Tuesday, September 27 at 7 pm
University of Michigan Flint, Riverfront Banquet Center, Suite A & B
1 Riverfront Plaza, Flint

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Obesity in children and adolescents is a growing concern. What can be done to reverse this epidemic among our nation’s youth? Encouraging healthy lifestyle choices at an early age can have long-term benefits for children. Join Dr. Sath Sudhanthar at this Your Health Lecture to learn about prevention and treatment of childhood obesity and related diseases on Tuesday, September 27, at 7 pm, at University of Michigan Flint’s Riverfront Banquet Center.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by University of Michigan Flint, Hurley Medical Center and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. 

About the Speaker

Sath Sudhanthar, MD, is a pediatrician and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He attended medical school in India and completed a master’s degree in public health from Western Kentucky University. He completed his residency at Michigan State University-Sparrow Hospital Pediatric Residency Program and joined the College of Human Medicine in 2006.



Millions of Lives Saved: The Incredible Impact of Immunizations

Monday, October 17 at 7 pm
Grand Rapids Community College, Calkins Science Center Auditorium
143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids

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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 Monday, October 17 at 7 pm, at Grand Rapids Community College’s Calkins Science Center Auditorium.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College, Spectrum Health 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.



New Horizons in Dementia Diagnosis and Treatment

Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 pm
Saginaw Valley State University, Ott Auditorium
7400 Bay Road, Saginaw

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The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia is growing fast. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. Join Dr. Scott Counts at this Your Health Lecture to learn about dementia’s risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and current Alzheimer’s disease research on Thursday, October 20, at 6:30 pm, at Saginaw Valley State University’s Ott Auditorium.

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

About the Speaker

Scott Counts, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He is also a co-investigator with Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center and a visiting scientist at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience Center. Dr. Counts’ research has been continuously funded since 1998 and he is the author of more than 60 papers and book chapters on the molecular pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease.  



Nutrition: The Foundation of Lifelong Health
September 27, 10 am, Munson Medical Center, Traverse City

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyle Choices in Children
September 27, 7 pm, University of Michigan Flint

Millions of Lives Saved: The Incredible Impact of Immunizations
October 17, 7 pm, Grand Rapids Community College

New Horizons in Dementia Diagnosis and Treatment
October 20, 6:30 pm, Saginaw Valley State University