Maternal & Family Health Services Announces Annual Meeting Diversity Panel Speakers

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Maternal & Family Health Services, Inc. (MFHS) announces the panel of speakers at its 41st Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and Community Luncheon. The Luncheon will take place on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 at The Woodlands Inn & Resort, Wilkes-Barre and will feature a special forum on building and nurturing an inclusive community by embracing diversity and cultural competency. Speakers include Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Jennifer Joyce, MD., Education Director of Family Medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College; James Calderone, Ed.D., ACSW, LSW of Misericordia University; and Arthur Breese, M.A., M.S, Associate Director of the Northeast Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium and Director of Diversity for Geisinger Health Care System .

Maternal & Family Health Services, Inc. (MFHS) announces the panel of speakers at its 41st Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and Community Luncheon. The Luncheon will take place on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 at The Woodlands Inn & Resort, Wilkes-Barre and will feature a special forum on building and nurturing an inclusive community by embracing diversity and cultural competency.

The panel will be moderated by Linda Trompetter, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Northeast Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium. Speakers include Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Jennifer Joyce, MD., Education Director of Family Medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College; James Calderone, Ed.D., ACSW, LSW of Misericordia University; and Arthur Breese, M.A., M.S, Associate Director of the Northeast Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium and Director of Diversity for Geisinger Health Care System .

Jessica González-Rojas is the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that specifically works to advance reproductive health and rights for Latinas. She has been a leader in progressive movements for over 15 years, including serving 4 years with the New York State Democratic Committee. Jessica is successfully forging connections between reproductive health, gender, immigration, LGBTQ liberation, labor and Latino civil rights, and building a strong Latina grassroots presence.

Jennifer Joyce, MD recently joined The Commonwealth Medical College from the University of Kentucky School of Medicine where she served in multiple educational roles including director of the third year clerkship, director of pre-doctoral programs, and medical director for the Family Medicine Practice. She was named to America’s Top Family Doctors in 2009 and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Flexner Master Educator Award at University of Kentucky.

James Calderone, Ed.D., ACSW, LSW is in his 34th year teaching in the Social Work Program at Misericordia University. He earned his A.B. in English at Wilkes University, MSSW at University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ed.D. degree at Temple University. Dr. Calderone has made numerous conference presentations on issues of diversity at both the regional and national level and has served as a board member on the College’s Diversity Institute which is actively involved with the local community in promoting educational programming in the areas of prejudice reduction and multi-cultural understanding.

Arthur Breese, M.A., M.S is associate director of the Northeast Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium, and has many years of experience working on diversity issues at the local, regional and national levels. He is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Psychology and holds Masters Degrees from Misericordia University in Education and in Organization Management. He served as Director of Diversity and Mediation at East Stroudsburg University and is the current Director of Diversity for Geisinger Health Care System.

Tickets can be purchased for the Annual Meeting Community Luncheon on the agency’s website or by calling 1-800-367-6347.

About Maternal & Family Health Services: MFHS is a non-profit health and human service organization that serves over 125,000 people in 16 Pennsylvania counties with programs that help women, children and families gain access to health and nutrition services. This agency was founded in 1971 and is celebrating 41 years of connecting the community to better health. For more information about MFHS, visit mfhs.org or call 1-800-367-6347.

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