The 11th annual Jean Mills Health Symposium has been set for February 6, 2015 at the East Carolina Heart Institute. This year’s symposium theme centers around new models for empowering personal and community health and will feature keynote speaker Dr. L. Allen Dobson, the president and CEO of Community Care of NC. Along with the keynote address from Dr. Dobson, those in attendance will enjoy a panel discussion, breakout sessions, and a question and answer session with Dr. Dobson and the panelists.
This one-day symposium will feature information and sessions on:
• creating community partnerships focused on the behavioral determinants of obesity
• improving outcomes among African American women with Type 2 DM
• innovative approaches to mental health issues of minority adolescents
• community partnerships as portals to access
• improving health through community engaged dental education
• new models for empowering community and minority health
The event, named in the honor of Jean Elaine Mills, an ECU alumna who died of breast cancer in 2000, serves as a tribute to Mills and to bring awareness and solutions for health problems that plague North Carolinians particularly African-Americans and other minorities. The only minority rural health care symposium of its kind in eastern North Carolina, the event has grown each year, from 50 participants in 2004 to about 175 in 2014. The symposium is presented by the College of Allied Health Sciences in collaboration with the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation.
Jean earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977 and a master’s in public administration with a concentration in community health from ECU in 1984. She died from breast cancer in October 2000. Jean’s brother Amos T. Mills III, hopes to keep her spirit of discovery and community outreach alive through an inspirational tribute to one of her former graduate school instructors, Dr. Donald Ensley, former chairman of the Department of Community Health. Through a $25,000 donation to the Medical Foundation Inc. of ECU, the Jean Elaine Mills Health Symposium was established.
To register to attend, visit go.ecu.edu/cb13b252. The registration fee is $20 for students and $35 for non-students before January 24 and $25 for student sand $40 for non-students after.