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Lecture Kicks Off Health And Human Services’ Wellness Week

Published: April 2, 2013

CSULB will kick off Wellness Week 2013 with the Donald P. Lauda Wellness Lecture, a panel discussion entitled “Healthy Organizations, Healthy Communities: A Conversation on Wellness with Healthcare Leaders” on Monday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Pointe at the Walter Pyramid.

Sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) and the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, this year’s theme for the week is “Fit for Life: Healthy Lifestyles Through Nutrition and Fitness.”

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The panel discussion will be moderated by Brenda Freshman, assistant professor of Health Care Administration, the William Dickson Faculty Fellows Program chair and director of research for the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership. Other panelists will include Richard Chambers, president of Molina Healthcare of California Inc.; Diana Hendel, chief executive officer of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children’s Hospital; and Chris Wing, president and chief executive officer of SCAN Health Plan.

Other events throughout the week will include self-guided tours and open houses, a friendship walk, a fit for life expo, an archery demonstration, information tables, a CHHS expo and a LifeFit Center open house.

Panelists will be given an opportunity to share their views, expertise and experience about healthy organizations and their relationship to healthy communities—particularly from their perspective as healthcare leaders. The panel will then be opened up for a question-and-answer session with the audience that will include faculty, students, staff, alumni, health care administrators, professionals, foundation representatives, donors, friends, other interested individuals healthcare industry and members of the community. About 100-150 guests are expected to attend.

Established in 2002 through a grant from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation, the Lauda Wellness Lectureship was created to bring knowledge to the CSULB campus and the community at large through an innovative series of presentations by renowned experts in mental, physical and spiritual health. In 2012 the Lauda Wellness Lecture Series was incorporated as the signature event of the inaugural CHHS Wellness Week celebration.

Emeritus Dean Donald Lauda envisioned the lecture series as a community forum for exploring important health and wellness issues. Kaiser Permanente shared this vision and provided funds to begin an endowment that would encourage broader support. Since its inception, several community members and corporate partners, particularly PacifiCare, have made contributions to help grow the lectureship.

Lauda came to CSULB in 1983 and retired in 2002. He guided the growth of CHHS into today’s multi-disciplinary setting that includes two schools, nine departments, various centers, programs and clinics. During his 19 years as dean, 25,000 graduates entered the health care industry and related occupations, making a significant contribution to health care delivery, the health care work force and the economy of California. His vision was to become nationally and internationally recognized as an innovator and leader in community connections, the discovery of knowledge and for educating diverse students in the health and human services professions.

Wellness Week is primarily a student-run event that was designed to further promote greater community connections with the university. The week’s itinerary includes opportunities to connect with CSULB students and others who serve the community. The student union, speakers platform and lawn areas just outside the University Bookstore will host a variety of displays and activities aimed to discover, educate, promote and inspire healthy behavior and lifestyles through nutrition and fitness.

For more information, visit the Wellness Week website.

–Ken Swisher