I was invited to listen to a panel discussion of several distinguished healthcare professionals address childhood obesity and mental illness today at the National Press Club! The keynote speaker was the current Surgeon General of the United States, Richard Carmona. The discussion was the brainchild of Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the Arizona State University School of Nursing and Health Innovations. I was excited to have an opportunity to not only witness but also, perhaps get a chance to meet Dr. Melnyk because I cited her Evidence-Based Practice work in my final Scholarly Paper last month (can you say, ‘NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY’???)!! Dr. Melnyk and her partners have dominated the EBP Nursing world for the last decade or so with their model of EBP (STAR), developed at the University of Texas School of Nursing. Dr. Melnyk is a dually-prepared NP–in pedes and psychiatry/mental health (WHEW!!), so she is unequivocally qualified to speak to both topics! Here she is on the dais with Marie (3rd from right)
Dr. Melnyk mentioned being friends with UMB Dean, Janet Allen and how Dr. Allen commented on her (many) projects in the works!!
The event was organized by Kenja Hassan, who is the daughter of one of my co-workers, Sondra Hassan (see mother-daughter photo).
Kenja was kind enough to orchestrate a introduction to Dr. Melnyk for me! I gushed excitement during the actual meeting (I have NO SHAME!!).
I was also able to invite faculty from the Howard University College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. Eva Stephens, one of the NP faculty, was the Division of Nursing representative. I (for the first time in my networking-career (!) was able to serve as the conduit for her to meet others at the conference (see photos). One of the panelists was the DC Department of Mental Health’s Director of Child & Youth Services, Marie Morilus-Black, LCSW-R. DMH contingent attending the event were so proud of Marie’s outspoken support of her program and all that the Department is doing for the children in the City.