Health Education Committee provides opportunities for better health

The Auxiliary Health Education Committee sponsored or supported three events during the past year, each providing attendees with the opportunity to gain insight, understanding and information about health-related topics.

In October, the Auxiliary sponsored the 2nd Annual IMPACT (Improve the Mindset and Perception About Cancer Together) Young Adult Cancer Support Group conference. It featured cancer survivor, Emmy-award winner and advocate Suleika Jaouad as keynote speaker. In addition to hearing Jaoud’s perspective, the all-day conference included a chance for attendees to connect with one another as well as with cancer experts, caregivers and medical professionals around issues of careers, families, relationships and finances.

The Auxiliary also hosted two community-based lectures open to the public. One featured Kevin Twohig, MD, a Northeast Medical Group pulmonologist, who spoke about “Living with COPD” – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The second lecture was presented by Charles Fuchs, MD, director of the Yale Cancer Center and physician-in-chief at Smilow Cancer Hospital. His talk was on “The Next Chapter for Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital.”

These lectures were held at the Whitney Center in Hamden, and were organized by Gay Steinbach, committee co-chair and a Whitney Center resident who has been instrumental in cultivating the Auxiliary-Whitney Center partnership.

The committee continues to explore new ways to support health education and community outreach, including by partnering with hospital departments.