Everyone could use a general health curriculum to better understand common conditions affecting their loved ones, to learn the best prevention strategies, to know what questions to ask their doctors, and to know where to go for additional information. These monthly forums led by BWH physician cover a variety of topics relevant to our community ranging from hypertension and diabetes to opioid abuse and stress management.
These informative discussions are FREE.


Mandy Bass, RN, MS
Program Director

Past Discussions

Gurleen Kaur, MD
Internal Medicine, BWH

Thursday, February 3, 2022


Let’s Get to the
Heart of It!
Heart Disease

In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in many ethnic groups. No matter your background, taking care of your heart and blood pressure is essential for good health.

The good news is that there is a lot that you can do to prevent problems down the line, and Dr. Gurleen Kaur, from the Department of Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has all the tools you need so you won’t skip a beat!

Nearly 48% of African American women and 44% of African American men have some form of heart disease.

Brittany Ricci, MD
Internal Medicine, BWH

Thursday, January 20, 2022


Controlling Diabetes

Video of discussion online soon.

Luisa Paredes Acosta, MD
Internal Medicine, BWH

Thursday, January 6, 2022


Pay Attention to Hypertension

Do you know what hypertension is? Dr. Luisa Paredes, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital has the answer and will give you some tips to keep hypertension under control.

Lucinda Mills
District Social Worker, Boston Public Schools

Marlene Boyette
Trauma Informed Yoga, Meditation and Sound Healing Practitioner, E-YT 500. The Advent School, JP Centre Yoga

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Holiday Care: Be Calm, Compassionate & Creative with your Children

Keeping the joy for you and your family during the holiday season.

Keeping the joy for you and your family during the holiday season can be difficult. It adds one more level of stress to a time when we’d like to relax and enjoy the company of others. It’s a tall order but one that can certainly be met with coping and stress relief strategies. In this installation of our HEAL2 series, speakers Lucinda Mills and Marlene Boyette share tips on how to be compassionate to yourself as a parent and strategies for caring for your children over the holidays. They will also demonstrate short meditation and stretching routines that can ease tensions during the holidays and end the year on a positive note.

Provided by:
Brigham Women’s Hospital-Center for Community Wellness (BWHCCW)
& The Learning Center at Sportsmen’s

Emily Moore, MD

Thursday, December 2, 2021

From TMI to FYI:
HIV, STI’s and Infection Prevention

Learn about common sexually transmitted infections, treatment options, how to protect yourself and how to talk to your partner.

Lucinda Mills, MSW

Brenda Coaston-Lewis, BA, LSW

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Let’s Talk About:
Post Pandemic School Behaviors

What Are We Seeing?
How Can We Best Support Students?

Speakers: Lucinda Mills, MSW & Brenda Coaston-Lewis, BA, LSW

Provided by:
Brigham Women’s Hospital-Center for Community Wellness (BWHCCW)
& The Learning Center at Sportsmen’s

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Let’s Talk About:
Lung Disease, Time to Breathe Easier

with Kelly Schuering, MD

  • Distinguish between reactive airway and smoking-related lung diseases
  • Discuss the risk factors for asthma, COPD, and lung cancer
  • Learn about the guidelines for lung cancer screening and understand the risks/benefits
  • Discuss environmental impact on lung disease.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Let’s Talk About:
Serious Illnesses and End-of-life Conversations

with Emily Moore, MD

  • Recognize common terms and definitions related to end-of-life care
  • Practice strategies to talk with loved ones about what their future wishes are
  • Become familiar with options for personal advance care planning
  • Name caregiver burnout as a significant source of stress for those who have an ill loved one
  • Recognize and plan around safety issues in the elderly

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Let’s Talk About: Cervical and Breast Cancer, Risk Factors and Prevention

with Miguel Linares, MD

  • The risk factors for cervical and breast cancer
  • The screening options available focervical and breast cancer
  • The ages and frequency for which screening is recommended
  • The protective factors, and racial differences in cervical and breast cancer

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Let’s Talk About: Tobacco, alcohol, and more.

with Sunny Kung, MD

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use that are common and linked closely with mental health
  • Discussion about the tobacco quit line, 1-800-QUIT NOW
  • Effective medications that can help people stop using tobacco, alcohol, and other substances
  • How to be a supportive ally to those who are struggling with substance use

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Let’s Talk About Men’s Health:
Prostate Cancer

with Dr. Ashley Odai-Afotey, MD

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer
  • Review diagnosing and treatment options for prostate cancer
  • Discuss racial disparity in incidence and mortality of prostate cancer and public health concerns

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Recovering from COVID-19:
What to expect and how the COVID Recovery Center can help.

Dr. Beret E. Amundson, Internal Medicine BWH

  • The spectrum of short or long term effects patients may experience following infection with COVID-19
  • The COVID Recovery Center, it’s goals, and the various services (sub-specialty, social, patient navigator services etc) available to patients
  • How to get connected with the COVID Recovery Center (for patients or family members who may have had COVID-19).

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Immunizations in Light of COVID

with Dr. Miriam Kwarteng-Siaw

  • Understand the reasons for adult vaccines including pneumococcal, zoster, tetanus, flu and others.
  • Discuss the importance of vaccines to prevent disease, and common side effects.
  • Learn updates on Covid Vaccines.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Lung Disease: Asthma, COPD & Lung Cancer

with Dr. Kelly Schuering

  • Distinguish between reactive airway and smoking-related lung diseases
  • Discuss the risk factors for asthma, COPD, and lung cancer
  • Learn about the guidelines for lung cancer screening and understand the risks/benefits

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Alzheimer’s: When is my memory loss normal, or not?

with Khin-Kyemon Aung & Hanna Vollbrecht

  • Understand the difference between normal aging, confusion, and dementia
  • Recognize the telltale signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia
  • Discuss how the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is made
  • Learn about resources, strategies, and therapies to help support loved ones with Alzheimer’s dementia

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders

with Dr. Allison Vise, Internal Medicine, BWH

Please come and join the discussion as we will cover topics including:

  • What is substance use disorder (SUD) and how is it different from a typical ingestion of substances?
  • What are personal risk factors that put someone in risk for SUD?
  • What are options for medications for treatment?
  • Learn how to administer life-saving overdose treatment and other resources.
  • Any other questions you have!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Kidney Health

with Dr. Sunny Kung, BWH

  • What are the kidneys and what is their function in the body?
  • What is chronic kidney disease (CKD)?
  • What are symptoms of CKD and how does it manifest in the body?
  • Ways to protect your kidneys.
  • What are treatment options if the kidneys stop working?

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Heart Disease

with Dr. Luisa Paredes Acosta, Internal Medicine, BWH

  • What “heart disease” means and review the most common types.
  • How heart disease can develop and what we can do to prevent it.
  • The most common medications prescribed for heart disease and why is it so important to take them.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Thyroid Health

with Dr. Kelly Schuering

  • Discussing the thyroid’s main function and role in the body.
  • What are the signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism
  • What should we know about thyroid nodules?

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Preparing for End of Life:

A conversation between loved ones & caregivers with Dr. Maria Patanwala

  • What is “Advance Care Planning” for the end of life?
  • What are hospice and palliative care?
  • Discuss the challenges that caregivers face alongside their loved ones.
  • Discuss strategies to have an open discussion with loved ones around wishes and important documents.

Thursday, November 5, 2020


with Dr. Beret Amundson

  • Learn about different types of headaches, when to be worried about a headache, common remedies and more!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Influenza & The Flu Vaccine

with Dr. Sunny Kung

  • Signs & Symptoms
  • Prevention Strategies
  • The Flu Vaccine: Fact vs. Fiction
  • Flu & COVID-19

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Keeping Up with the Kidneys: What You Need to Know About Chronic Kidney Disease

with Dr. Marina Zambrotta

  • What is the role of the kidneys in the body?
  • What diseases can affect kidney function?
  • How common is kidney disease?
  • How does my doctor screen for kidney disease?
  • My family member is on dialysis – what is dialysis?
  • What can I do to protect my kidney function?
  • What happens when the kidneys fail?

Need more information? Please contact Mandy Bass, RN, MS, Program Director
617.288.9092 mbass@sportsmenstennis.org

QUESTIONS? Email Mandy!