Past HEAL2 Discussions

Bone-Afide Osteoporosis Prevention

Led by:
Hema Pingali, MD
Internal Medicine, BWH

March 17, 2022


Treating Kidney Disease Today

Led by:
Hanna Vollbrecht, MD
Internal Medicine, BWH

March 3, 2022


CPR in the
Saves Lives

Led by:
Salma Elhaissouni, BS
Nadine N. Channaoui, MS, CGC

February 17, 2022


Heart Disease

Led by:
Gurleen Kaur, MD

Internal Medicine, BWH

February 3, 2022


Controlling Diabetes

Led by:
Brittany Ricci, MD
Internal Medicine, BWH

January 20, 2022



Led by:
Luisa Paredes Acosta, MD
Internal Medicine, BWH

January 6, 2022


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

Led by:
Lucinda Mills, MSW
Marlene Boyette

December 16, 2021


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

Led by:
Emily Moore, MD

Internal Medicine, BWH

December 2, 2021


Post Pandemic School Behaviors

Led by:
Lucinda Mills, MSW
Brenda Coaston-Lewis, BA, LSW

November 18, 2021


Let’s Talk About:
Lung Disease, Time to Breathe Easier
with Kelly Schuering, MD

Thursday, November 4, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

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.

Let’s Talk About:
Serious Illnesses and End-of-life Conversations
with Emily Moore, MD

Thursday, October 21, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

  • 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

Let’s Talk About: Cervical and Breast Cancer: Risk Factors and Prevention
with Miguel Linares, MD

Thursday, October 7, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

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

Let’s Talk About: Tobacco, alcohol, and more.
with Sunny Kung, MD

Thursday, September 16, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

  • 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

Recovering from COVID-19: What to expect and how the COVID Recovery Center can help.
with Dr. Beret E. Amundson, Internal Medicine BWH

Thursday, August 19, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

  • 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)

Immunizations in Light of COVID
with Dr. Miriam Kwarteng-Siaw

Thursday, August 5, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

  • 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.

Alzheimer’s: When is my memory loss normal, or not?
with Khin-Kyemon Aung & Hanna Vollbrecht

Thursday, June 3, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

  • 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

with Dr. Laura Nicholson, MD

Thursday, May 6, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

  • Understand the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Define gout and fibromyalgia
  • Discuss lifestyle changes/natural remedies to help support musculoskeletal health (weight loss, resistance exercise, etc)
  • Discuss treatment strategies for arthritis (Physical Therapy, medication, joint replacement)

Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders
with Dr. Allison Vise, Internal Medicine, BWH

Thursday, April 1, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

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!

Kidney Health
with Dr. Sunny Kung, BWH

Thursday, March 4, 2021

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

  • 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?

Heart Disease
with Dr. Luisa Paredes Acosta, Internal Medicine, BWH

Thursday, February 4, 2021

  • 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.

Thyroid Health
with Dr. Kelly Schuering

Thursday, January 7, 2021

  • 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?