Project Description

Center for Community Wellness

Community Convos

Given the glaring health inequities magnified by the COVID pandemic and ongoing social and racial injustices, it is time for some real talk on some important and perhaps difficult topics. Community Convos is a new series of conversations between that bring health practitioners, academics, thought leaders and others together with community members to discuss pressing issues at the intersection of medicine, health, race, politics. Through dialogue we build shared understanding and empathy. And through empathy we build the truth and respect needed to join forces and make progress.

Let’s Talk About: Parenting during Pandemic
Staying Strong while Struggling Inside…Caring for our Children During the Pandemic

Thursday, April 29
7:00pm – 8:15pm

Hosted by
Dr. Rich Joseph
Medical Director,
Center for Community Wellness

Discussion topics TBA

Past Community Convos

March 18, 2021
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph

Let’s Talk About: Trauma Informed Care

  • What is trauma and how does trauma impact our biology and manifest in the body?
  • How has the healthcare system contributed to trauma and what are we doing to have more providers practice in a trauma informed way?
  • How can we take a trauma-informed approach to coping with COVID-19?
  • How can we develop and boost our resiliency in the face of trauma?
  • And any other questions you may have!
Download Trauma Informed Care Resources Document Here

February 25, 2021
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph

Let’s Talk About Substance Use Disorders

Three expert panelists Dr. Claudia Rodriguez, Director of the Outpatient Recovery Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Zakiya Alake, certified addiction counselor and recovery coach, and Dr. Leena Mittal, Director of the Division of Women’s Mental Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, discuss the disparities in the treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs), the impact of COVID-19 on SUDs and its role in recovery and relapse, stigma around SUDs and how it interferes with the provision and reception of treatment, and more.

Download Substance Use Disorder Resources Document here

January 28, 2021
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph

Obesity and Weight Management

Fatima Cody-Stanford and Chioma Tomlinson, expert practitioners of Obesity Medicine discuss the complexity of obesity as a disease. They explore the biology of weight gain and how excess weight wreaks havoc across all bodily systems and functions. They discuss disparities in obesity rates and barriers in access to obesity care and how the medical system must do better. The discussion finishes with the comprehensive model of obesity care and how a multipronged approach is often needed to promote healthy and sustainable weight loss.

December 10, 2020
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph

Let’s Talk About COVID-19: An Update

Dr. Lindsay Baden, Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Paulette Chandler, Associate Physician in Primary Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dr. Lisa Cosimi, Associate Physician in Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital discuss the latest COVID statistics, health and testing information

November 10, 2020
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph


Dr. Stuart Quan and Dr. Olabimpe Omobomi, of the BWH Sleep Medicine Center discuss the science of sleep, the health risks of sleep deprivation, health disparities in sleep disorders and treatments, and the interplay of sleep and stress.

September 22, 2020
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph

Colon Cancer

Two experts, Dr. Nadine McCleary and Dr. Nicolette Rodriguezfrom BWH/Dana Farber, explore the ins and outs of colon cancer.

July 23, 2020
Moderated by Dr. Rich Joseph


Explore the basic steps and processes of vaccine development with Dr. Lindsey Baden, lead researcher COVID vaccine trial. 

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Questions about this and other programs offered at Center for Community Wellness?

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