Project Description

Center for Community Wellness

Health Education, Awareness & Literacy = Healthy Engagement, Actions & Life

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. Join us for your monthly dose of health education and empowerment!

These informative discussions are FREE and are currently being held for a virtual audience only.


with Dr. Laura Nicholson, MD

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

Discussion topics will include:

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

  • 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)
  • Any other questions you have!

Dr. Laura Nicholson, MD

Join online (Zoom link below) or by phone 646.876.9923!

Click HERE to Join Zoom Discussion!

Past Discussions

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? Contact Gayna Sealy, Program Coordinator  at 617.288.9092   

QUESTIONS? Email Gayna!