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President Summer McGee presenting on health leadership

Salem Academy and College to Host Third Health Leadership Forum

Attendees Can Receive Continuing Education Credit from Northwest AHEC

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (OCT. 2, 2023)—Salem Academy and College will host its third Health Leadership Forum on Friday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Hanes Auditorium at Salem’s Elberson Fine Arts Center, located at 412 Rams Drive in Winston-Salem. The Forum will feature women in health leadership roles from across the nation and will discuss trends in health and health leadership and offer attendees opportunities for networking while hearing from some of the nation’s most widely recognized experts and innovators in their fields.

The Health Leadership Forum is free and open to the public by registering at

“Participants who attend Salem Academy and College’s Health Leadership Forum will have the opportunity to interpret and discuss a wide range of health issues associated with current practice or educational goals. In addition, they will be able to leverage education and leadership experiences to enhance growth and development of future leaders in health,” Salem Academy and College President Summer J. McGee, Ph.D., CPH said. “We are particularly excited to have Northwest AHEC as a partner to provide credit hours to attendees.”

The Forum begins at 9 a.m. on October 20 with a welcome from McGee followed by the keynote address, which is being presented as a Katherine Graham Howard A’1913, C’1917 lecture. The Katherine Graham Howard fund was established for visits to Salem College by distinguished leaders in public and international affairs. Howard served in federal agencies during the Eisenhower administration.

The Katherine Graham Howard keynote address—entitled “Leading to Serve in Health Care, Public Health, and Policy: Embrace the Joys and Challenges”—will be presented by Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA, associate dean for health equity at Dell Medical School of the University of Texas at Austin.

Following the keynote address, the first morning panel begins at 10 a.m. and will feature a discussion called “The Lifespan of the Mind: Experiences and Adaptation,” which will be moderated by Salem faculty member Tiffany Zhang. The panel includes Stacy Drury, MD, Ph.D., psychiatrist in chief at Boston Children’s Hospital; Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, Ph.D., M.A.T., founder and director of Opening Minds through Art, an intergenerational art program for people living with dementia; and Jackeline Vazquez, LCMHC, who works with Hispanic clients concerning acculturation and cultural adaptation.

The second morning panel begins at 10:50 a.m. and will focus on “Women’s Leadership in Clinical and Life Sciences Research,” moderated by Courtney Jones Robinson C’99, client oversight manager for Clinical Global Supplies. The panel includes Rynne Ambrose Hankins A’08, C’12, Ph.D., senior research and development scientist for Cambrex; Jennifer Miller, Ph.D., associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine, founding president of Bioethics International, and director of the Good Pharma Scorecard; Joan Packenham, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Office of Human Research and Community Engagement; and Anshu Shrestha C’00, Ph.D., MPH, senior epidemiologist/research manager for the Public Health Institute/Cancer Registry of Greater California.

Salem’s Health Leadership Forum will include a closing panel moderated by McGee, which will feature a discussion called “Pathways to Success: Women Leading in Health” and will include all the morning’s speakers.

The Health Leadership Forum concludes with a networking luncheon in Salem’s Corrin Refectory dining hall from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

About Salem Academy and College

Salem Academy and College is the nation’s oldest educational institution for girls and women in the United States. Salem Academy is intentionally focused on STEAM to transform students’ education through the holistic integration of rigorous academic and co-curricular experiences that build character and leadership. Salem College provides women a liberal arts education with a distinctive focus on health and leadership ensuring our graduates understand the power, importance, and complexity of health in our society. Salem College prepares students for a range of career paths to lead in making the world a better, healthier, more equitable place.

Salem College is the only national liberal arts college exclusively focused on developing the health leaders of tomorrow.

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