Cultural Diversity

The Community Health Council of Lebanon County and Community Wide Wellness Committee


15th Annual Cultural Diversity Workshops

sponsored in part by WellSpan Philhaven, PinnacleHealth and Lebanon Valley College

August 2, 2017

 Lebanon Valley College, Allan W. Mund College Center

 101 North College Avenue

Annville, PA 17003

     Map and directions to the event are provided here.

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6 CEU Credits total available with selected CEU-eligible sessions.

Registration extended – now closing July 28th.

It is this event’s objective to develop cultural awareness in the community by providing practical ideas and information for working with different cultures and abilities, and to initiate development of a local resource network.

Schedule of Events

7:30 am – Breakfast/Check In

8:00 am – 8:30 am – Vendors and Networking (Mund College Center)

8:30 am – 10:00 am –Morning Keynote Speaker, Armenta Early Hinton, Ph.D. (Mund College Center Dining Room)

10:10 am – 11:40am – Morning Breakout Session

11:40am – 12:10 pm – Lunch (Lunch is included with paid registration) (Mund College Center Dining Room)

12:10 pm – 1:40 pm – Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Dr. Rachel Levine (Mund College Center Dining Room)

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm  – Afternoon Breakout Session


Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote

Armenta Early Hinton, Ph.D.

Equity and Title IX Coordinator, Elizabethtown College

Dr. Hinton is a self-motivated, experienced, visionary international educator and leader of change with a set of accomplishments in the areas of promoting and enhancing diversity, inclusion and social justice and responsibility. Proven innovator in teaching, and program development with experience in collaborative, integrated approaches. Skills and experiences in the following areas: Organizational Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, Leadership in Student Affairs, Leadership Development and Training, and Education Management.

Luncheon Keynote 

Dr. Rachel Levine, MD 

Pennsylvania Physician General

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Dr. Levine is currently Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine.

Her previous posts included: Vice -Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Dr. Levine graduated from Harvard College in 1979 and the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1983. She completed her training in Pediatrics at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City in 1987 and then did a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Mt. Sinai from 1987-88. She was in the practice of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the office of Edward A Davies, MD from 1988-1993 as well as on the faculty of the Mt Sinai School of Medicine. She came to Central Pa. in 1993 as Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Polyclinic Medical Center. She joined the staff at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 1996 as the Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Services and Adolescent Medicine.

Her accomplishments at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center include the initiation of a Division of Adolescent Medicine for the care of complex teens with medical and psychological problems. In addition, she started the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program which offers multidisciplinary treatment for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. She is the Liaison for the LGBT community for the Office of Diversity at the Penn State College of Medicine. In that role, she has established a LGBT faculty and staff affinity group and is the facilitator for the LGBT student group.

Dr. Levine taught at the Penn State College of Medicine on topics in adolescent medicine, eating disorders and transgender medicine. In addition, she has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics and has published articles and chapters on the medical management of eating disorders.

Workshop Presenters and Breakout Sessions

Session 1 – CEU Eligible

Culturally Sensitive Care of the Muslim Patient (Morning only)

Ayesha Ahmad MD, FACP, AGSF
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Ahmad will lead attendees through a compelling and informative presentation detailing the needs, sensitivities and cultural preferences for Muslim patients to provide excellent and thoughtful care.

Session 2 – CEU Eligible

 Opioid Crisis (Morning Only) 

Christopher Echterling, M.D.
Medical Director – Vulnerable Populations at WellSpan Health

Dr. Echterling is dedicated to educating the community and committed to helping attendees understand that addiction as a chronic, life-threatening disease for which evidence-based treatments exist.

Session 3

Immigrant and Refugee Populations

Jeanne Martin
Intensive Case Manager, Church World Service

Valentina Ross
Resettlement Program Coordinator, Church World Service

Jeanne and Valentina will share experiences, insights and suggestions for understanding and sensitively serving our local refugee populations. Valentina has been with CWS since the beginning of 2014 and will speak to the overall refugee screening process and resettlement services offered to refugee families and individuals upon arrival to the community. Jeanne has worked in the Preferred Communities program since March 2016. She will provide more information regarding the health trends and challenges as well as strategies for approaching identified challenges.

Session 4

Exploring Beyond: Addressing the Unique Needs of the LGBTQ Population

Donna “Kate” Mull, LPN, CHC, PPDE 2
Health Maintenance Outreach Coordinator
Pinnacle Health Medical Group

Christopher J. Donchak MBA, MS
Patient Experience Coach
Patient Experience/Journey to Excellence
PinnacleHealth System

The health disparities evident in the LGBTQ community require a multi-faceted approach when addressing the needs of this population. A basic understanding of the community’s “language” can facilitate positive experiences for both clinician and client. Donna “Kate” Mull and Christopher Dunchak will present evidence-based education outlining best practices for this at-risk population.

Session 5

Archie Bunker’s Lessons on Bias

Laurie Bowersox, M.Ed.
Campus Executive Director
Lebanon Campus
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College

This interactive session will foster an understanding of what it feels like to be oppressed and discriminated against, as well as understanding of the feeling of holding the position of power in a society.

Session 6 – CEU Eligible

Cultural Influences on Mental Health

Tony Byler, M.D.
Plain Communities and Nursing Homes
Wellspan Philhaven

Dr. Byler will provide applicable, evidence-based training on cultural influences and considerations on mental health, how they can be overcome for care providers, and the implications they have for those served. His areas of focus, Plain communities and nursing homes, will be utilized as examples.

Session 7 – CEU Eligible

Race Relations

Dr. Warren Anderson, CIDO

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College

Dr. Anderson will address some of the most difficult discussions currently taking place regarding race relations in our country and the steps care providers can take to listen, understand, sympathize and respond to racial tensions.

Session 8 – CEU Eligible

Privilege & Cultural Humility: Lessons Learned from Jump shots and Harry Potter

Dr. Stevie Falk, Licensed Psychologist and Director of Counseling Services

Olajiwon McCadney, Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs and Inclusive Programming

Lebanon Valley College

This interactive session will immerse attendees in a simulation of oppression and discrimination to foster understanding and confrontation of common assumptions and biases in modern society.