Sunday, March 30, 2014


Come join the GHLC for ATLAS Week!
March 31st- April 4th from 12:00-1:00 pm. Lunch provided!

Monday – “Healthcare and Homelessness: Understanding Barriers to Health” panel discussion featuring guest speaker Dr. Mirela Marcu and local community leaders in LRC Aud A

Dr. Mirela Marcu, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry along with four community leaders will be holding a panel discussion about mental health illness and its relationship to the homeless population. Dr. Marcu has also invited a patient who has been directly affected by these factors to provide personal insight. Jimmy Johns will be served!

Tuesday – “Impact on Health: Availability of Food and Food Deserts in St Louis” featuring guest speakers Dr. Millie Mattfeldt-Beman and Melissa Chapnick in LRC Aud A

In 2008 the annual medical cost of obesity was $147 billion with more than one third of the U.S. population considered obese. The prevalence of obesity continues to increase and become an even greater concern for the country as well as health care providers. In understanding this trend in weight gain it is important to recognize the social constructs impacting food choice. Dr. Millie Mattfeldt-Beman, a professor and the chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Melissa Chapnick, a graduate student in the Nutrition and Dietetics program, will be presenting a dynamic discussion on barriers to food availability in the St. Louis area and their impact on health.

Wednesday – Elective Day!

Thursday – "Achieving Optimal Wllness with Holistic Approaches" featuring guest speaker Dr. Samina Ahmad in collaboration with Students for Integrative Medicing in LRC Aud A

Dr. Samina Ahmad, M.D., Co-Founder of the Salman & Samina Global Wellness Initiative, will discuss how to build a lifestyle of maximum health and vitality by cultivating principles of energy healing, mindful meditation, nutrition, restful sleep, and laughter. The focus will be on the importance of Ayurvedic science in achieving spontaneous healing through nutrition. As Dr. Samina comes from a medical background, she will also touch on the personal benefits of practicing Ayurvedic principals and the impact this has had on her family's health.

About the Speaker:
A graduate of the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan with a Medical Doctor degree, she began her medical career at Services Hospital as an Internal Medicine Physician in the Senior Gastroenterology Department.  She later worked at the National Institute of Child Health, Karachi, and started her Family Practice.

Deeply concerned about healthcare and its availability to underprivileged women and children, Dr. Samina subsequently opened and built a school and a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, facilitating the care for thousands of women and children who do not have ready access to medical services.

Dr. Ahmad concurrently developed a second career in scriptwriting, directing, producing and hosting highly popular television programs on health and nutrition.  Comparable to a Martha Stewart of Pakistan, for many years, Dr. Ahmad hosted television programs on healthful cooking, family issues, and nutrition.

She graduated as a Health Counselor from INN and qualified for National Certification as a “Holistic Health Practitioner” by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Dr.Samina is a Chopra University Certified Perfect Health Consultant and Ayurveda Coach and runs her Wellness Center, ''Samina's Wellness'' in New York.  The Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America Certified Dr.Samina as a Registered Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant  (R.A.L.C.)

Samina, launched (SSGWI), the New York-based NGO that focuses on interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue; global health and wellness; and education.

FridayGlobal Health Learning Community Distinction Presentations in LRC 112-113

Please join us to celebrate the first GHLC distinction graduates! Each graduate will highlight their global health work over the past four years.


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