October 20, 2023

Salem Academy and College will hold its third Health Leadership Forum on Friday, October 20, 2023.

Salem’s Health Leadership Forum features a selection of women in health leadership roles from around the nation. This conference offers an opportunity for discussion of current trends in health and networking while hearing from some of the nation’s most widely recognized experts and innovators in their fields.

Speakers & Moderators

We are delighted to announce that starting this academic year credit will be offered through Northwest AHEC for attendees.

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As a result of attending the Health Leadership Forum participants will be able to:

  1. Interpret current issues and trends in health into current practice or educational goals.
  2. Summarize how to leverage education and leadership experiences to enhance growth and development of future leaders in health.

Preliminary Program

8:30-9:00 am


9:00-9:20 am


Summer J. McGee, PhD, CPH, President at Salem Academy and College
9:20-9:50 am

Katherine Graham Howard A’1913, C’1917 Keynote Address Leading to Serve in Health Care, Public Health, and Policy: Embrace the Joys and Challenges

Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Health Equity, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin
9:50-10:00 am


10:00-10:40 am

Panel One - The Lifespan of the Mind: Experiences and Adaptation

Moderator: Tiffany Zhang, Faculty at Salem College
Stacy Drury, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist in Chief at Boston Children's Hospital, focuses on generational effects of childhood trauma
Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, PhD, M.A.T., Founder & Director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA), an intergenerational art program for people living with dementia
Jackeline Vazquez, LCMHC, Licensed Professional Counselor who works with Hispanic clients concerning acculturation and cultural adaptation
10:40-10:50 am


10:50-11:30 am

Panel Two - Women’s Leadership in Clinical and Life Sciences Research

Moderator: Courtney Jones Robinson C'99, Client Oversight Manager, Clinical Global Supplies
Rynne Ambrose Hankins A'08, C'12, PhD, Senior R&D Scientist, Cambrex
Jennifer Miller, PhD, Associate Professor in Yale School of Medicine, Founding President of Bioethics International, and Director of the Good Pharma Scorecard
Joan Packenham, Ph.D. - Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Office of Human Research and Community Engagement
Anshu Shrestha C'00, PhD, MPH Senior Epidemiologist/Research Manager, Public Health Institute/Cancer Registry of Greater California
11:30-11:40 am


11:40 am - 12:30 pm

Leadership Roundtable - Pathways to Success: Women Leading in Health

The Closing Panel Discussion will include all speakers with President McGee moderating
12:45-1:30 pm

Networking Luncheon in the Refectory Dining Hall


2.5 Contact hours from Northwest AHEC.

Sponsored by North Carolina AHEC, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 2.5 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 2.5.

Provider ID# 98985 Northwest AHEC is recognized by the North Carolina Psychology Board as an approved provider of (Category A) Continuing Education for North Carolina Licensed Psychologists. This program will provide 2.5 contact hours of (Category A) continuing education for North Carolina psychologists. No partial credit will be given.


Thank You to Our Sponsors


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