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Thiel hosting Buhl Regional Health Foundation fall forum focused on the impact of trauma


Thiel hosting Buhl Regional Health Foundation fall forum focused on the impact of trauma

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College is hosting the fourth annual Buhl Regional Health Foundation’s Fall Forum from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center. The forum focuses on the impacts of trauma and early childhood events.

The forum, “Working Together to Create Trauma-Informed Communities,” is booked, but portions of the event will be live-streamed and archived on Thiel College’s YouTube channel.

 The schedule includes the discussions “The Nature and Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences,” at 8:45 a.m., “Fostering Resiliency in Individuals, Families and Communities,” at 10 a.m. and a panel discussion at 10:45 a.m.

 “The (forum) is part of the mission of the Buhl Regional Health Foundation…the promotion of collaborative partnerships and programs, capacity building and grants which will focus on and invest in all people impacted by health-related needs throughout their lives,” Buhl Regional Health Foundation Executive Director Mickey Gula said. “This is an opportunity to bring attention to the impact of traumatic life experience. I am hopeful that our  community can learn more about the impact of traumatic life experiences and begin to work together to address and coordinate services to assist people in the communities served by the Foundation who have experienced traumatic life experiences.”

The daylong event will bring together experts from the community:

  • Audrey Smith, licensed psychologist, Parkside Psychology
  • Harry Nelson, Parkside Psychological
  • Alice C. Long, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State Shenango
  • April Torrance, Ph.D., Executive Director, Zion Education Center
  • Laura Leskovac, Project Director, Mercer County Communities That Care
  • Sherry Valimont, Director, Mercer County Family Center
  • Bailey Sheppard ’22, Thiel College student

About The Buhl Regional Health Foundation

The Buhl Regional Health Foundation is committed to improving the health and well-being of the neighbors we serve. We believe that through partnerships, education, and grant making, we can creatively impact the quality of life in our communities. In direct response to the feedback from members of our community who attended our first forum, our dual focus is “Access to Healthcare” and “Addressing Mental and Physical Health Needs.”

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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