Topics: Alzheimer’s disease, economic development and population health

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Public Health’s Public Health Dialogues Speaker Series will conclude for the spring semester with two sessions in April.

Helen Matheny, director of the West Virginia Alzheimer’s Outreach and Registry Program in the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, will speak on “Why You Should Care about ‘Still Alice’ and the Five Million Other Americans Living with Alzheimer’s Disease” on Wednesday, April 1 in Room 1905 of the WVU Health Sciences Center. Lunch will start at 11:30 a.m., and Matheny will begin her presentation at 11:45 a.m. The session is sponsored by the WVU Gamma Mu chapter of Delta Omega. 

Bruce Seifer, author of “Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Local Economy” will speak on “Economic Development and Population Health,” on Friday, April 10 also in Room 1905. Lunch is available at noon, and Seifer will begin his presentation at 12:15 p.m. 

Seifer is an economic development consultant with more than 40 years of experience in economic development and job training. He worked throughout the state of Vermont administering workforce training programs from 1974 to 1980 and later began a three-decade career in economic development with the City of Burlington, Vermont.  He led Burlington’s economic development efforts for three decades, marketing and assisting in the implementation of numerous economic policy initiatives and providing assistance to more than 4,000 businesses and numerous non-profits. 

The moderator for the session will be Tom Bias, Ph.D., assistant professor of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership in the School of Public Health.

The Public Health Dialogues Speaker Series is sponsored by the School of Public Health’s Office of Public Health Practice and Workforce Development. It is free and open to the public. 

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to and indicate which events they plan to attend in the subject line of the email. An RSVP also reserves attendees a complimentary lunch. 

For more information: Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
tn: 03-19-15