Top row: Citro, Jones, Livingston, Okatch. Bottom row: Phillips, Schmitz, Yoder
Top row: Citro, Jones, Livingston, Okatch. Bottom row: Phillips, Schmitz, Yoder

United Way of Lancaster County and the Center for Sustained Engagement with Lancaster at Franklin & Marshall College will co-host a webinar from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, featuring local health leaders discussing the case for a county public health department.

Opening remarks will be made by Kevin Ressler, President and CEO of United Way of Lancaster County, and Ramon Escudero, Director of the Center for Sustained Engagement with Lancaster at Franklin & Marshall College.

Jennifer Meyer, assistant professor of government & public health at F&M, will present results from a local study of public opinion on Covid-19 and public health.

The event will be moderated by Susan Baldrige, former executive director of the Partnership for Public Health.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the free event’s panel will be fully comprised of female medical personnel, who are as follows:

  • Tina Citro, President, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital
  • Alisa Maria Jones, MPH, President and CEO of Union Community Care
  • Dr. Sharee Livingston, Ob/Gyn Department Chair, UPMC Lititz Diversity Committee Chair, UPMC Lititz, Board Member and Organizer, Patients R Waiting, Co-Founder, Diversifying Doulas Initiative
  • Harriet Okatch, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Biology & Public Health at Franklin & Marshall College, researcher on Covid Impact Survey
  • Carol Phillips, RN (ret.)
  • Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D., MPH, Professor of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Cancer Institute
  • Alice Yoder, RN, MSN, Executive Director, Community Health, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

The event will be livestreamed through Zoom. Those interested in attending the webinar can register at this link.

Click here for more information on the F&M study.

(Editor's Note: This article was updated on Friday, May 26, to add panelist Kathryn Schmitz.)

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