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Temple Theatre, Saginaw

Medical experts take the stage in Saginaw

College of Medicine, Temple Theatre, Health Advantage Credit Union team up for Mini Medical School

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


​Mid-Michigan residents who want to learn more about important medical issues have a new opportunity.

Central Michigan University's College of Medicine is partnering with the historic Temple Theatre in Saginaw, Michigan, to present a free community education series: the CMU College of Medicine Mini Medical School, presented by Health Advantage Credit Union.

At six sessions from April through September 2020, community members will learn from CMU-affiliated medical experts on relevant health topics. Program participants can connect with health care providers and resources at the events. Several sessions will include health screening opportunities.

"The CMU College of Medicine is a committed partner in the community and a leading voice for education not only to current and future health care providers, but to all the citizens of our region," said Dr. Judy Blebea, College of Medicine associate dean, faculty affairs and development.

Larry Preston, CEO and chairman of the Temple Theatre Foundation Board, said the partnership with CMU is a perfect example of one way the theater, 201 N. Washington Ave., can play a role in improving regional health.

"The Temple Theatre is focused on bringing meaningful educational programming to our community," he said.

The credit union is sponsoring the Mini Medical School program with support from WSGW 790 AM and 100.5 FM.

"Knowledge is truly a powerful tool when it comes to healthcare, and we are proud to partner with such well-respected professionals to bring these topics to our community," said Laura Crase, president and CEO of Health Advantage.

Each 6:30-8 p.m. session will include a hands-on activity to support learning. Space is limited; preregister on the Temple Theatre website or call 989-754-7469 for information. Here's the schedule:

  • April 23: "Diabeted: The Real vs. Fake News," with CMU's Dr. Sethu Reddy, professor of internal medicine.
  • April 30: An expert panel discussion will follow a screening of the documentary "Paper Tigers," about a trauma-sensitive high school program.
  • May 28: "Trauma-Informed Care: Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences," with Dr. Alison Arnold, director of CMU's Interdisciplinary Center for Community Health and Wellness and master adverse childhood experiences trainer.
  • June 25: "Surgical Management of Stroke," with Dr. Joseph Adel of Ascension Medical Group.
  • July 23: "Obesity: Causes, Complications and Care Options," with Dr. Amandeep Dhaliwal, family medicine physician, and Dr. Chad Ringley, general and bariatric surgeon at Covenant HealthCare.
  • Aug. 27: "Stop the Bleed Program: The Life You Save May Be Your Own," with Dr. Robert Sasso, CMU Health director of medical simulation, and Michele Mora, registered nurse.
  • Sept. 24: "Healthy Legs: Understanding Peripheral Arterial and Venous Disease," with Dr. John Blebea, professor of surgery, CMU College of Medicine.

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