Curtiss Hall 142
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. Registration, Visit Display Tables & Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Welcome, Announcements
9:45 a.m. Program
Program Concludes at noon
Healthcare Reform 101
Presenter: Anthony Senagore, MD, MS, MBA
Healthcare in the United States is undergoing a monumental transition. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld key components of the Affordable Care Act in a landmark ruling that will have profound implications for everyone. With 2014 brings a labyrinth of changes to healthcare and Dr. Senagore will help explain the new, complex maze of regulations and where we are headed. He will provide “the big picture,” dive into the details and then provide some key take-aways of how this new healthcare reform will really affect you. Dr. Senagore serves as the Surgical Discipline Chair and as a Professor of General Surgery for Central Michigan University, School of Medicine. He has served on the joint AMA/Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Relative Value Update Committee for four years. Dr. Senagore has been actively involved in payment policy and guideline development of the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons for the last 15 years.
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Program Continues
Hip to be Square (or not!)
Presenter: Tarek Taha, MD - Orthopedic Trauma
Do you have pain in your hips? Are you having trouble sitting and watching a movie or going for a car ride? Do you roll from side to side at night because of the ache in your hips? Normally, all the parts of the knee or hip joint work together and the joint moves easily and without pain. However, disease or injury can disturb the normal functioning of a joint, which can result in hip pain, muscle weakness and limited movement. And with longer life expectancies and greater activity levels, Dr. Taha will offer information on treatments and prevention of hip pain to restore mobility and improve quality of life. Dr. Taha, fellowship trained orthopedic trauma surgeon, specializes in complex hip socket fractures and injuries.
Help Yourself While Helping Others
Presenter: St. Mary’s of Michigan Volunteer Alliance
With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help your mental and physical health. The St. Mary’s of Michigan Volunteer Alliance has supported the hospital with volunteer service and financial aid for over 53 years. No matter how much you have to give, you can make a difference. Volunteers come from all walks of life with a variety of skill sets. You’ll hear how St. Mary’s Volunteer Services staff can help connect you to your perfect opportunity! “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -- Aesop.
Our displays from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. will feature information about organizations which offer educational and fun things to do in the region. Past exhibitors have included local
museums, nature centers, theaters, clubs, etc. Our corporate sponsors are also on hand to share information about their products and services.
This program is free for members and potential members - there is no need to pre-register.
Agenda for all Meetings:
8:45 a.m. Registration, Socializing & Continental Breakfast
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Announcements & Program
Lee Smith, Certified Petroleum Geologist, Optimal Value Energy LLC
“Fracking” refers to applying pressure to hydraulically fracture subsurface rock strata and inject proppants (sand or ceramic material) into the cracks to keep them open. High volume hydraulic fracturing (hvf) allows the recovery of hydrocarbons (gas, natural gas liquids, and oil) from rock strata that were previously considered unable to produce hydrocarbons in commercial quantities. At this meeting you will receive an historical overview of fracking technology and learn about current Michigan activity. You will also learn about the economic issues which surround the practice, the legal challenges that drilling companies face, and the current status of public policy efforts. Our speaker is Lee Smith, a Certified Petroleum Geologist and owner of the consulting firm, Optimal Value Energy LLC. Lee has written a series of articles on fracking for the Midland Daily News and has taught OLLI classes.
John Gallagher, Author and Journalist, Detroit Free Press
Despite Detroit’s recent bankruptcy, there are many efforts underway to redefine and revitalize the downtown area. Our speaker, John Gallagher, a veteran journalist and author, has written two books which provide many urban renewal strategies. He will discuss these strategies at our monthly meeting and also consider how Detroit’s challenges compare to other post-industrial cities in the nation. Gallagher’s book, Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City, was named by the Huffington Post as among the best social and political books of 2010. His most recent book is called Revolution Detroit: Strategies for Urban Reinvention. Born in New York City, he joined the Detroit Free Press in 1987 to cover urban and economic redevelopment efforts.
Understanding Islam: Overcoming Fear, Prejudice and Ignorance about the World's Second Largest Religion
James Randall Johnson, SVSU & Northwood Professor and Attorney
Islam is the second largest world religion after Christianity. 23% of the population of the world today are Muslims, with 49 nations being now defined as Islamic or Muslim. Islam is a major religion in Michigan with Dearborn being the home of more Arab-Americans than any other city in the United States. In an increasingly global society we are linked to diverse populations around the world and the necessity of developing an understanding and appreciation of other cultures is critical. Why is it then that Americans seem to not only not understand Islam but increasingly take meaningless and sometimes unconstitutional measures against it? This discussion will explore the depth of prejudice and misunderstanding of Islam in the United States today and why we need to change.