Media Advisory: Black History Month Conference

“Answering the Call to Serve Military Families" 

By Elizabeth Fernandez

David Vlahov, RN, PhDDavid Vlahov, RN, PhD

WHAT: The Second Annual Florence Stroud Black History Month Conference Series presents a special symposium, "Joining Forces: Answering the Call to Serve Military Families.'' The event will focus on the myriad challenges facing members of the military and their families, including post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide, and other psychological issues. The conference honors the late Florence Stroud, a pioneering nurse, professor at UCSF and a public health researcher, who was the first African American to serve as health director of Berkeley. The event is hosted by the UCSF School of Nursing, the UCSF Medical Center, Samuel Merritt University and the Bay Area Black Nurses Association.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center; Robertson Auditorium, 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco.

WHO: Featured presenters and their topics include:

  • “Welcome,” David Vlahov, dean, UCSF School of Nursing;
  • “Endorsing the Call to Action," Rep. Donna Christensen, MD, U.S. Congress, D-Virgin Islands, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust;
  • “Policy and Fiscal Solutions to Advance Health Equity Among Military Personnel and Their Families," Rep. Barbara Lee, U.S. Congress, D-Calif.
  • “Life On and Beyond the Mercy Ship," Lt. Marsha Hanley, U.S. Navy;
  • “Duty, Degree and Dreams: Everything is Possible," Dennis McReynolds, MA, RAS (Registered Addiction Specialist), adjunct professor and student services coordinator and veteran’s resource specialist at Samuel Merritt University;
  • “Supporting Our Communities' Military Families," Capt. Nadine Simons, RN, U.S. Public Health Service

MEDIA CONTACT: For more information, contact Shirley Manly-Lampkin, RN, PhD at 415-476-9710 or email [email protected].