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Reunion 2014: Health and Wellness Panel Discussion

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 3:00pm
Moderator: Bernard Guyer 1965

Moderator: Bernard Guyer '65

Bernard Guyer is Zanvyl Krieger Professor of Children’s Health, Emeritus, at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He graduated from Antioch College ’65, University of Rochester Medical School ’70 and trained in pediatrics and preventive medicine at U.N.C. and Harvard.  Guyer directed the MCH agency in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and chaired the Board on Children, Youth and Families as well as IOM Committees on Immunization and on Poison Control.  He chaired the Maryland Commission on Infant Mortality and advised both Baltimore City and the state of Maryland on infant mortality reduction.  Guyer was faculty at Harvard School of Public Health before moving to Johns Hopkins to chair MCH and then Population and Family Health Sciences.   

Guyer's areas of research include maternal and child health, low birth weight and infant mortality, child development, pediatric care, immunization, childhood injury prevention, and child health policy. He is the author of more than 300 published papers. 

Dr. Guyer’s awards include student teaching awards at both Harvard and Hopkins; 2003 Martha May Eliot Award(APHA); 2009 Rall Award (IOM); and 2009 Zena Stein and Mervyn Susser Award for Lifetime Achievement in MCH Epidemiology.

 

Panelists:

Robin Herbert '76

Robin is Adjunct Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She received her M.D. degree from SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine in 1982.  After completing residencies in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine, she joined the faculty of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1988. There, she spent her career leading programs that combined identification and treatment of occupational diseases with efforts to prevent the workplace exposures causing those conditions. Her work in Occupational Medicine has included clinical care, workplace prevention efforts, public health and policy-oriented research, and advocacy for workers, including low wage immigrant workers, those with work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and WTC Responders. 

She served as Co-Director of the Selikoff Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine from 1990 – 2003. When Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSDs) emerged as a health issue in the 1990s, she created a program to treat and prevent them.  She developed an occupational health clinic at the (then) ILGWU Union Health Center. The program served primarily low-wage, immigrant garment workers, many of whom were disabled by WRMSDs. After the attacks on the World Trade Center, Robin and her colleagues at the Selikoff Center responded immediately, identifying potential health problems and exposures among WTC responders. Robin co-directed a federally funded program to screen responders for possible WTC effects, developed a WTC treatment program, and participated in studies documenting WTC health consequences. These programs ultimately became part of the CDC- funded WTC Health Program, which has provided medical monitoring and treatment for over 37,000 WTC responders and has continued to document physical and mental health effects. 

Robin has published extensively, provided invited Congressional Testimony numerous times, and has received many awards for her work, including Woman of the Year 2007 from former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev’s, Women’s World Association for her WTC work and, in 2013, Antioch's Rebecca Rice Award.

Benjamin H. Levi 1983

Benjamin H. Levi '83

Benjamin H. Levi is a professor of pediatrics and humanities at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. Levi, a practicing pediatrician and highly published expert in the area of mandated reporting of suspected child abuse, recently returned from a yearlong sabbatical overseas examining how other countries protect children from abuse, including how abuse and neglect are reported to law enforcement. In 2012, he assumed the directorship of the Center for the Protection of Children at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. 

Launched in December 2011, the Center for the Protection of Children brings together an interdisciplinary group of Penn State clinicians and researchers who are well-respected for their achievements in the field of child abuse. For the past 10 years, Levi has worked toward mandated reporting of suspected abuse, including developing the “Look Out for Child Abuse” website—which includes Pennsylvania’s only online tool for reporting suspected abuse—in conjunction with the Center on Children and the Law at Penn State Dickinson School of Law. As center director, he will continue the work of strengthening existing collaborations and building new ones across Penn State and with community partners.

 

Julie LineBurgh 2006

Julie LineBurgh '06

Julie Lineburgh, class of 2006, grew up in Akron, OH, where she attended performing arts schools for vocal music. At Antioch, Julie was a Self, Society, and Culture major.  This major allowed her to pursue her passion for psychology.  After Antioch she continued her education at Kent State University in their Community Counseling program.  In 2010 she became a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Ohio.  In that same year she entered a Ph.D. program for Counselor Education and Supervision, also at KSU.       

Last year she worked as a mental health counselor at Hiram College in Hiram, OH, as a doctoral-level intern.  She is now a doctoral candidate and is working on her dissertation in college mental health and retention.  Getting a doctorate in the mental health field has been a life-long aspiration due to her love of learning and desire to win a victory in the field of college counseling.       

Julie is thrilled to be back on campus and in Yellow Springs.  She looks forward to continuing her work assisting students, collaborating with faculty and staff, and educating the entire campus community on mental health and wellness issues.  Her victory for humanity is helping the students win theirs. 

 

 

Amy MacDonald 1984

Amy MacDonald '84, CNM, MSN

Amy received her BA in Biological Science from Antioch College in 1984.  She is a graduate of the Yale Nurse Midwifery Program, graduating in 1991 with a Masters of Science in Nursing. Amy has held multiple positions in public, private and academic settings.  She started her career as a nurse midwife by opening a free standing birth center affiliated with a community health center in rural West Virginia and later worked for a busy private practice in Boston. Upon moving to North Carolina in 1996, she provided prenatal care at Lincoln Community Health Center. Amy then developed a collaborative OB/GYN/Midwifery service at Kaiser Permanente in Chapel Hill where she attended births at UNC and Durham Regional Hospitals.  

In 1999, Amy started the Duke Midwifery Service within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and served as its Director for 14 years. Currently, Amy enjoys providing midwifery care to a diverse community of women at Duke Perinatal and Durham County Health Department. Since 2008, she has served as faculty for the Centering Healthcare Institute providing training to healthcare providers nationwide in the Centering model of care. In 2011, Amy was honored to receive the a statewide award for the Great 100 Nurse of North Carolina and a Duke Friends of Nursing Award for Excellence in Women’s Health. She is married to Whitney MacDonald with whom she fell in love with at Antioch College in 1982. Together they have two beautiful sons and a sweet golden retiever named Stella.