Should I feed my baby organic food? Are there valuable medicinal uses for marijuana? Am I at risk for Zika virus disease? These are just some of the many questions that will be discussed by a series of health experts scheduled to present at the upcoming Community Health Forum series, sponsored by the Stephenson County Health Department and FHN.
The monthly series will cover the latest research on a number of contemporary health issues from food fads and the metabolic syndrome (sources that can lead to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke) to chemicals in the environment that can result in endocrine (hormone) abnormalities and how to negotiate the healthcare system. In addition to addressing health topics of concern, speakers also will suggest practical ways to decrease risk of illness and to improve the overall health of individuals and of the community.
Each talk will be moderated by Alan Wenzel to encourage interaction with the audience, and will allow ample time for discussion.
All sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St. There is no charge to attend, and registration is not necessary. Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday October 10
Negotiating the Healthcare System
With the ever-changing landscape of healthcare in America, patients are often left wondering how to get and then pay for the healthcare that they need. Dr. Mike Perry will discuss how patients can best navigate the challenges of our current system.
Wednesday November 14
Medical and Recreational Cannabis
Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational cannabis and an additional 20 states have legalized medical cannabis. Are there proven medical uses for cannabis? Is recreational use worse than alcohol or tobacco? How do state laws comply with federal polices? What is the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program like? These and many other aspects of the ongoing, and rapidly evolving, debate on the legalities of marijuana will be discussed by Dr. Jack Herrmann.
Dr. Jack Herrmann
After 25 years in private dairy and companion animal practice, Dr. Jack Herrmann joined the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 to develop and direct the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/Masters in Public Health (DVM/MPH) joint degree program. He currently serves as director of that program and of the Center for One Health Illinois.
He is a Clinical Associate Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Division Affiliate Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and School of Public Health. Dr. Herrmann has extensive experience working in public health and health policy at local, state and national levels, holds an MPH degree in health policy and epidemiology, and is board-certified by the American College of Theriogenologists. (Theriogenology is the branch of veterinary medicine concerned with reproduction.) From 2003-2004, he served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate offices of Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL).
Dr. Herrmann has received numerous awards for his work in policy and education, including the prestigious Silver Circle award for excellence in teaching from the University of Illinois in 2016. He currently serves on the State Board of Health for the State of Illinois. His research interests include the epidemiology of infectious diseases, science-based public policy, and innovative pedagogical techniques.
Dr. Lynn Herrmann
Dr. Lynn Herrmann has a PhD in community health - health behavior with a kinesiology focus. She also has a MPH with a health promotion concentration. As a professor at Northern Illinois University, she researches the social aspects of exercise and promotion of active living and teaches health promotion courses. Dr. Herrmann is an American Council on Exercise-certified Group Fitness Instructor and Health Coach. She also is a master trainer for BOSU and a subject matter expert for the American Council on Exercise.
Dr. Yvette J. Johnson-Walker
Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker received her bachelor's, master's and DVM degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She later completed a PhD in Analytical Epidemiology at Michigan State University.
Dr. Johnson-Walker has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine since 2004. She teaches epidemiology, food safety, and public health to students in the DVM curriculum and critical thinking to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois, Chicago School of Public Health.
In addition to teaching university students, she has extensive experience in the development of innovative public health and epidemiology training and education resources for public health professionals and the zoological industry. Dr. Johnson-Walker has collaborated on approximately 40 research, training, and education projects totaling in excess of $12.5 million dollars in grant and contract funds.
Her research and training interests include risk factors for the transmission of infectious disease between humans and animals, poultry as models for reproductive disease in women, and emergency preparedness for disasters and epidemics.
Dr. Michael Perry
Dr. Perry was born at FHN Memorial Hospital and has lived most of his life in Freeport. From 1980 to 2002, he was a family practice physician with FHN. In 1999, he became an executive vice president and the Chief Physician Officer for FHN, and from 2006 to 2016, he served as President and CEO. Dr. Perry was a member of the Illinois Hospital Association Board from 2009 to 2015. In the community, Dr. Perry served on the United Way board from 1998-2004, and was president of the board 2003-2004. He also served on the board of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois from 2004 to 2010.
Dr. Perry graduated with a BA in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and received his medical degree from Southern Illinois School of Medicine. He did his residency in family practice at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana and also received a Certified Physician Executive Degree in 2001.
Dr. Perry and his wife Sue live in Freeport, where he enjoys biking and other outdoor activities.
A native of northwest Illinois, Alan retired from Highland Community College in Freeport where as a speech communications/film instructor, he taught a variety of courses in film, public speaking, leadership development, argumentation, political communication, and small group behavior over a 39-year period beginning in 1974. From 1992-2016, Alan served as Director of the Leadership Institute, a community leadership development program offered by the College.
Alan's interests include classic films, agricultural and advertising memorabilia, local history, family genealogy, and current events. He is currently working as a Training Program Manager for the Furst-McNess Company in Freeport.
Alan is a graduate of Central Michigan University with an M.A. in Interpersonal and Public Communication and from Northern Illinois University with a B.A. in Political Science.
He is married to Julie, a retired elementary school teacher, and has two sons: Aaron (Lisa and daughter Elisabeth), who works at the University of Minnesota - Morris campus, and Matt, who is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois and lives in California working as a recording technician.