Healthy Conversations


Healthy Conversations is a continuing monthly series that addresses a variety of health and wellness topics and features engaging speakers who are internationally renowned experts in their field, from physicians and medical scientists to nutritionists and health policy advocates.


Bad Faith 

The Gershman Y
Wednesday, October 14, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5
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Paul Offitt, M.D., author of Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine. Dr. Offitt is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as a Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. A recipient of many awards who has published over 150 papers in medical and scientific journals, Dr. Offit is co-inventor of the rotavirus, RotaTeq, and the author of six acclaimed medical books.



The Gershman Y
Wednesday, November 4, 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
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to register or call 215-545-4400
Registration requiredNote earlier start time

Between 25 and 50 percent of Ashkenazi Jews screened are carriers for one or more Jewish genetic diseases. Everyone of
Jewish ancestry or who is in a relationship with someone of Jewish ancestry should get screened before planning to start a family.

We start with a presentation by Dr. Adele Schneider, Medical Director of Einstein Healthcare Network’s Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases, followed by an optional screening, which requires just a simple blood test. The cost with any health insurance is $99; the maximum without insurance is $350..







The Gershman Y
Wednesday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $5
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Alzheimer’s accounts for 60% to 70% of cases of dementia. Dr. Jason Karlawish, Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics, and Health Policy and Associate Director of the Penn Memory Center, will discuss recent developments and ongoing research that seek to optimize the diagnosis
and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

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