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The new Healthology Symposium celebrates successes in the School of Health Sciences

The Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Initiative staff sets food on a table at a pop-up produce market in Pontiac, MI

The Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Initiative hosts pop-up produce markets and other health and wellness activities in Pontiac, Michigan.

In purpose for health

icon of a calendarJune 6, 2017

icon of a pencilBy Emell Derra Adolphus

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The new Healthology Symposium, founded on the principles of celebrating the School of Health Science's successes, made its inaugural debut in April at the Human Health Building with structural tours and a toast to wellness.

"Every year we want to feature the work we are doing in the community in various ways," says Dr. Kevin Ball, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Sciences, who co-founded the symposium with Dr. Scott Crabill, Ph.D., interim associate dean for the school and associate professor of Communication. "Each year, the symposium celebrates one of the definitive themes from the School of Health Sciences."

Those themes have included biomedical professions, human performance, public and environmental wellness, and this year's theme, interdisciplinary health.

In celebration of this year's theme, Dr. Jennifer Lucarelli, Ph.D., presented on the Healthy Pontiac, We Can! coalition — a collaborative network of more than 40 nonprofit organizations in Pontiac, Michigan focused on interdisciplinary community health.

The Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Initiative staff handing out drinks to children after a soccer game in Pontiac, Michigan
Among other activities geared toward community wellness, the Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Initiative hosts pop-up produce markets in Pontiac, Michigan

In addition, Dr. Moon J. Pak, M.D., founder of OU's School of Health Sciences, was awarded the new Health Achievement Leaders Legacy Award during the symposium.

"In the future, this is going to be an end of the year celebration for senior projects and undergraduate students doing their capstones," says Dr. Ball. And everyone is invited.

For more information about the Healthology Symposium, visit oakland.edu/shs.

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