Speaker’s Bureau

Welcome to the RCHD Speaker’s Bureau webpage. Below, you will find a description of presentations, the featured speaker(s) along with his/her bio, availability and required equipment. Our speakers are only available for presentations within the City of Richmond geographical area.

Once you have decided on a presentation along with a day and time, contact Charles Lee at charles.lee@vdh.virginia.gov or 804-205-3734 to schedule a speaker for your organization.

Presentation – “Facts About Zika” This presentation will focus on protection against mosquito bites, how Zika spreads, who is at risk of getting the Zika Virus and its signs and symptoms.
Speaker availability – Varies. Please inquire.
Equipment needed – PowerPoint projection equipment
Number of attendees –A minimum of five (5)
Featured speaker: Dr. Danny Avula, District Director, and Okey Utah, Epidemiologist, CDC Public Health Associates
Bio: A team of public health experts are available to respond individually to requests for a speaker presentation. Each of the speakers serve on various public health related committees, commissions and coalitions and ensure that the City of Richmond is a healthy environment.

 

Presentation –Facts About Ebola” This presentation will focus on how Ebola spreads, who is at risk of getting Ebola, signs and symptoms, treatment of Ebola and what the Richmond City Health Department is doing about Ebola.
Speaker availability –Varies. Please inquire.
Equipment required – PowerPoint projection equipment
Number of attendees – A minimum of five (5)
Featured speaker: Dr. Danny Avula, District Director, and Okey Utah, Epidemiologist
Bio: A team of public health experts are available to respond individually to requests for a speaker presentation. Each of the speakers serve on various public health related committees, commissions and coalitions and ensure that the City of Richmond is a healthy environment.

 

Presentation – “The Transmission and Management of Tuberculosis”This presentation will give a working definition of tuberculosis, difference between latent tuberculosis and tuberculosis disease.  The presentation will also discuss medicine regime and contact investigations.
Speaker availability – Weekdays:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Equipment required – PowerPoint projection equipment
Number of attendees – A minimum of five (5)
Featured speaker: Kenneth Brown, R.N.
Bio: Kenneth Brown has been employed as a registered nurse for 8 years. He is a Civil War Re-enactor and a former member of the Virginia Defense Force.

 

Presentation – “Teen, Sex and Statistics” Presentation includes an overview of teens sexual health and statistics related to teens and sexual activity.
Speaker availability – Monday – Thursday:  10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Equipment required – No special equipment is needed.
Number of attendees – Flexible
Featured speaker: Gale E. Grant, M.A.
Bio: Gale E. Grant, M.A. is the Adolescent Health Coordinator for the Richmond City Health District. She received her M.A. from Michigan State University. After having worked for 10 years in the Virginia Department of Health administrative office directing statewide youth focused programs, she is now applying her knowledge and skills to improving health outcomes for Richmond youth. In her current role, Ms. Grant works with a dynamic team of health educators that share her passion for the youth of the city. Through a partnership with Richmond Public Schools, Ms. Grant and her team have been instrumental in the significant decrease in the City of Richmond teenage pregnancies. She frequently appears on local and cable news programs speaking on the issue of teenage pregnancy prevention.

 

Presentation – “Healthy Homes Awareness and Lead Poisoning Prevention.” This presentation will help make your house safer and healthier. Find out why and how to keep away pests and mold growth. You can also learn how to prevent trips, falls and fires as well as make the air in your home cleaner. Ms. Huang and her Healthy Homes Team also presents information on a host of other related topics ranging from “greener” alternatives, lead poisoning prevention, to challenges related to rental units, and indoor asthma triggers.
Speaker availability – Weekdays; Early weekday evenings; Saturday before 2:00 p.m.
Equipment required – PowerPoint projection equipment
Number of attendees – A minimum of six (6) for weekdays. A minimum of twelve (12) for weeknights and Saturdays.
Featured speaker: Dona Huang, M.P.H.
Bio: Dona Huang has over 25 years of professional experience in health policy and in environmental management, toxicology, and remediation.  She holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Presently, she directs the Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes Initiative program with the Richmond City Health District. 

For more than 15 years, Ms. Huang has also devoted her personal time serving the community.  She enjoys working in her church ministries and tutoring/mentoring youth.  She had been a mentor with the Micah Initiative and a counselor to a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout troop.  Ms. Huang has held several private and state board positions, including leadership roles in civic organizations serving the Asian community. She is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond. 

Through her professional and volunteer roles, Ms. Huang has provided leadership to coalition-building, outreach and education coordination, fundraising, and strategic planning activities.

 

Presentation – “Healthy Eating and Active Living.” Take the first step towards a healthier you! Learn tips and strategies you can use to eat healthier and increase your physical activity. Participants will learn:
•    The basics of nutrition
•    How to plan a healthy meal
•    Tips for eating healthy on a budget
•    The benefits of physical activity
•    Ways to exercise at home and in the workplace
Speaker availability – Varies. Please inquire.
Equipment required – PowerPoint projection equipment
Number of attendees – A minimum of five (5)
Featured speaker: Chronic Disease Prevention Division
Bio: A team of chronic disease professionals are available to respond individually to requests for a speaker presentation. Each of the speakers serve on various chronic disease prevention related committees and coalitions and responsible for employee wellness, school health and healthy corner store initiatives to ensure that the City of Richmond is a healthy environment.

A team of nursing professionals are available to respond individually to requests for a speaker.

 

Presentation – “What is Centering Pregnancy?” Centering is an evidence-based model of care shown to improve birth outcomes, birth-weight, and pre-term delivery birth rates. This presentation will explain why expectant mothers should consider this important initiative.
Speaker availability – Varies. Please inquire.
Equipment required – PowerPoint projection equipment
Number of attendees – Varies
Featured speaker: Clinical Services Division

 

Presentation – “Resource Mothers and Its Services” This presentation includes an overview of the Resource Mothers program, its target audience, and the services that the Resource Mothers program provides to their clients.
Speaker availability – Weekdays:  9:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Equipment needed – PowerPoint projection equipment
Number of attendees – No requirement
Featured speaker: Patricia Mills
Bio: Patricia Mills is Director of Health Equity for Richmond City Health District, the local arm of the Virginia Department of Health. She also serves as RCHD’s Trauma Informed Coordinator, managing the delivery of evidence-based Trauma Informed Care Services within the agency. Prior to accepting these roles, she administered a comprehensive grant-funded program for young parents with a focus on reducing infant mortality and low birth weight babies. During other times, she sings on a Praise Team, is an author and playwright.

Presentation. Each of the speakers serve on various health related committees and coalitions and responsible for ensuring that our patients receive optimal maternity health care services and outcomes.

 

Presentation – “WIC and Breastfeeding” – Presentation includes information on what WIC has to offer, how to apply for WIC, breastfeeding promotion and support and facts versus myths.
Speaker availability – Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Evenings and weekends depend on staff availability.
Equipment required – No equipment needed
Number of Attendees –Breastfeeding: 3  General audience: 10 – 15
Featured speaker: Lisbeth (Liz)  Snead
Bio: Liz Snead currently serves as the WIC Coordinator for the Richmond City Health District.  She has worked in WIC for over 26 years.  During that time, Ms. Snead has been an advocate for breastfeeding and has much experience in working with the WIC population to promote breastfeeding and increase the duration of breastfeeding amongst WIC clients.  As a mother of two grown boys, both of whom were breastfed, Ms. Snead has personal experience and knowledge of breastfeeding.  

 

Presentation – “Personal and Family Preparedness” – Would you be prepared if a flood or hurricane swept through our community taking with it the most essential services such as water, electricity, gas, and communications? Would you and your family be prepared to survive on your own for a minimum of three days post emergency? Disasters, such as these, often strike quickly and without warning leaving you with little or no time to ready yourself. The likelihood that you and your family will recover often depends on the preparations done today. Learn how you can be prepared today by requesting one of our preparedness workshops.
Speaker availability – Weekdays, Evenings and Weekends
Equipment required – PowerPoint projection equipment
Number of attendees – A minimum of ten (10)
Featured Speaker: Kate Bausman
Bio:  Kate Bausman is the Coordinator for the Richmond City Medical Reserve Corps where she manages 490 volunteers trained and ready to serve during public health emergencies. Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers also participate in community events, providing health screenings and education. Before joining the RCHD team, Ms. Bausman was the Manager of Volunteer Services at Fan Free Clinic where she managed 500 volunteers engaged in every aspect of the day to day operations of FFC. Ms. Bausman earned her CVA (Certification in Volunteer Administration) in 2010. Ms. Bausman believes that fostering community connections is the best way to work toward a stronger, healthier world.

 

Presentation “Topics related to STIs and HIV”
Speaker availability – Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Weekends by advanced request only.
Equipment required – PowerPoint projection equipment
Number of attendees – A minimum of seven (7).
Featured speaker: Kendra Weindling
Bio: Ms. Weindling has 12 years of experience working in public health, specifically with STI and HIV prevention. She worked as a Public Health Advisor for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spending time in Chicago and Washington, D.C. before coming to Virginia. Ms. Weindling has worked for the Virginia Department of Health for 7 years, starting as a Disease Intervention Specialist in Roanoke, VA. During her career with VDH, she has also served as a Program Consultant for the statewide STI program and the Coordinator for the Expanded HIV Testing Grant. Currently, Ms. Weindling serves as the STI/HIV Program Supervisor for the Richmond City Health District, where she is responsible for a team of Disease Intervention Specialists, Patient Navigators, and staff implementing various other prevention initiatives such as Social Network Strategies and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV. Ms. Weindling is passionate about using a client centered approach to prevention, and enjoys sharing her experience with other community partners.

 

Presentation – Environmental Health
The RCHD’s Environmental Health Team is available to talk on a wide range of environmental health issues to include: food services, milk-processing safety, West Nile Virus and rabies. The presentation focuses on how to keep you, your family and community safe.
Speaker availability – Varies. Please inquire.
Equipment required – None
Number of attendees – A minimum of five (5)
Our Speakers:
A team of Environmental Health Specialists are available to respond individually to requests for a speaker presentation.  On a daily basis, our Environmental Health Specialists conduct inspections of restaurants and food service operations within the City of Richmond. Reports of food borne illness are investigated to determine and eliminate causes. The Specialists also inspect public swimming pools and marinas, conduct animal bite/rabies investigation, investigate complaints of vermin infestation and provide West Nile Virus prevention education.

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