Community Health Forums
As a part of its continuing Recovery Mesquite efforts to help the community move forward and onward from the impacts of the pandemic, the City of Mesquite has started a series of Community Health Virtual Meetings. The monthly virtual community forums will be moderated by City Manager Cliff Keheley on various topics presented by expert guest speakers.
The September meeting featured Shirley Weddle, a community liaison and Mental/Brain Health and Suicide Prevention awareness advocate, Domingo Rodriguez, retired Navy Veteran and a Peer Service Coordinator for Metrocare Services of Dallas County's Military Veteran Peer Network, Skylar Woods-Nunley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Coordinator for the Mental Health Ministry at the St. Luke " Community" United Methodist Church and Sharon Kim the Executive Director at Mustard Seed Generation. The speakers focused on a variety of mental health issues in association with National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
The July meeting featured Elizabeth Harrell, Director of Parks and Recreation, Kaderick Burns, Manager of Recreation Services and Rachael Burks Recreation Supervisor of Athletics and Aquatics. The speakers discussed fitness and health resources available through the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The June meeting featured Dr. Mazen Hariri, Primary Care Physician, Dr. Obiora Anusionwu, Cardiologist and Carrie Phillips, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The speakers discussed men’s health and fitness as a part of Men's Health Month.
The May meeting featured Shirley Weddle, a Mental/Brain Health and Suicide Prevention awareness advocate, Kelly Smith with Mesquite ISD and Dr. Cesar Alvarado with the Multicultural Recovery Center in Mesquite. The speakers discussed teen mental health and suicide prevention as a part of National Mental Health Awareness Month.
The April meeting featured Dr. Jaime A. Davidson, a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Diabetes Touchstone Center, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center and Dr. Laura Lee Hall, Ph.D., President of the National Minority Quality Forum’s Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity., in speaking about minority health. View the PowerPoint presentation.
The March meeting featured Lark Stewart, Director of Food & Nutrition Services at Mesquite ISD, who spoke about family nutrition. Pam Folsom, the city’s Senior Recreation Supervisor for 50+ Programs also joined Talli Zuckerman and Diana Truong, Dietetic Interns with the Visiting Nurses Association, in speaking about senior citizen nutrition.
The first meeting featured Glenda Matchett, RN, BSN, MHA, the Chief Executive Officer of Dallas Regional Medical Center who shared updates on COVID-19 in Mesquite and vaccine rollouts. Lisa Fox, the Director of Nursing at Dallas Regional Medical Center was also part of the forum, she discussed women’s heart health.