WVRF in Philadelphia 12/20/2021

Shelle Allen, President, Families Fighting Flu (a national, nonprofit, advocacy organization dedicated to protecting children, families, and communities against the flu) will discuss the importance of flu vaccines and help families plan for it. Shelle has a personal connection to this issue. Her daughter, Madi Allen, was placed on life support when she was 12 years old as a result of influenza, and even had part of her left lung removed more than a decade later due to long-term effects. For information on the Mission: To save lives and reduce hospitalizations by protecting children, families, and communities against influenza. go to Familiesfightingflu.org

Joining Shelle will be Gregg Sylvester, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Seqirus, a global leader in influenza prevention, which is partnering with Families Fight Flu, urging them to take a “Promise” to stay on track for flu vaccines.

Dr Gregg Sylvester has led Seqirus Medical Affairs since 2016, overseeing the global team that scientifically differentiates our vaccines by generating Real World Evidence and presenting Seqirus research to national vaccine recommending organizations.  Gregg has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, government and patient care. For more Information go to https://www.seqirus.com/

Are you traveling or avoiding certain holiday meals that irritate your bladder? If you are living with an overactive bladder what can you do this holiday season and not cancel your plans?  Diane K. Newman, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, BCB-PMD Nurse Practitioner specializing in Urology and spokesperson for Urovant is here with tips to help manage this common condition. She is an Adjunct Professor of Urology in Surgery, and Research Investigator Senior, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She is Co-Director of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health, Division of Urology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in Philadelphia. Diane Newman has 30+ years of experience practicing as a urology nurse in long-term care, home care, and ambulatory care setting. Since 2000, she has practiced in the Division of Urology at PENN Medicine. Her current practice involves the evaluation, treatment, and management of urinary incontinence and related pelvic disorders including the use of biofeedback for pelvic floor disorders and catheters and other devices in the management of bladder dysfunction. For more information go to Diane Newman, Penn Medicine profile 

The Covid-19 Pandemic exposed the glaring differences in the Health Status of different people in this country, based on factors like their race economic status, education, sexuality, and gender.  But what would happen if we could eliminate these disparities over the next 20 years. A new report explores the positive impact this could have on society and how we can get there. He will talk about the current state of Health Equity in the United States, the new report findings, and what steps we can take to move forward, is Dr. Keith Rawlings, M.D. Senior Medical Director of ViiV Healthcare. As Senior Medical Director, Keith provides scientific and medical expertise for ViiV initiatives including sponsored clinical trials; investigator-initiated studies; and medical education programs. For more information go to ViiV Healthcare.com

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