STAR Health – Conversation on Healthcare, Wellbeing & Prevention

October 26, 2017, 5-6:30pm: Anxiety, health and heart disease
Introduction:  How does anxiety affect your health in school, at work, and at home? We will explain how stress and heart diseases are related and what education and prevention resources are available to us to manage stress.

Dec 5, 2017, 5-6:30pm: A patient-centered comprehensive healthcare team
Introduction: The most important person in a healthcare team is the patient. This discussion will focus on the patient as the core of a comprehensive approach to healthcare. Learn how crucial communication is for driving excellence in care and how essential it is to interactions with your healthcare team.

March 8, 2018, 5-6:30pm: Is this just a phase? Supporting the Journey from Childhood to Adulthood
Introduction: All parents can relate to the many changes their kids go through as they grow up.  This session will help parents and health professionals make the best choices for children as they transition from childhood to adulthood. The discussion will cover a variety of health topics, including behavior, mental health, special needs and disabilities. We will identify respective resource services to support and encourage healthy and productive adulthood years.

April 26, 2018, 5-6:30pm: From stable to flourishing, redefining “good health”
Introduction: Leaders in the health and prevention field will peel away the myths of “good health” and go through the essentials and importance of clinical practice guidelines.  

July 12, 2018, 5-6:30pm: Lessons learned: A disastrous day of a patient
Introduction:  As a patient, you always expect quality, compassionate, comprehensive, culturally competent and convenient care. In reality, it does not always happen. This dynamic discussion will display a variety of healthcare settings from the lens of a patient. Patients, caregivers and providers will learn how to enhance the patient experience, and to prepare and advocate for better healthcare!



P. Michael Peterson, Ed.D.
Dr. Michael Peterson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Health at the University of Delaware. Dr. Peterson has extensive experience in health program planning, implementation and evaluation in corporate, government and educational settings. He is also an expert in behavioral research, health and media, and social marketing. His primary research area focuses on the relationship between corporate culture, work, and health. He is widely published, a sought after speaker and consultant, and internationally recognized as a leading authority on workplace culture, stress, and the dualistic approach to organizational and employee health. He has served as an advisor to the American College of Occupational Medicine in the area of workplace stress and culture. He was founding director the Graduate Program in Health Promotion, and the Graduate Health Coaching program at the University of Delaware Dr. Peterson is also the author of the “Culture-Work- Health Model” which has been instrumental in helping the profession move towards more effective strategies in the workplace by integrating the concept of organizational health as an equally important outcome with employee health. The model has been used as a foundation for work-health initiatives in both the U.S., Canada and Europe.

David Edwards, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. He received his BS from the University of Delaware, MS from Wake Forest University, and PhD from the University of Florida. He also leads the NIH funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Cardiovascular Health at UD. The goal of this center is to develop a sustainable research center that catalyzes cardiovascular health related research and strengthens the infrastructure for this type of research at UD. His research is focused on exercise and cardiovascular function in chronic kidney disease and he has established a Renal Rehab program at UD. His other area of research focuses on the adverse vascular effects of dietary sodium. The National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association have funded his research.

Dr. Earl Walker is a licensed psychologist utilizing a performance based model and wellness approach to enhance the functioning of individuals, groups, teams, and organizations. His focus is in the assessment and identification of strengths, needs and challenges. He holds a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology, from the Department of Developmental Studies and Counseling at Boston University and an MBA specializing in Health Care Management from Widener University. Dr. Walker has 19 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field, with specializations in treating; stress related mental illness in African Americans, children with pervasive developmental disorders (including Autism), children exhibiting antisocial and oppositional behaviors, psychometric assessment and evaluation, gender relations, conflict resolution, negotiation, mediation, sport psychology, and geriatric psychology. He was trained in multisystemic therapy (MST), motivational interviewing (MI), trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and was also a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP).

Dr. Walker also has over 25 years experience in health and wellness. He was a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) – Certified Personal Trainer and has taught sport psychology, sociology of sport, exercise physiology, health education, fitness education, and psychological testing at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA and Boston University in Boston, MA. He developed the Self Realization Model and Theory, which focuses on improving the most essential components of optimal performance and helping individuals, teams, and organizations reach their potential.

Carolyn Haines is Director of the Nurse Managed Primary Care Center and a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been in healthcare for 30 years;  both in a primary care setting and emergency department. She has both her BSN and MSN from UD. Areas of clinical interest include chronic care management of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, women’s health, health promotion and acute care.

Tara Leonard is a Clinical Instructor and Certified Health Coach in the Behavioral Health and Nutrition Department at the University of Delaware. Tara holds a Master’s degree in Health Promotion and a Certificate in Health Coaching. Her expertise includes health behavior change through health coaching in individual and group settings.

Guy Scotoloti is a career clinical exercise physiologist having enjoyed a 40-year career in health care; focusing on chronic illness rehabilitation and prevention. He has directed outpatient cardiac rehabilitation and cardiac diagnostic programs, developed and directed outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation programs, diabetes exercise, cancer exercise, as well as programs to reduce fall risk. Guy also is a health coach/counselor for a multiple physician practice. He has been a career lecturer and educator for medical and allied health providers on the benefits of exercise in chronic illness, and is a lifelong patient advocate.