Neighborhood Health Series

health and family

Roseman University’s Neighborhood Health Series (NHS) is back, offering monthly in-person presentations on issues related to health and well-being. These events are free and open to the public, with a complimentary meal offered.

Each month, the Neighborhood Health Series introduces an expert speaker from Roseman University on a variety of health care topics including navigating Medicare, dealing with common diseases, and coping with an aging parent. Guests experience elements of Roseman’s Six-Point Mastery Learning Model® and are invited to get to know other attendees, all while learning alongside members of southern Nevada’s most accomplished and talented medical community.

Upcoming NHS Events

Keeping Healthy and Happy During the Holiday Season

December 8, 2022 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. PST

The holiday season is one full of joy, but for many it is also a time of increased responsibility, stress and obligation. Find out how to practice self-care during the holiday season, navigate family dynamics, and how to support others who may be feeling less merry.

Presented by Karin Esposito, MD, PhD


The Stories Your DNA Tells About You: From Your Ancestry to How You Might Respond to a Medication

January 19, 2023 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. PST

As the general public has shown increased interest in ancestry, companies have responded with at-home ancestry kits, software and databases. At the same time, scientists continue to work in the area of genetics looking at a person’s genetic markers and how these markers provide clues to a patient’s likelihood of getting particular diseases (including COVID-19), or how they might respond to different drug therapies. How can all of this data help you as a patient? Meet Dr. David Rawlins, former pharmaceutical drug researcher and faculty in Roseman’s College of Pharmacy. Dr. Rawlins will bring a lifetime of experience in research to our guests and shed light on how our DNA offers insights to our health outcomes.

Presented by David Rawlins, PhD

dental and pediatric faculty

Innovations and Best Practices in Dental and Pediatric Dentistry

February 16, 2023 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. PST

Meet two of Roseman’s newest dentists from the Advanced Education in General Dentistry clinic, Roseman Dental and Orthodontics. Dr. Alice Chen and Dr. Matthew Thacker will team up to take us through the latest advances and innovations in both pediatric and general dentistry, as well as review some of the older, tried-and-true best practices still considered the gold standard. Learn how dentists modify care based on the unique needs of the patient, and how empathy, value and quality are the cornerstones of Roseman’s everyday practice.

Presented by Matthew Thacker, DMD and Alice Chen, DMD


Emerging Infectious Diseases & the Vaccines That Prevent Them

March 16, 2023 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. PST

Post-pandemic, we are more aware of public health crises, having witnessed firsthand an infectious disease that took many lives and sparked governmental, healthcare provider and vaccine manufacturer response. Collectively, we’ve learned a lot, and are perhaps better prepared. But what’s next on the horizon? What emerging or recurring infectious diseases might we encounter, and what can we do to protect our communities? We will discuss vaccine protection, hesitancy, and preparedness by the regulatory bodies and drug companies for the possible next health crisis.

Presented by Dr. Manas Mandal, MSc, PhD

art and healthcare

The Value & Importance of the Arts in Healthcare

April 20, 2023 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. PST

Dr. Marin Gillis presents an overview of the intrinsic and useful value of the arts in healthcare. From literature, writing, music, dance and painting, the arts serve a number of roles for patients and families, providers and students. Dr. Gillis also explains how the arts make medical students into better doctors using examples of a program she started in Nevada in 2008 that is still running, how the arts have therapeutic benefits and can improve the quality of life for people living with dementia, and how the arts can promote health student, resident and provider well-being.

Presented by Dr. Marin Gillis, PhD, LPh

sunset at sea

Finding the Truth in a Sea of Misinformation: How to Navigate Healthcare Issues With Information and Power

May 11, 2023 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. PST

Consumers are the target of enormous amounts of healthcare promotion, information, marketing, and sales tactics. How can we increase our health literacy; source qualified, credible information; and become more empowered to make smart healthcare decisions? Find the best healthcare sources available and find the answers you need to be informed.

Presented by Connor Schwartz, MLIS

Previous NHS Presentations

September 2022 – Spanish Heritage Month 
CVS Health Spanish Pathways: Pathways to Profession for Spanish-speaking Students
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October 2022 – Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Seeing Inside the Human Body: Innovations and Advances in Imaging and Radiology
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November 2022
Open Enrollment: The ABCs of Medicare
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May 2022
A Week Inside the ALS Clinic: A case-based view of the patient perspective in battling ALS
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April 2022
In Celebration of World Health Day: Global Health in 2022 – A Look Around the World at Public Health
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March 2022
Hemophilia & Blood Diseases
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February 2022
Improving Nevada’s Dental Health Outcomes Among Children – One Smile At A Time
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January 2022
Financial Fitness in the New Year: Financial Literacy by CCCU
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December 2021
The Value and Importance of the Arts in Healthcare
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November 2021
Ethics of Pandemics: The Case of COVID-19
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October 2021
No Laughing Matter with Cuba Pete
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September 2021
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Health Professions
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May 2021
A Story for Our Time: Lessons Learned from My Mother, a Holocaust Survivor
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April 2021
Sexual Health Through the Years
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March 2021
Dementia: What’s behind this tragic disease, how can we treat and prevent it, and how we can financially and legally protect our loved ones diagnosed
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February 2021
The Stories Your DNA Tells About You From Ancestry to How You Might Respond to a Medication
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January 2021
Looking Ahead to Tomorrow: COVID-19 in 2021
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