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May 5 “Public Health Matters” spotlights connecting with teens

Monthly noontime lecture at Snohomish Health District

SNOHOMISH COUNTY--- Family physician Jody McVittie, MD, is the featured speaker May 5 at Snohomish Health District’s “Public Health Matters” monthly noontime lecture. Dr. McVittie will present “Protecting our youth from harm: Our relationships make a difference.” The free, one-hour lecture begins at noon at the Snohomish Health District auditorium, 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett. People are welcome to bring lunch to eat during the presentation.

A parent of three teenagers, Dr. McVittie will discuss the relationship between better outcomes for teens and their sense of community and connection to home and school. She then will introduce simple tools that can be used by parents and teachers to make a difference for young people.

Dr. McVittie said she started teaching parent education classes seven years ago after taking a parent education class that made parenting her own family much more fun and satisfying. She has worked with teachers and schools to develop respectful discipline systems. Dr. McVittie is a Certified Positive Discipline Associate and talks on parent education topics locally and around the country.

This is the second in a series of nine lectures sponsored by Snohomish Health District. For more information about “Public Health Matters,” please call Pam Wessel-Estes at 425.339.8703.

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[sidebar: Public Health Matters lecture schedule for 2003]

  • May 5 Jody McVittie, MD, “Protecting our youth from harm: Our relationships make a difference”
  • June 2 Aileen Gagney, “Little lungs breathing”
  • July 7 Katy Levenhagen, MS, RD, “Getting the most out of the day: Eating and moving with your kids”
  • Aug. 4 Nancy Furness, RNC, “Bioterrorism and public health”
  • Sept. 8 Joan Deigert, RN, BSN, “Lice and mites and bedbugs, Oh my!”
  • Oct. 6 Anne Mitchell, RNC, MN, & Jane Ballard, PhD, “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome”
  • Nov. 3 Rick Pribbernow, “The three cousins: Anger, stress and depression”
  • Dec. 1 Pam Wessel-Estes, MA, “Learning violence: Our children at play”