COURSE LEADERS: Sharisse Arnold-Rehring
MEETS: 6 Thursdays TIME: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
DATES COURSE MEETS: 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27
PRICE: $75.00

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LOCATION: Calvary Baptist Church, 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver, CO 80224 Map
TYPE: Lecture,Q&A


March 16– An Introduction to Kaiser Permanente and Prevention: Stress Management and Mindfulness
In this first course you will learn about Kaiser Permanente: its history, mission, and patient care philosophy. You will also have an opportunity to learn and experience one way that we help our members approach their whole health and well-being with Mindfulness.

Katie Richardson, MD; and Kimberly Nuffer, LCSW Katie is a board certified Pediatrician for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente Colorado and serves on the Innovation Discovery Team. Kimberly is the Behavioral Health and Wellness Specialist for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

March 23-  Hospitalists: Inpatient primary care Course Description: For over 20 years, hospitalists have served as the primary care physicians in the inpatient arena, resulting in an effective ‘division of labor’ that differs from the traditional model of outpatient primary care. We’ll take a look at the intended and unintended consequences for patients, providers, and the healthcare system in general.

Vincent Ho, MD. Vincent is currently an inpatient physician for the Colorado Medical Permanente Group of Kaiser Permanente Colorado and has served in various administrative roles to improve the health of our members and inspire his colleagues to reach new heights. He’s also the son of popular Academy Course Leader George Ho, Jr.

March 30- Sex: What’s Age Got to Do With It? Course Description: This session will focus on sexual function and provide answers to the following questions: 1). Does sexual function change with age? (We will discuss age-related changes as well as the impact of certain diseases on sexual function) 2). Is it safe for older adults to have sex? (We will discuss the physiologic demands of sexual intercourse and sexually transmitted disease risk) 3) Do older adults still have sex? (We will discuss available survey information and key reasons underlying why seniors are or are not sexually active) 4) Can we prevent or treat sexual problems? (We will discuss common sexual function issues – erectile dysfunction, hypoactive sexual desire disorder)

Wendee Gozansky, MD. Wendee is a board certified internist/geriatrician and serves as the Vice President and Chief Quality Officer for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Wendee believes in providing exceptional quality and leveraging both people and technology to create standardized systems of care that meet Kaiser Permanente’s triple aim mission.

April 6-  A Geriatrician’s Perspective on Living Life to the Fullest The problem with aging is not that it’s one damn thing after another — it’s every damn thing, all at once, all the time.” -John Scalzi. While getting older has its share of challenges, it should also be a time of joy. There is often a disconnect between traditional priorities to the medical system and priorities that matter most to people as they advance in age. Understanding the common conditions of getting older, and what can be done about them, will help you to engage your health care team to work on improving those things that matter most to you. We’ll discuss a broad range of topics, including arthritis, leaky bladders, constipation, falls, insomnia, and more.

Tracy Lippard, MD. Tracy is an internal medicine and fellowship trained geriatrician with the Colorado Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Her practice focuses on the quality of life and the risk/benefit balance for her patients.

April 20- Importance of Healthy Lifestyle and Social Determinants of Health: The US population health is generally poor, mostly due to physical inactivity and poor diet. I will review medical evidence on the impact of lifestyle changes on health. Questions: 1.Where does the US rank in the world in terms of population health? 2. What are the top 3 causes of loss of healthy life by diagnosis? 3. What are the top 3 causes of loss of healthy life by underlying behavior? 4. How many people do we need to treat with statins to prevent one heart attack? 5. Number needed to treat with diet and exercise to prevent one case of diabetes?

Eric Harker, MD. Eric is an internist for the Colorado Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente Colorado and serves as the Physician Lead for Primary Prevention. His focus is a team-based approach to care; maximizing the skills of all members of the healthcare team.

April 27, 2017-  The Aging Brain (and Neuropsychologist) To- distinguish dementia from “normal aging”- explore the cognitive, behavioral and psychological symptoms that people with dementia may present with and caregivers may have to manage – discuss appropriate diagnostic measures of memory assessment – consider psychosocial and pharmacological interventions available for people with dementia- outline the organization of services for people with dementia and their families.

Danielle McDermott, MD. Danielle is a neurologist and epileptologist with the Colorado Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Danielle also serves as the Medical Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Saint Joseph Hospital. Her practice focuses on treating patients living with epilepsy. Danielle was drawn to the complex subspecialty practice of epilepsy, most fulfilled by helping patients feel understood and delivering care with compassion.