Speakers

 

Susan Post, D.Min, MBA

Executive Director of Esperanza Health Center

Esperanza Health Center, a Christian community health center in the predominantly Latino and African-American communities of North Philadelphia, where she has served since 2005. Under her leadership, Esperanza has expanded through the addition of two new locations, and more than tripled the number of patients served to over 14,300 in 2016, while adding new services such as dental and behavioral health care, and innovative community wellness programs. She is currently leading the development of a major new health and wellness center to expand an existing site. Susan previously served as Vice President, Finance and Administration at Westminster Theological Seminary, and has over 25 years of health care management experience. She lives in the Hunting Park community of North Philadelphia and is a member of Spirit and Truth Fellowship. She earned her Doctor of Ministry in Urban Missions and Master of Arts in Religion degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Bridgeport. Susan’s commitment to the urban and Christian community extends to her service on the boards of several organizations.

Susan E. Swedo, M.D.

Head of the Section on Behavioral Pediatrics (SBP) in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Dr. Susan Swedo is Head of the Section on Behavioral Pediatrics (SBP) in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  She received her M.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and completed a pediatrics residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  Dr. Swedo completed a research fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Judith Rapoport in the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  She received tenure in the NIMH Intramural Research Program in 1992 and became Chief of the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch in 1998.  Dr. Swedo’s research focuses on improving our understanding of childhood psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders.

 

Dr. Swedo and her colleagues were the first to identify a post-infectious subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder, known as PANDAS for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal infections.  Research on PANDAS has led to development of new methods for treating and preventing some cases of childhood-onset OCD.

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