First Fridays at LCHC
Summary: Lawndale Christian Health Center is introducing a monthly gathering for Christian healthcare providers and staff in Chicago. Our vision is to create a space for like-minded individuals to connect and encourage each other as one community. Each month, a guest speaker will share about their experiences living and working at the intersection of health and faith. We hope to foster a network of people who spur each other on, both in work and in faith. Join us at Lawndale Christian Health Center's Skyline Room at 3750 W Ogden Ave each First Friday!
Bishop Horace E. Smith, M.D. has a dedicated ministry that not only reaches his congregation at Apostolic Faith Church, but extends into his medical profession. Dr. Smith is the author of the book, 'Blood Works', which examines how the physical properties of blood are a showcase of God's marvelous redemption and creation. In this book he guides the reader to a better understanding of the incredible nurturing, cleansing, and healing power God has put into every drop of blood.
Dr. Carl Earl Lambert, Jr. will discuss and delve into the call to medicine by sharing both his personal perspective gained from years of experience, as well as helping us each reflect on our own lives in light of a greater purpose. Dr. Lambert received his M.D. from Rush University Medical College in 2011, and completed his residency at the West Suburban Medical Center in 2014. He is now an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and is involved with academic medicine as well as mentorship, recruitment, and retention of minority students into medicine and making Christ known in his everyday life through whatever situations the Lord chooses. He enjoys providing thorough, compassionate, and whole-person continuity and preventative care to people from all communities and walks of life as medical director of the Rush University Family Physicians group.
Dr. Elizabeth Tung presents her research findings surrounding the complex health effects of recurrent exposure to neighborhood violence. Dr. Tung is an internist and social epidemiologist at the University of Chicago who studies social risk factors for chronic disease. She recently conducted focus groups and surveys with patients at LCHC to learn more about the complex health effects of recurrent exposure to neighborhood violence. Some of the topics covered include chronic stress and worry, social breakdown, chronic isolation, constrained choice, and limited access to healthcare and resources needed to manage health.
Pastor James Brooks will discuss the important role of prayer and what a powerful gift it is to commune with the Lord. Pastor Brooks serves as the Senior Pastor of Harmony Community Church and the Chief Ministry Officer at Lawndale Christian Health Center. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Northern Theological Seminary where he was the first Dr. John Perkins Scholar graduate. Pastor Brooks is committed to listening and responding to the people who have been hurt and marginalized by society.
Sally Canning, Ph.D. shares ACT tips to get patients moving in valued life directions. Dr. Canning provides Behavioral Health services at Lawndale Christian Health Center and is a professor of psychology at Wheaton College. She has served at LCHC for over a decade, providing clinical services for women and children. She is passionate about increasing access to quality mental health care for underserved communities.
This month we will hear from 2 dedicated medical staff at Lawndale Christian Health Center. Elizabeth Redican, DO, is a family physician at LCHC's main campus, and Emily Burton, RN, is a nurse at the main clinic. Both women have served wholeheartedly in this community amid the challenges of full schedules, vast need, and daily obstacles. In spite of this, they serve Lawndale with joy and purpose. They will share with us about what it has looked like for them to practice medicine while being informed by the principles of Christ-centered community.
Bruce Rowell, MD has been a pediatrician at LCHC since 1995 and is LCHC’s Chief Clinical Officer for Quality. As a Jesus follower and physician, his career and interests center around the personal and missional challenges we are all called to as Christians in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
Greg Lee, PhD, is a theologian, professor and fellow at Wheaton College. He and his wife are members of the Lawndale community and have a unique and valuable perspective on their faith and work. Dr. Lee will be talking on his recent article, Mercy and Mass Incarceration: Augustinian reflections on "The New Jim Crow." Join us to hear more about his research on this important topic.
Dr. Stan Sonu, MD, is a pediatrician and internal medicine specialist in Chicago. He completed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He's passionate about urban primary care and research into how adverse childhood experiences and community trauma impact health. He is an advocate for delivering high quality care to medically underserved communities. In December 2017, he gave a Tedx talk about the science of adversity and systemic empathy.
Dr. Anderson is the chair of the department of neurological surgery of Loyola Medicine and the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and one of the nation's most accomplished neurosurgeons. He has performed over 3,000 complex brain surgeries, and provides us with fascinating insight into the mysteries of and connection between the brain, mind and spirit.