Panel presentation titled "What is Health?"

Oct 24th, Noon - 2pm: University Hall 1000
Moderator: Deena J. González, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs


LMU faculty members Carla Bittel, Jade Sasser, Hawley Almstedt and Sister Jayne Helmlinger from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange will discuss how health is defined, studied, and analyzed according to their respective fields and experiences.

Carla Bittel, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of History at LMU, specializes in nineteenth-century United States history. Her research focuses on gender issues in the history of medicine and science and examines the history of women's health, women physicians, and the role of science in medicine. Her newest research endeavors explore gender and phrenology in antebellum America.

Jade Sasser, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Department of Women's Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Her work focuses on research of population and environment, demography, climate change, family planning, international development, gender, race, medical anthropology, political ecology, science and technology studies in the United States and Africa.

Hawley Almstedt, Ph.D., R.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Human Sciences at LMU, has research expertise in studying the development of peak bone mass and its role in the prevention of osteoporosis. As an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian, she also examines the general benefits of physical activity, exercise program design, and the health benefits of vitamin D.

Sr. Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ, is the General Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Sr. Jayne has 20 years of experience as a healthcare executive, with her most recent position as the Executive Vice President of Mission Integration for the St. Joseph Health in Orange, California. She has also served as a Board of Trustee member at both the local and system levels within St. Joseph Health. Sr. Jayne has a Master's of Science in Administration from the University of Notre Dame; and a Master's of Arts in Health Care Mission from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange were established in 1912. The Sisters are committed to education, including elementary, secondary, university and other adult education. They also work in acute care hospitals, rehabilitation programs, home health care, community education, primary care clinics, wellness programs, as well as services for immigrants, the homeless and the hungry.  It is with great joy that, in their Jubilee Year, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange have opened the CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice in collaboration with Loyola Marymount University. The CSJ Center offers a forum for dialogue, a place of education and a resource for reflective action, to promote unity among all persons and with God.