Betsy Ekey to Present Faculty Lecture at the University of Mount Union
June 05, 2017
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Betsy Ekey, associate professor, chair and program director of physician assistant studies at the University of Mount Union, will present the Faculty Lecture.
The lecture will be held Thursday, February 8 in Presser Recital Hall of Cope Music Hall at 7 p.m. A reception will precede the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Cope lobby.
The lecture is titled “The ‘Os’ of Healthcare in Ohio: Obesity, Opioids and Oral Health” and is free and open to the public.
Ekey’s lecture will focus on significant health issues impacting Ohio residents. Children are developing obesity related diseases that were once mostly evident only in adults. Opioid overdoses are alarmingly high and continue to rise. Proper oral healthcare is necessary to reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Understanding the impact of the diseases can help lead to prevention through education. The role of healthcare providers, especially physician assistants, is critical to reduce the prevalence of these conditions.
Ekey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in medical science and a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from Alderson Broaddus College. She has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2009 and has played an integral role in the development of the physician assistant studies program. Ekey has worked at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and other local health centers as a physician assistant. Ekey is licensed in Ohio and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association.
Established in 1959, the Faculty Lecture features a member of the Mount Union faculty. This annual event affords the chosen faculty member an opportunity to give a special lecture relating to interesting or important developments in his or her own field or exploring matters of general concern to the faculty.
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