Betsy Ekey to Present Faculty Lecture at the University of Mount Union

June 05, 2017

Ekey Headshot ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Faculty Lecture will be presented by Betsy Ekey, a member of the Physician Assistant Studies Program. Ekey’s lecture is titled “The ‘Os’ of Healthcare in Ohio: Obesity, Opioids, and Oral Health” and will take place on Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall of Cope Music Hall.

Betsy Ekey, associate professor and program director of Physician Assistant Studies, 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, D.C. 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. 

The “Os” 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 these 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.  

Each year, a member of the Mount Union faculty is selected to give a special lecture relating interesting or important developments in his or her own field or exploring matters of general concern to the faculty.

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