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Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute Kicks Off Week-Long Symposium:

Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute will host its 4th Annual Spring Symposium Kickoff Reception today, May 11, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. It will be held at The Broad Stage’s SMC Performing Arts Center located at 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica.

It will be followed by a keynote address by L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on “The State of Public and Mental Health in Los Angeles County.”

The theme of the week-long Public Policy Institute 4th Annual Symposium is “Stop, Look, Listen: Community Advocacy For Public Health.”

For more information, visit www.smc.edu/ppi.

Monday, May 11 at 7 pm

Keynote Address: State of the Country

The state of public and mental health in Los Angeles County will be presented by L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (3rd District). An audience back-and-forth will follow.

— Moderator: Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, SMC Public Policy Institute Co-Director

The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Free parking is available.

Tuesday, May 12 at 11:15 am

Film & Roundtable Discussion: Sex in College

Attend a screening of SMC student film on sexual assault, and a discussion—led by panelists from the Rape Treatment Center, SMC “Consent Month,” and Planned Parenthood LA—on new laws, new ways of communicating, and age-old advice for healthy relationships.

Panel includes:

— LaShonda Coleman, Director of College Programs, the Rape Treatment Center, Santa Monica/UCLA   

— Caitlin Corker, Associated Students Vice President, “Consent Month” organizer

— Daniel Kolko, SMC Student Trustee, “Consent Month” organizer

— Nicole Ressa, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles

–Moderator: Shari Davis, SMC Public Policy Institute Co-Director

SMC Main Campus HSS 165 | Lot #6 (Pico Blvd. & 14th St.) Parking: $10.

Wednesday, May 13 at 5 pm

Can Mainstream Entertainment Affect Public Policy?

The SMC Public Policy Institute presents “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” the compelling documentary of the music legend’s unprecedented tour across America after receiving the devastating Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Post-screening discussion with producer Trevor Albert addresses leveraging the medium of film as a stimulus for how public policy and entertainment co-exist and can provoke activism.

Additional panelists:

— Susan Disney Lord, Executive Producer of “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”

— Moderator: Salvador Carrasco, Film Director and SMC Head of Film Production

Aero Theater 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica.

Thursday, May 14 at 11:15 am

Roundtable Discussion: Exploring Big Public Health Issues & Personal Choices

Explore the many ways public policy and personal choices shape public health. Topics will include prevention of gun violence, immunizations, wellbeing, public health preparedness, disease prevention, and access to health care. The next step depends on making choices.

Panel includes:

— Moderator: Julie Rusk, Wellbeing Project, City of Santa Monica

— Suzanne Verge, Los Angeles Brady Campaign Chapter President, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

— Debra A. Farmer, President and CEO, Westside Family Health Center

— Wendy Lazarus, Founder and Co-President, The Children’s Partnership

— Dr. Sion Roy, Cardiologist, UCLA-Harbor Medical Center, SMC Public Policy Professor

SMC Main Campus HSS 165 | Lot #6 (Pico Blvd. & 14th St.) Parking: $10.

Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 pm

Propelling Public Awareness To Advocate For Changes, Featuring Critically Acclaimed Film “Still Alice”

Examine early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and find out how advocates are fighting for a cure at this special screening of the film Still Alice—starring Julianne Moore in her Oscar winning role and based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Neuroscientist Lisa Genova.

Immediately following the film, join us for a riveting roundtable with special guests including State Senator Ben Allen and moderated by the film’s co-producer and Alzheimer’s advocate Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns. The panel will discuss how public policy and the entertainment industry together can foster policy change.

Additional panelists:

— Barbra McLendon, Director, Public Policy, Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter

— Dr. Freddi Segal-Gidan, Assistant Clinical Professor, USC; Neurology, Family Medicine & Gerontology Director, Rancho/USC California Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CADC)

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