PSC Hosts New Speaker Series Centered on Public Health Issues

 President Roderick L. Smothers, Sr., pictured with Dr. Joycelyn Elders, '52, and Dr. James Hildreth, 12th President and CEO of Meharry Medical College.

President Roderick L. Smothers, Sr., pictured with Dr. Joycelyn Elders, '52, and Dr. James Hildreth, 12th President and CEO of Meharry Medical College.

Philander Smith College kicked-off its new speaker series, the Dr. Joycelyn Elders Distinguished Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 11th. Named for the 1952 alumna and first African American to serve as United States Surgeon General, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the ongoing series is designed to educate the community on some of the most critical issues facing public health and healthcare with an emphasis on those matters most prevalent in minorities.

The inaugural session featured Dr. James Hildreth, the 12th President and CEO of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. a 142 year-old institution, Meharry is the nation's largest private, independent historically black academic health sciences center in the nation. Dr. Hildreth shared with the audience of over 100 students, Little Rock medical professionals, and community members statistics on the impact of the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the African American community. 

Be on the lookout for more information regarding the next Dr. Joycelyn Elders Distinguished Lecture, which is a program of the new Dr. Joycelyn Elders School of Allied and Public Health.