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Science Symposium 2021

Being a Faithful Presence in Public Health

The Applied Health Science department is pleased to host this year's Science Symposium. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this annual event will be taking place via Zoom and not on the Wheaton College campus.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
7:00 - 8:30 PM Central Time
Zoom Link

Sociologist James Davison Hunter argues that a helpful orientation for Christians seeking to promote lasting, holistic change in the world is to model God’s character by becoming a “faithful presence” in the communities we serve.

Guided by this notion, the 2021 Science Symposium will explore how a distinctly Christian faith motivates and informs community-based public health practice in settings with large health burdens and resource constraints. Through diverse examples from the Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago and Gardenworks in the western suburbs, the symposium will address three questions:

1. How do Christian healthcare workers and public health professionals view their roles within the communities that they serve?

2. What are challenges that need to be overcome to build lasting relationships and trust within communities?

3. How do the Christian values such as sacrifice and humility, and beliefs about God’s redemption and purposes support work in community healthcare and public health?

Plenary Speakers

Wayne DetmerWayne M. Detmer, MD

Chief Clinical Officer of Operations
Lawndale Christian Health Center
Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Detmer completed his undergraduate training at Yale University and medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and licensed in the State of Illinois. He has worked at Lawndale Christian Health Center since 1999, where he serves as Chief Clinical Officer of Operations. Dr. Detmer is the founder (along with some amazing interns) of the Good Physician Project, which is a curated library for Christian faith and the practice of medicine. Dr. Detmer has served on the boards of Christian Community Health Fellowship and Lawndale Christian Development Corporation. He currently serves on the board of St. Anthony Hospital. Dr. Detmer lives in South Lawndale with his wife, Gina, who is a pediatrician at Lawndale, and his four children.

jeannie-isenmanJeannie Iseman, M.P.A.

Executive Director
The Gardenworks Project
West Chicago, Illinois

Both sharing a passion for gardening and community building, Jeannie Iseman and her husband have spent many years using their backyard as an informal community garden for friends and neighbors. Upon hearing about The Gardenworks Project, Jeannie was fascinated by their vision and mission and joined the board in late 2016. Jeannie has a Masters Degree in Public Policy, and a background in social services, but most days you will find Jeannie chasing her three small children around or serving as a worship leader at her church. She is also an RYT-200 yoga instructor since 2011 and especially loves practicing yoga outdoors.