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The University of Alaska Fairbanks is hosting the Healthy Living Lecture Series starting June 1st, featuring a variety of medical specialists and experts.

The free 11-lecture series is presented by UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning. The presentations can be viewed in person on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the BP Design Theater on the fourth floor of the ELIF building on the UAF Fairbanks campus. Mike Powers, former CEO of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, is coordinating this year’s series and will be hosting each lecture.

Masks are required for non-vaccinated people attending the events. The presentations will also be broadcast at and then published on the Summer Sessions website at

The series begins with Allan Katz, former US Ambassador to Portugal, on “Building Healthy Communities: Resetting Expectations – The Need for Civil Discourse”. Katz is the founder and CEO of American Public Square, an organization that brings like-minded people together for civil, fact-based dialogue on polarization issues. An outdoor reception will follow.

The rest of the summer plan includes:

June 8th – “Healthy life and resilience in the time of COVID”, Dr. Angie Ramirez and Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska Department of Health and Human Services

June 15 – “Doctor, doctor, I’ve got the blues, I’ve got a bad case from Dr. Google News! – The relationship between doctor and patient in the age of the Internet ”, Dr. Grayson Westfall, Family Medicine, Tanana Valley Clinic

June 22nd – “Heart Health: Common Arrhythmias and Medical Care,” Dr. Romel Wrenn, cardiologist at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital

June 29th – “What You Should Know About Dental Implants: How and Why and When?” Clay Van Leeuwen, Center for Oral and Facial Surgery in Alaska

July 13 – “Methamphetamines: Lessons from a Medical Perspective,” Dr. Pete Dillon, Family Medicine, Tanana Valley Clinic

July 20 – “COVID-19/20/21 – Lessons Learned”, Dr. Mishelle Nace, pediatrician, Tanana Valley Clinic

July 27th – “Food Allergies: Reactions, Risks, and Resources”, Dr. Tony Bonitatibus, Allergist, Tanana Valley Clinic

August 3rd – “Healthy life after 55: living, exercise, behavioral health, driving and other realities”, Dr. Clay Triplehorn, Family Medicine, and Dr. Daniel McCulley, Geriatrics and Family Medicine, Tanana Valley Clinic

August 10th – “Breast Cancer Reconstruction”, Dr. Erick Martell, plastic surgeon, Tanana Valley Clinic

August 17th – “Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Things My Mother Didn’t Talk About”, Dr. Jessica Highfill, Gynecologist, Tanana Valley Clinic

The Healthy Living Lecture Series is sponsored by Foundation Health Partners. For more information, visit or call 907-474-7021.

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