Dr. David McBride to keynote Dr. Henrietta Hestick Annual Community Parenting Fair

Dr. David McBride, professor of African American Studies at Penn State and noted health educator and researcher, will keynote the Dr. Henrietta Hestick Annual Community Parenting Fair at Baltimore City Community College, April 17 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the new Student Affairs Wing of the Liberty Campus Main Building, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave.

Dr. McBride’s talk, Community Health: Major Issues and Approaches, is drawn from his pre-eminent work as a health and medical policy specialist focusing on urban communities for over 20 years in which he has authored books on TB and AIDS as well as science, and contributed health-related pieces to scholarly journals including the New England Journal of Medicine.

Currently, Dr. McBride is completing a multicity study of critical health conditions, medical care, and prevention programs for disadvantaged urban neighborhoods funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Investigator Awards program. He is one of 12 siblings whose lives were chronicled in The New York Times and international best-selling memoir, “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother” written by his brother, James McBride.

This year’s Community Parenting event will include free workshops on positive discipline, setting S.M.A.R.T. goals, nutrition, fatherhood and parenting a child with disabilities. Several Baltimore-area exhibitors will be in attendance to promote parenting and community health issues.

Dr. Henrietta Hestick, event namesake and late BCCC associate professor who was also a practicing clinical psychologist, passed away quite unexpectedly in the fall of 2009. She was a fierce advocate for children and the well-being of families, lecturing on parenting topics and sponsoring community-building events throughout her life.

She poignantly said, “It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours.”

For more information, contact the BCCC Institutional Advancement office.

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