Speakers Bureau  - Speaking of Your Health

Looking to learn about new ideas and techniques in healthcare or to take part in one of our many events at the hospital?   From speaking to the Lions Club to educating children about healthy foods at a library story hour, GCMH staff place a priority on community health education. Educational events, support groups, and classes are available regularly.  Check our schedule of regular support groups and classes, or look through our list to find a topic that could be scheduled for your civic organization, classroom, or service club meeting, then contact Sheila Freese, 319-824-4161 or email Sheila.Freese@unitypoint.org to schedule your program.  Education topics available from our professional staff include:

General Health

Is it time for a new knee? 

Preventable. Treatable. Beatable. The Importance of Colorectal Cancer Screenings 

Maintaining Balance & Preventing Falls

Injury Prevention for the Athlete

Radiology & Imaging - Today's Diagnostic Tools

Sleep Studies - the link between sleep and overall health

Women's Health Issues 

Nutrition and Well Being

How to Eat to Live and Not Live to Eat: Advanced Age and Nutrition  

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat the Way We Do 

Current Recommendations for Heart Healthy Eating 

Blue Zones: Lessons on Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest  

Tossed Treasures - The impact of washing food and the benefits to your family, your health, and the environment by helping to prevent food waste

Adapting to Health Changes

Health Care Decisions for End of Life - Advance Directives - Kristi Barnett, BSW

Identifying Depression in those You Love - Kristi Barnett, BSW

Stress Management Techniques - Kristi Barnett, BSW

Home Health Resources - Staying Home and Staying Healthy - Kristi Barnett, BSW

Long Term Care Resources - Identifying the Right Care - Kristi Barnett, BSW

Programs for Children

Germbusters - Prevent Germs with Good Hand Washing - Beth Johanns, RN, BSN
(This fun program can be adjusted for early childhood programs, elementary age, or middle school youngsters. Program length varies with need)

Healthy Eating from the Ground Up - foods that come from plants and fun ideas to eat them more often

Lessons from The Little Red Hen or The Very Hungry Caterpillar (for preschool audiences)

Cheese, Peas, and Chocolate Pudding - a tasting story and exercise

Middle School and High School Students

Health Care Careers Overview - Opportunities in nursing and other health career specialties - speakers vary

Top 10 Reasons to be a Healthy Snacker

Sports Nutrition 101

Family Champions - Key behaviors for Healthy Families

Feeding for Love and Good Sense - how to get your child to eat but not too much

Healthy swaps for Cooking and Shopping 

Exercise & A Healthy Heart 

Stop Smoking Before it Starts 

Substance Abuse (for students) 


The topics listed are presented by a variety of health care professionals. If you do not see the topic you are interested in, please contact the hospital. We may be able to provide a speaker for your desired topic. Our staff is willing to travel to your meeting site. A meeting room and catering service are available at the hospital, also, if your group wishes to meet at GCMH. Hospital tours are available and can be tailored to your group's needs.

Contact:  Sheila Freese, administrative assistant
Sheila.Freese@unitypoint.org;   319-824-4161