Speakers added to lineup of 3rd annual women’s expo

For the first time, a variety of speakers will be featured during the third annual Women’s Expo.

Presented by Columbus Regional Health, Women’s Expo encourages women to take a informative and fun break from their routine.

This year’s free event will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at FairOaks Mall.

To ensure a bit of fun, one presentation in the new Healthy Connect speaker series will be on Internet-connected devices such as watches or jewelry that can be worn on the body, CRH events specialist Beth Dawson said.

For people contemplating a career change, two speakers will discuss choosing healthcare as a profession. In addition, advisors from IUPUC and human resources personnel from the hospital also will be on hand to answer questions, Dawson said.

But the remaining speakers, who range from a gynecologist to an orthopedic surgeon, will keep most of their focus on women’s health issues.

Cancer, reproductive health, maternal health, sexually transmitted diseases and violence against women are considered the five most significant women’s health issues, according to the World Health Organization.

A Columbus family practitioner, Dr. Amanda Dornfeld, is expected to speak on the latest HIV treatments and vaccines, Dawson said.

“We’ve been wanting to get these professionals out there to speak on different issues, so folks can get answers from people they know,” she said.

Women’s Expo is open only to adults.

Since its 2015 inaugural event, the Women’s Expo has brought in exhibitors who deal in a variety of areas from wellness to home improvement. Featured will be a variety of demonstrations, giveaways and food samples.

Speaker schedule

Five presentations will be made during the new Healthy Connect speaker series at the third annual Women’s Expo at Fair Oaks Mall.

The following speakers will address the audience and answer questions during the Expo, which will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

2:30 p.m. – Dr. Degaulle Haile, OB/GYN & Associates

3:30 p.m. – Wearable Apps: Joel Phillippsen, marketing manager of Columbus Regional Health

4:30 p.m. – Healthcare as a Profession: Caroline Sims, director of Nursing Practice at Columbus Regional Health; Melissa Wilson, Academic Advisor, IU School of Nursing

5:30 p.m. – Alternatives to Treat Hip & Knee Pain: Dr. Daryll Tannenbaum, Southern Indiana Orthopedics

6:30 p.m. –  New HIV-related treatments: Dr. Amanda Dornfeld, Sandcrest Family Medicine

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.