May 2016 EPWA Meeting: Population Health: The Pentimento Factor

  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Vineland Reflections


(depends on selected options)

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Meeting Chairwoman:  Deb Oleneack, Finance Director, Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency

Population Health:  The Pentimento Factor


Lynn Todman
Executive Director, Population Health
Lakeland Health System

Tuesday, May 10

5:30p.m. Networking
6:00p.m. Dinner & Meeting

Reservations Due by May 5

Speaker Topic

Too often we judge people, their communities, and entire populations of people without any meaningful understanding of the hidden context in which they exist.

In this presentation, I will describe the “ah-ah” moment that profoundly impacted the trajectory of my career, refined my worldview, and fuels my commitment to improve the lives of others.

I will explain how we fail to “see” how social factors like implicit bias, the food environment and public policy create a range of unfair disparities, including health inequities. At the end of the presentation, my hope is that you are compelled to be a more thoughtful and active observer of the world around you, that you question and challenge the obvious, and that you, too, uncover the pentimento factors that impact us all.

Speaker Biography

Lynn Todman has enjoyed a twenty-year career devoted to addressing the needs of the vulnerable urban populations. Currently, she is the Executive Director for Population Health at Lakeland Health System in St. Joseph, Michigan. She is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to improve the health of the regional population and reduce health inequities.

Prior to joining Lakeland, she was Vice President for Leadership in Social Justice and Executive Director of the Institute on Social Exclusion at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Research Affiliate at Community Innovators Laboratory (CoLab) in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Studies, also at MIT.

Lynn earned a B.A. from Wellesley College, and a Master's in City Planning (M.C.P) and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Vineland Reflections
1100 Diller Road
Sodus Township, MI

(This is the old FOP Lodge on the river). From I-94, take Exit 28 toward M-139/Scottdale Road. Go south on M-139 for about a half mile. Turn left on Diller Road (it is a dirt road right before the St. Joseph River bridge). Go about a quarter mile, and the destination is on the right.

Meal Cost
$25 (Members and Visitors) Late reservations or payment at door will incur extra $10 fee.
You may bring you own adult beverage; no cash bar.


Chicken Supreme:  boneless, skinless breast, sliced and set on top of a bed of capellini pasta, topped with herb and garlic sauce. Green bean almondine, tossed salad, rolls and butter.

Questions? Reach Jo Ann Bertrand by email at

If paying by mail, please remember that you still need to make your reservation on the EPWA website.

Send payment to: EPWA c/o Jo Ann Bertrand
902 Eagle Point Drive
St. Joseph, MI 49085
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