Parent University is an event where parents come to learn the very latest in a vast array of current topics. There are workshops led by area professionals that deal with everything from Raising a Thinking Child, Community Safety, Adolescent Depression and Suicide Prevention, to College Prep At Its Best, Bullying, and Drugs and Alcohol prevention, and that’s to just name just a few. These free workshops, conducted in English, Spanish and French Creole have created an opportunity to sharpen parenting skills as we work on life’s most important and demanding pursuit: raising successful children. The Parent University also offers local businesses and community service agencies an opportunity to sponsor and/or advertise their services.
Last year this event was well received and this year our goal is to make it even better. The Parent University Committee is preparing the foundation that will provide a truly rewarding experience for all who attend.
Schedule of Events:
Registration, vendors and dinner: 4:30 - 6 P.M.
Childcare Registration: 5:30 P.M.
Workshops:Session A: 6:15 P.M. Session B: 7:15 P.M.
Keynote Speaker: 8 P.M.
- English Speaker: Gregson Hugh Pigott, MD, MPH
Dr. Gregson H. Pigott, MD, MPH has been Director of theOffice of Minority Health (OMH) in the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in Long Island, NY since June, 2009. He holds a BA from Brown University, a MD from Brown University Medical School, and a MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the Cambridge Hospital in 1997. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University. He has worked as a primary care internist and attending physician in community health centers in Brownsville, Brooklyn and Cambridge, Massachusetts, caring mainly for the under-served.
Currently, Dr. Pigott also serves as the Medical Director for Suffolk County Emergency Medical Services and as a physician in the Huntington methadone clinic. Dr. Pigott is fluent in Spanish and is an accomplished Gospel and jazz musician. He has a passion for educating and informing multicultural communities about proactive measures to improve health and wellness.
- Spanish Speaker: Harold Fernandez, MD
Dr. Harold Fernandez is a thoracic surgeon in Bay Shore, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital. He is a Princeton graduate and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
He is one of 25 doctors at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and one of 11 at North Shore University Hospital who specialize in Thoracic Surgery. He also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish. In a Newsday biography this past summer, Dr. Fernandez recounts his perilous journey, fleeing the violent neighborhood in Columbia when he was just 13 years old. The story of his life as an immigrant in the country illegally is chronicled in a documentary based on Fernandez’s 2012 memoir “Undocumented.”
Dr. Fernandez lives in Lloyd Harbor with his wife, Sandra and two children, Jasmine and Brandon.
Program End: 9 P.M.