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Founder of the Choose Love Movement to Speak at UA, Sept. 19

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

EVENT:           Founder of the Choose Love Movement to Speak at UA, Sept. 19

DATE/TIME:    THURSDAY, SEPT. 19, 2 - 3:30 P.M.

LOCATION:      DuVal Auditorium, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

Scarlett Lewis, founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, a nonprofit charitable organization and curriculum based on social-emotional learning (SEL) for children and adults, will speak on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in DuVal Auditorium, 1501 Campbell Ave., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. The event is sponsored by the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

The Choose Love Enrichment Program teaches SEL skills, which Lewis believes is the best way to cultivate a safe classroom and school climate. The program teaches children how to get along, how to have healthy and positive relationships, meaningful connections, skills and tools for conflict resolution and responsible decision making.

Over the last three years the no-cost program has been downloaded more than 30,000 times in all 50 states and in nearly 80 countries.

Lewis founded the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement after her son was among the 26 children and educators who were murdered in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. Shortly after his death, Scarlett decided to be part of the solution and created the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement.

During her talk, Lewis will describe the Choose Love Enrichment Program, why and how she decided to become part of the solution to the issues we are facing in schools and society today, and the impact that decision has made to-date.

In addition, Heidi Pottinger, DrPH, MPH, MA, a director of clinical investigations in the Department of Health Promotion Sciences at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health and founder and executive director of the non-profit organization Child Health & Resilience Mastery (CHARM), and Nisa Stover Talavera, CHARM founding vice chair, will share information about their work to spread the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement in Arizona and ways to get involved at home, in schools and throughout the community.

Public parking is available in the Health Sciences Parking Garage, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., on the top level only. The cost is $2 per hour; no cash; credit and debit cards only. Visitors also may use the Passport Parking app to pay for parking; the app is free to download from iOS or Android. Additional metered parking is available in various lots on the UA Health Sciences campus.

To view the presentation livestreamed, visit: streaming.biocom.arizona.edu/event/?id=28989

To view the presentation via Zoom: uahs.zoom.us/j/127228105

About the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Established in 2000, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona Health Sciences is the first nationally accredited college of public health in the Southwest. Today the college remains the only accredited college of public health in the state of Arizona, with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The college enrolls more than 1,100 students per year across degree programs at the bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctoral levels. Through research, education and community engagement, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health continues to find solutions to public health problems in Arizona, the Southwest and globally. For more information: publichealth.arizona.edu. (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter)

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix), Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs nearly 5,000 people, has approximately 900 faculty members and garners $200 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram)

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