First Tuesdays Learning Series
Helping you and your family stay healthy and safe.

First Tuesdays: Take Charge of Your Health

When it comes to our health, knowledge is power.  First Tuesday educational sessions connect you directly with Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital clinicians, who share information and answer questions on important health topics. The sessions are free and open to the public, to improve access to care and advance health here at home in our community.

All the First Tuesday sessions are recorded and added to our archive. We invite you to check out the recordings, register for a session, and share your topic ideas.  Suggestions are always welcomed and appreciated.  Be well and see you on the First Tuesday of the month! 


views (both live and recorded) over our 2 years of videos

Explore the Archives

Dr. Burkhard Speikermann dropped by to talk to us about the effects anesthesia on your body. Whether you are headed to surgery or just want to learn more, this is a great listen to learn how to have a positive anesthesia experience.

Watch the recording here

Nicolas Wright, LPC, LSATP discussed the challenges Black men face and the mental health effects throughout their life. Mr. Wright spoke honestly about the experiences of Black men and how everyone can help each other heal from racial trauma. Watch it to learn more about how to help Black men in your life.

Watch the recording here

Our friend Brook Gils at the Alzheimer's Association joined us in a two-part series. During the first part we learned the similarities and differences of Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.  The second part focused in on 10 signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's. Learn more about Alzheimer's and how to best care for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Part One

Part Two

Join us with Dr. Anna Baer to learn more about two common heart conditions Acute Myocardial Infarction and Atrial Fibrillation, more commonly known as MI and AFib. She talks about the history of cardiovascular disease, how to spot a heart attack, and who should get a cardiovascular screening. 

Watch the recording here

The CDC recommends that all Americans over the age of 18 be tested for Hepatitis C. It is the most common blood-borne illness in the country, and it often causes no symptoms. It can do significant damage to the body, but it is curable. Find out more in this First Tuesday session with Dr. Rebecca Dillingham, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital's infectious disease specialist, and Patrice Ross, RN.  

Watch the recording here. 

Even in our mild Virginia climate, the changing of seasons can affect how we feel. Seasonal Depression, clinically known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is caused by a chemical change in the brain. Many of the symptoms of SAD are similar to symptoms of depression but occur seasonally. Join us on December 5 to learn more about seasonal depression, strategies to help yourself, and how to help loved ones who may be experiencing SAD. 

Join Kishara Griffin from The Women's Initiative to learn more about what seasonal depression is and how to feel better through the changing seasons. 

Watch the recording here. 

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