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Conquering Post-Pandemic Stress: Guest Speakers

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Join OC Forum on Thursday, May 26th for the premiere of "Saving the Dream: Conquering Post-Pandemic Stress." As we continue to navigate the new normal, how do we support each other moving forward to overcome our post-pandemic blues? Tune in to hear from our panel of visionary leaders as they discuss timely solutions to conquer stress.

Click here to learn more about this conversation. Meet our panelists for the program below!

Georgina Maldonado, Executive Director, Community Health Initiative of Orange County

Georgina Maldonado serves as Executive Director of Community Health Initiative of Orange County (CHIOC), whose mission is to connect Orange County residents to affordable healthcare. Maldonado has devoted over 15 years working with diverse residents, community-based organizations, health plans, businesses, and elected officials to increase access to health care across Southern California.

Peter Freeburg (MA), Behavioral Clinical Account Manager, Cigna

Behavioral Clinical Account Manager, Peter Freeburg, acts as Cigna’s Subject Matter Expert, collaborating and coordinating care for Cigna’s customers pertaining to mental health and substance abuse-related concerns. Freeburg is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and his clinical experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families in an outpatient setting. Click here to learn about Cigna’s Resilience Index.

Roxane Cohen Silver (Ph.D.), Vice Provost, Academic Planning & Institutional Research, UCI

With over 40 years of experience studying acute and long-term psychological and physical reactions due to various sources and ranges of trauma, Dr. Roxane Cohen Silver is an international expert in the field of stress and coping. She currently serves as Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Institutional Research for the University of California, Irvine. Follow the link below to learn more about Dr. Silver’s research.

Lauren Brand (PsyD), Executive Director of Operations, Be Well OC

Dr. Lauren Brand is a clinical psychologist and business operations leader with over 20 years of experience in public and private sectors, developing and directing programs specializing in mental health care. As the Executive Director for Be Well OC, she leads the organization in connecting public, private, academic, and faith-based organizations to create a coordinated system of mental health care support for all of OC. Visit their campus here:

Pamela Hymel (M.D.), Chief Medical Officer, Disney Parks, Experiences & Products

As the Chief Medical Officer for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products (DPEP), Dr. Pamela Hymel is responsible for including integrated profound health and well-being strategies. Dr. Hymel devotes herself to improving the overall health of the cast, crew, and Imagineers at DPEP. She currently works with the worldwide safety and health team on the development of protocols for COVID-19 mitigation and daily operations

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