All sessions will be posted by 9am the day of their presentation

Mental Health Day- Suicide Prevention- QPR- Question, Persuade, Refer

Presenter: Jean Ann Lambert, Community Educator Director, Mental Health America of SC

DESCRIPTION:  Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend or family member. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — these 3 simple but powerful steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR stands for QUESTION, learning how and feeling more confident in asking the hard question “Are you thinking of suicide”, PERSUADE, persuading someone to get help, and REFER, knowing resources and where to refer a person in crisis.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide and can help save a life.

Jean Ann’s Bio: Jean Ann received her Masters degree at USC School of Medicine in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychiatric Studies. She is currently the Community Resource Director at Mental Health America of S.C. Her job consists of Education, supporting our programs statewide, and Client Services.

2020 -2022 National Service Project:

Be The Match

Be The Match Presenter: Benita Davis, Community Engagement Representative, Be The Match Be The Match Description:  Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), is a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to helping every patient get the life-saving transplant they need. As trusted leaders in advancing treatments for those facing life-threatening blood cancers, we provide the ground-breaking research, innovative technologies, patient support and education that save lives.

Benita’s Bio: Benita Davis is a Community Engagement Representative for Be The Match Registry.  For more than a decade, Benita has continuously and passionately worked to provide equal outcomes for all patients searching for a matched donor.  She is proud of the many lives that she has helped save through her work.

Over the last 5 years, she has worked to build a relationship between Be The Match and HOSA on a National level.  Benita believes that we are all part of a ripple effect in motion.  She can not wait to see the far reaching effects of the ripples HOSA members start.

Power of YOU(th)

Power of YOU(th) Presenter: Ashley Merrick, Program Specialist, Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers (MADD)

Power of YOU(TH) Description: An interactive presentation that engage teens in learning about the dangers of underage drinking and other drugs and taking a stand against it with their peers. Student will learn and see how current decisions can impact future plans and accomplishments.

Ashley’s Bio: Ashley Merrick is the program specialist for MADD South Carolina underage drinking prevention programs. Ashley serves the entire state of South Carolina sharing valuable information with youth and parents on the effects of underage drinking and encourage students to be alcohol free under 21. Ashley has a BA in Psychology and Master in Social Work.

COVID 19: Epidemiology and Prevention

(live Q & A Session)

Presenter: Dr. Jane Kelly, Assistant State Epidemiologist for SCDHEC

Presentation Description:   Dr. Kelly’s Bio:  Dr. Kelly has a broad background in clinical medicine and public health diverse settings.  She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed an Internal Medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.  After 13 years as a physician with Indian Health Service in Alaska and Arizona, she trained in the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service, then served in leadership positions in chronic disease and in HIV epidemiology at CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health.  Currently, Dr. Kelly collaborates with Emory University on infectious disease modeling and serves as the SC Department of Public Health and Environmental Control Assistant State Epidemiologist.


Forensic Science 2020

Presenter: Dr. Steve Lambert

Presentation Description:  This session will update students on recent advances in Forensic Science that give the investigator an amazing tool-set to solve crimes   Dr. Lambert’s Bio:  Dr. Steve Lambert is the director of the Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Biology programs at Newberry College. He teaches crime scene processing, evidence collection and forensic analysis, along with biochemistry and nursing chemistry. Dr. Lambert is retired from the Forensic DNA Laboratory of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) in SC