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Young Harris College Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement to Host Special Guest Lecture

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement will host a lecture by anthropologist Lisa Lefler, Ph.D, and health officer Vickie Bradley on Monday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Lefler and Bradley will deliver a presentation titled “Improving Population Health in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians: Working Within and With Others.”

Dr. Lefler serves as executive director for The Center for Native Health and director of Western Carolina University’s Culturally-Based Native Health Program. She is a medical and applied anthropologist who has worked with American Indian populations since 1989. Her experience includes substance abuse treatment, relapse prevention approaches, and curriculum development for clinicians working with tribal youth, diabetes prevention research, American Indian fatherhood research, cultural competency and historical intergenerational trauma projects with tribal populations.

A registered nurse, Bradley serves as deputy health officer for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Public Health and Human Services and oversees all tribal health and human services programs.

For more information about the event, call (706) 379-5104.

About the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement
The Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement is committed to the celebration of Appalachian heritage and culture, to scholarship that helps Young Harris College students understand the place and its peoples, and to service that engages students with communities in the region. Founded in 2010, the Center is housed in the historic Stephens house on U.S. Highway 76 in the heart of Young Harris, Ga.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,200 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. In 2014, the College was granted active membership in NCAA Division II and is a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2015-2016 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit