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6th Annual Community Health Luncheon
Parent Workshop
Professional Conference

Co-sponsored by 
The Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment (MMAE)
Charlotte Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

The Tie that Binds

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
3400 Beatties Ford Road,
Charlotte, NC 28216

April 11, 2012
Conference: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Luncheon: 11:15 a.m.


Bruce Perry, MD, PhD

The Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment (MMAE) has partnered with Charlotte AHEC to bring Dr. Bruce Perry, author of Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered, for a comprehensive program on the vital role empathy plays in human relationships. We invite parents, medical and mental health professionals, educators to learn about how empathy develops and why it is essential for our development into healthy adults. 

Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Northwestern University School of Medicine.

As keynote speaker at the Community Health Luncheon, Dr. Perry will focus on how empathy, the ability to recognize and share the feelings of others, is a crucial human quality that underlies love, friendship, and parenting.

Ticket Information:
  • Individual tickets: $35 per person
  • Scholarship Ticket: $120
  • Reserved Table for 8: $260

Tickets to the event are now available and may be purchased on this page. Limited seating is available, so purchase your seats today!
Be a Scholarship Donor

MMAE and
Charlotte AHEC would like to offer parents with special needs children, an opportunity to attend the Parent Conference.  For a donation of $120, you can purchase a luncheon ticket for yourself and make an $85 tax-deductible contribution to the Mecklenburg Medical Endowment, which will be used to underwrite a deserving parent’s participation in the half day parent conference and luncheon. Won’t you consider reaching out to a parent whose child may benefit from your caring?

Conference Opportunities

Along with the luncheon, Charlotte AHEC is offering 2 educational programs to further explore empathy and the role it plays in child development. You can register for these programs on the Charlotte AHEC website through the date of the program, if places are available. The program options include:

Full Day Professional Conference: Six Core Strengths for Healthy Childhood Development.
Dr. Perry will lead a full day CEU accredited session for professionals.
  • Register on the Charlotte AHEC website
  • Participation fee: $130 per person; Includes light breakfast and luncheon.
Half Day Parent Conference: Raising Happy Kids: From Dr. Spock to Dr. Perry
Coinciding with Dr. Perry’s morning session will be a special parent workshop conducted by Dr. Dawn O’Malley.  According to Dr. O’Malley, “We know more than ever about what it takes to raise a happy, healthy, and emotionally resilient children.” 

Dr. O’Malley is a certified graduate of the Child Trauma Academy and clinical director of the Alexander Youth Network.
  • Register on the Charlotte AHEC website
  • Participation fee: $85 per person; Includes light breakfast and luncheon.

Ticket availability is limited, so purchase your conference and luncheon tickets today!