Bringing mental health conversations to the state of Pennsylvania

In collaboration with Collectively Rooted, HEAL PA’s team of grassroots trauma aware expert volunteers who form HEAL PA’s Action Teams will join an ensemble of renowned thinkers, authors, and presenters who work in the field of trauma recovery. In 2024, we will explore subject topics that are deeply relevant to Pennsylvania residents and will give our community space to reflect on, identify, and address the trauma in their lives and communities. 

  • Live conversations will be scheduled monthly around lunchtime each day
  • These events are free to attend for Pennsylvania residents. Recordings will be available for members. Anyone can be a member of at no cost to access this and other amazing resources! Join now.

Upcoming Presenters

Coming soon!

February Lunch Hour
Featuring Dr. Aimie Apigian, MD MS MPH
February 8th, 12:00pm

Dr. Aimie is the founder and CEO of Trauma Healing Accelerated, and is most well known for bringing the Biology of Trauma® to the fields of medicine and trauma.

She is a double Board-Certified Physician with Double Masters degrees in Biochemistry and Public Health. She started with 3.5 years of general surgery residency before changing her career path to Preventive Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Functional Medicine with the goal of specializing in Trauma, Attachment and Addiction.

Fueled by her experience as a Foster Parent and then adopting then 4 year old Miguel during medical school, she had her initiation into trauma and attachment which ultimately changed the trajectory of her life and career.  In addition to all of her advanced functional medicine, mental health nutrition and addiction medicine trainings, she has been trained in multiple trauma therapy modalities with Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Steve Porges and Dr. Richard Schwartz, allowing her to incorporate Polyvagal Lens, Somatic Work, Art Narrative, Attachment and Neurodvelopment, Relational Trauma Resolution and Somatic Parts Work into her approach and courses, bridging the worlds of functional medicine, neuroscience and trauma.  Her mission is now to help 1 million people accelerate their trauma healing journey by addressing the Biology of Trauma®, and to bring the model of the Biology of Trauma® lens to every medical and mental health educational system by the year 2041. 

She has hosted 3 annual online Biology of Trauma® Summits with >200,000 registrants, hosts the Biology of Trauma® podcast, was recently interviewed by Gabor Mate highlighting her work and publicly endorsed by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps The Score, that she and her work are the future of trauma.  She is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of stored trauma in the body and an invited speaker at the annual Oxford Trauma Master Series Conference and other trauma and attachment conferences around the world. She most loves designing and guiding individuals through integrative and experiential trauma healing journeys and training professionals on Biology of Trauma® lens through her certificate training program. 

Uplifted Together – Community Healing and Joy
Featuring Dacher Keltner, PhD
January 11th, 12:00pm

For January, we are pleased to work with the HEAL PA Community Outreach and Communication Action Team that is in charge of creating clear communications and facilitating outreach opportunities in communities across the commonwealth. They manage all internal and external HEAL PA communication, outreach, and marketing needs.

Join our host Maryann McEvoy for the first Lunch Hour of 2024! Uplifted Together: Community Healing and Joy will feature expert Dacher Keltner. In this engaging one-hour session, we will explore the profound connections between community well-being, happiness, and the awe-inspiring moments that bind us together. Drawing on his expertise in positive psychology and the science of happiness, Professor Keltner will share practical insights and strategies for fostering joy within our communities. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect, heal, and uplift each other in the spirit of togetherness.

Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the faculty director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. A renowned expert in the science of human emotion, Dr. Keltner studies compassion and awe, how we express emotion, and how emotions guide our moral identities and search for meaning. His research interests also span issues of power, status, inequality, and social class. He is the author of The Power Paradox and the bestselling book Born to Be Good, and the co editor of The Compassionate Instinct. His newest book Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How it can Transform Your Life was released in January 2023.