HPW Events Schedule


Monday, November 6: Keynote Address


Kameron Matthews MD, JD, FAAFP currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of Provider Relations and Services in the Office of Community Care at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC. She is responsible for the community-based provider network that increases access to care for veterans nationwide. Dr. Matthews earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and her law degree at the University of Chicago. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Matthews has focused her career on underserved patient populations, having worked as a staff physician at Cook County Jail and with Erie Family Health Center, a large community health center also in Chicago. She most recently served as Chief Medical Officer of Mile Square Health Center within the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. As a passion outside of work, she co-directs the Tour for Diversity in Medicine (T4D), an initiative seeking to bring premedical enrichment activities to minority high school and undergraduate students across the country. Founded in 2012, T4D has provided exposure, mentoring, and motivation to more than 3000 students across 26 states with upcoming visits to additional states and campuses planned.


Tuesday, November 7: Treasure Hunt

The second day of Health Professions Week will feature a “Go for the gold!” treasure hunt. Discover what various health care professionals do by visiting the 21 participating Health Professions Week websites. Find the virtual coin on each site and share something you learned about the health career on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #HPW2017 to be entered to win great prizes.

Ready, set, discover – and share what you learn! Don’t forget your internet TREASURE MAP!


Wednesday, November 8: Health Professions Virtual Fair

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Prospective health professionals are invited to join the virtual fair which is open to high school and undergraduate students, guidance counselors, teachers and advisors. The virtual booths will feature clinicians and educators from the participating health professions who will chat live with participants. Come prepared with questions to ask what life is like, how they manage patients, and why they chose that profession. Each profession will have a chat room and materials available. The chat is text-only. Individuals, classes, and clubs are welcome to join. Attendees can access the fair via any desktop, tablet or smart phone connected to the internet.


Thursday, November 9: Community Connect Day

Event times/locations vary

Visit a health professions community event near you on Thursday, November 9. Register to attend an in-person event at a local school to learn more about the education and career possibilities.

Share your experience by posting pictures of what you’ve learned on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, and tag #HPW2017 to be entered into a drawing to win great prizes! To be eligible to win a prize, you must be registered.

Not registered? Register here for free!

Check out the current Community Connect Day events schedule, and register for HPW to receive updates about these events.


Friday, November 10: A Day in the Life

In these TED-like videos, presenters representing many different health professions will spend about five minutes sharing their experiences. Watch one or three or 20, but be sure to explore the many types of health professionals that make a difference in our communities.

The videos will premiere on the HPW YouTube channel on Friday, November 10. Teachers and schools are invited to use them on career and STEM days. Explore the endless, fulfilling, and exciting careers in the health professions.

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