Dr. Eric Walsh was born in Hartford, CT. A graduate of Oakwood University, The University of Miami School of Medicine, and Loma Linda University School of Public Health, he is currently the Director/Health Officer for the City of Pasadena Health Department in Pasadena, CA. He has previously served as the Medical Director for the Family Health Division of the Orange County Health Care Agency in Santa Ana, California.
In addition to being on staff at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and at the University of California, Irvine as an adjunct Professor, Dr. Walsh has served under the current and previous White House Administrations on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Walsh is the immediate past President of the California Academy of Preventive Medicine and has been on committees with the Centers for Disease Control and has a strong track record of serving on boards or in collaboration with many grass roots organizations in Southern California to improve the health of at risk populations. The recipient of many awards, including a Congressional Recognition for his leadership and contribution to the health of children, he was most recently awarded the prestigious 100 Black Men of Orange County Award in Health and Wellness Care.
Dr. Walsh is a sought-after speaker on issues related to social justice and social determinants of health, among other topics. He is dedicated to serving people through public health practices and policy development that increases the ability for individuals to attain health and wellness.
An Interview with Dr. Janelle Goetcheus
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Janelle Goetcheuswas a plenary speaker at the first CCHF conference in Washington, DC in 1982. She is the founder of Columbia Road Community Health Center, and co-founder and CMO for Unity Health Care, a federally qualified health center operating 25 neighborhood health facilities in DC’s neediest areas. She also helped found So Others May Eat (S.O.M.E.); and other ministries serving the most vulnerable populations in our nation’s capital. In addition, Janelle helped found Christ House, a residential 33-bed temporary residential respite care facility for homeless men and women, where she and her husband Allen have lived since 1985. She is known as the “Mother Teresa of Washington”. Janelle Goetcheus was named Doctor of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1991, and she received the 2002 American Medical Association Pride in Profession Award. Dr. Goetcheus continues today to serve as the founding Medical Director at Christ House, Columbia Road Health Services, and Unity Health Care.
Aaron Graham serves as founder and lead pastor of The District Church in the heart of our nation’s capital. The District Church is a quickly growing church with a heart to grow and multiply leaders who have a heart for the city. Before moving to D.C., Aaron started the Quincy Street Missional Church in a low- income neighborhood of Boston where he served for five years. Most recently, Aaron worked as the Justice Revival Director for Sojourners. He is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School and recently completed his doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary. Aaron and his wife Amy are both pastors and adoption and foster care advocates. They live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. with their two adopted kids Elijah and Natalie.
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. cchf.org/conference
Val Tramonte is a physician who has a vision for bringing healing to people, rather than one who just treats diseases. A graduate of University of Nevada School of Medicine, Val completed his family medicine training at In His Image Residency Program in 2008, where he is currently employed as a faculty physician. Val was recognized as Faculty Teacher of the Year in 2010 and has received other awards of merit as a Family Medicine Resident Teacher.
While Val has extensive research publications and and a busy lecturing calendar his passion for preaching the gospel and leading others towards intimacy in Christ is evidenced by the many retreats and international mission trips he has led. Dr. Tramonte resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he spends time with his wife, Katie, and their two sons.