Nationwide Children’s On Our Sleeves Program Brings U.S. Surgeon General to Otterbein

Posted Oct 12, 2022

Otterbein University is proud to be the host site of a Nationwide Children’s discussion of children’s mental health featuring U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and On Our Sleeves clinical director Dr. Ariana Hoet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville.

Operation: Conversation is a community conversation that will address the questions of how children’s mental health impacts us in our homes, at school and in the workplace. This free public event is at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Cowan Hall. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. An ice cream social will follow the event at Roush Hall. Registration is FREE but seating is limited so please register now.

Dr. Murthy is a national advocate in the youth mental health movement. Earlier this year, in an interview with WBNS-10TV, he said, “We know that depression and anxiety have increased for many children during this pandemic, but the truth is our children were struggling before the pandemic, as well. Rates of suicide had increased by more than 50% in the decade or so preceding the pandemic.”

Dr. Hoet is deeply passionate about making sure everyone has a fair opportunity to be as healthy as possible and that people of all backgrounds are accepted and celebrated. Her personal experience as an immigrant from Maracaibo, Venezuela, has helped to fuel that passion. Becoming a psychologist and working in the health field only increased her understanding of the importance of working toward inclusion and equity in our society. She hopes to further the mission of On Our Sleeves by providing inclusive resources helpful to all adults caring for children. She works in Pediatric Primary Care where she serves primarily Latino and Somali immigrant children. She is also a clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University.

Former Ohio Governor John Kasich, an On Our Sleeves champion, will introduce the speakers. Kasich demonstrated a strong record of creating and funding mental health programs as governor and has continued to be a voice for children’s mental health since he left office.

Event Details:

When: Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
Where: Cowan Hall at Otterbein University (30 S Grove Street, Westerville 43081)

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Registration is FREE but seating is limited so please register now.