Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2024 | Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm | Location: Virtual – Zoom

Event Description

Open to faculty, staff, and students, this session delves into the Surgeon General’s report on the pervasive issues of loneliness and isolation. We will discuss the impact of these challenges on mental and physical health, emphasizing their relevance in academic and workplace settings. Participants will learn about effective strategies and best practices to address these concerns, enhancing community and connectedness within their environments. This session aims to equip attendees from diverse roles with the knowledge and tools to effectively confront and mitigate the epidemic of loneliness and isolation in their communities.

About the Speakers

Tim Spedoske, MD, Medical Director of Campus Health Services

Tim has been with Campus Health Services since 2016 and recently earned the position of Medical Director in 2023. He received a Bachelor of Science from Alma College. He then went on to receive his MD at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Tim completed his residency at Sparrow Hospital and was certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

In his time with MSU Campus Health Services, Tim has focused on Primary Care and Mental Health to support our Spartan community. As Medical Director, Tim is in charge of running our health-care facility, implementing regulations, and keeping the division updated on medical trends. He is committed to providing high quality patient care and ease of access to medical resources for the Spartan community.

Tim grew up in Lansing, Michigan and now lives in Mason. He enjoys table tennis and musical theater (enjoying, not performing).

Jaimie Hutchison, MA, LPC, Director of The WorkLife Office

Jaimie has been with the Worklife Office since 2018, she became the Director of the office in April 2022. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Michigan State University. She then went on to receive her Masters in Community Counseling from the University of North Colorado. She also received her Post Master’s Certificate in School Counseling from Eastern Michigan University.

Jaimie has professional interests in workplace wellbeing, values-based leadership, self-care, community care, DEI, psychological safety, personal health and wellbeing, national work-life leadership.

Jaimie is from Lansing, Michigan and is the President-Elect for College and University Work-Life-Family Association (CUWFA). She has volunteered over 10,000 hours in her communities. She loves to travel, kayak, and spend time in nature with her friends and family. Jaimie is engaged in community work around DEI, leadership, and Girl Scouts. She also is a community advocate for routine health appointments, preventative care, and cancer patient support and advocacy.