Our virtual platform includes live webinar events with Q&A sessions, our YouTube channel, podcast, and hotline, all covering a wide variety of topics addressing community health concerns. Our dedicated physician and physician trainee volunteers tailor their materials to what they see as both physicians and community members of the Orthodox Jewish community, and highlight topics specifically related to Teen Health, Mental Health and Women’s Health.
The JOWMA podcast and information “hotline” were created to provide accurate information from an evidenced-based standpoint about health related topics including various medical issues, mental and behavioral health, wellness and safety. While our talks are designed for the entire spectrum of the Jewish community, they can be appreciated by anyone looking for more health information.
The “Specialty Spotlight’’ series is geared for pre-med students, medical students, and anyone who wants to learn more about various medical specialties. Each month, a physician of a different specialty is featured. Listeners will learn more about the day-to-day practice, fellowship options, path of training and research opportunities specific to each specialty. Interviewees share their motivations for choosing their career path and give advice based on personal experiences.
The Teen Health committee seeks to extend these resources to Jewish teenagers as they navigate their own adolescence, a time marked by physical and emotional change, growing autonomy and vulnerability. Our mission is to educate teenagers and their families about all that they may experience during this time period, including puberty, body image and reproductive health.
The mission of the Mental Health committee is to provide education regarding mental wellness and emotional challenges. We target our public awareness efforts toward reducing stigma and educating the community about how to seek help and support when needed.
The Women’s Health Committee and its volunteers work to educate orthodox women on a multitude of topics related to their health and well-being, and empower them to advocate for themselves as such.
Alisa Minkin, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician in Oceanside, NY at Beach Pediatrics, a division of Allied Pediatrics. She is the proud and ever- enthusiastic host of the JOWMA podcast. Alisa is a huge bookworm, which gives her lots of ideas for people to interview! Additionally, she is especially passionate about mental and preventative health.
Hadassah Stein graduated AOA from SUNY Downstate and will be pursuing diagnostic radiology at Northwell/LIJ. She attended McCaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College where she majored in chemistry and minored in philosophy. She hosts the JOWMA specialty spotlight podcasts and is involved in the leadership of both the JOWMA Teen Health and Pre-med committees.
In her spare time, she enjoys walking in Prospect Park or on the boardwalk, exploring NYC, hiking and going to museums.
Brenda Neuman is a fourth year medical student at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Brenda was born and raised in the Orthodox Jewish Community of Brooklyn, NY. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College, Summa Cum Laude, attaining a BA in Chemistry in 2019.
Brenda hosts the specialty spotlight podcasts, and serves on the board of the JOWMA Premed and JOWMA Teen-health committees. She resides in Long Island with her husband, Dr. Michael Lovihayeem.