A Quality of Life Conversation: An Eastern North Carolina Journey by Donald Ensley

As part of the Ruth and John Moskop History of Medicine Lecture Series, the Pitt County Historical Society and the Medical History Interest Group invites you to attend “A Quality of Life Conversation: An Eastern North Carolina Journey by Donald Ensley” on September 28, 2021. This lecture, presented by Dr. Donald E. Ensley, M.A., Ph.D. begins at 4:30p.m. in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery, fourth floor Laupus Library. The event will also be hosted on Zoom. Register here.


The Topic:

Dr. Donald Ensley is one of ECU's first African American faculty in the health sciences. Retired in 2011, he has been one of the longest serving and most respected faculty members. Ensley will offer his autobiographical reflections on his journey, from rural Belhaven to his career as a professor and chair of the Department of Community Health. Dr. Ensley's insights into the importance of community-based initiatives in public health are especially relevant as eastern North Carolina and the country continue efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Speaker:

Dr. Donald E. Ensley joined the ECU faculty in 1977 as an associate professor in the School of Allied Health and Social Professions’ Department of Community Health, becoming one of university's first African American faculty. Throughout his career, Dr. Ensley’s focus has been on community-based health services, managed care, health promotion and disease prevention, rural health care, elder care, health care advocacy of special populations, and public health policies. Exemplifying the “think global, act locally” philosophy, Ensley also helped strengthen the environmental integrity of eastern North Carolina by serving as a founding board member and the first president of the North Carolina Coastal Federation. In his talk, Dr. Ensley, now emeritus professor of health sciences, will give autobiographical reflections on his personal and professional journey in public health. 


More Information:

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Registration is required to attend the online version of this presentation. Register here.

Directions and parking information.

If you’d like to travel by bus from Main Campus, take bus 302 from the Main Campus Student Center to the Allied Health Sciences Building. Click here for the 302 bus schedule.  

Lectures may be video recorded.

View Pitt County Historical Society’s upcoming and past recordings of society events. 

Learn more about the MHIG lectures and view an archive of previous recordings.

Tuesday, September 28 at 4:30pm to 5:45pm

Laupus Library, 4th Floor Gallery
500 Health Science Dr, Greenville, NC 27834

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Laupus Library

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Students, Faculty, Staff, Public, Alumni



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Layne Carpenter

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