Forum - Co-Chairs
Dale Alverson, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Regents" Professor
Medical Director, Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Dr. Alverson is a Professor of Pediatrics and UNM Regents" Professor on faculty at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine. He is a graduate of University of Michigan Medical School, completed pediatric residency at University of Colorado, and neonatology Fellowship at UNM and has been on faculty at UNM since 1982. Since 1995, he has been the Medical Director of the Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research at the University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center. In that role, he has been involved in the planning, implementation, research and evaluation of Telemedicine systems for New Mexico, primarily serving its rural communities using information technologies, videoconferencing and the internet to provide access to clinical services and health education.
His center received a $15.5 million award from the Federal Communications Commission Rural Health Care Pilot Program to coordinate The Association engineering design, modeling, build-out, operations and evaluation of an enhanced collaborative telemedicine network called the Southwest Telehealth Access Grid, serving New Mexico, Arizona and some of the IHS Area Office. He is on the Board of the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance that provides a platform for public-private collaboration and formation of a state Telehealth network of networks and was appointed by the Governor as a commissioner on the New Mexico Telehealth Commission. He is on the Board of the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance, having served as a prior chairman.
Dr. Alverson is also on the Board of LCF Research in New Mexico addressing the advancement and meaningful use of health information exchange, adoption of electronic health records, and integration with telemedicine. The UNM Center for Telehealth was given the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) President's Institutional Award for its efforts in advancing telehealth locally, nationally, and internationally.
Nationally, Dr. Alverson is the President of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and has served on the Boards of ATA, the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law, and Advanced Initiatives in Medical Simulation. The UNM Center for Telehealth was given the ATA President's Institutional Award for advancing telehealth locally, nationally, and internationally. He was the ATA representative on the Joint Commission Ambulatory Health Care Professional and Technology Advisory Committee. He is a founder and prior chairman of the Four Corners Telehealth Consortium addressing regional interstate coordination between Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico; and, a member of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Telemedicine Workgroup Steering Committee. He is involved in international Telehealth projects, particularly with Latin America and ongoing initiatives for the development of collaborations with telehealth programs in Africa, India, Nepal, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, and several other countries.
Laura Clay, RN, BSN
Christus Healthy Living Mobile Clinic
Laura Clay, RN, BSN, is a graduate of Dominican College, School of Nursing, in Houston, Texas. She has been employed with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, at CHRISTUS St. Joseph Hospital where she served as team leader on the medical/surgical unit, when the hospital was sold by CHRISTUS in 2006. Since that time she has served as director of the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Unit. Laura's other work experience includes service with the John Stehlin Oncology Research Unit, the Stehlin Oncology Clinic, and Sadler Clinic in Conroe, Texas as a clinical oncology nurse. Laura administered chemotherapy, provided patient care and most importantly she provided education and counsel to patients and family. Additionally, she has served as the school nurse at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Conroe, Texas for 6 years. She is certified in vision/hearing, scoliosis and acanthosis nigricans screenings.
Laura has been actively serving her community as well. She has been a member of the Montgomery County chapter of the American Cancer Society, serving as a Board Member and the Education Coordinator. She has served as a Texas Breast Awareness Educator, taught breast self examination classes, and coordinated the Great American Smoke-Out Campaign in Montgomery County. Through personal and family experience, Laura is acutely aware of the importance of support networks during cancer treatment and recovery. Based on her own experience, she initiated and formed the original Cancer Support Group in Montgomery County at Montgomery County Hospital and worked closely with the local oncologist to ensure success of the group. She continues to actively serve in Cancer Awareness, education and prevention.
Laura currently serves as the director of Community Outreach for CHRISTUS Foundation and as director of the Mobile Unit. She attends health fairs, community centers, senior sites, schools, churches providing basic health screenings, and education about personal health care and disease prevention as well as children" immunizations. She is responsible for establishing collaborative with area clinics to provide more access to health care for the underserved. She collaborates with the Texas AgiLife Extension, teaching diabetics educational exercise classes to seniors. She is an advocate for the uninsured, underinsured and indigent in promoting health awareness for chronic diseases.
She is a member of the American Heart Association and played an important role in their Conozco Su Corazon/ Know your Heart Program Initiative performing their laboratory screenings. She is active with the Hispanic Health Coalition and American Diabetes Association in the Education of Hispanics and the local community of awareness of their diseases. As a member of the Health Ministries Association, she works closely with parish nurses in providing health education and assisting with health screenings.
Chris Grazzini, BSN, MS
Community Health Alliance
John Muir Health System
Chris Grazzini is a graduate of the University of San Francisco where she received her BSN degree in 1974 and her MS in Nursing Administration from Arizona State University in 1979. She was a PEW Senior Fellow for the National Association of Public Hospitals in 1998.
Upon graduation from ASU she completed a two-year management residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Subsequently she served as the Director of Nursing at Tulane University Medical Center and in 1985 returned to her native California where she spent 20 years as the Chief Operating Officer at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California. Other roles include time as a Charge Nurse, Hospital Supervisor, college nurse, nurse recruiter, and as clinical faculty for JCAHO Standards programs. Chris is currently the Program Manager for the John Muir Community Health Alliance in Concord, California.
In her role as Program Manager she is responsible for Mobile Dental and Mobile Health Clinic programs as well as managing a Community Nurse program. Both mobile clinic programs serve uninsured, underserved and economically disadvantaged populations throughout Contra Costa County. The Mobile Dental Program operates a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in collaboration with two community health clinics and the County's Children's Oral Health program. The Mobile Dental Clinic is entirely grant funded. The Mobile Health Clinic operates in partnership with the County's Health Care for the Homeless Program and Rotary Club. In addition, John Muir Health operates a free weekly mobile clinic staffed by volunteer providers and nurses who work for John Muir Health.
Chris has spent the greater part of her healthcare career serving underserved and marginalized populations and is an advocate for bringing healthcare to the community through mobile health programs.
Tina Hembree, MPH
Norton Cancer Institute
Prevention & Early Detection Program
Ms. Hembree is the Program Manager for Norton Healthcare, Norton Cancer Institute Prevention and Early Detection program, where she is responsible for the strategic planning, evaluation, grant and research initiatives. Norton Cancer Institute was recently selected as a National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center Program (NCCCP); as such Ms. Hembree is the Norton Cancer Institute Health Disparities Co-Lead. The NCCCP is a national network of 30 community cancer hospitals working synergistically to reduce cancer health disparities, increase clinical trials enrollment and to enhance quality of care, survivorship, palliative care, and to increase biospecimen and IT infrastructure.
Ms. Hembree received her received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology-Sociology from the University of Kentucky and received her Master of Public Health in Maternal Child Health - Epidemiology from the University of Illinois Chicago. From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Hembree worked as a Health Studies Survey Specialist at the NORC at the University of Chicago, a national organization for research. She also served as an Epidemiologist for the Kentucky Department of Public Health.
Ms. Hembree has extensive expertise in community-based participatory research and cancer health disparities. She is currently piloting a study investigating the health literacy, patient satisfaction, health outcomes of patients that access mobile mammography in comparison to a traditional fixed mammography center. In addition, Ms. Hembree was the 2009 Program Director of the Racial and Ethical Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S. (REACH US) Legacy grant which was a pilot community outreach worker training program to reduce to reduce breast and cervical cancer health disparities among African American women in Kentucky. The training program is now being offered yearly throughout Kentucky. Ms. Hembree has also provided research support to National Cancer Institute funded research project titled Promoting Colon Cancer Screening among African Americans.
Ms. Hembree is working on advancing the scientific literature on mobile mammography. A recent abstract publication includes: Reaching Underserved Women with mammography: 15 month experience with a Mobile Prevention Unit and Prevention Program Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention; 19(3) 894-895 March 2010.
Paul Schulz, DDS, MPH
Dental Director, Mobile Dental Clinic
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Dr. Schulz is the Director of Outreach and Dental Director for the Mobile Dental Clinic in the Department of Primary Dental Care at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. The Mobile Dental Clinic, in collaboration with UCare, is one of eight outreach sites at which dental, dental hygiene and dental therapy students provide direct primary care for underserved populations throughout the State of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota is the only dental school between Wisconsin and Oregon in the northern tier of the United States.
Prior to assuming his full-time position at the School of Dentistry in 2002, for thirteen years Dr. Schulz was a full-time practicing clinical dentist at the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis. During his dental education at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Schulz received a scholarship from the National Health Service Corps, which included a three-year obligation to provide care to dental provider shortage areas within the country. He graduated from the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota in 1986. Dr. Schulz received his Master in Public Health from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in 2007.
Dr Schulz is currently a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Society at the School of Dentistry. He is also active in the development of AHEC endeavors throughout Minnesota. Dr. Schulz serves on the advisory boards for the Office of Inter-professional Education at the Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota, Southern Minnesota AHEC, and the hospital-based Rice Regional Dental Clinic. He currently represents the National Health Service Corp as an ambassador for the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Schulz presented on mobile dental care at the 2010 National Oral Health Conference.
Forum & Pre-Forum Intensive Training Course - Chair
George Hayes, NCPT, CRR
Manager, Mobile Medical Unit
La Jolla, CA
George Hayes is a nationally certified phlebotomy technician, retinal technician, and professional rescuer. He received his technical degree in visual communications from Hennepin College, Minneapolis, MI in 1977.
Mr. Hayes has extensive and diverse background in technology, health care and law enforcement. He has served as Manager of the Scripps Mobile Medical unit for the past four years. He worked to create both design and operation protocols for the current mobile unit. He provides day-to-day program management and clinical services for patient care, and is a primary to emergency and disaster teams in the system and the community. Mr. Hayes also provides professional services through Scripps's professional education services, consulting in mobile operations.
Prior to managing the Scrippshealth mobile unit, Mr. Hayes worked in health care for 23 years as the Manager for Scripps Telecommunication Network, for voice and data services to 100,000 users. He worked concurrently as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for San Diego County, where he managed and operated Mobile Command One, a mobile command center for the county sheriff's department. Mr. Hayes is an Advisory Board Member for the Mobile Healthcare Association.
Forum - International Chair
Shelley Heartwell, MA
The Alex Community Health Centre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Shelley Heartwell has worked for over 20 years in senior management roles within the non- profit sector and holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology. Shelley began her career as a Director of City Recreation Services and as a Recreation Therapist with Youth Offenders. She then moved into the social sector to develop, implement and manage foster care programs, group homes, family support programs and community prevention programs for children and youth. During this time, Shelley completed her Masters and provided counseling services to young adults involved in the sex trade.
In July of 2005, Shelley's career moved into the health sector as she took on the leadership role as Executive Director for The Alex Community Health and Seniors Health Centre along with their mobile Community Bus. Under her leadership, The Alex has experienced significant growth. Working closely with the Calgary Homeless Foundation, three years ago The Alex implemented the Housing First program Pathways to Housing" to support those living on the streets suffering from mental health and addiction issues. To date the program has housed 120 formerly homeless individuals. With the success of the Pathways program, Shelley was approached to support another 200 of Calgary's homeless population into housing.
With her lifelong interest in working with vulnerable youth, Shelley saw a need in the community to combine health and social care to at-risk youth. She mobilized the necessary resources to open the only comprehensive Youth Health Centre in Calgary.
During Shelley's time at the Alex, the Community Health Bus has expanded its service and is reaching out to not only the homeless population and working poor but is now providing health care and services at high need schools. With the success of mobile care the Alex is planning to put another bus on the road dedicated to the youth population. Toward this goal, the Alex will benefit from Shelley's strong leadership, strategic thinking, resourcefulness and success in being able to take a vision forward.