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Mobile Health Clinics: Partnerships for a Healthier America

September 14 - 17, 2013
Palm Springs, California ♦ Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center

2013 ANNUAL FORUM - Forum Co-Chairs

Mobile Healthcare Association is honored to present this years Forum Co-Chairs. We are appreciative of the expertise and guidance they offer in planning and implementing a successful program.


Jerry McLarty, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Director, Cancer Prevention & Control
LSU Health Sciences Center
Feist-Weiller Cancer Center
Shreveport, LA

Jerry McLarty is a medical research professional with more than 20 years experience in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials and epidemiological research. He has directed cancer screening and research projects for most of his career. Jerry has been Principal Investigator on large-scale lung cancer chemoprevention studies and holder of Investigational New Drug permits from the Food and Drug Administration.

Currently Jerry oversees a community-based cancer screening program, Partners in Wellness (PIW), which provides free annual screening for prostate, breast, cervical, and colon cancer to minority, medically underserved population. This program includes a mobile clinic that provides digital mammography, Pap Smears and other cancer screens for rural areas in north Louisiana. PIW is an active participant in the nation-wide CDC Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Locally, PIW partners with local community organizations to help educate underserved communities about cancer screening and facilitate entry into the health care system. The mobile program is gaining an additional vehicle in the next few months to extend the service area.

Jerry serves as co-chair of the Early Detection and Prevention Task Force for the Louisiana Cancer Control Plan and currently directs the implementation of the plan in Northern Louisiana. He is a steering committee member for Tobacco Free Living, a state-wide program that addresses tobacco use in Louisiana on many fronts: prevention, education, cessation, research and advocacy. He oversees the regional Tobacco Control Initiative, a hospital based smoking cessation program for patients. He is a member of the Louisiana Colorectal Cancer Commission and is co-investigator on a high risk families cancer registry project. Current research interests include a clinical trial of Polyphenon E in newly diagnosed breast and prostate cancer patients and use of Medicaid records to study the long-term effect of drugs on cancer risk.


Beth Merchent

Administrative Director
Community Health Services
Care-A-Van Mobile Health Outreach
Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Richmond, VA

Beth Merchent serves as the Administrative Director for Mobile Health Outreach for Bon Secours Virginia and as the Administrative Director for Community Health Services for Bon Secours Richmond. Ms. Merchent is responsible for strategic direction, physician recruitment, staff engagement and personnel management for the Mobile Health Outreach "Care-A-Van" program in Virginia. Additionally, she supervises programs for the uninsured including Every Woman’s Life, a breast and cervical cancer initiative and CARMA, a pediatric asthma program. She also carries out programmatic activities and reporting requirements related to community benefit for the Richmond system. Prior to joining Bon Secours, she worked in physician practice management. Ms. Merchent serves on the board of Access Now, a community consortium of specialty care physicians who care for the uninsured.

Ms. Merchent earned a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Business Administration from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary. Ms. Merchent served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Moldova.


Michele Rigsby Pauley, RN, MSN, CPNP

Program Director
COACH for Kids
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Ms. Rigsby Pauley is responsible for the programmatic and clinical operations of a full range of comprehensive community outreach services, including medical, mental health, case management, nutrition and dental services provided by the COACH for Kids® and
their families program. Ms. Rigsby Pauley is on the board of directors of the California School Health Centers Association and is the co-founder and past chair of the Los Angeles Coalition of Mobile Medical Units. She is a member of the California Coalition for Childhood Immunizations/Los Angeles, the local and national chapters of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), the California Association of Nurse Practitioners and is a founding board member of the International Mobile Health Association as well as current co-chair of the MHA-Southern California Mobile Health Clinics Coalition. Ms. Rigsby Pauley has made numerous presentations, locally and nationally, about mobile healthcare for underserved children.

Ms. Rigsby Pauley is a recipient of the 2010 Professional Achievement Award from the University of San Francisco Alumni Association, the 2010 California Nurse Excellence Award in Teaching and the 2000 Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority Community Service Award as well as numerous other commendations for excellence in community health. She was featured in the February 2001 edition of the American Journal of Nursing, which highlighted her work with COACH for Kids®. Ms. Rigsby Pauley was also
featured in the August and September 2010 issues of Nurse Week.

Ms. Rigsby Pauley received her undergraduate training from the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and her graduate training from the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing.


Madge Vásquez, MPAff

Director, Dental Operations
St. David’s Foundation
Austin, TX

Madge Vásquez is the Director of Dental Operations for the St. David’s Foundation (SDF). In this role, she is responsible for managing the business operations of a charitable dental program which includes six state-of-the-art mobile dental vans and 33 full-time clinical and operations staff. The SDF dental program brings free dental care to children at Title I elementary schools in Central Texas and adults referred by area clinics. Throughout her career, Madge has focused on various social equity issues, including: healthcare access, financial services for the unbanked, affordable housing, and philanthropy.

Madge’s prior work experience includes: Equity Research Corporation in Washington, D.C., the National Center for Farmworker Health, Accenture, PeopleFund, and Wachovia Bank in Austin. Madge holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Southwestern University.

Madge’s community service experience includes: "I Live Here, I Give Here" Austin Campaign for Philanthropy, the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium, and the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Madge currently serves on the board of directors of the Mobile Health Clinic Association.


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 Scripps Health 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 serves on the Board of Directors and is the Executive Vice President for the Mobile Healthcare Association