Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WORKSHOP 1.1 | Meeting Room 1 | 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Tennessee Contributions to Communicable Disease Prevention and Control

William Schaffner, MD, Professor of Preventive Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Dr. William Schaffner is Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Health Policy as well as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating from Yale in 1957, Dr. Schaffner attended the University of Freiburg, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. He graduated from Cornell University Medical College in 1962 and completed residency training and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt. He then was commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for two years. He returned to Vanderbilt after that tour of duty and established a long collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Health and the CDC. Dr. Schaffner’s primary interest has been the prevention of infectious diseases. He is a strong proponent of collaboration between academic medical centers and public health institutions. He has worked extensively on the effective use of vaccines in both pediatric and adult populations and has been a member of numerous expert advisory committees that establish national vaccine policies.
Dr. Schaffner is committed to communicating medicine to the general public. He regards this as a teaching opportunity. As such, he often is invited to comment in local and national media on communicable disease issues, translating research advances and public health events into language that the public can understand.

WORKSHOP 1.2 | Meeting Room 2 | 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Gun Sense and Advocacy to Reform Law and Save Lives

Linda McFadyen-Ketchum, Volunteer Campaign Lead, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Linda McFadyen-Ketchum is the volunteer Campaign Lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America/Tennessee.  Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of American mothers and fathers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence.  As Campaign lead, she works with other Tennessee Moms to pass common sense gun laws in Tennessee and to defeat guns bills that would endanger Tennesseans. Before taking on the Campaign Lead role, Linda served as Chapter Leader for 5 years.  She started Moms Demand Action groups in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Tri-Cities, Williamson County, Murfreesboro, and Cookeville.

Beth Joslin Roth, Executive Director, The Safe Tennessee Project, Co-founder, The Children’s Firearm Safety Alliance

Beth Joslin Roth is the Policy Director of The Safe Tennessee Project, a gun violence prevention organization focused on reducing the number of Tennesseans injured and killed by firearms through education and advocacy for evidenced-based policies and legislation. She is also the co-director of the Children’s Firearms Safety Alliance, a national organization of physicians, public health experts, and policy makers focused on raising awareness about responsible firearm storage and the need for state child access prevention and safe storage laws. Beth is a member of the American Public Health Association, recently presented during the May 2018 APHA Gun Violence Prevention webinar, and will be a panelist for an APHA Maternal and Child Health Section Gun Violence Prevention Workgroup at the APHA Annual Meeting in November. Beth serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences and is a proud alumna.

WORKSHOP 1.3 | Franklin | 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Community Water Fluoridation: From Discovery to Today

Johnny Johnson, Jr., DMD, MS, President, American Fluoridation Society

Dr. Johnson is a pediatric dentist from Palm Harbor, Pinellas County, FL.  Due to a gravity-induced traumatic injury (bicycle accident), his clinical practice days ended in 2009. Dr. Johnson, along with four other healthcare professionals, founded the American Fluoridation Society in 2014 to defend, protect, and expand community water fluoridation.  This group helps communities all across the country, as well as internationally, with credible documentation of the science which supports water fluoridation. Additionally, this group provides expert testimony to U.S. communities needing their help, with “boots on the ground” presentations that definitively debunks the science-fiction claims made by those who oppose this safe and effective public health measure.

WORKSHOP 1.4 | Williamson | 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Human Trafficking as a Public Health Crisis

Jonathan Scoonover, MPH, President Emeritus, Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Jonathan Scoonover is a native Knoxvillian. He holds degree in Mechanical Engineering (BS – 2004) and Public Health (MPH – 2016) from the University of Tennessee. He has more than a decade of experience in the world of philanthropy, with extensive focus on program design, strategy refinement, and monitoring/evaluation that focuses on measurable outcomes in the fields of human rights and education. He is a founding member of the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking (CCAHT) and currently serves as the President Emeritus of the Board. By day, he works as the VP of Research, Development, and Evaluation for the Great School Partnership which serves as a catalyst, think tank, incubator, start-up funder and operational partner for making Knox County Schools globally competitive. He enjoys spending his free time running and traveling with his wife and daughter.

WORKSHOP 2.6 | Meeting Room 1 | 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Mindfulness as a Vehicle to Reduce Stress

Jennifer M. Jabson, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Public Health, University of Tennessee

Dr. Jennifer Jabson is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Public Health. Her primary research interests include population health, chronic disease and cancer prevention, and cancer survivorship, including evaluating psychosocial and behavioral factors that influence cancer risk and survivorship among underserved minority groups.   Dr. Jabson’s primary objective is to reduce and eliminate health inequity among underserved and marginalized populations. Her scientific contributions include: mindfulness interventions with sexual minority adults; physician and nurse attitudes about LGBT people in the health care setting; health, behavioral risks, and psychosocial experiences of cancer survivors; biological indicators of stress as mediators of health outcomes among historically underserved populations, and behavioral health disparities among stigmatized people in rural regions. Currently she is investigating the feasibility and benefits of online mindfulness-based stress reduction programs as a possible behavioral intervention to reduce stress and improve health among LGBT individuals residing in Appalachia. She is also currently investigating the feasibility of establishing a Center for Appalachian LGBT Health, Research, and Training in East Tennessee.

WORKSHOP 2.7 | Meeting Room 2 | 3:45pm – 4:45pm

The Politics of Health, Hope and Tragedy

Carol Etherington, RN, MSN, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing, Emerita, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Carol Etherington, MSN, RN, FAAN has worked in urban and rural areas around the globe focusing on traumatized populations. She established one of the first police-based counseling programs in the U.S. and has worked during natural and manmade disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, school shootings and New York City post 9/11. Etherington served on an emergency medical team in the aftermath of the Pol Pot genocide, completed four missions in war-torn Bosnia, and conducted an evaluation of MSF’s Iraqi mental health program. Since 1996, she has worked with Doctors Without Borders in Bosnia, Poland, Honduras, Tajikistan, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Angola and the Darfur refugee camps of Eastern Chad. As a member of MSF/USA Board of Directors from 1998 – 2004, she served as President the last two years of her tenure. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1997/98 International Red Cross’ Florence Nightingale Medal, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of New Hampshire in 2004, Distinguished Alumna of the Year by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association in 2007, Vanderbilt’s 2013 Martin Luther King award, and a 2018 inductee into the Tennessee Healthcare Hall of Fame.  An Associate Professor of Nursing, Emerita, Etherington continues to teach and mentor students through Vanderbilt’s Institute for Global Health while serving as the Chair of Nashville Davidson County Metropolitan Board of Health. Committed to public health models that include traditional and non-traditional approaches to care and advocacy for underserved and vulnerable populations, Etherington strongly promotes the concept that health, mental health, human rights and human dignity are inextricably linked.

WORKSHOP 2.8 | Franklin | 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Improving Health and Education for Tennessee School Children through Coordinated School Health

Christine Watson, State School Nurse Consultant, Tennessee Department of Education

Melisa Fuhrmeister, M.Ed., Coordinated School Health, Tennessee Department of Education

WORKSHOP 2.9 | Williamson | 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Solace, Security All in a Day’s Work for UT Medical Center’s K9 Force W

Keith Neeley, FACHE, Vice President of Facility Operations, University of Tennessee Medical Center

W. Keith Neeley, FACHE was selected as the VP, Facility Operations for the University of Tennessee Medical Center in September 2016.    Before arriving to UTMC, he served as the VP, Support Services at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas and prior to that as a Chief Operating Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Veteran Health Administration facilities in Florida and Arkansas.   He is a graduate of Florida State University and has an MBA from Houston Baptist University. Keith is a National Baldrige examiner, Lean/Six Sigma Black belt, and Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Prior to embarking on his healthcare administration career, Keith served in various roles as combat arms officer in the US Army from 1984 to 1993.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

WORKSHOP 3.11 | Meeting Room 1 | 9:45am -10:45am

 

Local Food Systems and Public Health: Opportunities for Collaboration

Fiona McAnally, MS, Director, Community Assessment and Planning, Knox County Health Department

Fiona McAnally is the Director for Community Assessment and Planning at the Knox County Health Department, overseeing community planning, data, and public policy. McAnally previously served as Manager for Health Planning, joining the Knox County Health Department in 2013. Prior to joining Knox County, McAnally worked on food systems issues; served as Senior Director of Operations for AC Entertainment; and worked in various non-profit management roles in Knoxville. Additionally, McAnally has experience in policy, budget, and program evaluation from her work with senior leadership at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and at the Tennessee General Assembly. McAnally holds a B.A. and M.S. from the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of Leadership Knoxville, Introduction Knoxville, and was named a finalist for the YWCA’s Tribute to Women and a member of the inaugural class of the News Sentinel’s ’40 under 40’.

Charlotte Tolley, Executive Director, Nourish Knoxville

Charlotte Tolley is the founding Executive Director of Nourish Knoxville. A native Tennessean, Charlotte moved to Knoxville from Memphis to attend the University of Tennessee and never left. A work abroad program in London helped establish her love for public markets. She was one of the founding volunteers of the Market Square Farmers’ Market, and quickly became the manager. Ten years after the MSFM opened, she and a board of directors formed Nourish Knoxville to be able to expand the local food work the market had started beyond the center of Knoxville. Nourish Knoxville continues to operate the Market Square Farmers’ Market, as well as a Winter Farmers’ Market and Holiday Market.

 

Greer Gill, Ag Marketing Consultant, Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Greer Gill is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Agricultural Communications, and she has a master’s degree in the same from Oklahoma State University. She was born and raised in Middle Tennessee, spending spare time on her family’s cattle farm in Lincoln County. There she developed a love for agriculture and a passion to tell the story of ag across the state. Her position with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the state branding program Pick TN Products allows her to tell this story and that of the farmers of Tennessee and the food they produce every day.

 

WORKSHOP 3.12| Meeting Room 2 | 9:45am -10:45am

High Impact HIV Prevention and Care Activities in Tennessee

Carolyn Wester, MD, Medical Director, HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Surveillance and Prevention, Tennessee Department of Health

Dr. Carolyn Wester is a public health specialist, HIV clinician, obstetrician and gynecologist, and clinical researcher with nearly 20 years’ experience developing partnerships, securing grants, establishing programs, leading teams, and providing clinical care. Dr. Wester’s public health experience includes 8 years internationally complemented by 10 years domestically, with a focus on the prevention and treatment of blood-borne and sexually transmitted diseases.

 

 

 

Thomas Gooch, Prevention Director, Street Works

A native Nashvillian, Thomas, the eldest of four, was raised from humble beginnings in South Nashville by a single mother. He was educated in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and found life challenging from a very young age. Although a very bright student, Thomas dropped out of high school in the 11th grade when life’s challenges created more difficulty in an already difficult life. Determined to remove himself from a struggling situation, Thomas began working at the age of 15 until adulthood. As he journeyed through life, he outsmarted himself and began spending more time in the streets instead of getting back in school. The street life took its toll on Thomas as he progressive went from selling marijuana to crack cocaine. As many have said, he began to get high on his own supply and to his surprise and demise, that’s when his real difficult life began.

After almost a decade of using and being in and out of jail, he received his GED and recently celebrated 15 years of sobriety and never looked back. From his very own life experiences, Thomas has an amazing story of ministering (in his own way) to those lost in the game and fame. He has worked various jobs until he was introduced to drug court where he found his calling. It has been said that your gold mine is in your own backyard and Thomas coming from the streets of Nashville has become a STREET SPECIALIST. He began working as an outreach specialist for Street Works, a not for profit organization whose mission is advocacy, prevention, treatment and care of people living with HIV/AIDS. He has propelled to become the prevention coordinator to Director of Prevention. Recently, Street Works was certified as the first Syringe Service Program in the State of Tennessee under his leadership and direction. Thomas is also the founder of his very own not for profit organization, My Father’s House, a transitional home for men who have experienced homeless situations due to substance abuse, incarceration or simply life’s challenges.

Donna Blackard, Early Intervention Coordinator, Friends for Life

Donna received her BS in Recreation/Art Therapy from Georgia Southern University in 1985. She has worked in a variety of medical and community settings that emphasized her professional skills. She began her career in the HIV field as an HIV educator/tester for Le Bonheur Community HIV Network, where she helped build the PrEP Navigation program. In this role she sought education and observation time within PrEP clinics in the Southeast to increase her knowledge of the newest tool for HIV prevention. She had the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of community partners, including hospital Emergency Departments, area adult special care clinics and the Memphis/Shelby County School System. In these settings, her primary focus was to provide education not only about HIV, but the benefits of prescribing PrEP as prevention. Her strengths were best utilized by establishing relationships with patients and their caregivers, and advocating for the needs of those she served. She is most proud of her work with the LBGTQ youth and their support systems. She was able to work with the medical staff of the Le Bonheur Adolescent Clinic to begin prescribing PrEP to appropriate patients. Currently, Donna is the EIS Coordinator with Friends for Life where she is working to establish PrEP as a strong part of the spectrum of care for HIV+ clients and their significant others.

WORKSHOP 3.13 | Franklin | 9:45am -10:45am

Understanding Vulnerabilities and Impacts of Climate and Severe Weather on Human Health

Kristina Weis Kintziger, PhD. MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Tennessee

Kristina Kintziger, PhD, MPH is an environmental and infectious disease epidemiologist with experience in academia and public health practice. Dr. Kintziger received her MPH degree in Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and her PhD in Epidemiology from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. During her doctoral program, she worked as a graduate research assistant in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics on projects related to obesity and diabetes in South Carolina. She also worked at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in the STD/HIV Surveillance Division. Her doctoral dissertation examined risk-based vs. routine HIV testing outcomes in rural and urban residents of South Carolina. Her post-doctoral training was through the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Applied Epidemiology Fellowship, where she completed an infectious disease-focused fellowship at the Florida Department of Health. Prior to joining UT faculty, she served as the epidemiologist/biostatistician for the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) and Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) programs at the Florida Department of Health.

WORKSHOP 3.14 | Williamson | 9:45am -10:45am

The Opioid Epidemic and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, MS, FAAP, Director, Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Stephen W. Patrick, MD, MPH, MS, is the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and an attending neonatologist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, Florida State University College of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Patrick completed his training in pediatrics, neonatology and health services research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Patrick’s National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded research focuses on improving outcomes for opioid-exposed infants and women with substance-use disorder and evaluating state and federal drug control policies. He previously served as Senior Science Policy Advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Dr. Patrick is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Use and Prevention and has been a voting member on several US Food and Drug Administration Advisory Boards focused on opioid use in children. He has testified about the impact of the opioid epidemic on pregnant women and infants before committees in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. His research has been published in leading scientific journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Pediatrics and Health Affairs.

COMMISSIONER’S ADDRESS | Ballroom | 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Enduring Accomplishments and Opportunities Ahead

John J. Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health

John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, FACOEM joined Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet in 2011 as the 13th commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health. He brings more than 25 years of service in clinical and public health leadership at the federal, state and local levels to the position, and leads a statewide team of highly talented and dedicated professionals committed to working collaboratively to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Dreyzehner and his team have been recognized with numerous awards including the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Vision Award in 2015, 2016 and 2017. These awards confirm TDH is setting the standard for effective, engaging public health efforts and creating a model for others to follow.

Compassionate, effective and efficient service to people in all 95 counties of the state is the standard of performance Dreyzehner has set for the department. As TDH commissioner, he has focused on team building and collaboration to create and strengthen relationships and build a stronger infrastructure for public health across Tennessee. The department is focused on preventing communicable disease and the behaviors that are the biggest drivers of death and chronic disease in Tennessee. Referred to as “The Big 4,” they are the health challenges of our time: physical inactivity, excessive caloric intake, tobacco and nicotine use and other substance use disorders.

Dreyzehner began his medical service in 1989 as a United States Air Force flight surgeon, where he learned about the attributes that increase the effectiveness of public health efforts and the Baldrige performance excellence framework while accumulating more than 300 hours in the F-15 Eagle and other aircraft as a member of USAF 94th Fighter Squadron. He later served as Chief of Aeromedical Assessment for Air Combat Command and was honorably discharged as a Major in 1997. Following several years in the private practice of occupational medicine he returned to public service in 2002 as director of a rural health district in Virginia before coming to Tennessee as commissioner of health. He also practiced addiction medicine for several years while working to bring attention to the public health aspects of the now well-recognized epidemic of substance use and abuse.

Dreyzehner graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned his Master of Public Health degree at the University of Utah, where he served as chief resident at the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Board certified in 1999, he is licensed in Tennessee and Virginia and is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He holds appointments as adjunct faculty and professor (Hon.) with East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health, founding faculty of the Healthy Appalachia Institute and formerly visiting assistant professor of public health at the University of Virginia. He and his wife Jana, a child psychiatrist, have two adult sons.

David Reagan, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, Tennessee Department of Health

David R. Reagan, M.D., Ph.D., is the Chief Medical Officer for the Tennessee Department of Health. In this position, which he has held since 2012, and working with incredible colleagues, Reagan oversees Public Health services in 89 counties, Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness, Health Licensure and Regulation, two state laboratories, Informatics and Analytics, and Quality Improvement. Additionally, he serves as an advisor to the commissioner on matters of health policy and strategic planning.

Reagan previously served as chief of staff for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Mountain Home, Tenn. He served as associate dean for veterans affairs and clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Reagan has also served as ambulatory services manager at Mid-South VA Healthcare Network in Nashville.

Reagan earned his medical degree and a PhD in organic chemistry from Vanderbilt University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics from East Tennessee State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He completed an internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt and a fellowship in clinical epidemiology and infectious diseases at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

 

Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, Deputy Commissioner for Population Health, Tennessee Department of Health

Dr. Michael Warren is the Deputy Commissioner for Population Health at the Tennessee Department of Health. Dr. Warren is a board-certified pediatrician. He received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and his medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He completed his pediatrics residency, Chief Residency, and fellowship in Academic General Pediatrics at Vanderbilt, where he also obtained a Master’s in Public Health. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

As Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Warren provides leadership for various offices and divisions within TDH, including: Family Health and Wellness (which includes Title V/Maternal and Child Health, Chronic Disease Promotion and Health Promotion, and Supplemental Nutrition); Policy, Planning and Assessment; Rural Health; Minority Health and Disparities Elimination; Grants Coordination and Strategic Alignment; and the Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner. Collectively, these teams include approximately 270 team members and have a combined budget of $213 million, representing approximately one-third of the overall budget of the Department.

Dr. Warren previously served as the Assistant Commissioner for Family Health and Wellness, a role in which he led Departmental efforts related to maternal and child health, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, and supplemental nutrition. Prior to joining the Department of Health, Dr. Warren served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt and as Medical Director in the Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination. He currently serves on the Oversight Committee for the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC) and as President for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the national professional organization for maternal and child health professionals.

Carl Mallory, Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Tennessee Department of Health

Carl Mallory has served as Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the Tennessee Department of Health since March, 2016. His responsibilities include supervision of the agency’s enterprise-wide budget of $640M, fiscal services, information technology services division, human resources division, talent management office, procurement/contracts management, facilities management, safety and security supporting 3700 plus employees and 126 locations in 95 counties.

Originally from Greeneville, Tennessee, he earned his B.S. Degree from East Tennessee State University. Prior to his work with State Government, he served as the corporate director of external affairs, marketing and communications for an energy company based in a Bristol, Tennessee that owns and operates mining, gas and oil supply companies throughout the US and Canada. Mr. Mallory is member of the Commissioner’s Senior Leadership Team and a 2017 graduate of LEAD Tennessee. In 2003 he was inducted into the ETSU Alumni Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in public relations. He has been married for 35 years to Polly R. Mallory, a native of Kingsport; the couple has two daughters and one grandson.

Valerie Nagoshiner, Chief of Staff, Tennessee Department of Health

Valerie Nagoshiner is Chief of Staff for the Tennessee Department of Health.  In this role, she guides the Commissioner’s Senior Leadership in daily operations, provides strategic guidance and coordinates stakeholder engagement for Commissioner, and facilitates the weekly Departmental Executive Leadership Team meetings.  She oversees three offices and divisions, including:  Health Planning, Legislative Affairs, and Patient Care Advocacy.

Valerie joined the TDH team at the beginning of the Haslam administration in 2011 as the Assistant Commissioner for Legislative Affairs.  She built a substantial legislative team that successfully shepherded the Department’s legislative priorities (including landmark legislation such as the Prescription Safety Act of 2012 and the Food Retail Safety Act) and garnered respect from both chambers and parties.  She is well-known for her ability to build strong relationships with legislators, staff, industry and association representatives and to leverage those relationships to advance the Department’s agenda.

 

Valerie first came to state service in 2000, when she served as a legislative liaison in the Department of Economic and Community Development.  She subsequently worked for the National Federation of Independent Business, leading advocacy efforts in a four-state region.

 

Mrs. Nagoshiner holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Lambuth University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Belmont University. She is married and has one daughter.

LEARNING LAB | Clydesdale | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Learning Lab: Virtual Reality and Prevention Resources to Solve National Health Issues

Kevin Liska, iCube Executive Director, Tennessee Tech University

Kevin Liska is the Executive Director of iCube. He manages the grant-based office and pursues opportunities in the field of virtual reality as well as traditional marketing campaigns. He has been the director of iCube (formerly named the BusinessMedia Center) for over 30 years, and has always been an advocate for the most innovative and cutting-edge tools for businesses to meet client needs. He has a Masters of Business Administration and teaches in the College of Business while also serving as the full time director of iCube.

 

 

 

Amanda Powell, iCube Virtual Reality Producer, Tennessee Tech University

Amanda Powell is the Virtual Reality Producer at iCube. She works with clients such as the Tennessee Department of Health to determine project needs, and then communicates with the development team of artists and programmers to create storyboards for the virtual content to be developed that meets the needs of the client and is within the capabilities of those working on the project. Her undergrad and master’s degrees are in Education, and she is currently both a full time employee at iCube and a full time student in the PhD Exceptional Learning program at Tennessee Tech.

 

WORKSHOP 4.16 | Meeting Room 1 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Addressing Health Literacy and Health Communication in Individual and Population Health

Russell Rothman, MD, MPP, Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Health Policy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Rothman is Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Health Policy, Ingram Professor of Integrative and Population Health, and the Vice President for Population Health Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also serves as the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research and Chief of the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Section. Dr. Rothman’s research focuses on improving care for adult and pediatric patients with diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases. His research focuses on addressing health communication, health literacy/numeracy, and other social and behavioral factors to improve health. He has been the Principal Investigator on over $50 million in funded research and has authored over 130 manuscripts. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the PCORI funded Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network, which engages over 50 hospitals and 1,000,’s of ambulatory practices. He is also Principal Investigator of the CMS funded Mid-South Practice Transformation Network which is engaging 4,000 clinicians in quality improvement. Dr. Rothman serves as Chair of the PCORI PCORnet Executive Steering Committee, which oversees a national network to support comparative effectiveness research and pragmatic clinical trials. Dr. Rothman serves as the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the ADAPTABLE study, a pragmatic clinical trial enrolling 15,000 patients to evaluate the optimal dose of aspirin in secondary prevention of heart disease. Dr. Rothman is also the President of the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH).

WORKSHOP 4.17 | Meeting Room 2 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Updates from Tennessee Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody

Michele Moser, PhD, Director, East Tennessee State University, Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody

Michele R. Moser, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University.  She has served as the director of the East Tennessee State University Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody (ETSU COE) since 2006 and has been a psychologist with the ETSU COE since its inception in 2002.  Dr. Moser has been part of the COE Best Practices Collaborative leadership which has worked together since 2007 implementing approximately l0 learning collaboratives with four different evidenced based treatment models.  She co-led the Tennessee Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative from its inception in 2010 until 2016 when the group formalized to become the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN). She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for AIMHiTN. Dr. Moser completed her Ph.D. and M.A. in clinical psychology at Miami University (OH).  She did her clinical child internship at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Prior to relocating to TN from OH in 2002, she worked in private practice in a rural area treating children, adolescents, adults, and families as well as consulting with child welfare and the juvenile court.

Kristin Dean, PhD, Director, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody  

Kristin Dean, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and Health Service Provider in Tennessee, and is a board certified specialist in clinical psychology. She is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the director of the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody. Dr. Dean completed a two-year postdoctoral position at the University of Florida Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. She is also an adjunct researcher for the RAND Corporation and trains clinicians in evidence-based interventions for trauma.

 

Melissa Hoffman, PhD, Director, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody

Melissa Hoffman, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and Health Service Provider in Tennessee. Dr. Hoffman received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northern Illinois University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University Of Tennessee Department Of Psychiatry. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.  Dr. Hoffman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and serves as the Project Director at the UT Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody.

 

 

Jon Ebert, PsyD, Vanderbilt Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody

Jon Ebert, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in the assessment and delivery of services to children and families who have experienced traumatic stress and mental health challenges. Dr. Ebert is the Clinical Director of the Vanderbilt Center of Excellence (COE) for Children in State Custody and co-teaches the Family Therapy Seminar for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program. He also serves as a primary supervisor for Psychology Interns working in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic (CAPOC) as part of Vanderbilt’s APA-approved, Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship Consortium.  He has published work on evidence based practices as well as presented nationally on systems-level approaches to managing children and youth with sexual behavior problems, family reunification, trauma-informed treatment cultures, and the role of leadership in the adoption of evidenced-based practices. In his work with the Vanderbilt COE, Ebert provides ongoing leadership and training for the Tennessee statewide best practice initiative in the dissemination of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (ARC), and Teen Outreach Program (TOP).

WORKSHOP 4.18 | Franklin | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Top 5 Posters-Oral Presentations

WORKSHOP 4.19 | Williamson | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Suicide Prevention Resources for Public Health Professionals

Terrance R. Love, MS, Injury Prevention Manager, Tennessee Department of Health

Mr. Terrence Love, MS, is a community leader with over 20 years in community-based prevention.  He has worked in multiple settings to develop leaders and motivate stakeholders to facilitate population level change in school, university, and statewide settings.  Using data, evidence-based methods, and policy, he has assisted communities with identifying and mitigating the root causes of behavioral health problems including motor vehicle injury, substance abuse, premature birth, and other health issues.  He enjoys the process of influencing policy and is eager to share his knowledge of advocacy with others. A native Arkansan, Terry recently adopted Middle Tennessee as his home where he works as the Injury Prevention Manager for the Tennessee Department of Health with a goal of impacting multiple injuries including, but not limited to: motor vehicle crashes, traumatic brain injury, suicide, and intimate partner violence.  Terry enjoys exploring Tennessee with his Wife Tammy, and Daughter Anna Marie whom they adopted from China twelve years ago.

Scott Ridgway, MS, Executive Director, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

Scott Ridgway has served as Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network’s Executive Director since 2001. He works closely with TSPN’s gubernatorially-appointed Advisory Council to implement suicide prevention strategies within the state of Tennessee. He served six years on the Steering Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and he was a member of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Task Force. Scott has been recognized for his community service, most recently as NAMI Tennessee’s 2016 Professional of the Year. He is past chair of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Brooks Fund Advisory Council. A dedicated volunteer, he frequently advocates for children and families through the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the Foster Care Review Board, the Nashville Citizen’s Police Alumni Association, Leadership Donelson-Hermitage group and by serving as a surrogate parent for Metro Nashville Public Schools. He has served as Past President of the Board of Directors for the Middle Tennessee Association for Child Care; Temporary Residents of Adolescents in Crisis, Inc. (TRAC); First Steps, Inc., and the Crisis Intervention Center. He was also a founding member of Renewal House. He served three terms as president of the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare’s Board of Directors and two terms on the Board of Directors for OutCentral. He served on the Metro Nashville Human Relations Commission for six years under two different mayoral administrations, including a two-year term as the Commission’s Chair. He was employed at the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute from 1989-1995. From 1995 to 2001 he was employed with the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY,). He later became the Coordinator of the Mid-Cumberland Council on Children and Youth. His last position at TCCY was Director of Field Operations.

Janet Watkins, Director of Training, Tennessee Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education, Tennessee Department of Education

Janet Watkins serves as Director of Training for Tennessee Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education (AWARE) for the Tennessee Department of Education.  She works to increase competence to recognize signs of behavioral health disorders and appropriately connect youth to behavioral health resources by delivering and coordinating mental health first aid training to youth serving adults through Youth Mental Health First Aid. She currently has a cadre of 85 trainers she can send out to conduct Youth Mental Health First Aid across Tennessee She is currently certified to provide training in Youth Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, and Mental Health First Aid for Law Enforcement, Corrections and Public Safety, Building Strong Brains-Strategies for Educators, and Restorative Practices.  She also works to disseminate information to school districts to assist schools in advancing and maturing the response and recovery portion of their emergency management plan through Tennessee Schools Prepare, a crisis postvention tool. Janet previously worked as a School Counselor for 22 years and has also taught Special Education and 1st grade.  Janet holds a Masters of Education in Elementary School Guidance and Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education/Special Education.

WORKSHOP 5.21 | Meeting Room 1 | 3:15pm – 4:15pm

The Epidemic of Black Lung Among Appalachian Coal Miners

David Blackley, DrPH, Research Epidemiologist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

David Blackley is an epidemiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Morgantown, West Virginia. He holds degrees from NC State University, East Carolina University, and East Tennessee State University, and trained as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer assigned to the Respiratory Health Division of NIOSH during 2013–2015. David’s primary focus is the epidemiology of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis in the United States, and he also studies occupational health in the U.S. oil and gas extraction and commercial fishing industries. Internationally, he has collaborated with the Zambian government and World Bank to enhance occupational health surveillance for miners in Zambia, and he deployed to Liberia and Sierra Leone during 2014 and 2015 to fight the Ebola epidemic.

WORKSHOP 5.22 | Meeting Room 2 | 3:15pm – 4:15pm

What in the OuTbRe@k is happening around here?


Tim Jones, MD, State Epidemiologist

Dr. Jones completed medical school at Stanford University and practiced in an underserved population in Utah before joining the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. He now serves as the State Epidemiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health, overseeing numerous programs including communicable diseases, environmental health, and public health emergency preparedness. He serves on CDC’s Board of Scientific Counselors and is Chair of the MMWR Editorial Board.

 

 

WORKSHOP 5.23 | Franklin | 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Trauma-Informed Practices: One School’s Paradigm Shift

Mathew Portell, M.Ed, Principal, Fall-Hamilton Elementary, Metro Nashville Public Schools

Mathew Portell has dedicated over a decade to education in his role as a teacher, instructional coach, teacher mentor, and school administrator.  He is currently in his third year as principal of Fall-Hamilton Elementary, a nationally recognized innovative model school for trauma-informed school practices in Metro Nashville Public Schools.  National Public Radio, Edutopia amongst other organizations have highlighted the school’s work. Portell is also currently blogging monthly for Education Week about his journey as a principal. In 2008, he combined his passion for literacy and cycling and founded the local double award winning non-profit Ride for Reading. The organization promotes literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to underserved children.  Ride for Reading has donated nearly 500,000 books to children nationally. Mr. Portell holds a B.S in elementary education and a M.Ed in curriculum from Tennessee State University, and completed his administration requirements at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Theresa Hook, RN, School Nurse, Metro Public Health Department

When her first child was born with multiple medical issues, Theresa was introduced to a world of visiting different health care providers, multiple operations and advocating for her child with disabilities as she entered the public-school system. She was inspired by the nurses she encountered – their caring and passion for working with children and wanting to empower them to be the best they could be, despite their limitations.  She continued her education by going to Middle Tennessee State University to get her BSN / RN. For the past 18 years, she has worked as a school nurse in an inner city elementary school.  She began with the focus of empowering children with disabilities and chronic health conditions to be as healthy (physically and mentally) as they could be.   While she still has that focus, she has expanded it to students that have been exposed to toxic stress. In its own way, it can be just as disabling.

WORKSHOP 5.24 | Williamson | 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Using Medication-Assisted Treatment to Combat the Opioid Pandemic

Wesley Geminn, PharmD, BCPP, Chief Pharmacist and State Opioid Treatment Authority, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Dr. Wes Geminn, PharmD, BCPP is the Chief Pharmacist and State Opioid Treatment Authority for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services’ Division of Clinical Leadership.  Dr. Geminn graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and completed a post-graduate residency in managed care and psychiatry with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He is currently board-certified in psychiatry by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.

Friday, September 14, 2018

WORKSHOP 6.26 | Meeting Room 1 | 8:30am – 9:30am

Tennessee’s HPV Cancer Free Coalition:  Joining Forces to Move the Needle on Preventing HPV-Related Cancers

Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH, Director, Tennessee Immunization Program, Tennessee Department of Health

Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH, is a licensed physician and the Director of the Tennessee Immunization Program at the Tennessee Department of Health. Dr. Moore received her Medical Degree from Vanderbilt University and Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed a Residency in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine followed by training in the Epidemic Intelligence Service and as a Resident in Preventive Medicine with the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Moore served as the Medical Director for the Tennessee Immunization Program and created the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Program in her role as the Pandemic Influenza Planning Coordinator. In addition to her role as Director of the Tennessee Immunization Program, she currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and on the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.  Dr. Moore has participated on multiple committees, councils, and professional societies in various roles and has received numerous awards and honors.

Pamela Hull, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine,   Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Pamela Hull, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a member of the Cancer Health Outcomes and Control Program at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, and an Affiliated Faculty member for the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research and for the Center for Effective Health Communication at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Hull received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University.  She is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior as well as numerous other professional intramural and extramural committees. Dr. Hull has acted as a consultant for various universities, hospitals, and associations as well as a mentor of junior faculty, postdoctoral trainees, pre-doctoral students and undergraduate students. Dr. Hull has received numerous honors and awards for her professional activities.

Linda McClure, MSN, Regional Primary Care Director, Northeast Tennessee Regional Health Office, Tennessee Department of Health

Linda McClure is the Regional Primary Care Director at the Northeast Tennessee Regional Office. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee, as well as her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner.  She has served as a registered nurse at Johnson City Medical Center, Bluff City Medical Center, Appalachian Surgery Center and Stoney Creek Health Care.

 

 

 

WORKSHOP 6.27 | Meeting Room 2 | 8:30am – 9:30am

Household Air Pollution and Respiratory Health:  Opportunities for Intervention

 

Mildred Maisonet, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, East Tennessee State University

Dr. Mildred Maisonet is an Assistant Professor in the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Department at the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health.  She is a native of Puerto Rico. She is an environmental epidemiologist and conducts research to assess human health effects from exposure to environmental pollutants.  She is currently leading a project in Northeast Tennessee to study the role of household air pollution on COPD.

 

 

Ying Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, East Tennessee State University

Dr. Ying Li is an Assistant Professor in Department of Environmental Health, College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). She received her Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior joining ETSU in August 2014, she conducted postdoctoral research at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and later at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Her research has been focusing on assessing health impacts of ambient air pollution and global climate change using integrated assessment approaches, both in developed countries (U.S. and United Arab Emirates) and developing countries (Thailand and China). She has been funded by the ETSU Research Development Committee to study the impacts of climate change on future heat-related mortality. She is a Co-Investigator on a NIEHS/EPA funded large grant to understand the effects of indoor air pollution on adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Central Appalachia.

Meredith C. McCormack, MD MHD, Associate Professor of Medicine,  Johns Hopkins University

Dr. McCormack is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department.  Dr. McCormack has clinical expertise in asthma and COPD, as well as pulmonary physiology and pulmonary function testing. She serves as the Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins University Pulmonary Function Laboratory and serves as the Vice Chair of the American Thoracic Society Committee for Proficiency Standards in Pulmonary Function Testing. She is a physician scientist with a research focus on the effect of environmental influences on underlying obstructive lung disease- specifically climate change, air pollution, diet, obesity influences on COPD and asthma. She has been funded by the NIEHS and the EPA to conduct home and school-based environmental cohort studies to understand the effects of indoor air pollution on children and adults with asthma and adults with COPD.  Her work is largely focused in Baltimore City but has included rural areas of Washington State, Appalachia, and the Caribbean. Dr. McCormack has conducted trials of dietary and environmental interventions to understand the effect of diet and obesity as modifiers of susceptibility to air pollution. Dr. McCormack is dedicated to training the next generation of physician scientists. She serves as the Associate Program Director of the Johns Hopkins Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship program and plays an active role in mentoring fellows and junior faculty.

WORKSHOP 6.28 | Franklin | 8:30am – 9:30am

Pediatric Physical Activity Patterns and Policies

Shari Barkin, MD, MSHS, Professor of Pediatrics, Division Chief of General Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Obesity Research, Vanderbilt University Medical, William K Warren Foundation Chair Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Barkin serves as the Executive Director of the Nashville Collaborative- an innovative academic-community partnership to measurably reduce pediatric obesity. Dr. Barkin earned her undergraduate degree at Duke University, her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati, and completed her pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She was selected as a UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and completed a fellowship in Health Services Research.  Funded by NHLBI, NICHD, NCI, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the State of Tennessee, Dr. Barkin conducts family-based community centered interventions to change health behaviors in parent-child dyads and measurably improve child health outcomes. Currently, her laboratory studies family-based, community-centered, behavioral interventions to measurably reduce pediatric obesity at sensitive periods of childhood development. The lab is focused on changing body mass index trajectories in childhood, applying the ecologic model that considers the child in the context of their family, and the family in the context of their community. A theme of the lab is to identify and understand the interaction between behavior, environment and genetics across childhood development, ultimately, to prevent later common chronic conditions and reduce health disparities. She served on the National Academy of Medicine’s Board of Children, Youth, and Families and is the Past President of the Society for Pediatric Research.

Cynthia Chafin, MEd, NCHES, Associate Director for Community Programs, Middle Tennessee State University

Cynthia (“Cindy”) Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® is the Associate Director for Community Programs, and most recently served as, interim director for the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Health and Human Services (CHHS) from October 2015 – May 2018. She has been with MTSU CHHS since 2003 and has over 20 years of experience as a public health project director and consultant. Ms. Chafin has a Master of Education in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University, and recently started as a student in the MTSU Health and Human Performance doctoral program.  She was part of the first national cohort to receive advance-level certification as a master certified health educator from the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).

Ms. Chafin has a lengthy history in public health having worked for and with the state health department along with multiple local, state, and national non-profit and community-based organizations as a volunteer, project director, or consultant. She recruited and mobilized community members in Rutherford County, the largest non-metro rural county in the state, to form the first health council in the state, the Rutherford County Wellness Council, in June of 1996 and which still is active today. She has been awarded the Health Educator of the Year award from the Tennessee Public Health Association in 2006 and received the inaugural Eloise Q. Hatmaker Distinguished Service Award from the Rural Health Association of Tennessee in 2009 for her public health work in rural Tennessee communities. She is excited to be at another Tennessee Public Health Association annual meeting, this time at the podium.

Joani Jack, MD, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Erlanger Children’s Hospital

Joani Jack, MD, FAAP is assistant professor of pediatrics, University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga, TN. She received her MD degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, TN. She completed her residency in pediatrics, as well as a year as pediatric chief resident, at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga. She spent 13 years as a community pediatrician in private practice. She returned to academic medicine in 2007 where she currently practices and teaches pediatric residents and medical students through the UT College of Medicine at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

Dr. Jack has had multiple state roles through the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since 2007, she has been a physician trainer for the START program (Screening Tools and Referral Training), providing education to pediatricians, family practitioners and other clinicians throughout Tennessee in the evaluation and management of children with developmental and behavioral disabilities. She was a TN-AAP board member at-large for Chattanooga from 2008 until 2011. She served as the physician trainer for the HEALED initiative (Healthy Eating and Living Education), providing workshops for primary care practices throughout Tennessee on the implementation of evidence-based guidelines for childhood obesity prevention and treatment.

WORKSHOP 6.29 | Williamson | 8:30am – 9:30am

Volunteer to Save a Life: Tennessee Overdose and Naloxone Education for the Layperson

Sarah T. Melton, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP, CGP,  Professor of Pharmacy Practice, East Tennessee State University

Sarah T. Melton is Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and Chair of One Care of Southwest Virginia. She is the Clinical Pharmacist at the Johnson City Community Health Center, the ETSU Center of Excellence for HIV/AIDS, and Highpower, PC.  Dr. Melton received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (1991) and Doctor of Pharmacy (1994) degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy (VCU). She completed a Fellowship in Psychiatric Pharmacy at VCU in 1996. She has been a board certified psychiatric pharmacist (Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties) since 1997 and a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist since 2011. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. She performs comprehensive medication management in the areas of psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy, addiction, and other primary care disorders.

David Kirschke, MD, Medical Director, Northeast Regional Health Office, Tennessee Department of Health

Dr. Kirschke attended medical school at the University of Florida and trained in Family Practice at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.  He spent two years as a Commissioned Officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service with the Centers for Disease Control stationed at the Tennessee Department of Health (2001-2003).  During that time he was involved in investigating a case of bioterrorism-related anthrax in Connecticut and SARS transmission on airlines. He spent four years (2003-2007) as Assistant Medical Director of the Northeast Tennessee Regional Health Department and three years (2008-2010) as the Deputy State Epidemiologist at the Tennessee Department of Health in Nashville.  Dr. Kirschke is currently Medical Director of the Northeast Tennessee Regional Health Department, where he oversees Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness, Primary Care, and Dental services. He is adjunct faculty in the East Tennessee State University School of Public Health.