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2022 Summer Research Summit Featured Speakers

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Alisahah J. Jackson, M.D.

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System Vice President Population Health Innovation and Policy, CommonSpirit Health

A musician, a physician, a wife and mother, a volunteer and a leader are just a few words to describe Dr. Jackson. Above all, she is highly passionate about health equity, advocating that everyone should have the ability to achieve great health, no matter what they look like, how much money they make, or where they come from. Since serving the underserved had always been a priority, she completed her residency in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center, where she was part of the Urban Track program. Since completing medical school, Dr. Jackson has held multiple clinical, academic, and operations leadership roles over her career including medical director of rural health clinics and chair of the Department of Family Medicine. She was named the first-ever chief community impact officer at Atrium Health where she created the Community Health Department, also establishing the first Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health strategies. Most recently, Dr. Jackson joined CommonSpirit Health as its first System Vice President of Population Health Innovation and Policy, with responsibilities for strategy development regarding vulnerable populations, health equity and innovative care delivery models.

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Janet Prvu Bettger, Sc.D., FAHA

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Associate Professor, School of Nursing & Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Margolis Center for Health Policy, School of Medicine, Duke University

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Susanna Cohen, D.N.P., MSN, CNM, CHSE, FAAN

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Research Associate Professor, School of Nursing & Family Planning Division, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Utah School of Medicine

Susanna Cohen is a certified nurse midwife and associate professor in the Family Planning Division of the Department of OBGYN, and co-founder of PRONTO International. She received her bachelor of science at the University of California, Davis, her master’s in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, and her doctorate in nursing practice at the University of Utah. Susanna is a certified healthcare simulation educator and a global expert in the field of low-tech high-fidelity simulation facilitation, debriefing, facilitation, and curricular development. Susanna has collaborated with PRONTO on implementation trials in Mexico, Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, and India. She has collaborated with Dr. Tao since 2018 on several projects and workshops on clinician implicit bias, calling-in strategies for microaggressions in the workplaces, and disparities in maternal healthcare. She is the PI on Project ARIISE. She received the 2016 Excellence in Innovation Award and the 2017 Hayden Vangard Award from The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. Susanna lives in Salt Lake City with her partner, two children, and six chickens.

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Michelle Debbink, M.D., Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Debbink received her M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2013, after which she completed an Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at the University of Michigan. She completed her Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Utah, and subsequently joined the MFM Faculty in the School of Medicine in July 2020. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence Task Force, which seeks to generate a culture of enthusiastically embracing the value and importance of diversity and inclusive excellence in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department, with an eye toward diversifying the women’s and reproductive health work force to better care for our patients, communities, and colleagues. Her academic research focuses on reproductive justice, in particular on understanding the community and neighborhood drivers of racial and ethnic disparities in perinatal outcomes such as low birthweight, infant mortality, and maternal mortality and morbidity using qualitative and quantitative approaches.

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Connor Drake, Ph.D., MPA

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Instructor, Department of Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Duke University

Dr. Connor Drake (he/him) is a current K12 DISCO (Dissemination and Implementation Science for Cardiovascular Outcomes) scholar and medical instructor in the Duke University Department of Population Health Sciences and member of the DPHS Implementation Science Research Collaborative (INTERACT). As a health services research and implementation scientist, Dr. Drake’s research interests lay at the intersection of implementation science and population health management to better serve patients with intersecting medical and health needs. He collaborates with clinicians and community-based organizations to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to improve coordination across the medical and social care continuum. As a K12 Scholar, he has partnered with stakeholders to leverage technologies to improve health outcomes and equity for underserved communities through care redesign and the adoption of emerging technologies. This includes the local implementation of NCCARE360, the first statewide coordinated care network to unite health care and human services organizations. Implementation of these emerging technologies and ‘whole-person’ models of care requires careful consideration across the individual, organizational, and policy levels to improve population health and equity.

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Jeffrey Edwards, M.D., MPH

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Resident Physician in Pediatrics, Boston Combined Residency Program, Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center

Dr. Jeffrey iEdwards s a PGY-1 in the Boston Combined Residency in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. He studied neurobiology and African studies at Harvard College before completing medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and a master of public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Publica Health, where he concentrated in health systems and policy. His long-term interests are in promoting health equity in both domestic and international settings (especially the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa), with an eye towards disparities in hematology and oncology. During residency, his advocacy efforts have focused on increasing access to high quality education surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines in communities of color throughout Boston.

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Gabriela García, MHA

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LIFT Simulation Design Manager, School of Medicine, University of Utah

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Genie McPeek Hinz, M.D., MS

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Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Duke University Health System

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Adelina Jeffs, Psy.M.

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Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University

Adelina Jeffs is a third-year clinical psychology doctoral student at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. Addie is currently a student leader for the National Association of School Psychologists and a member of the Ohio FASD Steering Committee. Her clinical interests include rural mental health services, evidenced based assessment and treatment for mood disorders, and trauma informed care for children, adolescents, and families. Through her graduate training, Addie has had experience working in a Child Advocacy Center, academic medical center, and multiple private practices in Dayton, Ohio. Addie is currently providing evidenced based psychotherapy via telehealth under supervision in rural Adams County, Ohio through the Together We Care Initiative, a community partnership between Adams County Health Department and the University of Cincinnati.

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Mia Kanak, M.D., MPH

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Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center

Dr. Mia Kanak (she/her) is a pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) physician at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After completing her pediatric residency at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center, she completed a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. As a PEM physician with a master’s degree in public health, she is passionate about connecting her clinical work caring directly for underserved patients with larger research and advocacy efforts. Her current initiatives focus on expanding social determinants of health screening in the Emergency Department and improving access to care for vulnerable pediatric populations.

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Susan E. Spratt, M.D.

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Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Duke University & Senior Medical Director, Duke Population Health Management Office, Duke University Health System

Dr. Susan Spratt grew up in York South Carolina and is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Medical School. She came to Duke for her fellowship in endocrinology twenty-three years ago and never left! Her passion is making sure diabetes care is available to everyone, and that everyone has the opportunity to realize their true health potential. That includes whole person care and addressing social drivers of health. She is currently an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition and the senior medical director for Duke Population Health Management Office where she can direct population health improvement projects and where she is the physician lead for NCCare360, the first statewide digital social and health care coordination platform.

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Amanda Stewart, M.D., MPH

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Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School & Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Amanda Stewart (she/her) is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Boston Children's Hospital. After completing her pediatric emergency medicine fellowship, she designed and completed an Advocacy and Public Policy fellowship. She is now the lead physician for clinician advocacy in the Boston Children's Hospital Office of Government Relations, serving as a liaison for clinicians interested in advocacy, providing advocacy education across the institution, and managing the ongoing Advocacy and Public Policy Fellowship. Her research is focused on children and families seen in the Boston Children’s Hospital emergency department for homelessness, screening for and addressing health-related social needs, and a variety of other policy-focused projects. She has been involved in legislative advocacy at the state and federal levels on housing insecurity, social determinants of health, health equity, and many other child health topics.

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Karen Tao, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah; Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Dr. Karen Tao is an associate professor in counseling psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology and is the director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Karen’s teaching, clinical and research interests are guided by an overarching goal to reduce disparities in the access, service, and quality of mental health and education for historically marginalized groups. She is interested in the questions, “How do people negotiate conversations about difference and culture?” “How do children understand and talk about race?” and “Why does multicultural competence matter?” Karen is a licensed psychologist and conducts research in counseling and school settings, utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods to identify cultural factors related to client improvement and student academic persistence. She teaches courses on multicultural counseling, social psychology of diversity, provides clinical supervision for masters and doctoral students, and directs the Culture, Well-being and Diversity Lab. Dr. Tao is inspired by her students, colleagues, friends, and family who teach her something new every day. Her children, constantly remind her learning is a messy process and that it’s ok to color outside of the lines.

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Erin Thase, Ph.D.

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Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Erin Thase is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor with University of Cincinnati Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience working with primarily adolescent and young adult populations in the outpatient setting. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University and doctorate in School Psychology from Duquesne University. She has a background in working within the school, outpatient, and hospital settings. She specializes in patients with significant mood disorders, chronic pain, behavioral concerns, and personality disorders. She uses a multitude of psychotherapeutic frameworks with a heavy focus on CBT, DBT, and psychoanalytic approaches.