Health policy, health care reform, National Diabetes Prevention Program scaling and sustaining, collaboration/coordination, evidence based diabetes strategies/interventions for prevention and treatment, navigating cooperative agreements, partnership development
May 2011 Masters of Public Health, Public Health Leadership University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC Practicum: Organizational Assessment and Quality Improvement Recommendations to Pender County Health Department, North Carolina (Completed September, 2010) Masters Paper: A Recommendation for Implementation of an Organizational Assessment and Quality Improvement Strategies for Local Health Departments (Scheduled for completion December, 2010)
May 1998 Masters of Education, Exercise Science Wichita State University Wichita, Kansas Masters Thesis: Retention of β-hydroxy β-methylbutyrate: Effect of Carbohydrate
Dec 1988 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with emphases in Communications, Psychology, and Sociology University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, California
Feb 2011 - present Senior Consultant National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, Atlanta, GA Work closely with the NACDD Diabetes Council officers and committee chairs and consults with the CDC, Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) cooperative agreement liaisons. Provide expert advice and technical assistance to state Diabetes Prevention and Control Programs on developing and implementing effective and efficient diabetes prevention and control programs through policy, environment and system changes. Represent NACDD on all diabetes-related issues at the national level. Responsible for development of project proposals with oversight of objectives, activities and budgets of all NACDD diabetes-related projects.
Jan 2006 to Feb 2011 Director, Special Studies, Bureau of Health Promotion Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, Kansas Responsible for directing a major section of the Bureau of Health Promotion (BHP) including development and administration of the statewide Healthy Kansas 2020 program, the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP), Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (HDSP), and the Kansas Arthritis Program. Supervise and direct the work of all staff working with prevention of chronic disease including epidemiologists and program managers. Direct responsibility for cooperative agreement/grants management from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the DPCP, HDSP and Arthritis Program as well as the Sodium Reduction in Communities project. Additional responsibilities include consultation to local community leaders, employers and health care providers in implementing evidence-based approaches to improving the health status of sub-populations at risk for developing chronic disease; exploring policy, system and environmental change approaches; and problem solving, while leading teams addressing chronic disease prevention and control. Responsible for the interpretation and release of chronic disease risk factor information to health policy leaders and the general public. Additional responsibilities include writing grant proposals; strategic planning; reviewing and analyzing new program proposals; budget oversight; assisting in development of integrated systems within the department; and supervising a staff of 10 public health professionals who work in epidemiology, program planning and program evaluation.