Morning Breakout Sessions

Shari Kinney, PhD, RN, CPH

Health for All: Developing Proposals for a US Universal Health Plan

room: auditorium

The 2019 Congress is proposing competing proposals for a public health insurance plan. Participants will examine these proposals considering the current system and the following criteria: feasibility, cost and quality. Participants will develop arguments for the plan they believe best meets these criteria.

Dr. Shari Kinney is an Assistant Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Health Administration and Policy in the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has Doctor of Public Health, Master of Public Health and Master of Nursing Degrees. Her research interests focus on quality improvement in public health and interprofessional education. She teaches US Healthcare Systems, Public Health Practicum and Integrated Public Health Practice.

Shauna Lawlis, MD

Overcoming Barriers in Transgender Health

room: 3rd floor

Dr. Shauna Lawlis completed her medical education at Baylor COM in 2011. She attended Baylor for her residency, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for her fellowship. She currently serves as assistant professor at OUCOM, and is a member of the Society for Adolescent Health Medicine and American Academy of Pediatrics. She practices at OU Children's Hospital.

Christina Juris Bennett, JD

Pads for Prisoners – Exploring Access to Menstrual Products for Incarcerated Women

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Christina Juris Bennett is an adjunct faculty member at the College of Medicine, the College of Law, and the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma.  She served as an Assistant Professor from July 2013 – January 2019, and she was the Masters of Health Administration Program Director from July 2015- June 2018. Prior to joining the College of Public Health, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the OU College of Law and the Research Director with the Common Ground Case Studies project.  Bennett is licensed as an attorney in Tennessee and Ohio, and she has practiced in local, state, and federal courts. Her research interests focus on TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program; public health law; and educational and pedagogical methods. Her most recent manuscripts and publications focus on the policy struggle to protect adult film workers and providing Medicaid coverage for foster children in Oklahoma.

Jennifer Vidrine, PhD

Engaging Underserved Smokers in Tobacco Cessation Research Projects

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Dr. Jennifer I. Vidrine earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida in 2003, and completed her clinical internship within the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. She completed a NCI-funded R25 postdoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she stayed on as faculty for 12 years and served as Deputy Department Chair for the Department of Health Disparities Research. She began her new position at  the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in May 2015.

Dr. Vidrine’s research program focuses on eliminating health disparities through evaluating the impact of tailored health risk communications, examining potential mechanisms underlying changes in risk perceptions over time in the natural environment, disseminating evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions to underserved populations, smoking cessation interventions for vulnerable and underserved smokers, and implementing and evaluating health care systems-level tobacco treatment interventions. Her research program has been continuously supported over the past 14 years by grants from the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas.

Natasha Mickel, PhD

Why Mentoring is Important at Academic Health Centers & an Overview of Telemedicine at OUHSC

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Natasha Mickel is the Assistant Director for Faculty Development, Director for the Oklahoma Center for Mentoring Excellence (OCME), and Project Coordinator for the Center for Telemedicine. Within her role, Dr. Mickel supports a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). These offerings include curriculum vitae review workshops for faculty; mentor training for clinical and translational researchers; mentor training intended to support a campus wide mentoring network initiative; and providing specific training related to broadening telemedicine on campus. Dr. Mickel earned her Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Instructional Design from Cameron University, and earned both a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Instructional Psychology & Technology from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining OUHSC, Dr. Mickel worked with the Oklahoma Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, the OU K20 Center, and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Her research interests include faculty development, mentor relationships, and telemedicine in the academic medicine environment.

Carol Curtis, PhD

Investing in Innovations: The biotech industry in Oklahoma and the role i2E has played in its development

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Dr. Carol Curtis received her bachelor’s in biochemistry, and her masters and doctorate in molecular and integrative physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She spent 4 years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation before joining an early stage biotech firm, EpimedX. While with EpimedX, Dr. Curtis managed internal scientific projects, wrote grants to secure funding and worked closely with investors. Dr. Curtis was critical in securing over $0.5M in non-dilutive funding to support preclinical research and development efforts at EpimedX.  

In 2015, Dr. Curtis joined i2E as Venture Advisor and Director of Academic Research Assessment. In this role Dr. Curtis has provided advisory services to 30+ clients across multiple tech-based industries. She performs diligence on product/technology, product-market fit, competitive landscape, regulatory outlook, capital requirements and revenue/exit potential to evaluate investment potential. Dr. Curtis has closed over $14M in equity financing for 9 clients at i2E. For the past 4 years, Dr. Curtis has additionally spent time consulting with early stage life sciences companies, university tech transfer and asset management offices. In addition to formal education, Dr. Curtis has also continued education in project management, financial modeling, bioscience business and biotechnology entrepreneurship, as well as advanced training in building start-ups. Dr. Curtis has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and sits on several advisory boards.

Thomas Teasdale, PhD

Geriatric Issues in Public Health

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Dr. Teasdale is Chair and Professor in the Department of Health Promotion Sciences (HPS) at the Hudson College of Public Health.  He is a health workforce educator with 30+ years in the fields of gerontology, mental health, and public health. He joined OUHSC in 2003 after 20 years at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  In Oklahoma, he led the OKC VA Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center, directed OUHSC’s HRSA-funded Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center, was associate director of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, and led the OUHSC Geriatric Department’s education mission as vice chair.  Moving to the Hudson College of PH in 2015, he oversees HPS graduate programs, community service, and research efforts. His long-time interests regard the development, implementation, and evaluation of workforce development initiatives.

Angela Landrum-Ellis

Providing Employment Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated Women

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Angela Landrum-Ellis is the founder and CEO of Sugar Rush Bakery & La Jardin Eatery. Her businesses work to eliminate a significant social issue by providing quality jobs for women who have been or are currently incarcerated. They partner with agencies who have successful mentorship programs in place and compliment those programs with professional development built into their work days. Angela is a native of Oklahoma and has always enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, in particular making sweet treats. Since childhood, she has spent many hours assisting her grandmother with homemade pies and cakes on their farm in Southwest Oklahoma and now bakes regularly for her own family of four beautiful children.

Lori Young, JD

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As Executive Director of Trinity Legal, Lori oversees the approximately 50 volunteers and staff who lovingly serve the legal and spiritual needs of the clients of Trinity Legal.  Lori graduated from OSU in 1994 and from OU Law in 1997.  Lori is also an adjunct professor at OSU-OKC, teaching Leadership, American Government, and Intro to Non-Profits.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the BritVil Food Pantry which provides food for needy individuals in the OKC area.  Lori and her husband Preston are members of North Side Christian Church where Preston is an elder, and they enjoy leading the AWANA’s program together.  They are incredibly proud of their three children:  Clayton, who is also a graduate of OSU and now works as an Engineer in Tulsa and is married to Isabella, who serves as an associate operations pastor of Life Church; Maddy, who is a pre-med student at OSU and enjoys volunteering in the Crossings Community Clinic; and Nathan, who is a competitive gymnast and a high-school junior studying computer programming at Francis Tuttle.


Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Elizabeth Koldoff, PhD, RN

Community Advisory Boards: Engaging Problem Solvers

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Elizabeth Koldoff is an Assistant Professor at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing. She graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bellin College of Nursing in Green Bay, WI. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in nursing education and her PhD in nursing research at the University of Oklahoma in 2012 and 2018, respectively. Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma in 2017, she taught at Rose State College for 4 years, where she enjoyed working in a community college environment with multi-generational nursing students. Dr. Koldoff is currently the second vice president of the local chapter of Sigma, the national nursing honor society. She has been selected to participate in two rigorous professional development programs, the Faculty Leadership Program and Partners in Policymaking. She is also an active member of the International Family Nurses Association. Dr. Koldoff’s research interest centers on health promotion for children with disabilities and their families. Her nursing, teaching, and research philosophy revolve around being an advocate for the families whom she serves. Dr. Koldoff strongly believes that the purpose for her research is to build evidence that influences change in nursing education about family centered care as well as impacting programs and policies in the community.

Val Schott, MPH, Dale Bratzler, DO, MPH, and Buffy Heater

Panel discussion continued

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A chance to continue the conversations sparked by the panel and delve deeper into our panelists' individual backgrounds.

Lindsey Churchill, PhD and Lorry Youll, PhD

LGBTQ+ Curriculum Development

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Lindsey Churchill is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Women's Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is the creator and Director of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor. In 2015 she worked with the campus community to create the Center, which includes the Women's Research Center and the BGLTQ+ Student Center. Her book Becoming the Tupamaros: Solidarity and Transnational Revolutionaries in Uruguay and the United States was published in February 2014 by Vanderbilt University Press.  Churchill worked as a Fulbright Specialist in Latvia in 2016. She is the recipient of the Oklahoma Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association and Oklahoma University Human Rights Association (2016). Dr. Churchill mentors over 40 students at the Center, including the Sexual Health Ambassadors who act as peer health educators. The Sexual Health Ambassadors visit university classes to discuss sexual health from a sex positive and research based perspective. 

Lorry Youll, PhD, is the Assistant Director  of the Women’s Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center. She is a full, tenured professor in the Department of Psychology and is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Oklahoma. She also serves as Program Coordinator for the master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Youll teaches graduate courses in counseling, assessment, ethics, and culture and gender diversity, and health psychology. She has mentored students on STLR and RCSA grants from across campus and has presented at local, national, and international conferences. Her areas of study are reproductive health advocacy, diversity, and health psychology.

Rusty Rooms, NP

Health Status and Disparities in the LGBTQ Community

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Russell “Rusty” Rooms MSN, APRN is the Clinical Specialist for Emergency and Access Services providing advanced practice nursing support for ED operations and improve clinical outcomes of patients seeking emergency care in the OU Medicine system. He also serves as the Health Equality Coordinator for OU Medicine where he led the effort to make OU Medicine the only “Leader in LGBT+ Health Equality” as designated by the Human Rights Campaign. Russell has been part of the OU Medical System family off and on since 1992 in various clinical and leadership roles previously as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Emergency and Access Services. Other roles have included Project Implementation Leader, Director, and Clinical Nurse, and part of the Aeromedical Transport Team. Skilled in Lean Six-Sigma and Studer principles, Russell specializes in coaching leaders in process and leadership change to increase the quality and efficiency of care. Outside of OU Medicine Russell owns Diversity Family Health, a nurse practitioner driven private practice focusing on the needs of the LGBT+ community. Russell has experience as a small business owner providing travel medical services, consulting and is also responsible for designing and implementing Forensic Nursing Services for a seven hospital system in south Texas.

Barbara Norton, PhD, MPH, MBA

The Potential and Peril of Social Determinants of Health within a Primary Care Context

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Barbara Norton is an Assistant Professor of Research of the OUHSC Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and serves as Director of Stakeholder Involvement for the Oklahoma Primary Healthcare Improvement Cooperative, a part of the Oklahoma Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at OUHSC.  Her primary research aim is to foster improvements in primary healthcare through integration of public health and primary care, especially by strengthening community and patient engagement. She recently served as Co-PI for a PCORI-funded research award aimed at better integrating community constituencies into meaningful roles shaping future research.  She has also held faculty positions within the Stephenson Cancer Center and the College of Publish Health. During two years spent in D.C., she evaluated community-driven health initiatives for several philanthropies and federal agencies.

Prior to her academic career, she invested 30 years in a range of experiences, among them: an evaluation consultant for a California-based healthy communities program; a health coalition director for a federal demonstration project in central Oklahoma; a health policy and budget analyst for the OK Legislature; and a non-profit anti-poverty agency director, among others. She completed her MPH and doctorate in public health at OU and her MBA at Xavier University in Ohio. In the 1990s, she was selected to participate in a 5-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported fellowship program aimed at building leadership skills for community-based prevention.

Jana Castleberry & Danielle Dill, MPH

Healthcare and Social Determinants of Health

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Jana Castleberry serves as Project Director for the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health Development in the Oklahoma State Department of Health. In this position, she aims to improve access to primary care by conducting health care needs assessments, facilitating collaborative health care initiatives, and providing technical assistance for safety net providers and National Health Service Corps student loan repayment and scholarship programs. A native of rural Oklahoma, she received her Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. Throughout her career in public and community health, Ms. Castleberry has worked to enhance access to primary care in underserved and rural areas of Oklahoma.

Danielle M. Dill, MPH, has over 20 years professional experience in public health, higher education and non-profit sectors.  She is currently the Manager of Partner Engagement for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Prior to joining OSDH, Ms. Dill served as the Director of University Health Services and Assistant Director for the Wellness Center at the University of Central Oklahoma.  Ms. Dill also served as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Kinesiology & Health Studies at Central. Non-profit experience includes program management for the Arthritis Foundation and policy development for the Alzheimer’s Association. Ms. Dill received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Public Health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Ms. Dill is also a licensed residential care/assisted living administrator through the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Long Term Care (OSBELTCA).  Professional interests and efforts include leadership development, community organization, service learning, senior health and housing, wellness and health policy.   In her spare time, she enjoys teaching group fitness and participating in various outdoor recreational activities.

JoAnna Wall

Fighting a downward spiral: Supporting Education for Uninsured Single Mothers

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I would like to discuss how many single mothers moms are uninsured and when they become ill, they don’t seek treatment and ultimately miss too much school to catch up. It leads to a downward spiral.

Professor JoAnna Wall teaches feminist law and social change courses for the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at OU. She received a 3 year grant through the Oklahoma Women’s Foundation to determine the barriers single mothers encounter in obtaining secondary education. Through her work, she determined strategies to support single mothers and necessary tools to help single mothers achieve their educational goals.

Teri Bell

An Initiative to Impact Mental Health in Schools: District-wide Mental Health Plan & the Handle with Care Program

room: auditorium

Teri Bell is the Executive Director of Student Support Services at Oklahoma City Public Schools

Karla Finnell, PhD, JD, MPH

Problem Solving Infant Mortality Disparity between non-Hispanic White and Black Mothers

room: 3rd floor

The infant mortality rate among children born to non-Hispanic Black women in Oklahoma County is 12.7  per 1,000. This rate is 2.2 times higher than that of children born to non-Hispanic white women (5.8 deaths per 1,000 live births). Moreover, there has been no significant improvement of this key indicator over the past decade. In this session, we will review the findings from focus groups and in-depth interviews conducted in 2018 with African American women from Oklahoma City who were pregnant or had delivered within the last 12 months. In facilitated workgroups, we will then seek to identify local policy and system changes to improve the adequacy of prenatal care; improve patient-provider relationships; and reduce the impact of the social determinants of health during pregnancy.

Kamisha Busby/Tatiana Elonge: Impact of racism/gender discrimination on material child outcomes

Abigail Hann: Work environment as a social determinant of health  

Kelli McNeal”: Prematurity as the leading cause of IM among children born to AA women

Stephanie DeBerry:  Utero fetal development and nutrition: the impact of food insecurity

Mary Gowin: Same day access to LARCs

Karla Finnell, J.D., M.P.H., Ph.D earned her degrees from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health. After a career in health policy and program development aiming to expand federal qualified health centers (FQHCs) in medically underserved areas in the states of New Mexico and Kansas, Dr. Finnell transitioned to academia. Her research interests include health disparities, the social determinants of health, and social marketing. She is the principal investigator for a social marketing project promoting nutrition and physical activity among low-income populations and the principle investigator responsible for the evaluation of an Oklahoma City teen pregnancy prevention project. She recently completed a community-based research study exploring factors associated with the late initiation of prenatal care among urban African American women and the relationship between the social determinants of health and adequacy of care.

Alayna Tackett, PhD and Elise Stevens, PhD

Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among Youth and How Marketing Contributes to Use

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Alayna Tackett, PhD is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC). She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on pediatric health from Oklahoma State University. She completed her clinical residency and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University before returning to the OTRC. Her work examines the behavioral and physiological effects of electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products among youth. Currently, she has a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA F32 Award examining use of electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) use in youth with asthma.

Elise Stevens is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center. She earned her PhD in mass communication with focus on the psychological effects of health messages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work examines the cognitive, affective, and behavioral responses to messages about health. Currently, her current research focuses on how individuals cognitively and affectively process messages about tobacco products and marijuana.