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American Health Care: Facing the Challenges

2007 Idaho Conference on Health Care

Guest Speakers

Linda Boyd

Linda Boyd, RDH, RD, EdD
Dr. Boyd received her B.S. in Nutrition and Food Management from Oregon State University, MS in Nutrition Science and Policy from Tufts University, and doctorate in Educational Leadership at Portland State University. Prior to arriving at ISU she was on the faculty at Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry.
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Christopher Dimmick

Christopher Dimmick
Languages and cultures are of great interest to Christopher Dimmick.... At the request of local hospitals at the end of 2001, he researched medical interpreter training programs in Washington, California and Massachusetts and designed a training to meet the needs of hospitals in Idaho.
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Pamela Estes

Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H
Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H. is Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School (http://chge.med.harvard.edu), and has worked in medical, teaching and research capacities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 1993, Paul coordinated an eight-part series on Health and Climate Change for The Lancet. Paul has worked with the IPCC, the NAS, NOAA and NASA to assess the health impacts of climate change and develop health applications of climate forecasting and remote sensing.
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Pamela Estes

Pamela R. Estes, MS, RD, CD
Pam combines her knowledge of the science of food and nutrition with her knowledge of the feeding relationship and provides accurate, usable training in a variety of settings. Pam is described by audiences as a knowledgeable, down-to-earth presenter who can combine personal experiences with evidence-based research to give a message that is compelling, understandable and practical.
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Rosemary Gibson

Rosemary Gibson
The author of Wall of Silence, a book of narratives about patient and clinician experiences of medical error that puts a human face on the Institute of Medicine report, To Err is Human.
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Susan Shown Harjo

Susan Shown Harjo
A poet, writer, lecturer, curator and policy advocate, who has helped Native Peoples recover more than one million acres of land and numerous sacred places. She has developed key federal Indian law since 1975
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Tina Mladenka

Tina Mladenka, MSN, OGNP, RNC
Tina has been an RN for 23 years and a nurse practitioner for 13 years, providing reproductive, gynecologic and perinatal health care services to women. She graduated with a BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington and earned her MSN with a specialty as an Obstetrical and Gynecological Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
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Adam Perlman

Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, FACP
Adam Perlman received his BA from Tufts University and his MD from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed residencies in both internal medicine and preventive medicine at Boston Medical Center, as well as a general medicine research fellowship and Masters of Public Health with a concentration in biostatistics and epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health.
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Steve Pew

Steve Pew
Steven Pew graduated from Idaho State University with a B.S. in Ecology and an M.S. in Biology; thesis research in Forensic Entomology. He has been employed with Southeastern District Health Department as an Environmental Health Specialist since 1989 and currently serve as the Environmental Health Director for the District...
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Rick Pongratz

Rick Pongratz
A senior staff member at Idaho State University's Counseling and Testing Service. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University.
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Rameshsharma Ramloll

Rameshsharma Ramloll
Rameshsharma Ramloll holds degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India (BTech in Computer Science & Engineering, 1993) and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Lancaster, UK (PhD, 2000). His research interests include...
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Helen Stroebel

Helen Stroebel
Helen currently manages statewide healthcare quality improvement projects for Qualis Health. In that capacity, she coaches physician offices and hospitals to modify health care processes and adopt health information technology to improve patient outcomes. She is a Registered Nurse and has completed a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington with an emphasis in health data analytic skills.
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Leslie Tengelsen

Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, PhD, DVM
Dr. Tengelsen received her PhD in Microbiology from Oregon State University in 1991 and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 1996. Prior to coming to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Dr. Tengelsen worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studying mosquito-borne diseases such as eastern equine encephalitis in the eastern United States and West Nile virus in Romania.
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Michael Villaire

Michael Villaire (MSLM)
Director of Programs and Operations at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA). He worked as assistant director for communications with the Los Angeles County Medical Association and was managing editor of the LACMA Physician. From 1991 to 2000 he was with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses/InnoVision Communications, where he served as projects director and managing editor of three AACN publications. He has been with IHA since 2000.
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Deborah Klein Walker

Deborah Klein Walker, Ed.D.
President of the American Public Health Association and a Vice President in the Health Division of Abt Associates. Before joining Abt in 2004, Dr. Walker was at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for 15 years where she most recently was the Associate Commissioner for Programs and Prevention responsible for programs in maternal and child health, health promotion and disease prevention (including the tobacco control program), primary care and community health programs (including those for HIV/AIDS and substance abuse), minority health, data integration and information systems.
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Deborah Klein Walker

Mary M. Whitaker, Au.D., CCC-A.
Dr. Whitaker has been an audiologist for 21 years. Her areas of interest include pediatric audiology, educational audiology, electrophysiologic evaluation, early hearing detection and intervention and working with persons with hearing loss and their families.
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Ken Winters

Ken Winters
Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at the University of Minnesota... His primary research interests are the assessment, prevention and treatment of adolescent drug abuse.
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Janet Yassen

Janet Yassen
Has provided direct service, supervision and training about the issues of violence for over 30 years. She has consulted to various audiences locally, nationally and internationally.
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