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American Health Care: Facing the Challenges

2008 Idaho Conference on Health Care

Guest Speakers

Michael Dansinger

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Michael Dansinger
(Wednesday, October 22, 7:00-9:00 pm)

Presentation: “Beating Obesity: Mission Impossible?”

“Beating Obesity: Mission Impossible?” was created for the general public and healthcare professionals. Starting with a laugh-out-loud introduction acknowledging our love/hate relationship with unhealthy food, Dr. Dansinger discusses how and why the societal epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and related health problems have reached such desperate proportions. Can we reverse the trends? Dr. Dansinger provides some of the optimism and insight necessary for our society to conquer this “mission impossible,” and teaches the audience how individuals can rapidly reverse or prevent obesity and diabetes. Based on his inspirational work with NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” and his own Diabetes Reversal Clinic, he shares his principles of “strategic eating” and “accelerated weight loss” and demonstrates how some individuals on the show lose up to 100 pounds in 3 months, or even 200 pounds in under a year.
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Alvaro Fernandez

Alvaro Fernandez
Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains' co-founder and CEO, is a leading voice in the growing science-based brain fitness market... Alvaro has presented on cognitive neuroscience and brain health research trends at multiple neurotechnology, innovation, health, gaming and education conferences.
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Jaquelyn Gaines

Jaquelyn Gaines, M.S., B.S.N
In 2007, Jackie became President and CEO of Mercy Health Partners for Northeast Pennsylvania, where she had oversight for two hospitals and 15 other clinics and diagnostic centers. In a controversial move based on racial and sexist injustices, Jackie made a decision to step down after serving as Mercy’s President and CEO for only nine months. She has taken the time since then to write and publish her first book, “Believing You Can Fly,” which offers insight to her career journey in an attempt to inspire others to pursue their dreams against what may seem to be insurmountable odds.
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Ron Guyman

Ron Guymon, PhD
In the business sector he has served as Chief Operating Officer for a software testing and certification firm, and in senior leadership roles in marketing, communications and training for other firms, including the Standard Oil Company... Recently Ron teamed with Dr. Brian Wansink, author of the book Mindless Eating, who is interim Executive Director of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. They are now focusing on corporate solutions to counter the obesity pandemic and to mitigate skyrocketing health insurance premiums.
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Glen Hanson

Dr. Glen Hanson
He has worked closely with the State of Utah and Salt Lake County Divisions of Substance Abuse to develop substance abuse training for physicians, drug abuse workers and other health professionals. He also is a member of the Utah Governor’s Methamphetamine Task Force.
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Jim Kaput

Jim Kaput, PhD
Dr. Kaput was in a series of biotechnology companies (some of which he founded and managed) from 1998 through 2007. His most recent position was President and Chief Scientific Officer of NutraGenomics (Chicago, IL), a biotechnology company focusing on nutrient gene interactions that cause chronic diseases.
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Peter A. Lichtenberg

Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., ABPP
A clinician and researcher throughout his career Dr. Lichtenberg has made contributions to the practice of psychology across a variety of areas including in long term care, in medical rehabilitation with those suffering from late life depression, and age-related dementias. In 1997 he was awarded a Diplomate in Rehabilitation Psychology.
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Larry Murillo

Larry Murillo
Dr. Murillo holds a joint appointment in the Health and Nutrition Science Department and the Institute of Rural Health. Larry worked for three years at the Oregon Health and Science University and was associated with the One Sky Center. One of his accomplishments was to receive funding for a recently completed a two-year grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse Administration to study Native American Health Disparity.
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Adam Perlman

Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, FACP
Dr. Adam Perlman received his BA from Tufts University and MD from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine as well as a General Internal Medicine Research Fellowship at Boston Medical Center. In addition, he earned a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in biostatistics and epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health.
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Dr. Sharon Ross

Dr. Sharon Ross
Prior to joining the NCI, Dr. Ross worked at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At FDA, she was involved in scientific review and regulation development for health claim labeling. Before FDA, Dr. Ross was a Cancer Prevention Fellow (1993-1996) in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, NCI.
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Ann Eshenaur Spolarich

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich
Ann Eshenaur Spolarich is an internationally recognized author and speaker on pharmacology and the care of medically complex patients, and has given over 750 lectures at professional meetings and universities throughout the United States and in 5 foreign countries.
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Susan Starr Sered

Susan Starr Sered, PhD
Susan Starr Sered, PhD, serves on the faculty of the Department of Sociology at Suffolk University, where she co-founded and directs the Master of Arts in Women’s Health – the first program in the United States dedicated to training advocates, educators and policy analysts in the field of women’s health.
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Jay M. Wurscher

Jay M. Wurscher
Jay Wurscher is currently the Child Welfare Alcohol and Drug Services Coordinator for Oregon’s Department of Human Services. He works in the Children, Adults and Families Division, Office Safety and Permanency for Children in Salem, Oregon. Jay is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has been in the field of addiction treatment and prevention since 1982.
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Chris Wessells

Chris Wessells
Presentation: Selecting the Right Technology
Chris Wessells serves as the IT Director for TetriDyn Solutions, Inc. and is the contracted IT Director of Portneuf Medical Center. Chris leads a comprehensive team of support staff at all levels. Through his vision and planning, TetriDyn has created a five year IT strategic plan that aligns with the plans of companies with whom we partner.
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