319 – Alzheimer’s – Patient & Caregiver
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Clinical Research Program Director of Nursing Research
Dr. Angela M. Allen has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Arizona State University College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, a Master of Education/Educational Specialists (EdS), a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse with a specialization in research. She serves as the Clinical Research Program Director of Nursing Research at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix, AZ and Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, AZ where she oversees planning and evaluation of clinical research-related assignments that support improved patient and caregiver outcomes, develops protocol for internally initiated studies, and cultivates collaborative relationships to increase research capabilities throughout the community.
Brittane Parker, M.D., is a board-certified Hospital Internal Medicine practitioner and the Associate Program Director for the Transitional Residency in Arizona. She formerly worked at the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix Campus and served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine.
Her clinical focus includes:
Managing complex acute and chronic conditions in the hospital setting
Collaborating with interdisciplinary and interprofessional colleagues to provide comprehensive and personalized care
Promoting health care maintenance, general well-being and resiliency
Discharge planning and coordinating care during transitions to the outpatient setting
In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Parker is dedicated to medical education and helping residents leverage their strengths to become exceptional leaders in health care. She is an active member of the Hospital Internal Medicine Quality and Patient Safety Committee working with students and colleagues on various projects to improve the care of Mayo Clinic patients.
Chiquita is responsible for all operations of FIBCO (Facilitating Independence Building Comprehensive Opportunities) which provides quality affordable housing, quality food and clothing distribution, and transition assistance for African immigrants settling into the Phoenix area. Additionally, FIBCO provides support services as needed for low-income underserved and marginalized members in the Phoenix metro community.
Prior to becoming FIBCO Executive Director in February 2020, Chiquita served on the FIBCO Board of Directors for three years as Chair of the Housing Committee and Board Secretary. Following her passion for service Chiquita has served in a variety of community service leadership roles including Community Support Executive Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine, Chief Operating Officer at the Editha House Foundation. Editha House provides affordable lodging for adult cancer patients and their adult caregivers traveling to Phoenix for medical treatment.
At the National Institutes of Health – Woodmont House (Washington DC metro), Chiquita managed a transitional housing program for patients and their families who were receiving treatment through clinical trials. She also served as Cooperative Services Manager at the Betty’s House National Center for Children and Families (DC metro area) where she helped start up and manage transitional housing programs for immigrant women and their children who were victims of domestic violence.
Chiquita is a member of the Phoenix Rotary 100 Satellite Club, while also serving on the Board of Leading Change working towards advancing social justice and progressive values in the community.
Chiquita is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Sciences in Public Health.
Dr. Christian Bime is an Associate Professor (tenured) of Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, Tucson. He joined the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep, and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine in 2013 after completing fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Dr. Bime has been with Banner UMC-Tucson for 8 years and has served as the medical director of Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) since 2016. In addition to his clinical and leadership duties, Dr. Bime has an active translational research program that investigates the genetic contribution to health disparities in critical care and novel therapies for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
Dr. Danielle M Gilliam, PharmD, MPH is a Senior Obesity Medical Liaison (ML) with Novo Nordisk Inc. (NNI) on the West Coast. As a ML, Dr Gilliam has thorough knowledge of obesity, diabetes and the science that supports NNI products within those disease states.
Dr Gilliam attended Xavier University in New Orleans for her undergraduate studies in Chemistry and the University of Illinois Chicago for her Doctorate in Pharmacy. Her 20 years in the field of diabetes includes clinical, research and industry experience. Dr Gilliam has over a decade of experience in the area of obesity. Dr Gilliam recently completed her Master’s in Public Health – Policy and Administration degree with a concentration in Health Disparities at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health. She is certified in diabetes education and medical writing and editing.
Dr. Gilliam has a strong commitment to her community. Dr Gilliam represents the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as the President of the Community Leadership Board Phoenix Chapter and as a member of Diversity Committee for the National ADA Chapter. Dr Gilliam is the NAACP Arizona State Conference Health Chair. She is a member of The Obesity Society, Endocrine Society, Obesity Medicine Association, American Pharmacy Association and Xavier University Alumni Association.
In 2013, Dr Gilliam was awarded the Lily Hines-Marbley Advocacy Award by the American Diabetes Association Phoenix Chapter and the Arizona State Conference NAACP Committee Chairperson Award in 2018. Dr Gilliam lives in Chandler, Arizona. She has two daughters: Jetaun is a senior studying biology/pre-medicine and Devin a sophomore studying social justice/pre-law both at her Alma Mata Xavier University. She enjoys jazz and red wine in her moments of solitude.
Edmond L. Baker Jr., M.D., is the current medical director for the Equality Care Center. His experience of working in rural and underserved health spaces brings a unique ideation of patient care to the team.
Dr. Baker took a nontraditional journey to medicine. After serving in the U.S. Army, he began a career at DuPont where he became the first African American account manager for automotive products. After 15 years, he left his corporate job to pursue his dream of medicine.
Dr. Baker received his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his medical doctorate from University of Michigan Medical School. He obtained his postgraduate training at University of Michigan, the Phoenix Integrated Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology Program and Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (formerly Lahey Clinic).
Dr. Baker is married and the father of three sons. He remains heavily involved in the African American community here in Phoenix.
Ernie is Executive Coach and President of Urquhart Consulting. He works with mid-late career professionals and executives in corporate and not-for profit organizations helping them develop their skills and competencies for 21st century leadership, and for life after career.
Ernie enjoyed a progressive and robust HR career with organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Exxon, and Dignity Health/Common Spirit where he was system Executive Vice President before he retired to Arizona with his wife Michelle Urquhart. His governance career includes serving as director officer at the Museum of the African Diaspora (SF), The Leverage Network (Chicago) Decision Resources (Mass.) and Holy Temple Church (Phila.). He chooses to be a busy retiree.
Ernie is proud co – Founder (2001), with Michelle, and serves as President of the Urquhart Memorial Foundation which annually awards scholarships to African American students from Philadelphia (his native town) attending Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities (he’s a Penn State alum).
José brings over 12 years of experience working with diverse clientele within the social service profession to his therapeutic practice. He is fluent in Spanish and English and enjoys working with clients of all ages who speak either language. As a clinician, José uses a holistic approach through different therapeutic modalities to serve each client’s individual needs.
Latrice Gettings is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, Podcast host of All Things Education, and founder and President of Purposeful Pathways Consulting Services (an educational consulting service with a vision of providing support, materials, and resources for all students to close the achievement gap and empower confident and creative individuals). As a diverse, experienced educator of twenty years, Latrice brings unique perspectives acquired from her upbringing in the inner-city of Chicago, IL, coupled with her continuous quest for teaching all populations of students. Using real-world examples infused with research and an evidence-based curriculum, Dr. Gettings inspires others to develop their purpose, build confidence, and believe in themselves.
Latrice has learned the value of setting goals, making clear plans, building relationships, and having resiliency as the first in her family to earn a doctorate in organizational leadership with an emphasis in special education. Latrice’s dedication, hard work, and determination to substantially impact education inspired her to obtain a BA and MA in early childhood education. Also, she received certificates in English as a Second Language (ELL) and gifted education and multiple awards and recognition for showing growth academically and having the highest scores in the district.
Earning a second master’s in educational administration and completing the doctoral program has proved an attitude and determination of providing a service to others. Latrice knows that education opens the path to understanding others’ views, perspectives, and beliefs. This outlook inspired her to teach, develop, and mentor students and teachers. She brings this commitment to education with her business as a consultant to empower others to achieve success.
My name is Myeisha Andrews and I am currently the Clinical Administrative Director of Banner MD Anderson located on the Banner University Campus. I have obtained all of my professional experience in nursing and administration at Banner Health, working as a patient care assistant, then as an inpatient nurse in Women & Infant Services and Women’s oncology followed by leadership roles as RN manager and Associate Director in outpatient oncology care. Pursuing nursing as a profession is hands down one of the best decisions I have ever made. I work daily as an advocate to deliver quality patient care and treating each patient with dignity and respect. I take pride in being a resilient, transformational leader who can cope and adapt to the constant evolution of healthcare while inspiring and motivating team members to innovate and create change positively impacting the future of their work.
301 – Racial Disparities in Heart Disease: Lesson learned from COVID -19
Paul Underwood, M.D, set out to become a general practitioner in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. He attended Mayo Clinic for medical school and ended up in Phoenix, Arizona, as an interventional cardiologist. After 25 years in private practice, he transitioned to the medical device industry. For the last nine years, he’s worked at Boston Scientific to develop cutting-edge technologies for interventional cardiologists around the world.
301 – Racial Disparities in Heart Disease: Lesson learned from COVID -19
System Director, Women’s Heart Health, Dignity Health, Arizona
Dr. Rachel Marie Bond is a board-certified attending cardiologist who has devoted her career to the treatment of heart disease through early detection, education and prevention.
Author of several review papers referencing sex and gender differences and cardiovascular conditions that predominantly affect women, along with opinion pieces aimed at addressing health equity, reducing health disparities and promoting the professional development of women and minorities in the health science profession; Dr. Bond has a passion for advocacy of education and mentorship and has advised as an expert source by news and media outlets. Her clinical interests include heart disease prevention, the non-invasive evaluation and treatment of heart disease, pregnancy related heart conditions and lipid disorders. Her research interests currently include the heart-mind connection and cardio-rheumatology.
Dr. Correa is a trained physician-scientist in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism with a focus on rare endocrine genetic conditions. Dr. Correa has experience working with undeserved communities and developing projects to improve prevention and care. Dr. Correa has expertise in conducting clinical research Cushing syndrome, Cushing disease, Healthcare disparities and genetics of rare endocrine conditions. Dr. Correa has been involved in multiple academic, scientific, and educational activities. Dr. Correa has published more than 55 papers in the peer review journals and is part of multiple scientific journal editorial committees.