Director, Aging in Place Initiative, United Hospital Fund
Fredda Vladeck directs the Aging in Place Initiative of the United Hospital Fund, which assists communities, organizations, and government in developing innovative support programs for seniors aging in place, with special emphasis on creating linkages between health care and aging services. Among her accomplishments, she was the founding director of the first comprehensive NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) Supportive Service Program. In addition, she has authored a number of publications, served on numerous professional committees, and chaired the Technical Assistance National Advisory Committee for the Administration on Aging’s national demonstration program on Community Innovations for Aging in Place.
Community Health and Nutrition Consultant, Feeding America
Kim Prendergast is a nonprofit director, dietitian, and consultant whose work is focused on assuring that all people have access to nutritious food and medical care. For more than a decade, Ms. Prendergast has worked with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, supporting the national nutrition strategy and expanding food bank chronic disease, community health, nutrition education and culinary training programs. She currently provides technical support to food banks in their efforts to create healthcare partnerships to address the dual challenges of food insecurity and chronic disease
Director of the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition
I am the Director of the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition. Our coalition functions as a part of the Williamson Health and Wellness, Center, Inc, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) located in Mingo County, West Virginia, a border county with Kentucky.
As Director of the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition, Jenny works with diverse partners to launch innovative and common sense solutions including a wellness tracker for individuals and communities, a prescription vegetable voucher system and service learning programs to improve the built environment. She has assisted with outreach efforts to engage churches, schools, families, local government, youth, veterans, health sector employees, businesses and farmers in Mingo County and surrounding communities.
Senior Director, Care Management Initiatives
Kelly Craig, MSW, supports the design, development, and expansion of our community-based care management program (Link2Care) involving multidisciplinary outreach teams. Kelly oversees the program’s objectives to improve healthcare access to medically and socially complex patients in Camden while also working to reduce health care costs. Previous work experience includes Prevention Point Philadelphia, where she was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of five medical clinics, which operated almost solely on volunteer labor.
She is committed to improving healthcare quality and accessibility for all individuals, especially vulnerable populations. Kelly’s academic background includes studies in addictions, health, and mental health with a community and policy focus. She received her master’s degree in social work from Temple University and undergraduate degree in social work from the University of Central Florida.
Project Leader, Duke Translational Research Institute and Senior Project Manager, Durham Diabetes Coalition Project
Lisa Pullen Davis, PhD, MSPH, serves as Senior Project Manager for the Durham Diabetes Coalition, an initiative supported by a grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation “Together on Diabetes” program and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Having received a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MSPH from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Pullen Davis is trained as a health behaviorist and has received several awards for her effectiveness in the field of public health.
With expertise in diabetes, community-based research, minority health, qualitative methods and training design and facilitation, Dr. Pullen Davis has trained multiple groups including, health care professionals, community members, and students, to use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Diabetes Today materials to develop diabetes coalitions in local communities across the United States. She has also acquired extensive experience through participation in A New DAWN study, a church-based diabetes study held at 24 sites across North Carolina, by serving as Principal Investigator for a secondary analysis evaluating the role of goal setting in promoting physical activity among African-American women with Type 2 diabetes. She has directed a multi-site randomized trial designed to prevent childhood obesity, piloted a program to address food insecurity among high risk patients living with diabetes, and collaborated with community partners to address various health issues.
Associate Pharmacy Director – Clinical Services, El Rio Community Health Center
Marisa Rowen, PharmD, CDE has worked with El Rio Community Health Center for 11 years as a clinical pharmacist, working under a collaborative practice agreement with prescriptive authority, managing diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia. Prior to this experience, she worked as a clinical staff pharmacist for cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery at a local teaching hospital and completed a PGY1 residency training program at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care Service. The educational experience gained through the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy significantly influenced Marisa’s desire to serve patients in an ambulatory setting with special needs and to help teach and precept future health care providers.