May 22-26, 2006
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
         State College, PA
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                  Policies and Information                        3
                  Special Events                                  5
                  Schedule                                        6
                  Course Descriptions                             8
                  Trainer Biographies                             22
                  Registration Form                               35
                  Scholarship Application Form                    36
                  Directions                                      37

                          Spring 2006 Planning Committee

   Alice Grofebert, Chair                                Joanne Roth, Conference Coordinator
   Office of Public Health Preparedness                  Southcentral District Office

   Nate Altland                                          Patrick Hodge
   Office of Public Health Preparedness                  Southwest District Office

   Lindsay Mactavish                                     Christy Nemeth
   Office of Public Health Preparedness                  Southeast District Office

   Catherine Polachek                                    Keri-Ann Faley
   Northeast District Office                             Bureau of Health Planning

   Jayme Trogus                                          Tonya Welshans
   Bureau of Chronic Diseases and Injury Prevention      Northcentral District Office

   Whitney Werner
   Northwest District Office

                                   We’re on the Web!
                                          Visit us at:
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                                    Policies and Information


Registration is required, and is available online by visiting the Department’s website, Registration received after May 15, 2006 is on an “as available” basis. IF
YOU DO NOT ACCESS THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FEATURE, please print clearly or type your information
on the Registration Form in this brochure and submit to the address listed on the form. You may register for
the entire conference or any combination of days.

THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FEE FOR THE INSTITUTE. Lunch is provided for all participants who are
commuting to and from the event.

Registrants should call if it becomes necessary to cancel attendance at the conference. As all courses have
a capacity, this helps us determine course availability for late registrations.

The Department welcomes you to the Public Health Institute each day. Speakers will provide motivational
ideas for our audience during lunch, Monday through Thursday. It is not necessary to register for the
speaker lunch sessions.

Contact for more information: Ms. Joanne Roth, Public Health Educator, PA Department of
Health, Bureau of Community Health Systems, Southcentral District Office, at (717) 787-8092 or


If you are a person with a disability, and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to
participate, please contact Joanne Roth, Public Health Educator, at (717) 787-8092. If necessary, you may
reach Ms. Roth through TTY: 717-783-6514 or the PA AT&T Relay Service for persons with speech/hearing
impairments at 1-800-654-5984. Please include the needed accommodation on your Registration Form
under the section titled Special Accommodations.


Registrants who are not Department of Health employees and work outside a 50-mile radius of the Institute
may apply for a scholarship. Scholarships are for lodging and meal expenses. THERE IS NO

Complete and submit both the Scholarship Application and the Registration Form to Ms. Joanne Roth via fax
or email (see contact information below).

You will be notified of your scholarship award request after May 1, 2006.

Individuals who are awarded a scholarship and do not attend will not be eligible for scholarship
consideration for a year from the award.

Contact for more information: Ms. Joanne Roth, (717) 787-8092, Fax (717) 772-3151 or
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After one hour of the onset of classes, PHI committee staff reserves the right to fill spaces in all classes. In
the event of late arrival of more than one hour, please check to see if you are still registered in your chosen


The Public Health Institute (PHI) will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College,
PA. Participants are responsible for making their own reservations/cancellations. Reservations can be made
online at or by calling the Penn Stater at 1-800-233-7505. Identify yourself as a PA
Department of Health PHI participant when making your reservation. If you are a PA State employee,
presentation of a tax-exempt certificate will exempt you from collection of the 6 percent state sales tax. If
you do not have one, please come to the PHI desk, and we will provide you with a copy.

Lunch is included as part of your registration for those commuting to this event. If you are not a guest of
the hotel and desire to purchase breakfast and dinner tickets, come to the PHI registration desk for more


PHI committee staff is applying for Generally Recognized Continuing Education credits through Cabrini
College. Participants will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from Cabrini College that follow the
standards set for awarding CEUs at this continuing professional education program. Cabrini College abides
by the Guidelines for Continuing Education Unit Criteria to ensure quality education for the professionals
attending this Institute. Please register for these credits when you arrive at the event. You may call Nate
Altland, Public Health Educator, PA Department of Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness, at (717)
346-0640, for more information.

                                         Save the date!
                          Fall 2006 PPHA-PHI Joint Conference
                                   September 20-22, 2006
                                         Harrisburg, PA
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                                             Special Events
            Pennsylvania Preparedness Leadership Institute – Advanced Program
The Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and the University
of Pittsburgh’s Center for Public Health Preparedness jointly sponsor the Pennsylvania Preparedness
Leadership Institutes (PPLI). The PPLI Advanced Program is presented at the Spring and Fall Public Health
Institute events. This two and a half day leadership program is BY INVITATION ONLY for graduates of the
PPLI Basic Program. The PPLI Basic Program is offered in Western, Central, and Eastern Pennsylvania. The
purpose of the Basic and Advanced Programs is to facilitate development, delivery, and evaluation of
leadership education and training programs for public health and emergency preparedness workforce, i.e.
professionals in the disciplines of public and mental health, emergency medical services, emergency
management, hospitals and healthcare delivery, public safety, and state and local officials. There is no cost to
the PPLI scholars for either program, Basic or Advanced.

For more information, please contact Gerald Barron, Director, Pennsylvania Preparedness Leadership Institute
via email at

                    Applied HIV Epidemiology Track – Dr. Benjamin Muthambi
The Applied HIV Epidemiology Program provides specific training to HIV epidemiology and public health
support staff, Department of Health partners/contractors for program planning, development, implementation,
and evaluation purposes. This specialty track is offered at the Spring 2006 Public Health Institute event for
public health program planners, managers, and clinical service delivery partners of the Pennsylvania
Department of Health. The program is BY INVITATION ONLY.

For more information, please contact Dr. Benjamin Muthambi, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of
Epidemiology, at

   National Public Health Performance Standards: Tools to Manage Public Health System
                      Performance - Kick-Off Dinner, Tuesday May 23
This special evening event marks the commencement of a new statewide program the National Public Health
Performance Standards (NPHPS). The NPHPS is a program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and other national partners to assess the quality and performance of Pennsylvania’s public
health system.

The featured speaker is Laura B. Landrum. Ms. Landrum is the special projects director for the Illinois Public
Health Institute. The Institute is a multi-sectoral non-governmental organization working to improve the
Illinois public health system. In addition, Ms. Landrum works as a consultant to ASTHO (Association of State
and Territorial Health Officials) on state public health performance standards. Through her work with ASTHO,
Laura has worked extensively with states to implement the NPHPS. Ms. Landrum will be presenting on the
NPHPS program, providing illustrations from Illinois’ assessment and strategies to implement performance
management on a statewide level.

Dinner will be served to all PHI participants at this event. For more information, contact Keri-Ann Faley,
Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Health Planning, at or (717) 772-5298.

  16-25: Community Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (CA-MRSA)
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus is an increasing cause of infections outside health-care settings
including competitive sports, correctional facilities and daycare centers. Clinicians and other personnel
involved in the care of sports participants, incarcerated persons, and children should be aware of the
emergence of Community Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), as well as
recommendations for prevention and control strategies. The program is designed for professionals who treat
or supervise athletes, incarcerated persons, and day care center directors. Specifically, physicians, nurses,
athletic trainers, coaches, school health personnel, and correctional workers including health care providers
should attend this event. Trainers include Ebbing Lautenbach, MD, MPH and Jeffrey C. Hageman, MHS. This
continuing medical education course is co-directed by Nkuchia M. M'ikanatha, DrPH, MPH, and Wayne J.
Sebastianelli, MD. This program is BY INVITATION ONLY.

For more information, please contact Ms. Catherine Polachek, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Northeast
District Office, at or (570) 826-2062.
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                                                     Monday, May 22, 2006
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm            Opening Keynote and Lunch                                   Calvin B. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H.
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm             Workshops
2:30 pm to 2:45 pm             Afternoon Break
                       16-01   Applied HIV Epidemiology Track*
                       16-02   Basic Self Defense                                          Andrea Rudolph Minick
                       16-03   Advanced Low Health Literacy                                Tina Grace Sokalzuk/Lori Clark Robinson
                       16-04   Youth Suicide Prevention                                    Mary Margaret Kerr, Ed.D
                       16-05   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Ways to Deal      Robert Klein/Alan Glass, MSW, MS
                               with It
                       16-06   Binge Drinking                                              Maxim Furek
                       16-07   Cost Analysis for Health Programs                           Yasmin Dada-Jones, PhD, MPH, MSc

                                                     Tuesday, May 23, 2006
8:30 am to 4:30 pm             Full Day Courses
10:00 am to 10:15 am           Morning Break
                       16-08   Applied HIV Epidemiology Track*
                       16-09   Critical Demographic Issues in Rural Health                 Robert W. Smith, MD, MBA, FAAFP
                       16-10   The Dysfunctional Family                                    Maxim Furek
                       16-11   Applied Public Health Advocacy: Effective Health            Elliot Churchill
8:30 am to 11:30 am            Morning Workshops
                       16-12   Basic PowerPoint                                            Tim Pollock
                       16-13   Domestic Violence: Dynamics, Impact on Public Health, &     Christine Van Meter
11:45 am to 1:15 pm            Keynote and Lunch                                           Dr. Pat Cooper
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm             Afternoon Workshops
2:30 pm to 2:45 pm             Afternoon Break
                       16-14   Impact of Mental Health Illness on Physical Health          Mary Ann Polucci Sherman
                       16-15   Forensic Epidemiology: Joint Training for Law Enforcement   Special Agent Phil Smith, JD/Dr. Veronica
                               and Public Health Officials on Investigative Responses to   Urdaneta MD, MPH/Nancy Warren Ph.D/Molly
                               Bioterrorism (Continues 5/24, 8:30 am)                      Eggleston, MPH, CHES/Lt. James Fulmer

4:45 pm to 6:30 pm             Dinner and Speaker, Laura B. Landrum                        Public Health Performance Standards

                                                   Wednesday, May 24, 2006
8:30 am to 4:30 pm           Full Day Courses
10:00 am to 10:15 am         Morning Break
                       16-16 Applied HIV Epidemiology Track*
                       16-17 Modern Plagues – Emerging Antimicrobial-Resistant             Ebbing Lautenbach, MD, MPH, MSCE/Jeff
                             Pathogens in Community and Health Care Settings               Hageman/Felicia Lewis, MD/Nkuchia
                                                                                           M’ikanatha, DrPH, MPH
                       16-18 Speed Kills                                                   Maxim Furek
                       16-15 Forensic Epidemiology (Cont.)                                 Special Agent Phil Smith, JD/Dr. Veronica
                                                                                           Urdaneta MD, MPH/Nancy Warren Ph.D/Molly
                                                                                           Eggleston, MPH, CHES/Lt. James Fulmer

8:30 am to 11:30 am          Morning Workshops
                       16-19 The National Public Health Performance Standards              Ursula Phoenix Weir, MPH
                             Program (NPHPSP)
                       16-20 Geriatric Symptom Management and Palliative Care              Joseph B. Straton MD MSCE/Jennifer M.
                                                                                           Kapo, MD
                       16-21 Simple Solutions to Common Pool                               Tom Griffiths
11:45 am to 1:15 pm          Keynote and Lunch                                             Mark Fenton
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm           Afternoon Workshops
2:30 pm to 2:45 pm           Afternoon Break
                       16-22 Orientation to Emergency Preparedness Planning for            Joel H. Hersh
                             Animals in Disasters
                       16-23 Get Way More and Weigh Less with Fruits & Vegetables          Eleanor B. Pella

                       16-24 Finding Public Health Information on the Internet             Barbara L. Folb
4:30 pm to 8:00 pm           Evening Workshop by Invitation Only
                       16-25 Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant                      Ebbing Lautenbach, MD, MPH/Jeffrey C.
                             Staphhylococcus Aureus (CA-MRSA) BY INVITATION                Hageman, MHS

                                                                                                                        updated 4/06/06
                                         Spring 2006 Public Health Institute
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                                                   Thursday, May 25, 2006
8:30 am to 4:30 pm           Full Day Courses
10:00 am to 10:15 am         Morning Break
                       16-26 Applied HIV Epidemiology Track*
                       16-27 CDCynergy                                                 Barbara L. Folb/Shoshana R. Shelton
                       16-28 Packing and Shipping for Laboratories in the 21st Century Charles Cook/Jr-Peng Lan

                       16-29 Modern Plaques II – Emergence of Antimicrobial-Resistant Stacy Holzbauer, DVM, MPH/Daniel O. Morris,
                             Food Pathogens of Animal Origin                          DVM, DACVD/Stanley Reynolds/Nkuchia
                       16-30 Public Health Emergency Law                              Beth McAteer/John Bart, DO/Michelle Davis,
                                                                                      PhD/Grace Schuyler, Esq.
8:30 am to 11:30 am          Morning Workshops
                       16-31 Tuberculosis "The Global Time Bomb: The Most             Lee B. Reichman, MD, MPH
                             Misunderstood Diagnostic Test of All"
                       16-32 Sexual Assault as a Public Health Issue                  Joyce Lukima/Sally Laskey
                       16-33 Using Data for Injury Prevention                         Hank Weiss, PhD, MPH
11:45 am to 1:15 pm          Keynote and Lunch                                        Lee Rush
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm           Afternoon Workshops
2:30 pm to 2:45 pm           Afternoon Break
                       16-34 Grammar Refresher                                        Tim Pollock
                       16-35 Evaluation-What can you afford on a shoestring budget?   Susan Gallagher, MPH

                                                     Friday, May 26, 2006
8:30 am to 11:30 am            Workshops
10:00 am to 10:15 am           Morning Break
                       16-36   Applied HIV Epidemiology Track*
                       16-37   Data Based Management of Sports Concussion: Research   Micky Collins, Ph.D.
                               & Clinical Application
                       16-38   How the Medical Reserve Corps Strengthens a            Carla Holder
                               Community's Response in a Disaster
                       16-39   Problem Gambling: The Hidden Addiction                 Jim Pappas/Joanna Franklin MS. NCGC II
                       16-40   Diversity: A Vision for Understanding                  Patricia L. Gadsden
                       16-41   Basic Epi for the Non-Epidemiologist                   John H. Holmes, PhD/Dale D. Rohn, MPH

                                                   PHI Concludes at 12:30

*Applied HIV Epidemiology Track BY INVITATION ONLY.
Multi-day course
State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) - Sponsored Course

                                                                                                                   updated 4/06/06
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                            2006 Public Health Institute
                               Course Descriptions

                                  Monday May 22, 2006
                                 Monday, May 22, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
                                    16-02: Basic Self Defense
Trainer: Andrea Rudolph Minick
Audience: General

Learning Objectives:
1. Assess situation and surroundings.
2. Make choices and act with clarity.
3. Commitment to the choice of either removing self from situation or carry out basic self-defense.
Participants will learn basic self-defense techniques, both physical and mental, through
mindfulness/meditation, warm-up exercises, awareness and basic defense training. We will discuss
and learn how to avoid placing oneself in dangerous or harmful situations and how to defend ourselves
when confronted with a threatening situation. Learning to focus the mind and the breath through
movement and breathing techniques to give participants a sense of greater awareness, confidence, and
control. Wear loose, comfortable clothing please.

                               Monday, May 22, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
                              16-03: Advanced Low Health Literacy
Trainer: Tina Grace Sokalzuk & Lori Clark Robinson
Audience: All Health Professionals/General

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the at-risk population and multicultural barriers associated with health disparities.
2. Implement effective verbal and non-verbal health communication mechanisms.
3. Design health education programs and materials in a manner appropriate to serve the needs of all
Components include: What you say might not be heard. What you know, might not matter. What you
teach, might not be understood…because 93 million Americans suffer from low health literacy. Join us
as we move beyond the basics of health literacy. Join us as we now move to turn innovative research
into innovative practice.
Components include:
- Dx: Low Health Literacy, a synopsis of the issue.
- Breaking News: Up-to-the-Minute HL News, a look at the latest in research methodologies & findings
as related to health literacy.
- Clear the Way for Health Communications, a comparison of positive and negative verbal & written
health lectures, literature, and techniques.
- Cultural Preparedness, the impact of cultural influence on health behaviors, attitudes, and
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                               Monday, May 22, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
                                16-04: Youth Suicide Prevention
Trainer: Mary Margaret Kerr, Ed.D.
Audience: General

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify suicide risk factors for children and adolescents.
2. Identify some of the implications of these risk factors for those working directly with youth.
3. Describes steps to take when confronted with a suicidal youth.
4. Describe best practices in community-wide youth suicide prevention.
This workshop will provide current information on risk factors for youth suicide and depression and
offer suggestions on how to assist a suicidal young person. Participants will receive handouts for use in
their settings.

                               Monday, May 22, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
           16-05: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Ways to Deal with It
Trainer: Robert Klein and Alan Glass, MSW, MS
Audience: Crisis workers, Health Care Professionals, First Responders

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify 3 signs of PTSD.
2. Participants will be able to list 3 ways to address the initial symptoms of PTSD.
3. Participants will be able to differentiate between transient stress reactions and PTSD.
This workshop will be both didactic and experiential. The participants will learn to identify the signs
and symptoms of PTSD and strategies for intervening with victims of trauma and those who may be
more likely to suffer from PTSD at a later time. The participants will have an opportunity, through the
use of simulations and role-playing, to practice with supervision the empathy and skills needed to deal
with PTSD.

                                Monday, May 22, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
                                     16-06: Binge Drinking
Trainer: Maxim W. Furek
Audience: General

Learning Objectives:
1. List the possible dangers of binge drinking including adverse health effects.
2. Identify socio-cultural variables helping to promote the incidence of binge drinking.
3. Discuss methods of addressing and reforming “the culture of binge drinking."
Acute intoxication from ingesting large amounts of alcohol is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and is
a common practice across American college campuses. Binge Drinking: How to Reduce the Risk will
investigate the widespread phenomena of campus binge drinking and the inherent dangers.
Demographics, marketing strategies, and cultural trends will be explored. Focus will be placed on
pragmatic methods of addressing and reforming the culture of binge drinking.
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                              Monday, May 22, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
                          16-07: Cost Analysis for Health Programs
Trainer: Yasmin Dada-Jones, PhD, MPH, MSc
Audience: Program Managers in the Department of Health/General

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify elements of a cost analysis.
2. Describe a monitoring and evaluation framework that will allow cost analysis.
3. Calculate program costs and identify program outcomes.
Participants will learn about economic evaluation, cost analysis, and how public health professionals
can use cost analysis effectively. Also discussed will be defining the problem to be studied, adopting a
research strategy, and outcome measures to be used. Participants will learn how to develop a cost
inventory, measuring resource use (direct, indirect and intangible costs), and assigning a monetary
value to resources both market and non-market. Additional information on adjusting costs, such as
discounting, deflating and depreciating; calculating total, average, and marginal costs; and how to use
total, average, and marginal costs to assess efficiency of programs will be discussed. A case study
example will be provided.

                                  Tuesday May 23, 2006
                               Tuesday, May 23, 8:30am - 4:30pm
                      16-09: Critical Demographic Issues in Rural Health
Trainer: Robert W. Smith, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Audience: Rural Health Physicians, Nurses, Clinic Administrators, and Public Health Officials

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify newly developing barriers to physician recruitment in rural communities.
2. Experience reframing the environment of rural practice in order to recruit physicians.
3. Apply creative thinking methodologies to technological development proposals.
An overview will be provided of the changing demographics and culture of health care education and
training, particularly that of physicians. The medical ecology model of care will be presented and
discussed as a method of understanding the impending manpower crisis that looms in front of us. In
order to craft images that conform to the expectations of medical students and residents, rural clinics
and communities will need to employ methods of “reframing” situations to meet income needs,
practice technology expectations, and family situations. Mounting educational debts, dependence on
technology, and demands for quality call into question continuation of past methodologies of directing
physicians and other health care providers into rural communities. We will employ a variety of practice
techniques with small groups, including lateral thinking exercises, engagement in shared problem
solving, and organizational development models of creative solution seeking. Didactic material will be
interspersed with case “challenges” that will require participant action and involvement in order to
solve. Models of experience, and practice in groups, should allow participants to lead similar work
teams with those outside of the public health and medical community in order to achieve consensus
and success in meeting their physician staffing needs in the future.
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                                Tuesday, May 23, 8:30am - 4:30pm
                                 16-10: The Dysfunctional Family
Trainer: Maxim W. Furek
Audience: General

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the rules that exist within the healthy family unit as opposed to those that are found in a
dysfunctional family.
2. Discuss basics of The Iceberg Theory and The Empty Cup Theory as they pertain to human behavior
and development.
3. Discuss specific roles (and their purpose) that are found within the dysfunctional family unit.
Shame and the Dysfunctional Family will focus on the incidence of shame as an important variable
within the dysfunctional family structure. Data from numerous researchers, including Black, Bradshaw,
Burney, Erikson, Friel, Kaufman, and Miller will be utilized to develop a comprehensive perspective on
this topic. Treatment and healing from shame will also be discussed.

                            Tuesday, May 23, 8:30am - 4:30pm
          16-11: Applied Public Health Advocacy: Effective Health Communications
Trainer: Elliott Churchill
Audience: General

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand that communications is an interactive process in which both information and meaning
are shared, and in which listening is an important component.
2. To explain and characterize the most effective approaches needed to prepare material for the
primary purpose of persuading versus informing and to be able to use the three types of persuasive
proofs (logos, pathos, and ethos) in such presentations.
3. Describe the basic steps in dealing effectively with the communications aspects of an emergency
situation in a public health setting.
This workshop is designed as a combination of didactic and interactive classroom sessions that
represent approximately 6 contact hours of in-class instruction, problem solving, and practical
applications. The material for the workshop is tailored for use in state and local health departments,
as well as in graduate programs that lead to academic certification in scientific communications.
Topics covered may include the following:
• determining the appropriate target audience for a presentation and analyzing the characteristics of
that audience;
• understanding how to vary tone, level of language, organization, and other structural and stylistic
characteristics of the presentation in order to make it more appropriate for different audiences;
• becoming acquainted with the different types of informational products for end users of data;
• creating effective visual aids for written and oral public health presentations;
• understanding how public health, management, and communications can affect public health
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                                Tuesday, May 23, 8:30am - 11:30am
                                     16-12: Basic PowerPoint
Trainer: Tim Pollock
Audience: Individuals who have had little or no prior instruction in PowerPoint and need to create
PowerPoint presentations as part of their job duties.

Learning Objectives:
1. Navigate PowerPoint 2002 pull-down menus, views, and windows.
2. Use a design template, create and edit slides with text, bullets, images, and animation.
3. Print a presentation, including slides and handouts.
This workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of using PowerPoint 2002. Participants
will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to create and present an effective PowerPoint
presentation. The features of PowerPoint 2002 will be demonstrated.

                             Tuesday, May 23, 8:30am - 11:30am
         16-13: Domestic Violence: Dynamics, Impact on Public Health, & Strategies
Trainer: Christine Van Meter
Audience: Drug & Alcohol Counselors, Public Health Professionals, and General

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify domestic violence as a major public health issue.
2. Describe what is experienced by victims and their children who live with domestic violence.
3. Identify strategies to assist victims and their children within the health professionals’ role.
This workshop will assist professionals and care providers in understanding the issue of domestic
violence and its impact on victims and their children. We will then explore the impact of domestic
violence on public health and discuss strategies for intervention by public health and other
                                   Tuesday, May 23, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
                         16-14: Impact of Mental Illness on Physical Health
Trainer: Mary Ann Polucci Sherman
Audience: Public Health Professionals

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify symptoms of mental illness that require treatment.
2. Distinguish the differences of mental illness and physical illness.
3. Understand the co-morbidity of mental and physical illnesses.
Participants will engage in learning, via discussion and lecture, about the concert that mental illness
and physical illness share through out the life span. Active participation and sharing will be welcomed
from all participants.
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                               Tuesday, May 23, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
                              Wednesday, May 24, 8:30am - 4:30pm
    16-15: Forensic Epidemiology: Joint Training for Law Enforcement and Public Health
            Officials on Investigative Responses to Bioterrorism (Multi-day course)
Trainers: Special Agent Phil Smith, JD; Dr. Veronica Urdaneta MD, MPH; Nancy Warren Ph.D; Molly
Eggleston, MPH, CHES; and Lieutenant James Fulmer
Audience: Public Health Professionals, Law Enforcement, Legal Community, and Judiciary

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the similarities and differences in public health and law
enforcement investigative goals and methods.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of controlling laws, legal issues surrounding the issue of
bioterrorism, and sources of authorities for actions.
3. Describe specimen collection and establishment of chain of custody of evidence.
4. Determine jurisdictional lead responsibilities.
5. Communicate and share information between law enforcement and public health.
The course spans a spectrum of issues that would arise for law enforcement and public health in
response to a biological crime. In addition to enhancing or expanding one’s understanding of relevant
laws, approaches, and procedures, the training is designed to increase participant’s familiarity with
their law enforcement and public health counterparts in their respective jurisdictions. The training
emphasizes peer teaching to create the capacity for sustainable, additional training. Following
presentations addressing issues of concern to both public health and law enforcement departments
confronted with possible bioterrorism events, attendees from the same general geopolitical regions will
participate in tabletop exercises drawn from actual incidents.

                               Wednesday May 24, 2006
                              Wednesday, May 24, 8:30am - 4:30pm
  16-17: Modern Plagues – Emerging Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens in Community and
                                          Health Care Settings
Trainers: Ebbing Lautenbach, MD, MPH, MSCE; Jeff Hageman; Felicia Lewis, MD; Nkuchia M’ikanatha,
Audience: Public Health Officials, Clinicians, Nurses, Laboratorians

Learning Objectives:
1. Summarize epidemiology of MRSA in the community.
2. Describe control strategies or interventions that can be implemented to stop the spread of MRSA
during outbreaks.
3. Outline strategies to prevent MRSA infections in community settings.
This course will focus on emergence of antimicrobial-resistant bacterial pathogens in the community
and healthcare settings. Dr. Lautenbach will discuss emergence of antimicrobial resistance pathogens
in healthcare settings including fluoroquinolone resistance and extended-spectrum beta-lactamase
(ESBL)-mediated resistance among Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Dr. Lewis will describe
a recent investigation into the emergence of Clostridium difficile in the community setting, including
the Philadelphia area. Mr. Hageman will describe recent investigations of community associated
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (CA-MRSA) including Methamphetamine use as newly
recognized risk factor for CA-MRSA. Finally, Dr. M’ikanatha will review findings of a recent study on
media reports following publication of scientific articles on CA-MRSA. Presenters will engage the
audience in discussions without assumption of previous background.
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                             Wednesday, May 24, 8:30am - 4:30pm
                                     16-18: Speed Kills
Trainer: Maxim W. Furek
Audience: Drug & Alcohol and Public Health Professionals/General

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the substances that are included in the Stimulant category and compare them and their
effects to methamphetamine.
2. List the social, economic and physiological dangers associated with the manufacture and use of
3. Explore various treatment/prevention strategies including law enforcement efforts.
Speed Kills: The Methamphetamine Plague will attempt to explain why law enforcement officials have
called methamphetamine "the most dangerous drug in America.” This seminar will investigate the
stimulant category, and its powerful effects. Statistics, background data, culture, negative
consequences, and treatment options will also be explored in this multi-media presentation.

                            Wednesday, May 24, 8:30am - 11:30am
          16-19: National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP)
Trainer: Ursula Phoenix Weir, MPH
Audience: General

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the various approaches for structuring the National Public Health Performance Standards
2. Identify the benefits of using the NPHPSP.
3. Identify technical assistance resources of national partner organizations.
The National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) is a collaborative effort to
enhance the Nation’s public health systems. Seven national public health organizations have partnered
to develop national performance standards for state and local public health systems, based on the
framework of the ten essential public health services. Numerous state public health systems, local
public health systems, and boards of health have used the national standards since the launch of the
NPHPSP in 2002. Many others are engaged in discussions for planning to implement the national
standards in the future. This workshop will provide an overview of the structure of the NPHPSP, the
benefits of using the NPHPSP, and available training opportunities.

                            Wednesday, May 24, 8:30am - 11:30am
                  16-20: Geriatric Symptom Management and Palliative Care
Trainer: Joseph B. Straton MD MSCE; Jennifer M. Kapo, MD
Audience: General

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize and assess pain and other distressing symptoms.
2. Prescribe appropriate and effective treatments for pain and non-pain symptoms.
3. Efficiently measure symptom-related outcomes.
Pain and other distressing symptoms commonly affect older adults suffering from chronic illness such
as cancer, emphysema, and heart failure. Such symptoms dramatically limit patients’ quality of life
and limit functional ability, often leading to increased physical and emotional morbidity. This
presentation on Geriatric Symptom Management and Palliative Care will equip the participants with the
skills necessary both to recognize, assess and treat the distressing symptoms associated with chronic
illness among older adults and to efficiently measure the outcomes of the chosen interventions.
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                             Wednesday, May 24, 8:30am - 11:30am
                             16-21: Simple Solutions to Common Pool
Trainer: Tom Griffiths
Audience: Public Health Professionals

Learning Objectives:
1. Predict pool problems given the color of pool water.
2. Explain three myths of pool chlorination.
3. List three treatments for algae.
Cloudy Pool Water? Colored Pool Water? Smelly Pool Water???
Come and learn the causes, symptoms, treatments, and preventions of the most common and
annoying pool problems that often arise at pools at the worst possible times.

                            Wednesday, May 24, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
      16-22: Orientation to Emergency Preparedness Planning for Animals in Disasters
Trainer: Joel H. Hersh
Audience: Anyone involved in Emergency Preparedness

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the need for animal disaster planning.
2. Describe the elements of an “animal disaster plan.”
3. Describe the importance of a “one medicine approach” to disaster planning.
The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PASART) orientation exposes participants to the
concept of county based volunteer animal response teams; the reasons they are needed; the gap that
they would fill in each of PA’s 67 counties; and the impact that they can have on the “public’s health.”

                            Wednesday, May 24, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
                16-23: Get Way More and Weigh Less with Fruits & Vegetables
Trainer: Eleanor B. Pella
Audience: Teachers, Health Promotion Practitioners, Community Health Educators, RN’s

Learning Objectives:
1. Name a phytochemical from every color group and state its health benefit.
2. Explain the meaning of volumetric and give an example of current research findings.
3. Explain three ways to increase the volume of a meal without increasing calories.
4. Discuss dietary guidelines and recommendations for plant foods and fiber.
What you can’t see in fruits and vegetables will help you in obtaining optimal health and weight
management. Plant chemicals (phytochemicals) play an important role in protecting us against chronic
disease. Plant foods contain fiber which slows digestion, delays hunger, and provides a sense of
fullness. This workshop will focus on how plant food benefits overall health and assists in sustainable
weight management.
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                             Wednesday, May 24, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
                   16-24: Finding Public Health Information on the Internet
Trainer: Barbara L. Folb
Audience: Public Health Professionals

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the differences between single search engines, meta search engines, and directories.
2. Use basic and advanced search features of major search engines.
3. Identify and use the major public health portals on the Internet.
4. Evaluate the content quality of an Internet site.
5. Continue to build skills after class.
This class covers finding and using public health information resources on the Internet. While the
examples draw from population based health questions, the searching principles are useful for all areas
of health care and health administration. Topics covered will include picking a starting point, creating
a search strategy and modifying it based on search results, and identifying resources not indexed by
search engine.

                                 Thursday May 25, 2006
                              Thursday, May 25, 8:30am - 4:30pm
                                       16-27: CDCynergy
Trainer: Barbara L. Folb and Shoshana R. Shelton
Audience: Health Educators, General

Learning Objectives:
1. Navigate the CDCynergy software and information resources effectively.
2. Use CDCynergy to develop a health communication plan.
3. Integrate health communication plan evaluation activities into the six phases of CDCynergy.
CDCynergy is an innovative multimedia-based communication-planning tool, delivered via CD-ROM,
intended to systematically train public health professionals in designing health interventions within a
public health framework. This planning tool is appropriate for public health professionals working in
virtually every niche of public health, in both domestic and international settings, including schools,
universities, medical/managed care settings, corporations, voluntary health agencies, international
organizations, and federal, state and local government. The CDCynergy curriculum includes a template
for creating a health communication plan, examples of real public health interventions, a glossary of
health communication terminology, and hundreds of resources useful for developing and evaluating
health intervention and communication plans. In addition to instructing participants on installing and
navigating the CDCynergy CD-ROM, the workshop will provide an overview of the health
communication content and allow participants to use the multi-media resources available in the CD-
ROM to gain practice using the tool. This CDCynergy training is highly interactive and presented in a
multi-media format that is both educational and engaging. Each workshop participant receives an
individual copy of the CDCynergy CD-ROM.
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                              Thursday, May 25, 8:30am - 4:30pm
               16-28: Packing and Shipping for Laboratories in the 21st Century
Trainer: Charles Cook and Jr-Peng Lan (Vincent)
Audience: Laboratorians, Safety Personnel, Central Receiving Personnel

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how to properly package and ship infectious specimens.
2. Understand how to protect the health and safety of the general public.
3. Prevent adverse publicity by avoiding a leak.
4. Prevent costly fines and penalties.
Complicated rules and regulations concerning proper packaging and shipping of specimens will be

                               Thursday, May 25, 8:30am - 4:30pm
 16-29: Modern Plaques II-Emergence of Antimicrobial-Resistant Food Pathogens of Animal
Trainer: Stacy Holzbauer, DVM, MPH; Daniel O. Morris, DVM, DACVD; Stanley Reynolds; Nkuchia
M’ikanatha, DrPH, MPH
Audience: Public Health Officials, Clinicians, Laboratorians, and Veterinarians

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the role of food animals in enteric infections including antimicrobial resistant infections.
2. Describe the national surveillance for food borne pathogens.
3. Participate in and discuss a basic zoonotic disease outbreak scenario.
This course is designed to expose the participants to the many zoonotic agents that can cause disease
in humans. Dr. M’ikanatha will introduce the factors that are driving the emerging zoonotic diseases.
Dr. Holzbauer will discuss the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) which
tracks antimicrobial resistance in food borne pathogens and will highlight several recent outbreaks of
antimicrobial resistant enteric bacteria. Dr. Morris will focus on zoonotic diseases from are commonly
associated with dermatologic conditions including dermatophytosis and CA-MRSA and will explain the
how the public can protect themselves. Finally, the participants will get a chance to put their new
found knowledge to use by walking through a zoonotic disease outbreak scenario. Moreover,
presenters will engage the audience in discussions without assumption of previous background.
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                              Thursday, May 25, 8:30am - 4:30pm
                              16-30: Public Health Emergency Law
Trainers: Beth McAteer, John Bart, DO; Michelle Davis, PhD; Grace Schuyler, Esq.
Audience: Public Health Professionals, First Responders, Emergency Services, and Emergency

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the basic concepts of public health law.
2. Explain detecting and declaring emergencies.
3. Explain the protection of people, management of property, and mobilizing professional resources.
The primary focus of this training is to strengthen the capacity of public health, emergency
management, first responders, and other officials in state and local government to plan for and
respond to public health emergencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
developed this course to assist in strengthening the capacities of those involved in public health
emergency response by enhancing knowledge and understanding of the legal basis for public health
emergency management and decision making.

                             Thursday, May 25, 8:30am - 11:30am
 16-31: Tuberculosis: The Global Time Bomb/The Most Misunderstood Diagnostic Test of All
Trainer: Lee B. Reichman, MD., MPH
Audience: Health Care Professionals

Learning Objectives:
1. Define and understand the DOTS Strategy of the World Health Organization.
2. Understand the pathogenesis of Multiple Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.
3. Understand the contribution of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection on Tuberculosis
Infection and Disease.
4. Define the most important ingredient of global TB control.
5. Understand the role and limitations of the Mantoux Tuberculosis Test.
6. Recognize the Epidemiology of Latent Tuberculosis Infection.
7. Understand treatment for Latent Tuberculosis Infection and its indications and limitations.
Tuberculosis is a worldwide killer. Even though it can be prevented, treated and cured, each year nine
million will develop tuberculosis disease and two million people will die. Two billion people, or one-third
of the world’s population, have latent TB infection, and 10 percent of them will develop active disease
in their lifetimes. These talks will focus on the worldwide epidemic of TB and strategies being launched
to combat the epidemic, as well as discuss the latest techniques for diagnosis of latent TB infection.

                             Thursday, May 25, 8:30am - 11:30am
                        16-32: Sexual Assault as a Public Health Issue
Trainer: Joyce Lukima and Sally Laskey
Audience: General

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the magnitude of sexual violence.
2. Identify risk and protection factors for sexual violence.
3. Build skills in developing comprehensive strategies for ending sexual violence.
Workshop will be interactive and provide the audience with information on the prevalence of sexual
violence as well as provide an opportunity to explore opportunities to assist in the prevention of sexual
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                              Thursday, May 25, 8:30am - 11:30am
                             16-33: Using Data for Injury Prevention
Trainer: Hank Weiss, PhD, MPH
Audience: Local Health Officials and Injury Prevention Advocates

Learning Objectives:
1. Define available injury-related databases and identify their strengths and weaknesses.
2. Explain why data is collected and how data is used for injury prevention.
3. Identify good models of online injury data access and how to use them for local programs.
4. Understand ways to better present data to different audiences.
This presentation reviews the strengths and weaknesses of state and local data sources for injury
including the most important among the 11 data sets in the consensus recommendations for injury
surveillance in State health agencies. The presentation provides an approach to assess the strengths
and limitations of existing injury data sources and will go over many examples of how to communicate
and disseminate the results of data analysis. Examples using Pennsylvania data, other model state
data sources, and national databases will be explored online. This workshop does not require advanced
statistical or computerized data handling techniques.

                               Thursday, May 25, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
                                   16-34: Grammar Refresher
Trainer: Tim Pollock
Audience: Professionals who regularly author or edit correspondence, reports, emails, and other
pieces of writing.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the most common grammatical errors.
2. Use correct grammar in their writing.
3. Use correct punctuation in their writing.
This workshop will focus on the most common grammatical mistakes in writing—the Grammatical
Nightmares. Participants will have an opportunity to refresh their memories on essential grammatical
rules, as well as applying these rules in a number of exercises. Additionally, we will discuss and
practice using a variety of punctuation—everything from the comma to the semicolon!

                              Thursday, May 25, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
               16-35: Evaluation-What can you afford on a shoestring budget?
Trainer: Susan Gallagher, MPH
Audience: Health Educators, Program Implementers and Developers at the local and state levels

Learning Objectives:
1. List the steps in evaluation.
2. Select evaluation methods that match available resources.
3. Assess educational materials for a targeted audience.
4. Explain how to address human studies issues when conducting an evaluation.
This session will provide an overview of types of evaluation, steps in the evaluation process, and data
collection methods with specific examples from injury and violence prevention. Participants will have
the opportunity to practice both the development and evaluation of educational materials as one
element of a public health program. The focus will be on formative and process evaluation. There will
also be a second small group exercise on developing an evaluation plan according to your budget
($5,000 vs $50,000) How to address human studies issues when conducting evaluation will be included
in this workshop.
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                                    Friday May 26, 2006
                                 Friday, May 26, 8:30am - 11:30am
   16-37: Data Based Management of Sports Concussion: Research and Clinical Application
Trainer: Micky Collins, Ph.D.
Audience: Physicians (sports medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, primary care, pediatrician), Athletic
Trainers, School Administrators, Athletic Directors, Nurses

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the pathophysiology and signs/symptoms of sports concussion.
2. Understand the application of ImPACT and neurocognitive testing to proper sports concussion
3. Understand proper management and international return to play criteria following concussion in
This presentation is designed to discuss the pathophysiology of concussion and early recognition
signs/symptoms of injury, discuss the benefits of an individualized, data-driven approach to concussion
management rather than use of a “grading system” approach, discuss the utility of computerized
neuropsychological testing to help facilitate safe return to play decisions, discuss new research findings
examining recovery from concussion in high school athletes (e.g. recovery rates, role of exertion in
recovery, cumulative effects of injury, etc.), and discuss overall implications of these data to the
general clinical practice of the clinician.

                               Friday, May 26, 8:30am - 11:30am
 16-38: How the Medical Reserve Corps Strengthens a Community’s Response in a Disaster
Trainer: Carla Holder
Audience: Medical Public Health Professionals

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the role local MRC Units play in ensuring community health and public safety.
2. Describe accounts of MRC participation in the hurricane response and other relief efforts.
3. Explain how the MRC can be integrated within the PA ESAR-VHP system.
The presentation will consist of a panel, including Dr. John Bart, PA Department of Health Public Health
Physician, and several MRC Coordinators. It will discuss the multifaceted roles the MRC plays within
the community. The MRC is housed in the Office of the Surgeon General. The MRC serves as
ambassadors to the Surgeon General to fulfill his three public health priorities: 1) disease prevention,
2) elimination of health disparities, and 3) emergency preparedness. Additional components such as
MRC/ESAR-VHP integration and MRC relief response will be addressed.
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                               Friday, May 26, 8:30am - 11:30am
                       16-39: Problem Gambling: The Hidden Addiction
Trainer: Jim Pappas & Joanna Franklin MS NCGC II
Audience: RN’s and Public Health Practitioners

Learning Objectives:
1. Define problem & pathological gambling DSMIU.
2. List warning signs & local resources.
3. Ability to screen for gambling disorders among treatment populations.
Participants will learn the DSMIU definition and criteria for pathological gambling. We will help
participants learn how to use the South Oaks Gambling Screen with treatment populations and be sure
they can list the state helpline number and refer to G.A., GamAnon, and treatment options.

                               Friday, May 26, 8:30am - 11:30am
                           16-40: Diversity: A Vision for Understanding
Trainer: Patricia L. Gadsden
Audience: General

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand various cultural definitions and/or concepts.
2. Understand the difference between primary and secondary dimensions of culture.
3. Understand characteristics of culture.
4. Articulate points to remember about culture.
Our increasing diverse society is reflected in growing workforce diversity. Employees need help in
assessing their behavior towards people who are different from themselves. They need to know how
cultural and ethnic differences may affect the delivery of services. They must understand the benefits
of changing negative attitudes and resistance into appreciation and cooperation.

                              Friday, May 26, 8:30am - 11:30am
                          16-41: Basic Epi for the Non-Epidemiologist
Trainer: John H. Holmes, PhD and Dale D. Rohn, M.P.H.
Audience: Those working in public health who have no training or substantial experience in

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand basic principles of epidemiologic investigation.
2. Calculate basic epidemiologic measures such as rates and proportions.
3. Understand how epidemiologic principles are used in evaluating public health programs.
This course is intended for those working in public health but without training in epidemiology. After a
brief discussion of the history of epidemiology, basic principles of epidemic and epidemiologic
investigation will be presented and discussed, including targeting and sampling populations, study
design, data collection, analytic methods, and results dissemination. The first half of the class is
primarily didactic, while the second half will focus on working through several examples of importance
to public health today. Attendees are asked to bring a simple calculator to class. No prior experience
in epidemiology or vital statistics is required, and the in-class exercises will be limited to simple
arithmetic calculations as well as “thinking exercises” to help attendees develop an appreciation for
how the principles of epidemiology can be applied to public health practice.
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                              2006 Public Health Institute
                                 Trainer Biographies

John Bart, DO
Dr. John Bart is a public health physician for the Pennsylvania Department of Health in the Bureau of
Community Health Systems. He provides medical consultation, medical direction, and clinical service
standards for all programs and clinics conducted by the Bureau of Community Health Systems within
the areas of communicable disease, family health, school health, environmental health, and public
health preparedness. In addition, Dr. Bart serves as the Department of Health’s liaison for the Medical
Reserve Corps units in Pennsylvania.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree at the University of Scranton, Dr. Bart earned his medical degree
at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in
family practice at the Wyoming Valley Family Practice in Kingston, PA. As chief resident, Dr. Bart
received the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Award for resident teaching. Board certified by
the American Board of Family Practice, Dr. Bart is also the school physician for the East Stroudsburg
Area School District in East Stroudsburg, PA.

Dr. Bart serves on the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Commission on Public Health and the
Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians’ Healthcare Policy Commission. His memberships include
the: American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians
(PAFP), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association
(POMA), and the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PMS).

Elliott Churchill
For the last 20 years, Elliott has spent most of her time consulting in ministries of health and training
approximately 2,500 public health staff in 93 countries in various CDC-sponsored programs. Currently,
her primary areas of interest are communications strategies for public health in the absence of
sophisticated technology and the creation of interactive communications networks that include public
officials, the general public, public health staff, and representatives of the mass media.

Micky Collins, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael (Micky) Collins, a nationally renowned sports concussion clinician and researcher, joined
the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program as assistant director when the program was established
in September 2000, under the direction of Dr. Mark Lovell.

In 1999, Dr. Collins was the author of two major multi-site studies involving the effects of concussion
and return-to-play evaluation methods. These studies were published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association (JAMA). Dr. Collins continues to administer and oversee clinical programs for
concussion management for sports teams at several major colleges, universities, and high schools
throughout the country. He is a clinical consultant to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Major League Baseball,
the New Zealand Rugby Union, NFL Europe, and to several amateur and professional sports
organizations both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Collins is a co-developer of ImPACT, a computerized neuropsychological testing system that
evaluates the severity of concussion in athletes and provides a more accurate determination of when
an athlete can safely return to sports following a concussion.

He has published numerous articles in sports medicine and other medical journals and is a frequently
invited presenter on the topic of sports concussions at national and international meetings. He has co-
authored a sports concussion textbook and is a reviewer for JAMA.

A two-year winner of the New England Pepsi-Cola Scholar/Athlete of the Year Award, Dr. Collins played
for the University of Southern Maine in the 1989 NCAA Baseball College World Series.
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Charles Cook
Charles Cook obtained his AA degree in Chemistry from Reading Area Community College and his BS in
Occupational Safety and Hygiene Management from Millersville University and has been a Laboratory
Technician for eleven years. He is a Microbiologist dealing with safety and proficiency testing and
involved in Molecular Microbiology.

Michelle S. Davis, Ph.D, MPH
Dr. Michelle S. Davis was appointed Deputy Secretary for Health Planning and Assessment for the
Pennsylvania Department of Health in August 2003. In this role she serves as a senior advisor to the
Secretary of Health and she manages a portfolio that includes the state laboratory, emergency medical
services, epidemiology, and community health. These important statewide programs conduct many
activities that include immunizing the community and providing health education, performing
diagnostic testing on human specimens for biological and chemical agents, assisting with placement of
clinicians in medically underserved areas of the state, conducting surveillance and outbreak
investigations, developing and standardizing training for EMS practitioners, and upgrading local,
regional, state and hospital preparedness for response to outbreaks of infectious diseases and other
public health threats and emergencies. Deputy Secretary Davis has worked as a public health
professional in a variety of positions at the federal, state, and municipal levels. Before arriving in
Harrisburg, she was a deputy health commissioner for the City of Philadelphia for three years, and
senior epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for over nine years. She has
also worked for the states of South Carolina, Indiana, and New York and at the municipal level with the
City of Detroit and as a federal assignee with the District of Columbia. Her undergraduate education
was obtained at the University of Michigan and her Masters’ and Doctoral training in epidemiology at
the University of South Carolina, Johns Hopkins, and University of North Carolina.

Molly M. Eggleston, MPH, CHES
Molly M. Eggleston is Associate Director of Workforce Development, University of Pittsburgh Graduate
School of Public Health Center for Public Health Practice. In that capacity, along with responsibilities
with the Center for Public Health Preparedness, Ms. Eggleston co-manages the Pennsylvania & Ohio
Public Health Training Center (POPHTC). Ms. Eggleston, a Certified Health Education Specialist, who
holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, joined the University’s Center for
Public Health Practice in 2000. Ms. Eggleston has made public health contributions in developing,
coordinating and facilitating trainings, conferences, and programs for teenagers, the hearing impaired,
nurses, hospital workers, and public health professionals on the state and national level.

Barbara L Folb
Barbara Folb received her MLS from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. She has served as librarian
at Carnegie Mellon University, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Corporate Library, and the Health
Sciences Library System (HSLS) at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently Public Health Librarian
for HSLS. As public health librarian, she is the liaison from HSLS to the Graduate School of Public
Health, works closely with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Practice, and provides
library services to the Allegheny County Health Department. Teaching is one of the aspects of
librarianship that she enjoys the most. She has presented workshops on public health information
seeking and management on a variety of topics, including Internet resources, grant funding, statistical
resources, PubMed, Evidence-Based Public Health, and CDCynergy to audiences in Ohio and
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Joanna Franklin MS NCGC II
Ms. Franklin has a BS and MS from Johns Hopkins University and 25 years of professional gambling
treatment experience. She has worked as a clinical trainer in 43 states, ten Canadian Provinces and
nine other countries. Ms. Franklin has also authored two book chapters and several articles on
gambling treatment.

Lt. James Fulmer
Lieutenant Jim Fulmer is a 23 year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police and has served in various
functions at 14 locations throughout his career. He served as an instructor for the State Police
Academy, and eventually held the position of Commander, Advanced/Regional Training.

He currently holds the position of Commander, Criminal Investigation Section at Troop A, Greensburg
and is responsible for all facets of criminal investigation in Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and
Westmoreland Counties.

Maxim W. Furek
Maxim W. Furek, MA, CAC, is a former Coordinator for the Drug and Alcohol Program at Danville State
Hospital. He is a published author and has written numerous articles pertaining to addictions and
recovery for publications such as Professional Counselor, Recovery Press, and The US Journal of Drug
and Alcohol Dependence. He is Editor/Publisher of Steele Jungle, an anti-steroid publication, and an
outspoken critic of illegal ergogenic drugs.

He serves as Trainer for the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Center for Juvenile Justice, PA
Department of Health, IRETA, and PCB. He has presented seminars on current drug trends including
Anabolic Steroids, Inhalants, and Solvents, the various substances of abuse of Generation X, club
drugs, and date rape drugs.

Patricia L. Gadsden
Patricia L. Gadsden is the founder and President of Life Esteem, a personal and professional enrichment
training, coaching, and consulting firm. She is an entrepreneur and respected workshop and seminar
leader who works with businesses, state agencies, colleges and schools, educational and human
service organizations. Mrs. Gadsden has made numerous presentations and speeches at conferences
and conventions.

Susan Gallagher, MPH
The workshop leader has more than 25 years experience in the development, implementation and
evaluation of public health programs ranging from chronic disease and infectious disease prevention to
injury and violence prevention. She has conducted formative, process, impact, and outcome
evaluations with a specialty in community-based interventions. She has presented and published on
real world evaluation techniques in a number of forums. Most recently, she has served as the faculty
for evaluation as part of the Indian Health Service Program Development Fellowship.

She served as the Principal Investigator on Seated for Safety, a unique study of child passenger safety
educational materials, and Educacion de Seguridad en el Transito, which developed guidelines for
developing educational materials for Spanish-speaking Americans.
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Alan Glass, MSW, MS
Mr. Alan Glass, MSW, MS, is an original co-founding partner of GKSW/Crystal Group Associates. Mr.
Glass has worked extensively with victims of catastrophic and traumatic events. He has taught on
clinical, organizational, and social responses to catastrophe, trauma, and disaster.

Tom Griffiths
Mr. Griffiths has more than 30 years of experience in the field of sanitation and environmental health.
He is the author of six textbooks.

Jeffrey C. Hageman MHS
Jeffrey Hageman is an epidemiologist in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center
for Infectious Diseases, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mr. Hageman
completed his undergraduate degree in microbiology at Miami University and Master of Health Science
in infectious disease epidemiology from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Mr.
Hageman joined CDC in 1998 and has been with the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, formerly
the Hospital Infections Program, since then. Mr. Hageman has published peer-reviewed articles on
various infectious diseases topics and has conducted and assisted with outbreak investigations
associated with emerging and antimicrobial-resistant pathogens. In his current position, he is
responsible for coordinating and conducting activities related to antimicrobial-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus. These activities include surveillance, field investigations, epidemiologic studies, laboratory
testing, and public health management (e.g., outbreak response and control) of both vancomycin-
resistant S. aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) in the community and healthcare
settings. During the past few years he was also responsible for assisting with investigations of
allograft-associated infections which have included transmission of Clostridium and Group A
Streptococcus from cadaveric musculoskeletal tissues.

Joel H. Hersh
Prior to joining Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PASART) as Executive Director, Joel most
recently directed the Commonwealth’s multi-faceted epidemiology program, which includes efforts in
Infectious and Chronic Diseases, Environmental Health, and Maternal and Child Health since 1993.

He was directly responsible for developing and maintaining a reportable disease system that allows
public health staff throughout Pennsylvania to investigate cases of disease and intervene to reduce
morbidity caused by those diseases. As the epidemiology project officer for Pennsylvania’s electronic
disease reporting initiative (PA-NEDSS) and its pilot projects in syndromic surveillance, he was directly
responsible for this national award winning project.

Joel also has a long history of collaboration with the agricultural community. In that regard, he
participated in initiatives with the state Department of Agriculture on BSE and CWD and was
instrumental in the achievement of the PA Egg Quality Assurance Program, which has become a
national model. He served as a member of the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Safety and
Occupational Health Advisory Board.

Previously, at the Department of Health, he directed the Division of Chronic Disease Intervention and
the Preventive Health Block Grant. He also has served as an advisor to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention on community based programming and needs assessment.

Carla Holder
Carla Holder serves as MRC Regional Coordinator (MRC RC) for Region III (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV).
She provides technical assistance and support to the existing MRC units within the region and helps
people interested in the MRC program to start a unit when there is not currently an active MRC in their
local community. Ms. Holder works closely with individual units to advance the U.S. Surgeon General's
public health priorities, as well as coordinate with the goals of the MRC Program Office.
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Ms. Holder has over nine years experience in the Public Health field. Prior to accepting the position of
Regional Coordinator, Ms. Holder worked with the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) of the Health
Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). While there, she assisted clinicians who were currently
serving an NHSC obligation to fulfill the mission of improving the health of the nation’s underserved

Carla received a BS in Health Services Management from the University of Maryland University College
and a MPH degree from George Washington University.

John H. Holmes, PhD
Dr. John Holmes is an Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics in Epidemiology at Hospital of the
University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He has been with the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and
Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania since 1982, holding a variety of research staff positions.
He joined the faculty in 2001. Dr. Holmes’ research interests are focused on several areas in medical
informatics, all of which are directly linked to ongoing clinical research. Specifically, his interests are in
the evolutionary computation and machine learning approaches to knowledge discovery in databases
(data mining), information systems infrastructures for epidemiologic surveillance, clinical decision
support systems, semantic analysis, and information systems user (physician and patient) behavior.
He has an international reputation in applying evolutionary computation to epidemiologic data mining.
Dr. Holmes is principal investigator on a project that is a component of an NCI-funded Center for
Population Health and Health Disparities, evaluating and implementing a new computerized
intervention to improve prostate-related shared decision making between African-American men and
their physicians. He is co-principal investigator on a contract sponsored by the National Library of
Medicine to investigate the development of a game-based approach to reducing delay in seeking care
for suspected coronary syndrome events. He is also working on a project funded by the National
Institute for Nursing Research to create and evaluate a decision aid for discharge planning in the
elderly. Dr. Holmes serves as Associate Director of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Medical
Informatics at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Stacy Holzbauer, DVM, MPH
Dr. Stacy Holzbauer received a BS in Animal Science at South Dakota State University in 2000 and her
DVM at Iowa State University in 2002. She practiced as a large animal veterinarian in Cresco, Iowa
before joining the Center for Food Security and Public Health in Ames, Iowa. Here, she developed
education materials on agro- and bioterrorism agents and foreign animal diseases for veterinarians,
health care providers, and the lay public while attending the University of Iowa College of Public
Health. She received her MPH from the University of Iowa in July 2004. She then accepted a position
as the Association of Teachers of Preventative Medicine Fellow in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Disease
Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is currently a veterinary epidemiologist
and coordinator of the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work on the Farm program. Her main duties
include coordinating educational activities to help promote appropriate use of antimicrobial agents in
animals and fostering collaboration between state public health and veterinary communities.

Yasmin Dada-Jones, PhD, MPH, MSc
Yasmin Dada-Jones was appointed Executive Policy Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Health
in 2005. In this current role she is responsible for developing evidence-based policy for the
Department, the Governor’s Policy Office, and Executive Management in the Pennsylvania Department
of Health. Before arriving in Harrisburg, she was Chief Director Social Sector, in the Policy Coordination
and Advisory Service of the Presidency of South Africa, in which role she provided technical policy
advice to the President and Deputy President of South Africa. In this position, she was instrumental in
developing a blueprint for social policy action for South Africa for the next decade as well as a
monitoring an evaluation framework. Dr. Dada-Jones has 10 years of experience in Public Health
planning, research, and implementation. As a health economist, she has studied the impact of poverty
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and inequality on health. As a public health professional, she has worked on women’s health and
children’s health as well as concentrated on developing a sustainable Healthy Cities Program.
Additionally her background as a molecular biologist has also helped in developing a public health
research priority process for South Africa.

Jennifer M. Kapo, MD
Dr. Jennifer M. Kapo completed her medical training at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997, and her
internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado in 2000. She was a Chief
Medical Resident at the University of Colorado from 2000-01. Her additional training included
fellowships in both Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is
currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the
University of Pennsylvania. She is a staff physician at the Philadelphia VAMC where she works as a
primary care geriatrician as well as a consulting physician on the palliative care service. For the past
four years, she has been an attending on the Acute Care for Elders Unit at Presbyterian Medical Center
in Philadelphia. In addition, Dr Kapo was appointed to be a Fellow of Penn’s Center for Bioethics in the
summer of 2005. Dr. Kapo is board certified in internal medicine, palliative medicine and geriatric

Dr. Kapo’s work focuses on the development of ethics, palliative care, and geriatric medicine education
for medical students and house staff. In addition, she recently created a faculty development course in
palliative medicine for the Division of Geriatric Medicine physicians. Dr. Kapo’s main research focus is
to examine the needs of patients who are decertified from hospice. At a national level, she is involved
in a national project that aims to define shared fellowship competences for geriatric medicine and
palliative medicine fellows.

Dr. Kapo’s work has been funded by a Hartford Foundation Academic Fellowship Award and a HRSA
Geriatric Academic Career Award.

Mary Margaret Kerr, EdD
Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Duke University and her
doctorate from The American University in Washington, D.C. Trained in special education and
developmental psychology, Dr. Kerr has devoted her career to working with troubled children and
adolescents and to teaching those who help them. The author of seven textbooks and many articles,
she has taught in special education and alternative education classrooms and continues to consult with
school districts across the country. A former faculty member at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Kerr joined
the faculty of the School of Medicine and the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh in

In 1989, Dr. Kerr joined the Pittsburgh City Schools as Director of Pupil Services, where she
administered services such as guidance, counseling, social work, drug-free schools, alternative
education, health services, school security, and discipline. In 1994, she returned to her faculty
position at the University of Pittsburgh to administer the school serving patients at Western Psychiatric
Institute and Clinic and to direct outreach services for the University’s youth suicide and violence
prevention center, STAR-Center. In 1996, Dr. Kerr was appointed by the United States Court for the
Central District of California as a Consent Decree Administrator for Los Angeles Unified School District.
In this capacity, Dr. Kerr worked for eight years with educators and parents to improve services for
85,000 students with disabilities. Currently, Dr Kerr serves as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and
Education while continuing her work with the STAR Center. She is also Consulting Director and
University Liaison at Craig Academy, a school-based partial hospital.
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Robert Klein
As co-founder and partner at GKSW/Crystal Group Associates since 1978, Mr. Klein has devoted his
time and energy to developing, implementing, and assessing programs and projects in the fields of
individual and organizational behavior. Before beginning his career at GKSW/CGA, he provided direct
and managerial services at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1975-78), Eagleville
Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Eagleville (1970-74), and the Department of Public Assistance
Office, Philadelphia (1967-69).

Mr. Klein has developed and/or implemented training and consulting projects for the Pennsylvania
Department of Health's Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Bureau of Community Services
Programs; the Bureau of Rehabilitation, Washington; Trenton Public Schools, Trenton, N.J.; the
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Harrisburg, Pa.; the Montgomery County Office of Mental
Health and Mental Retardation, Norristown, Pa.; The Peace Corps, U.S. Department of State,
Washington, D.C. [in-country training in Botswana, Zaire (now the Congo), Tanzania, Togo, and
Senegal]; General Electric Company; Bell Atlantic; the U.S. Coast Guard; the National Institute on
Drug Abuse; and various staff and managerial development projects for private hospitals and
rehabilitation centers (Clearbrook Lodge and Manor, White Deer Run, Livengrin Foundation, and Caron

Jr-Peng Lan
Jr-Peng Lan received a MSPH degree from Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences in 2000, and MPH
degree from Dept. of International Health Development in 2004, School of Public Health & Tropical
Medicine, Tulane University. He served as a Public Health Educator for 2 years at CCK Air Force
Medical Center, Taiwan, worked as a Research Assistant/Technician at Tulane University Health Science
Center for 1.5 years, and at Penn State University, College of Medicine, Dept. of Physiology, Division of
Nephrology for 1.5 years.

Sally Laskey
Sally J. Laskey has worked for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center [NSVRC] since 2001 and
currently serves as Associate Director. For over 15 years, Ms. Laskey has been working for social
change at local, state, and national levels. She has experience as an advocate, prevention educator,
trainer, researcher, and Direct Services Coordinator for the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention
Program at the University of New Hampshire. Ms. Laskey supports sexual assault prevention efforts
across the country through consultation and technical assistance.

Ebbing Lautenbach, MD, MPH
Dr. Ebbing MD, MPH, MSCE, is board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and
Epidemiology and hold a Masters Degree in Public Health as well as a Masters Degree in Clinical
Epidemiology. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and an
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as the Associate
Hospital Epidemiologist, Co-Director of Infection Control, and Co-Director of the Antimicrobial
Management Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His expertise is in the area of
hospital-acquired and community-acquired infection, particularly those caused by antimicrobial-
resistant organisms. His research focuses on utilization of antimicrobial agents, adverse events related
to antibiotic use, and the relationship between antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance. He has been
the principal investigator on numerous grants from various federal (e.g., NIH, CDC) and private
(pharmaceutical industry, private foundations) sources. He has published more than 40 articles in
peer-reviewed literature and serves on the editorial boards for Clinical Microbiology Reviews and
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. He has also been invited to speak at numerous national
and international conferences. Finally, he is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America,
the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the American College of Epidemiology.
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Felicia M. T. Lewis, MD
Dr. Felicia Lewis is an infectious disease physician who is currently CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service
(EIS) Officer for the City of Philadelphia. She received a BA in the History of Art from Yale University
and an MD from New York University School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency
in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and also completed an Infectious Disease
fellowship at Yale University, where she researched mechanisms of molecular transport in plasmodium
falciparum malaria. As an EIS officer, she has investigated multiple infectious disease outbreaks and
was recently the supervising field medical officer for a trial investigating the diagnosis and treatment of
bubonic plague in Madagascar. Dr. Lewis is an author of ten scientific publications, and is ABIM Board
Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

Joyce Lukima
Joyce Lukima currently serves as the Training & Technical Assistance Director for the Pennsylvania
Coalition Against Rape/National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Ms. Lukima is experienced in
individual and group counseling as well as the supervision of counselors; she has worked with victims
of violence and sexual assault for 19 years. Now focusing her energies on education, Ms Lukima
conducts and organizes workshops, training, and conferences to provide skill development for
professionals’ assisting victims of sexual assault. Ms. Lukima has co-authored Circle of Support: A
basic resource guide for support groups responsive to sexual violence. She also acted as a consultant
for the National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium. Ms. Lukima holds a Masters Degree in
Psychology from Angelo State University and is a Certified Trauma Specialist.

Beth McAteer
Beth McAteer manages and supports the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) emergency preparedness
and response program, including statewide EMS public education, planning, and training for emergency
preparedness and terrorism response related to public health care.

Thomas McGroarty
Thomas McGroarty plans statewide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) practitioner education and
training for EMS emergency preparedness and terrorism response.

Nkuchia M’ikanatha, DrPH, MPH
Dr. Nkuchia M’ikanatha is an epidemiologist at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. He tracks
emerging infections including antimicrobial-resistant foodborne pathogens in collaboration with the
Pennyslvania Department of Heath’s Bureau of Laboratories and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention’s (CDC) National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). He is also engaged
in surveillance for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Allegheny County Health.
This CDC-supported activity is the first effort to use population-based data to characterize S. aureus
epidemiology in the community. Dr M’ikanatha also collaborates in epidemiologic research with
colleagues at the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERT) at the University Of
Pennyslvania School Of Medicine where he is an Adjunct Research Scholar. Examples of collaborations
with CERT include evaluations of access to public health guidelines by clinicians and studies on the use
of the Web to promote disease reporting.

Dr. M’ikanatha obtained his doctorate and MPH from the University of Michigan, and he is an alumnus
of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. In addition to experience as a state and federal level
epidemiologist in the U.S., Dr M’ikanatha has conducted applied public health research in Israel, South
Africa, Egypt and Kenya. Dr M’ikanatha contributes to peer-reviewed publications and has published
recently on dissemination of public health guidelines to clinicians, use of the Web by health
departments, and demand for and prescriptions of antibiotics during the 2001 anthrax attacks. He has
also refereed manuscripts for several epidemiologic journals and he has served as a peer-reviewer for
US Department of Health and Human Services’ Biotechnology Engagement Program and Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality.
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Daniel O. Morris, DVM, DACVD
Dr. Dan Morris received his veterinary degree from Kansas State University and residency training in
veterinary dermatology from Michigan State University. He is a diplomate (board-certified) by the
American College of Veterinary Dermatology and is currently an Associate Professor and Chief of Staff
at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Morris’ research
interests have focused on infectious/zoonotic diseases of the skin, and for the past several years have
specifically involved the study of methicillin-resistant staphylococci.

Eleanor B. Pella
Eleanor Pella is has been a Registered and Licensed Registered Dietician (RD) for over 25 years. She
has clinical, community, and education experiences in hospital and public settings and is currently
employed as Nutrition Program Manager at the Department of Health and Nutrition adjunct at
Harrisburg Area Community College.

Tim Pollock
Since 2004, Tim Pollock has been a trainer in the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Training Center.
In that time, Tim has conducted a number of courses on topics ranging from customer service to
desktop computing skills. Prior to his service with the Commonwealth, Tim worked as a Community
Outreach Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association in State College, Pennsylvania, and as an
educator in area school districts.

Mary Ann Polucci Sherman
Mary Anne Polucci Sherman received a BA in human relations from the University of Pittsburgh at
Bradford and a Master of Counseling Psychology degree from Mansfield University. She is a licensed
psychologist, certified in critical stress incident debriefing and grief counseling. For the past 18 years,
Ms. Polucci Sherman has worked in her private practice and is also a staff psychologist for Bradford
Recovery Systems.

Lee B. Reichman, MD., MPH
After receiving a BA degree in 1960 from Oberlin College in Ohio, Dr. Reichman earned his medical
degree in 1964 from New York University where, in April 2003, he received their highest award, The
Solomon A. Berson Award for lifetime achievement in Health Sciences. He completed his internship
and the first year of his residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York and then served as a Peace Corps
physician in Bolivia as a commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service. He finished his training
at Harlem Hospital Center in New York as senior medical resident and pulmonary fellow. He then
earned a MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore.

He serves on several national and international committees, advisory boards, professional
organizations, and societies including the National Coalition to Eliminate Tuberculosis (past chair): U.S.
Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis; International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung
Disease (past vice-chair of the Executive Committee); American Lung Association (past president and
recipient of the 1999 Will Ross Medal, their highest award); American Thoracic Society (honorary life
member); American College of Chest Physicians (past Governor for New Jersey), and the World Health
Organization Stop TB Partnership (Founding Member of The Advocacy and Communication Working
Group). He is immediate past President of the Stakeholders Association and current member of the
Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development.

Stanley Reynolds
Mr. Stanley Reynolds is currently the Director of the Division of Clinical Microbiology. He supervised the
virology and immunology section for eight years and prior to that supervised the bacteriology section
for two years. Mr. Reynolds served on the NCCLS “Reagent Quality Control” subcommittee and has
served as the Bureau of Laboratory’s representative on the CLSI (formerly NCCLS) “Antimicrobial
Susceptibility Testing” subcommittee since 1989. He served on the FDA “Microbiological Devices”
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advisory panel and has served as the consumer representative on other FDA advisory panels. He has
authored and co-authored several papers. Mr. Reynolds helped develop and implement many of the
molecular tests now used at the BOL. These include HIV-1 quantitative viral load testing, magnetic
bead seperation techniques, LCX and SDA testing for Chlamydia trachomatis, and real-time RT-PCR for
West Nile Virus.

Lori Clark Robinson
Lori Clark Robinson has 18 years experience in the health care and education fields. She currently
works in Community Development for the top-rated managed care plan for Medical Assistance clients
in Pennsylvania. Lori has produced and presented workshops on health literacy, medications, doctor
visits, childhood obesity, nutrition, health education, and personal empowerment. For the past three
years, Ms. Robinson has invested considerable time researching the implications of low health literacy.

Ms. Robinson holds a BS in Education degree from Millersville University, an Associate’s degree in
liberal arts from Harrisburg Area Community College (cum laude), as well as master's level credits
from the Pennsylvania State University.

Dale D. Rohn, MPH
Dale Rohn is the Chief of the Division of Communicable Disease Surveillance with the Maryland
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He has more than 17 years experience with the
department, first working for the Division of Outbreak Investigation. His duties there have included
the designing and conducting of outbreak investigations, recommending control measures based on
study findings, developing protocols for investigation of case reports of communicable diseases,
tracking and reporting on disease trends, and managing the State’s data base of reportable
communicable diseases. He is currently involved with the implementation of the CDC's NEDSS Base
System as a replacement to the existing surveillance database. Prior to his work in public health, Mr.
Rohn worked as a clinical laboratory and clinical research microbiologist at hospitals in Pittsburgh and
Carlisle, PA. He is registered in clinical microbiology with the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Andrea Minick Rudolph
Andrea Minick Rudolph, Director of AMR Wellness Associates, is a certified massage therapist,
specializing in neuromuscular work including deep tissue, myofascial release, and trigger point
therapies. Ms. Rudolph is a Pastoral Counselor in Mindfulness Counseling, holds a black belt in the Sui
Nagari Do method of Karate, and is an ordained Buddhist priest.

She is also a certified exercise instructor, stress management trainer, Pilates Mat Instructor, and a
certified Life Coach. Andrea has been a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer for over 30
years. She has an extensive education background in Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine from
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. She is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of
America, Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, and The Life Coaching Institute. She has
been a trainer for the Public Health Institute, PA Department of Health, for eight years and has taught
and lectured in the health and fitness fields for 25 years to audiences that range from musicians to
lawyers to healthcare providers.

Grace R. Schuyler, Esquire
Grace Schuyler is employed as Senior Counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of
Health. In addition to handling litigation matters on behalf of the Department, she is the program
attorney for the Office of Public Health Preparedness and the Bureau of Epidemiology. She is a
graduate of Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA.
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Shoshana R. Shelton
Shoshana Shelton earned her MPH from The Ohio State University in 2002. As a program coordinator
at the Ohio Center for Public Health Preparedness, she trains public health agencies and their
community partners on preparedness issues such as emergency response, risk communication, and
collaboration. Currently, she is teaching a course, Practice Based Preparedness for Health Educators, at
the OSU School of Public Health. She is a certified Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) and provides
exercise consultation to health departments. Shoshana is also part of the national network of
CDCynergy trainers. Previously, she worked at a local health department and as a research associate
at the OSU College of Nursing.

Special Agent Phil Smith, JD
Phil Smith is Special Agent, Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator and Hazmat Team Leader with
the Pittsburgh Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was an attorney with a private Law Firm in
Columbus, Ohio for seven years, and an FBI Special Agent for ten years.

Robert W. Smith, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Robert W. Smith is on the fulltime faculty of the Department of Family Medicine of the University Of
Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, where he is a visiting Assistant Professor and Vice Chair for Education.
Still clinically active, he practices in the University of Pittsburgh Physicians’ medical group and is on the
staffs of UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Braddock, and UPMC McKeesport. He
serves as medical director for the “Braddock Health Initiative – Steps to a Healthy Community,” an
innovative program to address health disparities developed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical

Recently appointed to be Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Family Medicine, Dr. Smith is
responsible for overseeing several Undergraduate Medical Education programs for the Department,
including the Family Medicine 3rd Year required clerkship.

Tina Grace Sokalzuk
Tina Grace Sokalzuk has a 20+ year history in varied health care arenas. Coupling her expertise and
innovative style, Ms. Sokalzuk has produced many health, sales, and motivational workshops. For the
past six years, Ms. Sokalzuk has been researching the issue of health literacy and its impact on the at-
risk population. She presents her array of engaging programs throughout the state.
Ms. Sokalzuk is a Community Development Specialist with Gateway Health Plan. She achieved
Professional Designation from the Academy of Health Care Management. Currently, Ms. Sokalzuk is
enrolled in Northern Arizona University College where she majors in Health Promotion. She holds a
degree in business management.

Joseph B. Straton MD MSCE
Joseph B. Straton, MD MSCE, is the co-Director and founding physician of the Symptom Management
and Palliative Care (SYMPAC) consultation service at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr.
Straton is a diplomate of both the American Board of Family Medicine and Hospice and the American
Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. At the University of Pennsylvania, where he is an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Dr. Straton teaches
undergraduates, medical students, nursing students, residents, and oncology fellows on palliative
medicine topics such as pain management, non-pain symptom management, and end-of-life care. Dr.
Straton’s research addresses the unmet physical and emotional needs of persons with cancer.

Veronica Victoria Urdaneta, MD, MPH
Dr. Urdaneta graduated in 1989 as a Medical Doctor. She then practiced in Venezuela as a Rural Doctor
from 1989 to 1990, working first for the Venezuelan Health Ministry and then for the Malariology and
Environmental Health Department.
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Dr. Urdaneta received a degree in Public Health in 1991 from the Zulia University, Division of Post
Graduate Studies. In 1991 she became the Chief of the Epidemiology and Vital Statistics of the III
Programmatic Area of the Zulia State in Venezuela.

Dr. Urdaneta obtained in 1997 a second master degree in Public Health Epidemiology from the Johns
Hopkins University, Bloomsburg School of Public Health. Since then she has worked as a hospital
epidemiologist in different health care institutions in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Dr. Urdaneta works at the present time with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of
Epidemiology. She is the State Epidemiologist and the Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Christine Van Meter
Christine Van Meter is the PeaceWorks Coordinator for Berks Women in Crisis, the domestic and sexual
violence program in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the agency as a staff
member, she served as a volunteer for 15 years and a member of the board of directors for one year.
Her educational background is in horticulture and liberal arts. Within her role at PeaceWorks, she
designs and delivers trainings about domestic and sexual violence for social service professionals,
healthcare professionals, the clergy, and community members.

PeaceWorks’ staff includes four educators who deliver a curriculum of violence prevention programs in
18 Berks County school districts. The PeaceWorks organization publishes a quarterly newsletter,
WomenSpeak, and holds awareness events about domestic and sexual violence throughout the year.
Ms. Van Meter is responsible for the printed materials of the agency.

Nancy Warren Ph.D.
Dr. Nancy Warren is a native of Virginia, where she received her undergraduate and graduate
education, earning a master’s and doctorate from the Medical College of Virginia. Her doctoral work
was in pathology, with emphasis on the laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases. Dr. Warren has
authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters and has contributed to over 150 workshops
and symposia in clinical microbiology. She has an extensive background in public health and testing
for critical agents of bioterrorism. She currently is the Director of the Bureau of Laboratories for the
Department of Health.

Ursula Phoenix Weir, MPH
Ursula Phoenix-Weir is a public health advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), Office of Chief of Public Health Practice. Since October 2005, she has worked with the National
Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) where she provides consultation, monitoring
and technical assistance to state and local health agencies, territories, and other organizations
participating in the NPHPSP.

In addition, Ms. Phoenix-Weir serves as coordinator of CDC’s Public Health Practice Council which was
created as a forum for dialogue and communication concerning public health practice issues, and was
established to support the promotion of public health practice throughout CDC with the ultimate goal of
improving public health.

Ms. Phoenix-Weir received her BS from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, and MPH
from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory Univerity, Atlanta, Georgia.
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Hank Weiss, PhD, MPH
Dr. Hank Weiss is an Associate Professor and Director, at the Center for Injury Research and Control,
University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Weiss has over 23 years experience in injury control, founding and
directing the state program in Wisconsin (1983) and since 1992 has been in academia. He received an
MS in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota and his PhD in Epidemiology at the University of
Pittsburgh. His research has covered injury surveillance, violence, baby walkers, poisonings, bicycles,
transportation safety, farm injuries, hospital discharge data, data linkage, elderly falls, and recreational
injuries, among other areas. Currently, he focuses on injuries to females, pregnant women, and fetal
outcomes due to trauma. Dr. Weiss is author of several injury related websites. He was chair of the
APHA Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section and is currently president-electt of the
Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR).
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                           Spring 2006 Public Health Institute
                                   Registration Form
            Online registration available at


                                 Fax or Mail completed registration to:          Registration Deadline:
                                                                                     May 15, 2006
                                            Ms. Joanne Roth                   After this date, registration will be on
                                                                                      an “as available” basis
                                        PA Department of Health
                                       Southcentral District Office
                                             30 Kline Plaza
                                         Harrisburg, PA 17104
                                          Fax (717) 772-3151

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Course selections: Write in course numbers and titles for your first and second choices. If you choose a
half-day workshop, remember to choose a corresponding AM or PM workshop for that day. If the course
you select as your 1st choice is at capacity, you will be automatically enrolled in your 2nd choice selection.

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                          Spring 2006 Public Health Institute
                             Scholarship Application Form
 You must include a completed Spring 2006 PHI Registration Form, located on the previous page, to be
                                    considered for a scholarship.



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          Directions to the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

For more information about Penn State Hospitality Services, or to find out more about The Penn Stater,
please call toll-free at (800) 233-7505 or go to

From New York City (225+ miles) and the East:
I-80 West in PA to Exit 161 (Bellefonte), Follow PA 26 South to US 220 South. Take exit 74 for Penn
State University/Innovation Park. For The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel: Stay in the right lane of
the exit and follow the sign for Innovation Park. At the stop sign at the end of the ramp, turn right. At
the top of the hill the road turns to the left and becomes Innovation Boulevard; the hotel will be on the

From Philadelphia (nearly 200 miles):
PA Turnpike West to Exit 19, Harrisburg East and follow signs for the next 15 miles to Route 322 West.
Take 322 West, past Lewistown, to State College and take the Penn State University/ Innovation Park
Exit. For The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel from the above exit, turn left at the stop light and
follow signs for Innovation Park Exit A directly to the Hotel in Innovation Park.

From Harrisburg (80+ miles):
Take 322 West, past Lewistown, to State College and take the Penn State University/ Innovation Park
Exit. For The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel from the above exit, turn left at the stop light and
follow signs for Innovation Park Exit A directly to the Hotel in Innovation Park.

From Pittsburgh (125+ miles):
Route 22 East to Duncansville. Then take Route 220/I-99 North bypassing downtown Altoona and
Tyrone. After Port Matilda, take Route 322 East to State College. For The Penn Stater Conference
Center Hotel, take the 322 East/US 220 North bypass to the Penn State University/ Innovation Park
Exit. Turn left at the stop light and follow signs for Innovation Park Exit A directly to the Hotel in
Innovation Park.

From the West:
I-80 East in PA to Exit 161 (Bellefonte), Follow PA 26 South to US 220 South. Take exit 74 for Penn
State University/Innovation Park. For The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel: Stay in the right lane of
the exit and follow the sign for Innovation Park. At the stop sign at the end of the ramp, turn right. At
the top of the hill the road turns to the left and becomes Innovation Boulevard; the hotel will be on the
right. *There is an alternate way from I-80 East following 322 East into State College.

From Washington, DC (nearly 200 miles):
Take Route 270 to Frederick, MD; follow signs for Route 15 North; stay on 15 North through Camp Hill
and Marysville, PA; from 15 N take the exit for Route 322 West to State College/Lewistown and follow
322 West to the Penn State University/ Innovation Park Exit. For The Penn Stater Conference Center
Hotel from the Penn State University/Innovation Park Exit, turn left at the stop light and follow signs for
Innovation Park Exit A directly to the Hotel in Innovation Park.
Fall 2006 Pennsylvania Public Health
 Association/Public Health Institute
          Joint Conference
       September 20-22, 2006
           Harrisburg, PA

     Details coming soon….

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