2021 ARSOPHE Conference Speakers

Session 1: COVID & BEYOND: NAVIGATING OUR NEW EDUCATIONAL WORLD
SHANNON BORCHERT

Arkansas Department of  Health - School Health

Shannon Borchert, MS, CHES®, YMHFA, TSS received both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. She currently works as the State Health and Wellness Coordinator for Schools at the Arkansas Department of Health providing professional development, technical assistance, and assists with resource development for schools and their staff; additionally, she started a school health education and advocacy initiative called Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Program for students. Before serving in this role, she was a Girls Wellness Coordinator for Meekins Middle School while also working with clients to help them reach health milestones as a health coach. Shannon also works with Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention, the Better Together Initiative, Healthy Active Arkansas, Arkansas Breastfeeding Coalition, and the Arkansas Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education (AWARE) project.

ANDREA CROW

Grade School - NY & GA

Andrea Crow earned her Master of Science in Inclusive and Special Education from The State University of New York at Potsdam.  She also attended Southern Illinois University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She has taught at Denning Elementary School (West Frankfort, IL), Goreville Elementary School (Goreville, IL), Amelia Elementary School (Amelia Court House, VA), Nightengale Elementary School (Massena, NY), St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES (Potsdam, NY), and most recently St Marys Elementary (St Marys, GA). Her research interests include inclusive educational strategies and youth literature.

DENISE DEMERS

UCA - Hybrid & F2F Health

Dr. Denise Demers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences. She graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with her PhD in Health Education, received her Masters in Exercise Physiology/Health and Fitness Promotion from Brigham Young University, and her BS degree in Physical Education from Southern Utah University. Dr. Demers is a Certified Health Education Specialist and teaches undergraduate-level Program Planning and Evaluation, Mental Health, and Health Communication and Advocacy. She also teaches graduate-level Foundations of Health Promotion, Health Communication and Advocacy, Health Concerns of the Aging, and International Health. Dr. Demers also takes students to Vienna, Austria and the surrounding countries for a Study Abroad experience each summer. While there, students can take classes including Field Experience in Health Promotion (undergraduate and graduate), Study Abroad Seminar (undergraduate Lower Division Core), and International Health (graduate). She also serves as a student advisor and works with students who are interested in Directed Independent Research, Honors Research, Masters & Doctoral Research.

TIANA DURR

Illinois Middle School Health

Mrs. Durr is known as an innovative Health Educator who brings her experiences working with special populations and emergency management to the planning process as well. Her classes were some of the first to pilot IPad learning in her district.  She has obtained certifications in Google for Education, Apple Educator, Educational Technology, WEB Certified Educator, and an AVID Certified Educator.  She has expertise in classroom oversight, course planning and behavior management. Her strengths include successful collaboration with teachers, administrative leaders and support specialists to meet individual student and District needs. She is committed to encouraging higher-order thinking to increase student performance.  She serves as a school health consultant to assist with the development of college courses across the country.

Tiana has been an educator in the Springfield District #186 School District for 14 years.  She has taught elementary school both in the public and private sectors. She has taught Health to middle school Gifted and Talented students and Title 1 students for the past 8 years. She has served on Textbook Advisory committee and the District #186 Curriculum Council. She has also served as the Total Equality Alliance sponsor, on the braided behavior response team, on the Instructional Leadership Committee, as a Peer Coach and is currently the Electives Department chair at her school. Tiana was the 2019 District #186 Shining Star Award recipient for exemplary work in her field. 

MARY RIECK

Arkansas Primary School

Principal

ANITA SEGO

UCA - Online Health

Dr. Anita Sego is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with her PhD in Health Education, received her Masters in Health Program and Facility Administration from Indiana State University, and her BS degree in Health Studies at Eastern Illinois University. Dr. Sego holds a national certification as a Master Certified Health Education from NCHEC as well as certifications in instructional design, advanced online learning, and economic development. She has been on the executive board for Arkansas Society for Public Health Education (ARSOPHE) since 2017.  She also serves as a member at large for the executive committee of the Arkansas Public Health Association.  Dr. Sego was appointed to the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts Juvenile Division Curriculum Committee in 2019. Dr. Sego worked out in the field for over twenty years before coming to UCA.  Dr. Sego has an intensive background in working with government and non-profit public health programs and services, especially in the areas of emergency management and response, community planning and organizing, occupational health and safety, environmental health, and public health administration as well as working with multicultural and special populations in diverse settings. 

Session 2: THE VALUE OF EXPERIENCING HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS  THROUGH STUDY ABROAD

DENISE DEMERS

Study Abroad- Austria  

Dr. Denise Demers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences. She graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with her PhD in Health Education, received her Masters in Exercise Physiology/Health and Fitness Promotion from Brigham Young University, and her BS degree in Physical Education from Southern Utah University. Dr. Demers is a Certified Health Education Specialist and teaches undergraduate-level Program Planning and Evaluation, Mental Health, and Health Communication and Advocacy. She also teaches graduate-level Foundations of Health Promotion, Health Communication and Advocacy, Health Concerns of the Aging, and International Health. Dr. Demers also takes students to Vienna, Austria and the surrounding countries for a Study Abroad experience each summer. While there, students can take classes including Field Experience in Health Promotion (undergraduate and graduate), Study Abroad Seminar (undergraduate Lower Division Core), and International Health (graduate). She also serves as a student advisor and works with students who are interested in Directed Independent Research, Honors Research, Masters & Doctoral Research.

Research Interests:

  • Mother scholars

  • Women/Mothers who return to school

  • Mental/Emotional Health

  • Stress Management

  • Women’s Health

  • Family Health

  • Physical Health

  • Service Learning/Experiential Learning

  • Study Abroad

BRENT CROW

Study Abroad- Cuba

Brent Crow comes to us from the Land of Lincoln, where he earned his PhD in Health Education from Southern Illinois University.  He also attended Eastern Illinois University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science & Community Health, a Master of Science in Exercise Science, and a Master of Arts in Gerontology. He has taught at Southern Illinois University, Keiser College of Sport Medicine, Southside Virginia Community College, The State University of New York Potsdam, and most recently The College of Coastal Georgia. His research interests include: mobile technology and health, age and health, and social media affect on social norms. 

Session 3: MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES  (MSF)/DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

JESSICA HUDDLESTON

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

Jessica Huddleston is a Infection Preventionist at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Indiana University for a Bachelors in Nursing, graduating in 2002. She went on to specialize in Pediatric Intensive Care Nursing. Jessica obtained a Masters of Public Health in 2010 from George Mason University. She began working for  Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders in 2013. With MSF, she worked in South Sudan, Liberia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Myanmar and Bangladesh.  Jessica has had various medical roles while working for MSF. Some examples include: medical educator, mass vaccination campaign lead, surveillance and outbreak response lead, advocate for displaced populations, and project/hospital medical team leader.  In 2016, Jessica began work at  MSF Headquarters in Berlin, Germany as the Quality of Care Medical Advisor. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jessica transitioned back to the United States and worked in the COVID-19 Adult Intensive Care Unit in Indianapolis, Indiana. She later took on her current role as an Infection Preventionist at Riley Hospital for Children. This work has supported the hospital COVID-19 infection control protocols and the initiation of a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Additionally, Jessica supports many other infection prevention and control measures for Riley Hospital such as surveillance for central line associated blood stream infections and surgical site infections.

Session 4: HOSPITAL OPERATIONS DURING A PANDEMIC: SARS-COV-2

ADAM KARCZ

Director of Infection Present Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

Adam Karcz is the Director for the Department of Infection Prevention Control at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis Indiana. he received his master's of Public Health from Indiana University in 2009. While in pursuit of his master's, he served as an associate instructor and field investigator. His certifications include: Fellow, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Certification in Public Health, Certification in Infection Control, and he is a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control.  

Session 5: TRANSMISSION ANALYSIS OF COVID-19 OUTBREAKS  ASSOCIATED WITH PLACES OF WORSHIP

MALLORY JAYROE

Epidemiologist- Arkansas Department of Health

Mallory Jayroe is a doctoral student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where her focus in on women’s health, specifically reproductive rights, and comprehensive sex education. Recently she was named an honoree of Arkansas Business 20 in their 20’s, which spotlights talented young leaders in Arkansas She received her undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

DANIELA RAMIREZ-AGUILAR

Epidemiologist- Arkansas Department of Health

I am an epidemiologist at the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) for the Office of Oral Health and Nurse-Family Partnership program. Prior to working at ADH, I was at UAMS pursuing an MPH in epidemiology and worked as a graduate research assistant with Dr. Joseph Su. I presented at the 12th American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Conference - Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved on the association between dietary folate intake and prostate cancer tumor aggressiveness among African Americans and European Americans.

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I worked closely with Mallory Jayroe, MPH, to maintain surveillance on COVID-19 outbreaks associated with places of worship in Arkansas under the direction of Dr. Sandra Chai, TB specialist.

Session 6: ABORTION ACCESS IMPACTED DURING THE  COVID-19 PANDEMIC, ARKANSAS 2020

MALLORY JAYROE

Doctoral Student - the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Mallory Jayroe is a doctoral student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where her focus in on women’s health, specifically reproductive rights, and comprehensive sex education. Recently she was named an honoree of Arkansas Business 20 in their 20’s, which spotlights talented young leaders in Arkansas She received her undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

LORRAINE STIGAR

Doctoral Student - the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

  Lorraine Stigar is a doctoral candidate in the Doctoral of Public Health Leadership program at UAMS where their research focuses on health education, equity and inclusion, and access to gender affirming care. After receiving an MPH from UAMS, Lorraine worked several years in both volunteer and professional capacities to address LGBTQ+ health and political inequities and sex education in Arkansas and Tennessee. Since returning to Arkansas in 2019 to pursue a DrPH, they have continued their work educating community members, health care providers, and faculty and staff at UAMS in the areas of gender affirming care, LGBTQ+ health, and sex education. Lorraine was recently awarded the Dr. Edith Irby Jones Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award, and they received the TRI Outstanding Community Partner award for their work with TransForm Health Arkansas Research Working Group.

Session 7: TEACHING GENDER AFFIRMING PRACTICES  TO AN INTERPROFESSIONAL MIX OF  HEALTHCARE STUDENTS: IN-PERSON  VERSUS VIRTUAL APPROACHES

LORRAINE STIGAR

Doctoral Student - the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

  Lorraine Stigar is a doctoral candidate in the Doctoral of Public Health Leadership program at UAMS where their research focuses on health education, equity and inclusion, and access to gender affirming care. After receiving an MPH from UAMS, Lorraine worked several years in both volunteer and professional capacities to address LGBTQ+ health and political inequities and sex education in Arkansas and Tennessee. Since returning to Arkansas in 2019 to pursue a DrPH, they have continued their work educating community members, health care providers, and faculty and staff at UAMS in the areas of gender affirming care, LGBTQ+ health, and sex education. Lorraine was recently awarded the Dr. Edith Irby Jones Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award, and they received the TRI Outstanding Community Partner award for their work with TransForm Health Arkansas Research Working Group.

Session 8: PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP IN A DISADVANTAGED LANDSCAPE

DUSTON MORRIS

UCA Department of Health Sciences

Dr. Morris is an Associate Professor and the Health Coaching Coordinator for Health Sciences. He received his B.S. in Psychology and his M.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His Ph.D. is in Public Health Education and Promotion from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Dr. Morris is a certified Health Education Specialist and Health Coach. Dr. Morris teaches Health Education Professions, Technology Applications in Health Coaching, Health Coaching I, Health Coaching II, Men’s Health, Epidemiology, Drug Education, and Environmental Health Problems. Dr. Morris is the chairperson for the Interprofessional Education Committee and President for the Arkansas Society of Public Health Education. He also serves as a student advisor, assists with the Health Sciences Club, and works with students who are interested in Directed Independent Research, Honors Research, Master’s Research, and Doctoral Research.

Research Interests:

  • Exercise and Athletic Identity

  • Exercise and Sexuality

  • Vaping and Tobacco Use Among Youth

  • Multisport Curriculum Development

  • Nutrition Education

  • Health Literacy

  • Interprofessional Education (IPE)

  • Service Learning

  • Interdisciplinary Leadership and Public Health

Session 9: 

QUINYATTA MUMFORD

Director of Rural Health & Primary Care

Ms. Mumford is an Alabama native that has made Arkansas her home.  She started with the Arkansas Department of Health in September 2012 as the Lead-Based Epidemiologist.  In this position, Ms. Mumford coordinated with physicians across the state to ensure that children with elevated blood lead levels received environmental risk assessments to aid in the identification of the source of lead exposure.  Ms. Mumford established an environmental assessment protocol that bridged the gap between clinical diagnosis and environmental exposures, enabling doctors to work with the patient to minimize or mitigate the source of exposure.  In 2015, Ms. Mumford took a position as the Public Health Preparedness Epidemiologist.  In this position, Ms. Mumford established the Closed Point of Dispensing Certification Program to improve readiness among private entities seeking to provide emergency treatment to their respective populations.  In 2018, Ms. Mumford was hired as the OutbreakNet Enhanced Epidemiologist.  In this positon, Ms. Mumford played an instrumental role in the introduction of Whole Genome Sequencing for the analysis of enteric diseases. In her tenure at ADH, Ms. Mumford has demonstrated her ability to add value to a variety of programs.  Ms. Mumford currently serves as the Director of the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.  In January 2022, she will join the Board of National Organizations of State Offices as the Region D representative and Health Equity Liaison.   Prior to state government, Ms. Mumford worked in the Federal sector as a Chemical Analyst.  Her experience in state and federal government has equipped Ms. Mumford with the skills necessary to foster relationships with diverse stakeholders and to lead a team to success.  Ms. Mumford’s ability to pivot during times of chaos makes her an asset during the pandemic and beyond.