Keynote Speakers
June 16-19, 2016 Yale University  |  New Haven, CT

Darcey Cobbs-Lomax
"Lost in translation. Can you hear me now? The voice of the patient in the healthcare setting."
Darcey Cobbs-Lomax, MBA, MPH
Project Access of New Haven
About Darcey: Darcey's professional career over the past 15 years has been within the field of healthcare primarily in hospital clinics and ambulatory settings. Her key experience lies within program development, oversight, evaluation and management with underserved populations. She is currently the Executive Director of Project Access of New Haven, a non profit organization with the mission of increasing access to medical care and services for underserved populations in the Greater New Haven community.

Keynote Objectives:
  • Understand the challenges faced by non-English speaking and non-verbal  patients in the healthcare setting
  • Strategize appropriate verbal and non verbal communication methods to ensure optimal patient care and clinical understanding
  • Reflectively consider their role in ensuring patient engagement and understanding when working with diverse and underserved populations.
Marcella Nunez Smith
"Using Healthcare Communication as a Tool to Advance Health Equity for Disparity Populations"
Marcella Nunez Smith, MD, MHS
Yale University School of Medicine

About Marcella: Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Yale University.  Dr. Nunez-Smith is Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at Yale School of Medicine.  ERIC's research focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for historically vulnerable populations with an emphasis on supporting healthcare workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of healthcare quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases. She is the principal investigator on several NIH and foundation-funded grants.  Dr. Nunez-Smith is also Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, core faculty in the Global Health Leadership Institute, and co-director of community-engaged research within the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (RWJ CSP).  Dr. Nunez-Smith is board certified in internal medicine, having completed residency training at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship at the Yale RWJF CSP where she also received a Master’s in Health Sciences. Originally from the US Virgin Islands, she attended Jefferson Medical College, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and she earned a BA in Biological Anthropology and Psychology at Swarthmore College. 

Keynote Objectives:
  • Understand the historical and contemporary U.S. healthcare policy and federal research funding landscape for disparity populations
  • Discuss the importance of considering the influence of societal context on interpersonal healthcare communication 
  • Provide guidance on examining the "equity impact" of policies related to patient engagement and communication in your healthcare workplace setting
Sharon Schindler Rising
"Relationship-Centered Care Through Centering Groups"
Sharon Schindler Rising, MSN, CNM, FACNM
Centering Model of Group Healthcare & University of Minnesota

About Sharon: Sharon Rising is the founder of the Centering model of group healthcare and since 1993 has provided leadership for the development and growth of the organization. She has received recognition for her achievements from several notable organizations including 2006 Yale University School of Nursing distinguished Alumna Award, Civic Ventures Purpose Prize in 2008, the American Academy of Nursing 2010 "Edge Runner" Award, and the 2010 American College of Nurse-Midwives' highest honor, the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award. In addition to creating the innovative Centering model, Sharon's impressive career ranged from clinical practice to healthcare education. She established the nurse-midwifery program and the Childbearing Childrearing Center at the University of Minnesota.

Keynote Objectives:
  • Describe the Centering model of group care
  • Discuss relationships that develop for participants in Centering groups
  • Discuss research and evaluation outcomes related to provisions of care in Centering groups
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