November 2017 Diabetes Conference

November 2017 Diabetes Conference
August 18, 2017 Public Health Advocates

PHA Diabetes Conference November 2017 - topics

Registration: $65 (lunch included)

Online registration is now closed.  Registration will be available at the door.



2017 Diabetes Conference Speakers

Diabetes & Health Equity: Where We’ve Been and Where We are Going

Flojaune CoferFlojaune Griffin Cofer is the Director of State Policy and Research for Public Health Advocates. Her professional interest is conducting translational research to influence infrastructure, systems, and direct service programs to address emerging and persistent public health challenges. Prior to joining Public Health Advocates, for six years she led the preconception health initiative as a contractor for the California Department of Public Health. Flojaune is a graduate of Spelman College and the University of Michigan, School of Public Health where she earned a Master’s in Public Health and doctorate in epidemiology.

Neal KaufmanNeal Kaufman is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Canary Health, the leading provider of proven digital health self-management and behavior change programs. Based in Los Angeles, Canary Health’s mission is to empower people with the tools, coaching and community support to self-manage their health.  In his 27-year career as an academic practicing physician and public health professor, Dr. Kaufman not only provided care to vulnerable populations, he planned, implemented, evaluated and evolved health and social services approaches at the individual, family, clinic, community and governmental level.  DPS Health, his previous company founded in 2004, created innovative technology solutions that enabled clinicians to help their patients with chronic disease adopt and sustain behaviors to self-manage their conditions.  Dr. Kaufman received his Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University, his Medical Degree from the Chicago Medical School, his pediatric training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and his Masters in Public Health from UCLA.

R.Vargas headshot 4.24.2015Roberto Vargas has worked to build Collective Impact efforts in San Francisco to reduce consumption of sugary drinks and increase consumption of tap water. Partnering with policymakers, community advocates and educators, civic agencies and leveraging UCSF scientists, collaborators succeeded in citywide, web-based and grassroots promotora and education; new water stations and promotion across SF; four new SSB policies, including a Soda Tax; and nearly every SF hospital adopting Healthy Beverage policies. Roberto currently co-chairs Shape Up San Francisco Coalition and is an Advisory Board member for the SF Soda Tax. He works for the Community Engagement and Health Policy Program at the University of California, San Francisco.

Diabetes Prevention Program: California’s Place in History

Dr_Jay_Shubrook-2Jay Shubrook, DO FACOFP, FAAFP, is a Professor of Primary Care and a Diabetologist at Touro University CA. He clinical practice and research have focused on early intervention and prevention of type 2 diabetes. He has run Diabetes Prevention Programs in Ohio and in California and in Quito Ecuador. He also serves as the Director of Clinical Research and Diabetes Services at Solano County Family Health Services.

FlannelRoberta Flannel was officially diagnosed as being pre-diabetic in July 2015. She began the Diabetes Prevention Program in August of 2015. She became a DPP Coach in February 2017 at the Suisun City KROC Center. Roberta’s newly found passion is putting her health first, and managing her pre-diabetes. In addition, she is grateful to have the opportunity to help others manage their diabetes as well. She has enjoyed participating in the DPP as it has allowed her to gain knowledge and confidence. As of today, Roberta’s greatest accomplishment regarding her health is reducing her A1C from 6.6 to 6.0 within 24 months via the DPP, diet and exercise.

nancy medcalf-2Nancy Medcalf is an alumna of the Diabetes Prevention Program and currently serves as a lifestyle coach. In September 2015, Ms. Medcalf was considerably overweight and pre-diabetic when she enrolled in the Diabetes Prevention Program. After four months of participating in the program, her Hemoglobin A1c returned to normal where it has remained since. At the end of a year she experienced so much success with the program, that she began the process of becoming a lifestyle coach to help usher others through a program that benefited her so greatly.

Merary LopezMerary Lopez is a Wellness Life Style Coach with the Yo Digo Si, Promotora de Salud Pre Diabetes Prevention Program in Tulare County.  She leads and supports pre diabetes prevention classes in Lindsay, Tulare Dinuba and Porterville.  Merary is also a Peer Support Specialist at Kings View, a behavioral health organization.

Breakout Session 1 – Public and Private Payer Coverage for the National DPP: Using the National DPP Coverage Toolkit

Joanna DiBenedetto_HeadshotJoanna Craver DiBenedetto is a public health consultant at the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). In her role with NACDD, Joanna provides training and technical assistance on utilization of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) Coverage Toolkit as well as support to states health departments, state Medicaid agencies, and other stakeholders as they work toward coverage of the National DPP lifestyle change program. As a subject matter expert in the field of diabetes prevention, Joanna DiBenedetto has been working with the CDC-led National DPP since 2012.

Laura SummersLaura Summers is the senior director of state intelligence at Leavitt Partners. Laura has expertise in economics, health care, and public policy. Her professional experience includes research for the public, private and nonprofit sectors. In health care, Laura’s research focus has been state-level health reform, with a particular focus in Medicaid and state health policy.


Bo NemelkaBo Nemelka is a director at Leavitt Partners. In this role, Bo supports clients primarily with health care strategy, market research, and economic/business analysis. Bo began his career at Intermountain Healthcare and later at the University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics. At both health systems, he worked directly with senior management executing top administrative initiatives. Particularly at Intermountain Healthcare, Bo successfully led several innovative business and operations projects, leading to significant cost savings and improved administrative efficiency.

Breakout Session 2 – Medication Management: Critical to Optimizing Health Outcomes

ElaineLinnPhoto 05.02.14Elaine Linn is a public affairs consultant specializing in uniting non-profit, public, and non-public partners in support of social marketing and policy efforts at the local, state, and national levels. She has 25 years of experience in advocacy, public affairs, coalition building, event coordination, and strategic planning with health, tourism, agriculture, and disability organizations. As the Congress of California Seniors’ coordinator of Script Your Future California, Elaine works with elected officials, health care professionals, and advocacy organizations to raise awareness about the importance of medication adherence and promote policies supporting improved adherence for better health outcomes. She was appointed by Governor Brown to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities Sacramento Regional Advisory Committee in 2012, and previously served as a member of the UC Davis Community Advisory Board and the National Down Syndrome Congress Affiliates Advisory Board. Elaine also co-founded the Down Syndrome Information Alliance.

GRC31055-Nunez De Ybarra, Jessica MJessica Núñez de Ybarra, MD, MPH is Board Certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.  She serves as the Chronic Disease Control Branch Chief (CDCB) in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), serving as Principal Investigator for several federal grants to address chronic disease.  In 2014, in CDCB she and a multi-disciplinary team authored the California Wellness Plan (CWP), the state chronic disease prevention and health promotion plan, to support and expand upon the priorities of the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force by creating a detailed road map for CDPH and its partners to promote health, eliminate preventable chronic disease and promote health equity.  Since 2015, she has served as a member on the California Medical Association’s Council on Science and Public Health.

Coalition Building for Change: A Conversation about Bridging Prevention & Treatment

joy blandJoy Bland, RN, MA, CCM, CPHQ, is the Regional Vice President of Clinical Quality Management at Anthem.  She has broad expertise in creating and managing programs that use clinical quality and metrics to increase cost effective health care delivery of care.  Her dual leadership roles reflect the strong partnership between clinical and operations that is needed in the management of health care services to improve compliance and encourage patient-centered care.  She holds a Registered Nursing License in California and Arizona with multi-state privileges.  In 2007, Joy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix.  Education and continued improvement is the cornerstone of Joy’s personal and professional standards much like her career.  Joys dedication to the management of quality outcomes has led her to being involved in many quality organizations and achieve the certification Certified Professional in Health Care Quality a National distinction in 2010, and also a Certified Case Manager.  In 2011, she completed a Master of Arts degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from California State University, Dominguez Hills.  Joy is currently working on her Doctor of Behavioral Health at Arizona State University and should be completed by 2018.  In addition, she was recently inducted into the Honor Society of PHI KAPPA PHI.

kurtz pic 3Dr. Caroline Kurtz is the Branch Chief of the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOP) at the California Department of Public Health, where she oversees the implementation of both USDA SNAP-Ed and CDC funded programs with state partners and local health departments. Through several NEOP programmatic management roles over the last five years, she has worked with the team to transition and implement a local health department model.  Prior to working with NEOP, Dr. Kurtz was a research scientist and health program manager with the California Tobacco Control Program for eight years where she worked on various efforts such as media evaluation, local program evaluation, the tobacco waste campaign, and served as the Chief of the Health Equity and Local Programs unit. Dr. Kurtz received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nutrition at the University of California, Davis, where she currently teaches a Nutritional Anthropology course, coordinates MPH seminar courses, and serves as a faculty advisor to MPH students. 
Dr.J. Rangi

Jaiwant Kaur Rangi received her MBBS from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India, followed by residency & fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. She works as an Assistant Clinical Professor & Volunteer Clinical Faculty in the Department of Endocrinology, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and a Consultant Endocrinologist in private practice in Cameron Park, CA. She is a fellow of American College of Endocrinology & an accomplished national speaker in her field and works as a consultant & speaker for various pharmaceuticals.

HugoRamirezChiropractor, Health Worker and Family Planning Counselor, Parent Class Instructor, Child Behavior Therapy Specialist, Aggression Replacement Therapy and Posttraumatic Stress Management. During the last 21 years, Hugo Ramirez has created and been in charge of Community Health Programs for non-profit organizations. Over the last four years Hugo has worked with Vision and Compromiso as the Director of Programs managing more than 13 programs throughout the State of California. Hugo is a member of several coalitions that support health in the less-favored communities.

Rev. BanksReverend Alice Baber-Banks, RN, BA, MA, PhD, has served as the Pastor of Christian Fellowship Ministry Church for the past 14 years. Rev Banks has been a guest speaker for many events throughout the United States. She is a member of numerous organizations, including the Women Federation for World Peace, and is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Women Civic Improvement Club (WCIC) where she serves as the Vice President of the Board.  She serves as Health Educator for Black America Political Association of California (BAPAC) and serves on the Faith Base Committee for the NAACP, as well as the Faith Committee for African American Child Deaths (RAACD).  Rev. Banks has received many awards for her work in the community including the community service award, “People Helping People” Channel 10 in 2009, and the NAACP 20112 Achievement Award.  She received a Resolution from the Board of Supervisors, Sacramento County in 1998 and a Resolution from Alameda County in 1999.  In 2016, Rev. Banks received the Leaders and Legends award from the Black Chamber of Commerce.  Rev. Banks received the Community Leadership Award from WCIC in 2017 and the Harriet Tubman Trail Blazer Award from the National Birthing Project USA. Rev. Banks is the first little sister of the Birthing Project USA.  Rev. Banks is a retired registered nurse.  She is a widow and has five children, 14 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

ArambulaDr. Joaquin Arambula was elected in April 2016 in a special election to represent California’s 31st Assembly District. Assemblymember Arambula now serves the cities of Biola, Bowles, Calwa, Cantua Creek, Caruthers, Coalinga, Del Rey, Easton, Firebaugh, Fowler, Huron, Kerman, Kingsburg, Mendota, Monmouth, Orange Cove, Parlier, Raisin City, Reedley, San Joaquin, Sanger, Selma, Tranquility and approximately 41% of the City of Fresno. Communities in the district Dr. Arambula represents are some of the most disadvantaged in the state, with some of the highest poverty rates and highest exposure to environmental pollution. To that end, he has been working to ensure that pollution prevention programs are benefiting the areas most impacted by greenhouse gases and other pollutants.  Dr. Arambula (D-Fresno) is the first Latino physician ever elected to the State Assembly. Prior to running for office, Dr. Arambula served as Medical Director of California Emergency Physicians at Adventist-Selma Hospital.  As a doctor, he has been on the frontlines of some of the most serious challenges and has seen the issues that impact the lives of Valley residents. He was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley and his parents instilled in him a commitment to hard work and public service, as well as a dedication to making the Central Valley a better place to live, work and raise a family. Dr. Arambula said that he and his siblings learned from their parents the importance of giving back to the community: “They instilled in us a deep commitment for helping those less fortunate.” Dr. Arambula and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Fresno with their three daughters.

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