David Clayton is the Youth Outreach Coordinator for Families Against Narcotics. David is a person in long term recovery from drugs and alcohol. In his role as Youth Outreach Coordinator, he has had the opportunity to spread awareness on addiction prevention and recovery across the state of Michigan to drug courts, hospitals, local news and high schools all the way to the collegiate university level.
“Drug addiction and alcoholism does not discriminate, it can happen to anybody at any time, no matter your age, your race, your socio- and economic statuses, how you were raised, how you weren’t raised. It does not discriminate.”
David also assists in running Dillon Recovery Homes, a successful sober and structured living environment.
David also sits on the board of directors for MyCare Health Center and has been involved with getting their Medication Assisted Treatment program up and running to give people a chance at recovery.
Danielle Culberson is a Health Information Technology Specialist with the Michigan Public Health Institute. In this role, Danielle assists providers around Michigan with electronic health record adoption.
“Rural health is one of the most important fields within healthcare, but also one of the most overlooked.”
A Michigan native, she received her graduate degree in Health Informatics from the University of Michigan in 2017 and is passionate about all things health IT, especially when it comes to data.
Prior to her career at MPHI, she worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as a Customer Service Representative for state of Michigan employees.
During her free time, she enjoys being a foodie, traveling to new locales, and lots and lots of reading.
During our interview, Danielle mentions a couple of websites.
For providers in Michigan, you can go to www.mceita.org. When you get to the home page, scroll down to the very bottom and you will the a “contact us” form. Fill that out and submit, and someone will get back to you within 24 to 48 hours.
For providers outside of Michigan, use this website: www.qpp.coms.gov.gp
Brock Slabach is leading the national discussion on quality improvement and alternative payment models in rural health. Brock was recognized for his work in rural health when the National Rural Health Resource Center presented him with the Calico Leadership award last year.
“Workforce, vulnerable populations and chronic poverty; we are focusing on all of these topics at the NRHA Rural Health Clinic & Critical Access Hospital Conference later this month.”
Brock currently serves as the Senior Vice-President of Member Services at the National Rural Health Association, a membership organization with over 21,000 members nationwide. With over 28 years of experience in the administration of rural hospitals, Brock is definitely an expert and experienced rural health leader. From 1987 through 2007, he was the administrator of the Field Memorial Community Hospital in Centreville, MS. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and his Master of Public Health in Health Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
For more information on the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital Conference in Kansas City, September 25-28, 2018. click on this link: https://www.ruralhealthweb.org/events/event-details?eventId=24
Robert Thorn is the Principal at Summit Healthcare Strategies, where he assists hospitals and healthcare organizations in the identification of and response to market needs.
“How do they see us? Are we serving their needs? Are we doing everything we can to optimize the care in the community?”
Bob’s experience in telehealth includes serving as Executive Director of TRU PACE, a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, where during his tenure the organization was awarded a $100,000 telehealth grant to introduce remote monitoring technology to help people safely "age in place." He has also served as the lead developer and Executive Director of the "Quitline" Tobacco Cessation Programs for the States of Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Ohio; Chairman of the High Plains Rural Health Network; and Administrator of Ambulatory Services and Regional Rural Outreach for Banner Health, where he introduced rural telehealth solutions to bridge distances and to allow for earlier intervention.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from National University, San Diego. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.