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Arizona Telemedicine Program Webinar: New Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Improving Access to Quality Medical Care

The practice and delivery of health care is changing with an emphasis on improving quality, safety, efficiency and access to care. Telemedicine can help you achieve these goals! The Arizona Telemedicine Program, Southwest Telehealth Resource Center and Northern Arizona University invite you to a free one-hour webinar on the implementation and practice of telemedicine.

Northern Arizona University's New Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative

The Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC) is an initiative of the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) at Northern Arizona University (NAU), supported by funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health. The overall goal of SHERC is to increase basic biomedical, clinical, social and behavioral research at NAU to address health disparities and health equity among diverse populations of the southwestern United States.

Topics for this webinar:

  • Familiarize audience with overall goals of the RCMI program at NIMHD and SHERC
  • Share accomplishments of SHERC in last five years and overall plans for next five years
  • Present organizational structure and faculty/staff involved in the SHERC Cores
  • Describe services and resources of SHERC Cores
  • Brainstorm about networking and collaborative opportunities with others around the state

This webinar is made possible through funding provided by Health Resources and Services Administration, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (U1U42527).

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Julie Baldwin, PhD
Regents' Professor, Department of Health Sciences
Northern Arizona University

Dr. Baldwin is a Regents’ Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and director of the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) at NAU. She earned her doctorate in behavioral sciences and health education from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In August 2015, Dr. Baldwin became the founding director of CHER. Dr. Baldwin has had a consistent program of applied research addressing HIV/AIDS and substance abuse prevention in youth, with special emphasis on working with American Indian youth and their families. She is the principal investigator of the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC), a U54 NIMHD-funded research center for minority institutions. As a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, she has made a life-long commitment to serving diverse communities and to advocating for health promotion programs for children, adolescents and families.

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Heather J. Williamson, DrPH, MBA, OTR/L, CPH
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Northern Arizona University

Dr. Williamson has worked in health care, social services and public health addressing the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Florida and Arkansas. Her goals are to address the health equity of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through community-based participatory research approaches. In addition, she is also working to explore the provision of health and social services to best meet the needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as other underserved populations.

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Hendrik "Dirk" de Heer, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Sciences
Northern Arizona University

Dr. de Heer is a professor in the Department of Health Sciences at NAU. He has a background in public health and health psychology. His primary research and teaching interests are in community based health promotion programs for high-risk underserved and Tribal populations, and how to integrate these programs into health care systems. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Cancer Society and others. He has also engaged in extensive mentorship of trainees from the junior college to faculty level and served in leadership roles such as the research education core lead of the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention. He is currently the investigator development core lead of the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative, overseeing the SHERC Pilot Research and Individualized Mentorship programs. 

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Catherine Propper, PhD
Professor, Biological Sciences
Northern Arizona University

Dr. Propper has been a professor of biological sciences at NAU since 1991. Her research emphasis is in environmental endocrinology and ecotoxicology. Specifically, she evaluates how environmental contaminants affect development, reproduction and behavior, and she has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and technical reports. Locally and statewide, she has served on the City of Flagstaff’s Contaminants of Emerging Concern Panel and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s Advisory Panel on Emerging Contaminants. At NAU, she has served as the program director for the National Institutes of Health RISE and Minority Health International Research Training programs as well as diversity STEM training awards from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Dr. Propper is lead for the Southwest Health Equities Research Collaborative’s Research Capacity Core. 

To request any disability-related accommodations for this event please contact the event coordinator at least three business days prior to the event.
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12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Thursday, February 2, 2023 - 12:00pm
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Melanie Esher, MAdm
University of Arizona Health Sciences
Arizona Telemedicine Program/Southwest Telehealth Resource Center