UNT Health Science Center Faces of Public Health

profile photo jared bench

2012 MPH-Health Management & Policy

Jared Bench, MPH, CPH

Provider Engagement Consultant, Humana Inc.

Develop, enhance, and maintain provider relationships for an assigned geographic area. Acting liaison between health care providers and Humana for performance management and maximization of revenue, cost management, achievement of quality incentives and membership growth strategies. Coordinate and facilitate regularly scheduled provider meetings to discuss operational and strategic initiatives, quality process improvements, and provider/practice-level performance reports. Coach provider office staff on best practices, claims operations, and product knowledge. Identify and resolve all provider training and education needs by conducting needs assessments and cross-sectional training to all Humana MA systems and initiatives.
sangeeta shenoy

2013 MPH Health Management & Policy

Sangeeta Shenoy, MBBS, MPH, CPH

Clinical Research Administrative Coordinator, Department of Cell Biology-UNT Health Science Center

As the Clinical Research Administrative Coordinator for the Health Disparities & Novel Biomarkers for HIV-1 Disease Progression project; I review and maintain study protocol, IRB and study documentation; recruit and schedule patients for pre-screening and study visits; consent the subjects and review medical history; conduct sociodemographic and neurocognitive assessment and blood collection for protein analysis; conduct data analysis on the biomarker levels and correlate it with the viral loads, CD4 counts and cognitive impairment. I also assist with other departmental projects such as Brain Bank protocol review and IRB documentation.

shilpa chhadwa 2

2013 MHA

Shilpa Chhadwa, MD, MHA

Project Manager, ACO, Genesis Accountable Physician Network

Assist in research, gap analysis, and primary contact with CMS in developing the new company. Serve as the point of contact in strategically planning, developing, implementing and oversight of all aspects of the ACO organizational development and operational plan. Develop the overall ACO project structure, set timelines, implement and manage the project. Train staff, whenever necessary about the project and its requirements. Ensure that all application deadlines for ACO approval are met. Set process and workflows for the project. Participate in negotiations with health plans and IT vendors for the implementation of the ACO and work with external entities/partners of the ACO in the implementation process. Support the Communications and Public Relations manager, Membership Recruitment, Quality, Finance and IT department in the development and operations of the ACO activities. Ensure that all data and Protected Health Information (PHI) is maintained, transmitted, and stored in a confidential and secure manner in compliance with applicable state and federal regulations and Genesis policies and procedures. 

mallory johnson

2012 MHA

Mallory Johnson, MHA

Manager Region 10 Health Partnership, JPS Health Network

Implement, and manage a Regional Health Partnership and develop the Anchor Role within Region 10 including: Coordinating and working with JPS Waiver team; Contracting and collaborating with regional partners; serving as a liaison with Texas Medicaid and CMS for 1115 Waiver matters. Direct the completion of annual and periodic filings with HHSC and CMS as required. Conduct surveillance of both in-state and national 1115 Waiver developments and provide continued feedback and assessment of impact to organizational and regional stakeholders. Provide oversight to managing audits, engaging subject matter experts, and managing follow-up with external agencies. Develop and coordinate educational training programs for internal and external stakeholders including an annual Symposium to promote the Region 10 accomplishments.

unnati patel

2013 MPH Health Management & Policy

Unnati Patel, MPH, CPH

Research Contract Administrator, Department of Grant and Contract Management-UNT Health Science Center

Monitor workflow turnaround time and time sensitive contracts, subcontracts, and  other agreements. Review, draft, and process Clinical Trial Protocol Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), and Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs). Work with external entities and university administration to execute agreements in accordance with department standards, state, federal and university policies and requirements. Work with Pre- and Post-award teams to contribute to a process improvement to grave process. Assist with compliance requirements for contract and subcontract monitoring. Develop and update reporting functions for contracts, including performance measures. ePro-Approver to handle the purchasing process to approve or deny a requisition in the eProcurement system. Approve purchasing decisions for the institution and department. Ensure and review compliance with ePro Policy and agreements attached to requisitions. Manage data, budgets, and contracts and milestones on the Enterprise Information System (EIS). Coordinate with principle investigators and other research teams to process research contracts and agreements.

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2012 MPH-Biostatistics

Christopher Klekar, MPH, MBA, CPH

Statistical Programmer/Biostatistician, Baylor Health Care Systems

Collaborate with investigators to provide statistical consultation, including data mining, data analysis and interpretation of results, in support of comparative effectiveness research in the Institute of Health Care Research and Improvement. Assist client data organization, including data manipulation, analysis, modeling and reporting using SAS tools. Provide data management support, including data entry, data cleaning and data validation for ongoing clinical trials. Produce comprehensive summary reports for research studies and interim IRB and DSMB report for clinical trials.

kingsley ebare 1

2013 MPH-Biostatistics

Kingsley Ebare, MBBS, MPH, CPH

Associate Biostatistician, H2O Clinical-Maryland

H2O Clinical is a Data Management, SAS Programming and Biostatistics company providing outsourcing services to the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biopharmaceutical industries. I assist in randomization for clinical trials, develop statistical analysis plans and table shells for drug trials application of statistical methods and analysis using SAS software and review clinical trail protocols and reports.

goutham ghanta1

Fall 2013 MPH-Biostatistics

Goutham Ghanta, BDS, MPHc, 

Project Coordinator, Department of Behavioral & Community Health-UNT Health Science Center

I assist in the overall coordination of several evaluation projects. This includes collecting primary interview data from participants, creating and maintaining database collections and integrity while providing data analysis and documenting progress through reports and communications.

2013 MPH Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Stacey Vitale, MPH, CPH

Environmental Health and Safety Process Analyst, Bell Helicopter-Hurst, TX

My position at Bell Helicopter has many "hats". As the EHS Training Coordinator, I facilitate, and organize, the EHS new hire orientation programs as well as manage the web-based training and job-specific EHS training courses to all employees globally. As the ISNetworld (Contractor Safety Management Tool) Program Manager, I standardized the implementation process to be used for all of Textron business units along with managing our current control processes for contractors. In addition to these "hats" I am the AS9100 Program Manager, in which I develop and update policies and procedures for EHS related topics. The Analyst portion of my job requires me to calculate and report safety performance metrics of facilities and functional groups to Textron and upper management. Additional Analyst duties require me to report any metrics to OSHA or Department of Labor and Statistics.

Neneh-Wurie SPH

2012 MPH Community Health

Neneh N. Wurie, MPH, CPH
Medical Case Manager, Project Access Tarrant County-Catholic Charities of Fort Worth

In partnership with Tarrant County Medical Society, Project Access provides medical services to qualified patients in need.  As a medical case manager, I am an advocate for patients in the community with service providers and agencies.  My main responsibilities are monitoring and evaluating patient progress and adjusting service plans and/or delivery as necessary.   I also assist with the follow-up of pending cases by reviewing and connecting patients with specialists. 

lt allen applegate

2011 DrPH Practice & 2006 MPH-Health Management & Policy

Lt Allen Applegate, DrPH, MPH, CPH

Lieutenant, U.S. Public Health Service Commissions Corps.
Program Analyst/Planner

The Commissions Corps is led by the Surgeon General with a mission to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our Nation. I am currently assigned to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) as a Planning Team Lead. OHSEPR provides leadership in human services preparedness, response, and recovery promoting resilience of individuals, families, and communities prior to, during, and after nationally declared disasters and public health emergencies. I coordinate with ACF programs and other Federal agencies to build human services disaster response capabilities and respond to the human services needs following disasters across the United States.

jontae shepherd

2011 MPH Community Health

Jontae Shepherd, MPH, CHES
Administrator, Black Women "Do" Work Out, LLC

Black Women "Do" Workout, LLC is a grassroots effort towards innovatively making positive health advances for African American women using sport and athletic exercise as a main tool for social change. As the Fitness Director I assist in the national dissemination of information regarding sport and athletic exercising services targeting specifically African American women who are determined to NOT be a part of the staggering 76% in the US who are overweight and the 37% that are obese. 

matt richardson

2011 DrPH & 1999 MPH -Health Management & Policy

Matt Richardson, DrPH, MPH

Director of Public Health, City of Amarillo

Lead and direct all public health operations for two counties and two cities in the Greater Amarillo area with 250,000 population. Manage and operate department of public health in conjunction with state and federal agency funding. Serve as liaison to Amarillo Hospital District for oversight of indigent health care services for Potter County and City of Amarillo. Provide quality assurance and outcome measures for Amarillo Hospital District programs and projects with assets totaling $220 million dollars. Facilitate community health programs and projects including health assessments, program audits, collaborative committees, media coordination and other responsibilities. Supervise program managers for communicable disease, HIV/STD clinic, TB clinic, refugee screening clinic, immunizations, public health preparedness and administration.

Zheshan SPH

2011 MPH Epidemiology

Zeshan Chisty, MPH
CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow, Hawaii State Department of Health

This fellowship is designed to provide training and work experience in accordance with CSTE competencies.   I am working on a number of projects, from surveillance, outbreak investigations and public health preparedness projects. My main project is helping to maintain the State of Hawaii of Antimicrobial Resistance Project (SHARP). The data that is collected in SHARP contains the majority of the antimicrobial susceptibility test data in the state, and from this data we are able to track changes in antimicrobial susceptibilities. Currently I am looking at data from SHARP to determine the possibility of Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae infections and the epidemiology of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the state.

Meslissa Oden SPH

2003 MPH Community Health

Melissa Oden, DHEd, LMSW-IPR, MPH, CHES
Community Health Consultant, Health Education Resources "Helping People Heal"

Health Education Resources Network (H.E.R. Network) seeks to be the premier, faith-based source for health education programming serving the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  H.E.R. Network achieves this mission through Natural Health Education and Consulting, Professional Development training for Social Workers and Health Educators, and through Community Health consulting services. 

Bradford SPH

2012 PhD & 2009 MPH- Biostatistics

Bradford Jackson, PhD, MPH
Post Doctoral Scholar
University of Alabama Birmingham Division of Preventative Medicine

As a post-doctoral scholar in the School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, I will be assisting on all data management functions including entry, verification, internal edit and logic checks for the COPD project. Assist in the analysis of the collected COPD project data, as well as secondary data analysis of other data sets. Additionally, I will collaborate with scientist on and off the UAB campus.

Branden SPH

2010 MHA

Branden Flowers, MHA
Senior Consultant, Kaiser Permanente- Redwood City Medical Center

Provides high quality & cost effective project management, management consulting, & analytic support services or technical expertise and has sole responsibility for large complex analytical projects.  Leads, makes significant contributions, &/or provides technical leadership to high visibility projects to identify & resolve issues of strategic importance to the organization.  Reports to the Chief Operating Officer, Medical Group Administrator, and local labor leader to produce timely and valuable results.

jayakrishna kurada

2010 MPH Clinical Research

Jayakrishna Kurada, MBBS, MPH
Deputy Director, Monitoring, Evaluation & Surveillance-State AIDS Control Society, Andhra Pradesh (A.P.), India

Focal person for implementation and supervision of HIV Sentinel Surveillance- HSS; Integrated Behavioral and Biological HIV Surveillance- IBBS in my State under the National AIDS Control Program (NACP). Head the strategic information management unit which oversees more than 2500 reporting units from 23 districts of A.P. Analyze, interpret and manage large data sets to estimate the HIV Epidemic patterns in the State and give future projections using complex modeling software. Prepare analytic/performance reports for data based decision making and generation of scientific evidence for rational policy making by the Project Director.  Training and capacity building; Operational Research Studies; Overall Monitoring & Evaluation of NACP.

DonMichael SPH

2003 MPH Epidemiology

Capt Don Michael, MPH, CPH
U.S. Air Force Public Health Officer

I direct multi-disciplinary public health activities and personnel both at an Air Force base and in deployed settings. Activities/programs include communicable disease control and surveillance, occupational health/worker protection, deployment medicine/medical intelligence, medical entomology, food and public facility sanitation, preventive health assessments, and individual medical readiness oversight. My assignments have taken me to Ohio, California, Guam, Indonesia, and the Middle East. My career field focuses on the direct application of public health principles in support of force protection and humanitarian assistance.

Ahmad SPH

2009 MPH Health Management & Policy

Ahmad Sharif, MD, MPH
Senior Physician Consultant, Allscripts Healthcare Corporation

I am assisting with transforming the ailing US health care system by deploying meaningful use of technology and electronic medical records. I steer organizations through scoping and project structuring exercises; I lead and facilitate work flow and content design meetings and workshops with clinicians, ancillary teams and other groups; advise them on Order Set build, Clinical Decision Support, Rules and Alerts etc. The primary focus of my work is connected community of health, better health care quality, patient safety, continuum of care, value based patient care, lower health care costs, evidence based medicine and patient empowerment.

Doan SPH

2011 MHA

Quynh Doan, MHA
Administrative Fellow, Trinity Health- Redwood City Medical Center

This postgraduate fellowship program provides individuals committed to careers in healthcare administration with unmatched opportunity to develop leadership and management skills through a broad variety of administrative rotations. Gain experience in key departments within the organization through various projects in areas such as hospital and ambulatory care operations, strategic planning and business development, finance, and human resources. Participate and interact in key executive and board meetings and shadow senior leaders to understand day-to-day challenges and decision-making processes.

Ana SPH

2007 MPH Community Health

Ana Luz Chiapa, MS, MPH
Director of Research and Evaluation, Office of Rural Medical Education, Texas College of Osteopatic Medicine

Currently in charge of all research projects related to rural medical education and advisor to Rural Scholars required research projects. My responsibilities for program evaluation include improving evaluation tools, monitoring data, and preparing evaluation reports. I am also an instructor for year 1 and 2 Rural Scholars on Public Health topics like Basics of Epidemiology, Screening, Research Design, and Cultural Sensitivity.

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