Platform Presenters

Specimen Rejection Cost more for the Most Affected

William Anong, PhD.
William Anong, PhD. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical laboratory Science, School of Health Sciences at Winston Salem State University.  He is a board-certified Clinical Chemists with the National Registry of Clinical Chemists and a Medical Laboratory Scientist with the American Society for Clinical Pathology. His interest includes electrolyte kinetics, blood and blood related diseases, and improvement in laboratory standard operating procedures.

Sydney Peterson
Sydney Peterson is a CLS student at Winston Salem University

Hillary Smith
Hillary Smith is a CLS student at Winston Salem State University

Stephanie Cochrane, MSc
Stephanie Cochrane, MSc is the CLS Lab Coordinator at Winston Salem State University.

Enhancing Breastfeeding Rates in African American Women

Jill Comess is the Food Science and Nutrition Program Director at Norfolk State University (NSU), Norfolk, Virginia ,  in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health, College of Science, Engineering and Technology.  Her experiences and interests are in lifecycle nutrition, minority health, and obesity.  She is a member of the NSU Center of Excellence in Minority Health Disparities, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the VA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Tidewater Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She is currently a Health Science Doctoral Student at Nova Southeastern University.

Increasing Diversity in the Physical Therapy Profession by Addressing Disparities in the Performance of African Americans on the National Physical Therapy Examination

Dr. Greene is an Associate Professor at Howard University, Washington, DC, in the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.  Her experience and interests are in health disparities, and community education.  She is currently editor of the NSAH Journal.

Healthcare Access Among Individuals Who Are Deaf

Dr. Dock is a tenured Associate Professor at Winston Salem State University in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, School of Health Sciences. Her experience and interests are in health care and deafness, accommodations for students and adult-workers with disabilities, vocational evaluations, and the employment needs of adult-workers who are Deaf/HH. She is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), has served as an expert witness, publishes in peer-reviewed journals, presents at local, regional, and national conferences, and provides professional consultation throughout the country.

Interactive Session on Disparities in Reproductive Health Among Undergraduate African American Women

Dr. Hayley Figueroa, MPH, DrPH.
Dr. Hayley Figueroa is an Assistant Professor in Healthcare Management at Winston-Salem State University.  She holds a Dr PH from the CUNY School of Public Health in New York City. Her previous posts include Metropolitan College of New York School for Business and Brooklyn College, where she taught a variety of courses in healthcare management, emergency preparedness and disaster management, and health and nutrition sciences. She is a public health practitioner, and consultant with more than 20 years of professional experience.  Dr. Figueroa’s primary research interests are in women’s health, obesity, and the sociocultural context of food.

Kineka J. Hull, MS, MSPH.
Ms. Hull is an Instructor at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), in the Department of Healthcare Management.  Her experience and interests are in educational research, assessment, and evaluation, reproductive and sexuality health, biosafety and infection control, environmental health, and cellular and molecular biology.  She is the former Director of Academic Services for the WSSU School of Health Sciences,  and a former Industrial Hygienist at Wake Forest University (WFU) School of Medicine. She is currently funded by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives to deliver sexuality health education to 6-8 grade students.

Development of a Rehabilitation Model to Address Health Disparities Amongst Marginalized Disability Groups

Nondwe Bongokazi Mlenzana, PT, Masters, PhD.
Dr. Mlenzana is an Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape, in the Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Community and Health Sciences. Currently she is the Head of the Physiotherapy Department at the University of the Western Cape.  Her experience and interest focuses on the Evaluation of Process of Care at specific Rehabilitation Centers in the Western Cape. She developed a Rehabilitation Model that will be presented to the Department of Health as a model for the implementation of Rehabilitation Services. In addition, she has a strong focus on disability issues and identification of gaps within delivery of services at different levels of health care

José Frantz, PhD.
Dr. Frantz is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and a Professor in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She drives research at the university but remains actively involved in student supervision and research in the area of health promotion and education as well as health professions educator development.

Diversity and Inclusion in Allied Health Professions

Angela Thomas-Davis,  EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA.
Dr. Thomas-Davis is a professor of Occupational Therapy at Alabama State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Tuskegee Institute, her MPA from Auburn University at Montgomery, and her educational doctorate in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law from Alabama State University. In 2017, Dr. Davis was selected to join the AOTA Roster of Fellows.  She currently serves as a member of the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators for Occupational Therapy Education, is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the NSAH, and Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee of the NSAH.  Dr. Davis’ teaching and research interests include: administration and management, research, inter-professional education, children and adult health, and occupational therapy professional issues and advocacy.

Evaluating Interprofessional Integration of a Nurse Practitioner in a Community Health Clinic for Hispanic/Latino Patients

Darren T. Absher, DNP, BS Bio, APRN, FNP-BC.
Dr. Absher earned a DNP from Winston Salem State University, MSN-FNP from Old Dominion University, and BS Biology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He began his health professional career as a Paramedic attaining a BSN through one of the country’s first Paramedic to BSN programs at Winston Salem State University. His primary interest is in inter-professional team-based care, underserved populations and global health. Currently, Dr. Absher serves as adjunct faculty at Winston Salem State University in global health, and community health.  He currently practices with Community Physicians at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and the Community Care Center free clinic in Winston Salem, NC.

Eliminating Behavioral Health Disparities: An Occupational Therapy Perspective

Chinyu Wu, PhD, OTR/L.
Dr. Wu is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Winston Salem State University (WSSU). Her area of clinical practice, teaching and research is occupational therapy for individuals struggling with behavioral health issues. After she joined WSSU, she conducted PhotoVoice studies to identify needs of community-dwelling individuals including emergency department (ED) ‘frequent flyers” and service users of a local behavioral health hospital.

William Davis
William Davis is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Winston Salem State University.

Addressing Health Disparities by Adapting a Physiotherapy Community-Based Rehabilitation Curriculum

Anthea J. Rhoda PhD, University of the Western Cape

Hassan M. Abdelnour, MSc, Ahfad University for Women,

Michael Rowe, PhD, University of the Western Cape, Graziella.

Van.den.Bergh, PhD, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

Addressing Health Disparities Using Inter-professional Education Initiatives

Jose M Frantz, PhD.  Dr. Frantz is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and a Professor in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She drives research at the university but remains actively involved in student supervision and research in the area of health promotion and education as well as health professions educator development.  Anthea J. Rhoda, PhD.