2016 Alaska MCH & Immunization Conference :: Advancing Wellness Across the Lifespan
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Plenary Speakers

September 27, 2016

Welcome Plenary   8:15–8:30 AM

Roald Helgesen photoRoald Helgesen is Chief Executive Officer and Hospital Administrator of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. In his role, he oversees the statewide Alaska Native health services, including the tertiary and specialty care hospital at the Alaska Native Medical Center, environmental health and engineering, community health and business support services that serve Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Alaska.

Prior to joining the Consortium, Mr. Helgesen held several positions of progressive responsibility in the Alaska Tribal Health System. Early in his career, he also provided direct health care services as an emergency medical technician.

Mr. Helgesen grew up in Sitka and is an enrolled Tribal member with Sitka Tribe of Alaska and Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. While earning his Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, he also earned the department’s award for excellence in graduate education.

Mr. Helgesen is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He also serves on the Alaska Tribal Health System Directors committee of the Alaska Native Health Board, the executive committee of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, and steering committees for Recover Alaska and Healthy Alaskans 2020.

Opening Plenary   8:30–9:00 AM

Valerie Davidson photoValerie “Nurr’araaluk” Davidson is an enrolled tribal member of the Orutsararmiut Native Council (ONC). Davidson has worked for over 15 years as a national policy maker on matters affecting Indian health. She is currently the Commissioner for the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services.

Most recently, she served as the Senior Director of Legal and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, where she represented Alaska Native health needs at federal and state levels. Davidson served as Chair of the Tribal Technical Advisory Group to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from its inception in 2004 until August 2014. She represented all tribes over a period that spanned the terms of several Secretaries of Health & Human Services and under both Republican and Democratic administrations. Davidson was also the spokesperson, chief political and legal strategist for ANTHC’s Dental Health Aide Therapy Program, the country’s first mid-level dental program. Davidson served for 11 years as the Technical Co-Lead Negotiator of the Alaska Tribal Health Compact and served on a team to negotiate agreements with the Veterans Administration that allow rural veterans to seek care in their home communities. Valerie also negotiated a tri-party agreement to streamline rural sanitation construction projects with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the State of Alaska and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Davidson also served as Chair of The Foraker Group, Chair of the Alaska Commission on Children and Youth, as a member of the Alaska Health Care Commission, and the U.S. Department of Justice Advisory Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. She currently serves as a Trustee of the First Alaskans Institute.

Davidson earned her juris doctorate, with a certificate in Indian law, from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in bilingual education from University of Alaska Southeast. Davidson, a Yup’ik, was born in Bethel.

Plenary #1   9:15–10:15 AM

The Importance of Preconception Care: A View From the Trenches

Jordan Perlow photoJordon H. Perlow, MD, has been a partner with Phoenix Perinatal Associates and has cared for high-risk pregnancy patients in private practice since 1992. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Medical School (now, the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University) and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rush-Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center/ Rush Medical College; both in Chicago.

During residency, Dr. Perlow was named "Outstanding Resident of the Year" in both his third and fourth years of training. He was also selected as Chief Resident during his fourth year. Dr. Perlow then completed additional sub-specialty fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of California-Irvine and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and is Board Certified and Recertified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Perlow has been a career-long volunteer with the March of Dimes, and has served in many capacities, including Board of Directors, Director of the Folic Acid Education Program for the State of Arizona, and Prematurity Awareness Campaign Chairman. He was named to serve on the National Office of Volunteers and was awarded the 2002 Distinguished Volunteer Service Award for the March of Dimes, the highest honor bestowed on a March of Dimes Volunteer. He has participated in numerous television, radio and print media appearances on behalf of the March of Dimes mission: To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Working with the March of Dimes, Dr.

Perlow created two educational CDs that were used extensively, and distributed throughout the United States, as well as overseas. These CDs covered the critical topics of preterm birth, as well as the prevention of birth defects with preconceptional use of folic acid. Dr. Perlow hosted the nations first Prematurity Symposium for the March of Dimes, attended by March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer House, when this organization first launched their "prematurity campaign" to reduce the numbers of preterm births occurring in the United States.

Plenary #2   4:00–5:00 PM

Recognizing Vaccine Successes and Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

Carrie Byington photoCarrie L. Byington, MD, is the HA and Edna Benning Presidential Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. She serves in many leadership capacities at the University of Utah including as the Associate Vice President for Faculty and Academic Affairs for Health Sciences in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Byington is a nationally recognized clinician scientist with research expertise in viral and bacterial pathogens in infants and children. Much of her research has focused on vaccine preventable infections.

She is the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases and in this capacity helps to develop national policy for prevention and treatment of pediatric infections. Recently, Dr. Byington was appointed the Chair of the Infectious Diseases Advisory Group for the U.S. Olympic Committee and has the opportunity to utilize her experiences and resources to further Zika Virus research.

September 27, 2016

Plenary #3   8:30–9:30 AM

Integrated Perinatal Prevention: Targeting Parent Mental Health, Family Violence, and the Children’s Outcomes

Mark Feinberg, PhD, is Research Professor at the Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University. He conducts basic and applied research on youth, families, and communities, with a particular focus on family dynamics and family-focused prevention. He has developed and tested several prevention programs, including Family Foundations (FF), a transition-to-parenthood program designed to enhance co-parenting among first-time parents.

Dr. Feinberg has also co-developed prevention programs addressing sibling relationship conflict, adverse birth outcomes, and childhood obesity, and has been involved in the long-term evaluation of large-scale community prevention systems, including Communities That Care, PROSPER, and Evidence2Success. He has also written about and examined the community epidemiology of adolescent problem behaviors, i.e., the ways in which risk factors are linked to behavior problems within and between communities.

Plenary #4   4:00–5:00 PM

The 21st Century Opioid Epidemic: How Did We Get Here and Where Do We Go Now?

Jay Butler photoJay C. Butler, MD, was appointed Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Director of the Division of Public Health in December 2014. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Medical School, has completed clinical trainings at Vanderbilt and Emory Universities, and maintains clinical board certifications in infectious diseases, internal medical, and pediatrics. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers and medical textbook chapters on infectious diseases and emergency preparedness, and he is an affiliate professor of medicine at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Butler was Senior Director for Community Health Services at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage, where he was also a clinical infectious diseases consultant and Medical Director for Infection Control and Employee Health. Earlier work includes serving as Chief Medical Officer of the Alaska Department of Health Social Services from 2007 to 2009, Alaska State Epidemiologist, 2005-07, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Arctic Investigations Program, 1998-2005, and medical epidemiologist in CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, 1991-98.

He completed over 23 years of service as a U.S. Public Health Service medical officer, and participated in a number of emergency deployments including heading the H1N1 Vaccine Task Force at the CDC in Atlanta in 2009-10; being a team co-leader during the CDC responses to the SARS outbreak of 2003, avian influenza in 2004, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005; serving as the CDC liaison to FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC during in the investigation of the anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001, and leading the CDC field response to the initial Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome outbreak in the US in 1993.

He still enjoys the “sudden change of priorities” needed to respond to health emergencies and lives in Anchorage with Narda, his very patient wife of over 30 years.

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