2022 Plenary Speakers
Anne Zink, MD, FACEP is the Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska. Dr. Zink grew up in Colorado and moved through her training from College in Philadelphia to Medical School at Stanford and then Residency at University at Utah. As a mountaineering guide she had fallen in love with Alaska and after residency in Emergency Medicine became lucky enough to call Alaska home. Not only does she love people and the place, but also the medicine. Alaska is a small, isolated microcosm on the US health care where certain forces like the distance, lack of referral centers, and community involvement help create better systems of care that are directly related to bedside care. She quickly became involved in helping improve systems of care as the medical director of her group, then in her hospital and with state and federal legislation, including state legislation to improve care coordination, opioid addiction treatment option, integration between private systems and the VA, DOD, and IHS facilities and more. Dr. Zink had the honor of becoming the State of Alaska Chief Medical Officer in July 2019. In all the work she does, she strives to create work environments, policies, and practices that are data-driven, foster collaboration and build system efficiencies that put patients first.
Abigail Echo-Hawk, MA (Pawnee) is the Executive Vice President of the Seattle Indian Health Board and the Director of the Urban Indian Health Institute, a Tribal epidemiology center. She works to support the health and well-being of urban Indian communities and Tribal nations across the United States. Abigail has been recognized as a national leader in decolonizing data for indigenous people, by indigenous people.
Elisa Rosier, MD, FAAP Elisa is a Pediatrician and Owner of Pacific Pediatrics, LLC, a private pediatric clinic in Ketchikan. Dr. Rosier received her medical degree from Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan. She had continued her tenure in Michigan where she did her residency at the Children's Hospital of Michigan. She moved back to Alaska in 2009 and held her position as Pediatrician at PeaceHealth, Ketchikan Medical Center, in Ketchikan, Alaska for 9 years until she opened her own practice, Pacific Pediatrics, in 2018. In her spare time, she likes to sew, cook, and teach Laughter Yoga.
Sharon Fischel has worked with the Department of Education since 2003. Currently she is part of the School Health, Safety and Alternative Education Unit. Some of her duties consist of school counseling, mental health in schools, Suicide prevention, and Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports Coordinator. She currently serves on the Alaska Mental Health Board and the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council as EED’s representative. Her background is in elementary education, special education PK-12, secondary education, related service counseling and school counseling. She is also a licensed professional counselor. Sharon has a Master’s of Science in Counseling, and a Bachelors of Science in Education.
Jessica Black, PhD (Gwich'in Dena) is from the villages of Gwichyaa Zhee (Ft. Yukon) and Toghotthele (Nenana), Alaska. Dr. Black currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Alaska Native Studies, Rural Development and Tribal Governance at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Black received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) at UAF and her master’s degree and PhD in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her dissertation and current research examine the relationship between governance and well-being among Alaska Native peoples, especially as it pertains to Tribal Stewardship and Cultural Connectivity. She resides in Fairbanks, Alaska with her family, however, she frequently returns home to Gwichyaa Zhee to hunt, fish, gather and engage in other, important cultural practices.
Rosalyn Singleton, M.D., M.P.H. (Research Physician, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium) Rosalyn started in 1985 as a pediatrician in a Navajo hospital, and since 1988 as a pediatrician, immunization consultant and researcher for Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and guest researcher at Arctic Investigations Program – CDC.
Jared Parrish is the senior Maternal and Child Health epidemiologist at the Alaska Division of Public Health and co-chairs the Alaska Statewide Violence and Injury Prevention Partnership. He holds affiliations at Harborview Injury Prevention Research Center, Washington University at St. Louis, and OHSU-PSU in Oregon. Research interests focus on child and adolescent injuries, administrative data linkages, and incorporating novel methods for applied surveillance with an emphasis on improving timeliness, efficacy, and utility of data that lead to prevention.