Keynote & Plenary Addresses

Supporting Presenters


Farduus Ahmed, MSW

Ms. Ahmed, MSW, SWC, is an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is a mental health clinician and educator who provides culturally and linguistically responsive, and trauma-informed clinical service to refugee/immigrant clients and their families. Farduus also leading a three-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice to expand services, education, and outreach on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Ms. Ahmed is an experienced community leader, advocate, researcher, and consultant who brings more than a decade of engaging with diverse populations in areas of women's health, newcomer health and mental health. She specializes in consultancies that support refugees and immigrants, offering expert opinion, program analysis, and recommendations to service providers and systems to promote the self-sufficiency, integration and empowerment of refugee women and their families. Her work includes: the Colorado Governor's State of Colorado New American Community Advisory Committee, Denver Police Department Chief's Community Advisory Board, Refugee Review Board for the Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers in North America, the Refugee Action Coalition of Colorado, AJL Foundation Grantmaking Committee, Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau Committee, the Colorado COVID-19 Equity Taskforce, and the End FGM/C US Network Steering Committee. Ms. Ahmed is a skilled public speaker who provides extensive educational offerings in the community. Farduus' certification as a professional interpreter/translator and fluency in Somali and English extends her capacity to engage with the East African diaspora communities. She was awarded the Immigrant Liberty Award for outstanding service to the immigrant community in 2017.

Mandy Allison, MD, MSPH*

Mandy Allison, MAEd, MD, MSPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She has taught residents, medical students, and advanced practice provider students and provided clinical care to linguistically, ethnically, and culturally diverse patients since 2004. She has served as a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on foundation-funded grants and federal grants from AHRQ, CDC, and NIH in the areas of immunization delivery, school health, and early childhood development. She has served as the Co-Director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health (PRC) with Dr. David Olds, Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) founder, since 2019. Her recent and current research includes a formative study of home-visiting for women with previous live births and a qualitative study of health care experiences of mothers with a history of substance use disorder. She was a co-investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded project (Dr. Venice Williams, PI) examining the role of collaboration and system integration of homevisiting with other community providers in achieving positive maternal-child health outcomes. Finally, she is currently a multiple principal investigator on two pragmatic trials. One is a randomized clinical trial of Nurse Family Partnership home-visiting for people with previous live births, and the other is a trial of enriching home-visiting to improve maternal and child cardiovascular health.


Marc P. Bonaca, MD, MPH

Marc P. Bonaca, MD, MPH is a Cardiologist and Vascular Medicine Specialist who serves as the Executive Director of CPC Clinical Research and CPC Community Health which is an Academic Research Organization created by and affiliated with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He is the Director of Vascular Research and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the inaugural holder of the William R. Hiatt Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research. CPC is a core resource of the University of Colorado research and community outreach infrastructure.

Dr. Bonaca earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and his Masters in Public Health at Harvard University. He served as a Medical House Officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Following his medical residency training, he served as a Cardiology Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and subsequently completed a fellowship in Vascular Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital under the mentorship of Mark A. Creager MD. He then served as a Cardiovascular Research Fellow with the TIMI Study Group with the Cardiovascular Division of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Sarah Brewer, PhD, MPA*

Dr. Brewer directs the ACCORDS Education Program, serves as a Qualitative and Mixed Methodologist in the ACCORDS Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core, and is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine. She is also Associate Director for the Colorado Children’s Outcomes Network, a state-wide practice based research network (PBRN) of pediatric practices in Colorado focused on answering clinically relevant research questions. Dr. Brewer's research interests include disease prevention and establishment of healthy behavior in pediatric care, the role of community in refugee health during resettlement, and effective implementation of community engagement in health research and the health care system. She earned a PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver, a graduate certificate in Public Health Sciences from the Colorado School of Public Health, and Master of Public Administration with a focus in health policy from University of Colorado Denver, and. B.A. in International Studies and German Languages and Literature from the University of Denver.


Kathryn (Katie) Colborn, PhD, MSPH

Dr. Colborn is an Associate Professor the Division of Healthcare Policy and Research in the Department of Medicine. She Directs the Biostatistics and Analytics Core at ACCORDS. She also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics in the Colorado School of Public Health, and she co-directs the Data Informatics and Statistics Core (DISC) of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC). She has received extramural funding for her own research and has collaborated on numerous extramural research grants. Her research interests include design and analysis of randomized controlled trials and cluster randomized trials, analysis of electronic health record data, and health services and outcomes research.


Liza M. Creel, PhD, MPH*

Dr. Creel Creel is an Associate Professor in the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Economic Analysis Core within ACCORDS and Affiliate Faculty in the Farley Health Policy Center. Dr. Creel's research is in the areas of maternal and child health, organizational collaboration within the healthcare and social service systems, and policy evaluation as it relates to impacts on cost, quality, and access. Dr. Creel serves as PI and Co-I on several studies, including a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supported grant to examine cross-sector alignment among organizations serving pregnant and parenting women in recovery. Dr. Creel has taught courses in health policy analysis, health policy research, and microeconomic theory. She received her PhD in Health Services Research from Texas A&M University School of Public Health and her MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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Lisa DeCamp, MD, MSPH

Lisa Ross DeCamp, MD, MSPH, is an associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado. She is affiliated with the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS), and core faculty in the Latino Research and Policy Center at the Colorado School of Public Health. As a clinician scientist she is focused on understanding and addressing health disparities, with a particular focus on Latino children in immigrant families. Dr. DeCamp is a practicing general pediatrician bilingual in English and Spanish. She currently practices at an academic primary care clinic in the Children's Hospital Colorado Health System serving primarily Medicaid-insured children.

Brooke Dorsey Holliman, PhD

Dr. Brooke Dorsey Holliman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the School of Medicine. She specializes in the use of qualitative and mixed methods in health services research, and is skilled at health policy and program evaluation. Dr. Dorsey Holliman’s research focuses on health disparities and inequalities due to socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and social and structural factors. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, she was the founding Director of the Qualitative Core for the Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. Dr. Dorsey Holliman earned her B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina Central University, a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver.


Russell E. Glasgow, PhD*

Dr. Glasgow is Director of the Dissemination and Implementation Program of ACCORDS and research professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Prior to Fall 2013, he was Deputy Director for Implementation Science in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science at the U. S. National Cancer Institute ( Dr. Glasgow is an implementation scientist and evaluation expert who has worked on many transdisciplinary research issues including chronic illness self-management, worksite health promotion, primary care-based interventions, and community-based prevention programs involving community health centers


Emma Gilchrist, MPH



Emma Gilchrist, MPH is an instructor in the CU Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. As deputy director of the Farley Health Policy Center, she oversees the planning, execution, and completion of its programs and projects. She has been a project manager and qualitative researcher for federal, state, and foundation grants and contracts; and works to improve health through policies that advance behavioral health integration, prevention and health promotion, community engagement, and workforce development. Ms. Gilchrist enjoys mentoring students and fellows. She received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan, and she previously worked at the University of Michigan Center for Managing Chronic Disease.


Mark Gritz, PhD

R. Mark Gritz, PhD, is Director of Operations for ACCORDS, an Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Health Care Policy and Research, and the Director of Operations at the Farley Health Policy Center. He received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University and has over 30 years of experience in directing and managing demonstrations, evaluations, research, and technical assistance projects designed to improve economic, health and other outcomes affecting the well-being of economically-disadvantaged and other vulnerable populations. Many of these projects have involved youth, women from low-income families, veterans, elderly, and other targeted populations, including several research and evaluation efforts examining the needs and experiences of low-income youth, unemployed workers, working single mothers, socio-economically disadvantaged populations, and disabled veterans. Before returning to Colorado he held several corporate management positions where he directed over 100 scientific and technical staff, had responsibility for the financial performance of international business units, and managed intellectual property portfolios. His current work focuses on healthcare value and its association with socio-economics factors with an eye towards rapidly responding to research and policy analysis needs of government agencies in Colorado.


Ricardo Gonzalez-Fisher, MD, MPH

Ricardo Gonzalez-Fisher, MD, MPH was born in Canton, Ohio, and moved to Mexico with his family at the age of 3 years old. As an immigrant in Mexico, he became a Surgical Oncologist with significant experience in various roles, including senior leadership, academia, team building and research on issues related to cancer incidence, treatment, and survivorship. In 2012, Dr. Gonzalez-Fisher moved to Colorado and obtained a master’s degree in Public Health. Since 2016 Dr Gonzalez-Fisher serves as a public health professional at Servicios de La Raza managing the Ventanilla de Salud program at the Mexican Consulate in Denver, actively participating in COVID-19 education, testing and vaccination for underserved Latino communities across the State of Colorado. Dr. GonzalezFisher participates in several NIH funded research projects through the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Metropolitan State University of Denver where he is Associate Faculty.


Janine Higgins, PhD

Janine Higgins, PhD, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora. She received her PhD in biochemistry at the University of Sydney, with a thesis focusing on the effect of carbohydrate sub-type, in particular resistant starch, on insulin sensitivity in rats. Her research focuses on preventing weight regain following weight loss in obese rodents and the metabolic effects of resistant starch in children, adults, and rats. She is also an investigator on the NIH multi-center Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth (TODAY) study. She is currently the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Nutrition Research Director. Her latest endeavours seek to translate the data from adult studies to children and adolescents who are the population at greatest risk for an explosion in the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome and, therefore, the population with the greatest possible benefit from resistant starch consumption.

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Amy Huebschmann, MD, MS, FACP

Dr. Huebschmann is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with the Division  of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Women’s Health  Research. Dr. Huebschmann began her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a BS in Environmental Engineering. She earned her medical degree in  2000 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the  University of Colorado School of Medicine. Continuing her education, most recently she earned an MS in Clinical Sciences in 2015 at the University of Colorado. She has been funded continuously by the NIH since 2011. Her overarching research goal is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease by delivering evidencebased programs to prevent and treat cardiovascular risk factors, such as sedentary behavior. 


Lisa Neal-Graves, ME, MS, JD

Lisa Neal-Graves is the CEO of Aurora Wellness Communtiy (AWC), a CU Medicine Entity. AWC is a partnership with the Aurora Community, CU Anschutz School of Medicine, and CU Medicine to BUILD HEALTH, WEALTH, and WELL-BEING in Aurora, with a particular focus on residents who live in zip codes 80010, 80011, and 80012. This organization will focus on addressing the social determinants of health with a new primary care clinic as well as other services and ecosystems necessary to meet the needs of Aurora residents. Lisa has 30+ years of experience, having served as a Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Technology Officer, SVP, and VP with various tech companies focused on delivering innovative services and solutions.
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Andrea Nederveld, MD, MPH

Anne Nederveld, MD, MPH, is an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics trained physician who has lived and worked in Grand Junction, Colorado for almost two decades. She has practiced primary care medicine in both private practice and safety net settings, and currently works at a Federally Qualified Health Center. In 2017, she completed a primary care research fellowship through the University of Colorado. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at CU and is the director of a Western Slope Practice-based Research Network (Partners Engaged in Achieving Change in Health Network, or PEACHnet) as well as leading and participating in other community engaged research projects in Western Colorado. Her primary research interests are in obesity and diabetes treatment and prevention as well as exploring the effects of social determinants of health on practice strategies and health outcomes.

Monica PerezJolles

nica Pérez Jolles, PhD, MA*

Mónica Pérez Jolles, PhD, MA, is a health services and implementation scientist seeks to close the health gap through team-based science by actively engaging healthcare providers, administrators, and patients/community members to increase the capacity of Federally Qualified Health Centers to implement multi-level interventions; particularly family-centered and trauma-informed care. She approaches program development and testing from ecological and complex systems perspectives and uses mixed methods. Her research focuses on pragmatic trials recruiting under-represented patient populations, and on evidence-informed methods promoting co-created partner engagement in research.


Tianjing Li, MD, MHS, PhD

Dr. Tianjing Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus with a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. The goal of Dr. Li’s research is to develop, evaluate, and disseminate methods for comparing healthcare interventions and to provide trust-worthy evidence for decision-making.


Borsika Rabin, Phd, PharmD

Assistant Research Professor, Department of Family Medicine  Research Methodology: Dissemination and implementation science, integration of research into practice, stakeholder engagement, real-world, pragmatic study designs, synthesis of measurement instruments, use of theories and frameworks, designing for dissemination and implementation, development of reviews, toolkits, and decision aids for dissemination and implementation research, review of Ehealth interventions  Topic areas: Broad application of the above-described methodology to studies of cancer prevention and care, development, and evaluation of cancer prognostic tools, coordination of care, ischemic heart disease in the context of diverse community-and clinicbased settings including academic, safety net, and integrated delivery systems, VA, and rural and low-income settings.


Lorenzo RamÍrez

Lorenzo Ramírez has worked as a Community Research Liaison in the various Latino communities of Metro Denver for the past 14 years with a focus on Community Engagement and Community Based Participatory Research CBPR.

Alison Reidmohr, MA

Alison Reidmohr, MA has worked in communications and health policy for more than 10 years in Montana and Colorado. After moving to Colorado in 2017, she started work as the tobacco communications strategist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, leading statewide media campaigns, including those promoting the Colorado QuitLine and Tobacco Free Colorado. She was promoted to deputy communications director and led CDPHE’s COVID-19 prevention marketing efforts through 2020. Her focus and expertise lie in policy and legislative communications, communications strategy, and public health marketing. In 2022, she earned her master of arts degree in communication from the University of Colorado, Denver, after conducting original research on Colorado’s digital contact tracing application, CO Exposure Notifications. She works full time for the Farley Health Policy Center, for which she leads all communications activities.


Jenn Russell, MHA

Jenn Russell is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has worked at the Colorado School of Public Health's Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health for the past 16 years. Currently she serves as the Project Director for the IHS Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreement Program Monitoring Contract where she provides technical assistance and resources to 27 tribal communities implementing evidence-based interventions to prevent unintentional and intentional injury. Previously, she served as the Associate Director for the IHS Special Diabetes Program for Indians Coordinating Center (SDPI CC) cooperative agreement. With the SDPI CC, she provided daily technical assistance directly to 68 IHS-funded grantees and conducted over 40 site visits focused on successful implementation of public health interventions. Additionally, Jenn serves as the Chair for the Board of Directors for Denver Indian Health and Family Services, Denver's Urban Indian Health Organization.

Gregory Tung, PhD

Dr. Greg Tung is an associate professor in the Colorado School of Public Health's Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy. His research interests relate to how scientific evidence is incorporated into policy and program decision making, with a special emphasis on injury prevention. Dr. Tung works on a diverse range of injury topics, including the prevention of youth violence, suicides, poisonings and child abuse. His research interests also include the integration of health services and public health systems, with a focus on non-profit hospital community benefit activities. Dr. Tung is a mixed methods researcher and utilizes both quantitative (e.g. longitudinal, multi-level, and time-to-event analysis) and qualitative (e.g. case studies) methods. He is also a faculty member in the Injury & Violence Prevention Center.


Shale Wong, MD, MSPH

Shale Wong, MD, MSPH is a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics and family medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, teaching child health, advocacy, policy and health care reform with focused interests in integrated care and achieving health equity. She is director of the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center and Vice Chair for Policy and Advocacy in the Department of Pediatrics. Shale served as health policy advisor to First Lady Michelle Obama for development and implementation of her signature child obesity initiative, Let’s Move, and assisted in launching Joining Forces to improve wellness and resilience of military families. Additionally, she was a senior program consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She continues to serve on several national and community advisory boards. As a lifelong dancer, she is inspired to advance health through the arts.

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**Updated June 1, 2023


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