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Donald Nease, MD

Donald E. Nease Jr., MD

SNOCAP Director, CaReNet Director

Email: Donald.Nease@cuanschutz.edu

How long have you worked with CU, DFM, or SNOCAP?

Almost 10 years.

Bio:

Dr. Nease is Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado – Denver, where he serves as the Green-Edelman Chair for Practice Based Research, Director of Community Engagement for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Vice Chair for Community in the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the SNOCAP Practice Based Research Network Collaborative. 

He also serves as President of the International Balint Federation (balintinternational.com).  He completed his undergraduate degree and medical school at the University of Kansas, residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He works this territory from the level of individual interactions to community to community and population-based interventions. 

Special Interests:

Reading German detective novels, in German; improve health in partnership with communities, patients, clinicians and their practices.

Interesting Facts:

As a resident I was part of an AAFP committee that produced a small book on practice-based research.

Matthew Simpson, MD

Matthew Simpson, MD, MPH

Associate Director, CaReNet

Email: Matthew.Simpson@cuanschutz.edu

How long have you worked with CU, DFM, or SNOCAP?

I joined CU-DFM as a resident in 2012 and have stayed ever since!

Bio:

Matthew Simpson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

As a clinician-researcher, he has an active clinical practice at the AF Williams Family Medicine Clinic and serves as the associate director for the Colorado Research Network (CaReNet), a practice-based research network of primary care clinics that are focused on delivering care to medically underserved patients.

He is passionate about weaving together the fields of implementation science, health equity, and community engagement to conduct research projects that advance health equity in Colorado’s safety net clinics.

Special Interests:

Riding bicycles, fixing bicycles, drinking really good coffee, traveling.

Interesting Facts:

In my spare time, I am the co-owner of En Fuego Cycles, a local bike store.

Mary Fisher

Mary Fisher, MPH

SNOCAP Associate Director, CaReNet Project Manager

Email: Mary.Fisher@cuanschutz.edu

How long have you worked with CU, DFM, or SNOCAP?

I began with HPRN as a student worker in January 2014 and officially joined the SNOCAP staff in June 2015!

Bio:

Mary Fisher, MPH, is an Instructor and the Associate Director for the SNOCAP Practice-Based Research Networks based out of the University of Colorado's Department of Family Medicine (CU DFM). She is also a project manager for a COCONet project (MI4MI) and with CCTSI Community Engagement where she works with the Community Research Liaisons and various committees and programs.

Mary has been with CU DFM and CCTSI for nearly 6 years in which time she has managed and facilitated a number of research projects and programs, including managing the Colorado Research Network’s (CaReNet) Patient Advisory Council (PAC). 

Special Interests:

Anything outdoors-y, DIY projects and home renovation, thrifting, nutrition and dietetics, community and patient engagement.

Interesting Facts:

Growing up, my cousins owned a small ice cream shop. I still strive to find the best local ice cream anywhere I go!

Marlayna Martinez

Marlayna Martinez, BA

San Luis Valley Community Research Liaison

Email: Marlayna.Martinez@cuanschutz.edu

How long have you worked with CU, DFM, or SNOCAP?

2.5 years (since mid-2018).

Bio:

Marlayna is a community research liaison living and working in the San Luis Valley as a connector, facilitator, and assistant for community based participatory research. She also works with the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center in a similar role and as a professional research assistant on varying projects. She works directly with primary cared practices, community organizations, and individuals to increase community engagement and improve community health. 

Special Interests:

Her specific interests revolve around working with youth and children, as well as, nutrition, and environmental health. Aside from work she enjoys being outdoors, gardening, hiking, fly fishing, hunting, snowboarding, and above all else being with her large extended family. 

Interesting Facts:

She has been skydiving in Hawaii, spent many months on multiple trips in Central and South America, and is (will be) the mother of two beautiful children.