Dr. Tamara Oser is mom and spouse to people living with diabetes. She transitioned her career to focus on conducting research to improve the lives of people with diabetes when her daughter, Jessica, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes shortly after she turned seven. She is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Director of the High Plains Research Network. As a practicing family physician, she has extensive clinical expertise in many practice settings and currently practices in a rural Federally Qualified Health Center with a large Hispanic/Latino population. Her research focuses on the value of peer support in managing diabetes, diabetes technologies, and developing interventions to decrease disparities in the treatment of diabetes.
Sean M. Oser, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Medical Director of UCHealth Lone Tree Primary Care. Before relocating to Colorado, he was Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Penn State Health’s Academic Practice Division. He places a strong emphasis on providing patient-centered, evidence-based, team-based, comprehensive care. He is a proponent of harnessing human, community, and technology resources in providing high quality longitudinal care and enhanced communication with patients. Dr. Oser is active in diabetes research, including advanced diabetes technologies in primary care and the evolving role of social media in peer support.
Kelsey Huss is a Jr. Professional Research Assistant in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado. She was diagnosed with diabetes in 2005 at age 13. As a person with diabetes she strives to assist and educate people with diabetes in rural Colorado.
Qualitative/Mixed Methods Research Expert(she/her/hers)
Tristen Hall has conducted qualitative and mixed methods research and program evaluation in the CU Department of Family Medicine since 2014, and previously worked as a community health promotion program evaluator. Her focus is on improving delivery of primary care services and the intersection between primary care and public health. She is a PhD Candidate in Health & Behavioral Sciences and holds a Master of Public Health from Michigan State University.
Dr. Jortberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (CU-SOM). She holds a PhD in Human Nutrition, is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Dr. Jortberg has been at CU-SOM since 1995, starting in the Department of Preventive Medicine as one of the study coordinators for the Diabetes Prevention Program. She has devoted her professional career to doing translational research in disease prevention, specifically, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. She has been the Principal Investigator or co-investigator for numerous obesity and diabetes grants where innovative evidence-based implementation strategies have been implemented within primary care practices. Specifically, Dr. Jortberg was a co-investigator for an NIH-NIDDK study that developed a web-based patient self-management support system for patients with type 2 diabetes that was delivered in 36 primary care practices in Colorado and California. She also developed and was the program director for the CU-SOM weight management program for over five years. Dr. Jortberg is an international expert in lifestyle management for type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease and has presented on these topics at conferences across the globe.
Bethany Kwan, PhD, MSPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2010, following a MSPH from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2005. She holds a BS in Chemistry and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University (’01). As an investigator in the University of Colorado’s Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS), she conducts pragmatic, patient-centered research and evaluation on health and health care in a variety of areas. With an emphasis on stakeholder engagement and dissemination and implementation (D&I) methods, her work addresses the integration of physical and behavioral health, chronic disease self-management, improving processes and systems of care to achieve the Quadruple Aim, pragmatic trials using electronic health data, and enhancing quality of life for patients and care partners. She works with patients and other stakeholders at all phases of research, from prioritization, to design, implementation, and dissemination of research. She mentors and teaches students, trainees, and fellow faculty on Designing for Dissemination to ensure that research innovations are efficiently and effectively adopted, used, and sustained in real world settings to improve health and well-being for all. Dr. Kwan directs the ACCORDS Education program as well as the Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Dissemination & Implementation Research Core.
Social Determinants of Health Expert(she/her/hers)
Anne Nederveld, MD, MPH, is an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics trained physician who has lived and worked in Grand Junction for the past fifteen years.She has practiced primary care medicine in both private practice and safety net settings, currently working at a Federally Qualified Health Center. In 2017, she completed a primary care research fellowship through the University of Colorado. She is currently 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.
Dr. Sara Wettergreen is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Clinical Pharmacy and Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is a Clinical Pharmacist at UCHealth Lone Tree Primary Care clinic, where she implements population health management initiatives and provides pharmacotherapy consultations. Dr. Wettergreen’s clinical areas of interest include management of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk reduction.
Linda is a Senior Instructor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, co-Director of the High Plains Research Network (HPRN), a practice-based research network in eastern Colorado, and staff for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI). She has extensive experience managing and leading a wide range of multi-method research projects with rural practices and communities. The work she does with HPRN aims to provide connections between clinical practice and the broader community; linking primary care, behavioral health, and public health into a rural “community of solution.” She coordinates the HPRN Community Advisory Council to support their participation in all aspects of the HPRN. Ms. Zittleman helped develop the Boot Camp Translation (BCT) process and training program. She also helped establish and direct of the Colorado Immersion Training in Community Engagement program with the CCTSI. Linda was born and raised in central Wisconsin and lives in Denver with her husband, Stan.