Health and Health Care

111 - Health and Health Care: Managing Chronic Conditions

Monday, July 16
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Empire Room-Lower Level

Angela Ford, PhD, MSW-Diabetes Prevention: Relevance, Retention, Results
Jamillah Hoy-Rosas, MPH, RD, CDN, CDE-Support Asthma Self Management Behaviors in Aging Adults
Nancy Latham, PhD, PT-mHealth Supported Exercise vs Exercise Along in People with Parkinson's Disease
Andrew DeMott, MPH-Fit and Strong! Plus: An Evidence-Based Weight Management Program for Older Adults with Osteoarthritis

Health and Health Care: Managing Chronic Conditions
July 16, 2018 4:15 – 5:30


A chronic condition is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects. Chronic conditions may have an impact on activities of everyday living. Some statistics report that eighty eight percent of Americans over age 65 have at least one chronic health condition. Addressing chronic conditions requires new strategies to delay health deterioration, improve function, and address the problems that people confront in their day-to-day lives. New strategies and approaches to address four chronic conditions: Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s and Asthma, will be presented by a panel of experts in this session.

Specifically, panel experts will present the factors and interventions that have been found to be barriers or facilitators of exercise adherence in persons with Parkinson’s Disease. This session will describe key elements of a targeted, tailored self-management approach to asthma control. The panel will present findings from a program that addresses both physical activity and weight loss for older adults with osteoarthritis. Finally, the purpose, methodology and outcomes related to the scientific evidence for a national diabetes prevention program will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

Angela F. Ford, PhD, MSW

Health Program Manager
Black Women's Health Imperative

After an early retirement from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Angela F. Ford joined the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) in 2013 to provide the leadership for their CDC-funded National Diabetes Prevention Program – Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL2). Dr. Ford has provided oversight of program implementation through the BWHI network of 15 partnering organizations in 12 states, including both non-profit and for-profit providers. In her current role, Dr. Ford is also the BWHI Senior Master Trainer, training coaches for the BWHI network as well as other organizations, to support participants in changing their lifestyles by replacing negative behaviors with positive ones, making healthier food choices, learning to shop for and prepare food in a healthier way, manage stress, problem solve and feel empowered to make healthier lifestyle decisions.

Prior to joining BWHI, Dr. Ford held several positions at the University of Pittsburgh including Executive Director of the Center for Health Equity in the Graduate School of Public Health; Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences; Director of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center’s Alzheimer Outreach Center; and Social Worker on the Geriatric unit of the psychiatric hospital. She also served on the Board of Directors for Vintage Senior Community Services and the Advisory Board of the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging.

Dr. Ford was trained in the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program model and facilitated several groups of older adults participating in Better Choices – Better Health, sponsored by the National Council on Aging. She also facilitated groups of older adults participating in the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program.

Dr. Ford received both her Master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, along with a Certificate in Gerontology.


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Jamillah Hoy-Rosas, MPH, RD, CDN, CDE

Chief Health Officer
City Health Works

Jamillah Hoy-Rosas is a senior healthcare professional who has worked in the fields of nutrition and public health for over 15 years. Jamillah received her B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her RD and Master's Degree in Public Health Nutrition at New York University. Jamillah specializes in program design and service delivery, curriculum development and training, health coaching and adult education, motivational interviewing and medical nutrition therapy. She is trained as a Lifestyle Coach for the National Diabetes Prevention Program, as a U.S. Diabetes Conversation Map® Program Facilitator and Asthma Care Specialist. She is currently the Chief Health Officer at City Health Works, a non-profit health organization based in Harlem that hires community health workers to provide health coaching, disease management education and care coordination services to people living with chronic illnesses. In this role, she is responsible for program design and evaluation, and has oversight in the hiring, training and supervision of the care delivery team. She oversees all clinical collaborations with partnering foundations, health systems, pharmacies, clinics and community-based organizations.


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Nancy K. Latham, PhD, PT

Associate Epidemiologist
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Nancy Latham, PhD, PT is an Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at Harvard University in Boston Massachusetts. She completed her training in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto and McGill University, a PhD at the Clinical Trials Research Unit at the University of Auckland and a NIDRR post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at Boston University. Her research interest is in applying methods from the field of clinical epidemiology, such as randomized controlled trials, cohort studies and meta-analyses, to rehabilitation and disability-related research. She is particularly interested in innovative interventions to extend the benefits of rehabilitation programs to people in the community after usual rehabilitation care ends. She was a co-principal investigator of the HIP Rehab trial, an RCT of a home-based exercise program for people after hip fracture which was published in JAMA. She is currently the Study Director of the STRIDE study, a pragmatic randomized controlled trial of a primary care based intervention to reduce serious fall-related injuries in 10 health systems in the U.S.A. She is also the PI on studies to evaluate technology to improve health and function in persons with Parkinson Disease and Spinal Cord Injury. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and is on the editorial board of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


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Andrew DeMott, MPH

Project Manager, Center Coordinator
University of Illinois at Chicago, Center for Research on Health and Aging

I have a MPH in Community Health Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I coordinate the Center for Health on Research and Aging at the University of Illinois at Chicago and am the Project Manager for the national evidence-based exercise program, Fit & Strong!


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April Smith-Hirak, PhD

Acting Regional Health Administrator, Region 2

As Acting Regional Health Administrator for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Dr. Smith-Hirak is responsible for public health leadership across Region II and leads Regional Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) programs in Minority Health, Population Affairs, Women’s Health, and the HIV/AIDS. Additionally, Dr. Smith-Hirak leads and participates in several initiatives, including opioids, behavioral health, and chronic and infectious disease prevention.

Prior to her work in HHS Region II, Dr. Smith-Hirak was at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she worked in the Office of the Director on issues management, short-term policy, and managing the agency’s regulatory activity. During her time at the CDC, she addressed public health areas including nutrition and physical activity, diabetes education, environmental health policy, clinician outreach and communication, emergency response and preparedness, and public/private partnerships. She also served as a member of the 2005 White House Conference on Aging policy team.

Dr. Smith-Hirak holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University, where she researched with the Rudd and PACE Centers, focusing on Social and Health Psychology issues surrounding obesity stereotyping and discrimination. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.


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