Health and Health Care

203 - Health and Health Care: Preventing Communicable Diseases

Tuesday, July 17
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Executive Room-Lobby Level

Shannon Munro, PhD, APRN, BC, FNP-Preventing Hospital Acquired Pneumonia Among Non-Ventilated Veterans by Engaging Nursing Staff to Provide Consistent Oral Hygiene
Margaret Terjesen, DNP, RN, FNP-BC-Older Adults At Risk for Sexually Transmitted Disease
R Gordon Douglas, Jr., MD-Improving Adult Immunization Rates Through Partnership and Training: GSA's National Adult Vaccination Program

Addressing the importance and impact of communicable diseases in the older adult population is a vital part of any health promotion, prevention, surveillance or treatment program. Older adults can benefit from an array of health promotion and prevention strategies, regardless of their existing health status or living arrangements. These strategies include both those aimed at improving personal behaviors, as well as efforts by the public health and medical communities.

This panel of healthy aging experts will describe a number of communicable diseases prevalent among older adults, including associated risks and prevention strategies. Among these, programs to address hospital acquired pneumonia and sexually transmitted diseases are discussed. In addition, the Gerontological Society of America’s National Adult Vaccination Program is highlighted. Collectively, these programs focus on improving education and prevention efforts among older adults designed to positively influence and maintain physical, mental and cognitive health.

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Shannon Munro, PhD, APRN, BC, FNP

Nurse Researcher
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

I have 30+ years of critical care, medical surgical, and primary care experience as a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Researcher. I am currently serving as an IRB Chair; provide consultation to nurses and other discplines pursuing advanced degrees on the development and implementation of clinical studies, and serve as Chair of the National VA Nursing Research Field Advisory Committee contributing to national research policy. I am a Undersecretary for Health Diffusion of Excellence fellow and have expanded our research on prevention of non-ventilator associated hospital acquired pneumonia through provision of oral care to 8 hospitals with plans for national VA deployment in progress.


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Margaret M. Terjesen, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Associated Clinical Professor Graduate Clinical Coordinator
Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing, Wagner College

Biosketch: Margaret M. Terjesen DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Margaret M. Terjesen received her AAS from Staten Island Community College, her BS from the College of Staten Island, her MS and Post Masters Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Wagner College. Margaret completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Wagner College in December 2017 with a research focused on the Older Adult at Risk for Sexually Transmitted Disease. She holds RN and FNP licensure in New York and has current ANCC board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Margaret has over 40 years of practice as staff nurse, assistant head nurse in a Critical Care Unit, homecare nurse, program director, and practicing FNP in a Pre-Admission Testing Unit,
Margaret’s teaching responsibilities in the Spiro School of Nursing have included both undergraduate and graduate courses with expertise in Fundamentals, Medical Surgical Nursing, community health, and Family Nurse Practitioner seminars. Her educational focus is on preparation of the new generation of Registered Nurses and Family Nurse Practitioners.
Specialties: Critical Care, ambulatory surgery, community-based nursing, family practice.
Organizations: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York, Epsilon Mu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, and Mu Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.


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R Gordon Douglas, MD

GSA National Adult Vaccination Program Workgroup

R. Gordon Douglas, Jr, MD, graduated from Princeton University and Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed specialty training at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and served as Head of Infectious Diseases at University of Rochester and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Douglas is recognized as one of the leading authorities on viral infectious diseases. He has published 190 original scientific publications and 66 book chapters on viral pathogenesis, vaccines, and anti-viral therapies. He was co-editor of 10 books, including one considered to be the standard reference in the field of infectious diseases.

Under his leadership as Founding President of Merck Vaccines, the company produced and distributed an extraordinary number of new vaccines, including for Haemophilus B, Hepatitis B, Chicken Pox, and Hepatitis A. Under his leadership, programs for human papilloma virus, herpes zoster, and rotavius vaccines were initiated.

Dr. Douglas was the founding Chairman of Aeras, a non-profit biotech company seeking to develop effective vaccines for TB. He serves as Board Chairman of biotech companies Vical and Novadigm.

He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and chair of the GSA National Adult Vaccination Program.


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Richard Wolitski, PhD

Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
Department of Health and Human Services

Richard Wolitski, PhD, is the Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This office is responsible for developing, coordinating, and supporting the implementation of policies, programs, and activities related to HIV, viral hepatitis, other infectious diseases of public health significance.The office also coordinates efforts to ensure safety and availability of blood and tissue products. Dr. Wolitski has worked for three decades as a researcher studying HIV, viral hepatitis, and STD risks and prevention among gay and bisexual men, people who inject drugs, and other populations. He has had key leadership roles in the development of,implmetaiton , and evalutaon of p;is the author of more than 130 scientific articles, chapters, and reports and has co-edited three books. He earned his PhD in community psychology from Georgia State University and his master’s degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach.


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Laurie Konsella, MPA

acting Regional Health Administrator
HHS/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region VIII

Laurie Konsella, M.P.A., is the (acting) Regional Health Administrator (RHA) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, WY, UT). SHe has served in this role since 2015. As RHA, Ms Konsella serves as the senior federal public health official in the region. She fosters coordination and collaboration across federal departments and ensures that HHS priorities are better incorporated at the local, state, and national levels by utilizing regional expertise and networks to catalyze public health action and impact leading health indicators. Ms. Konsella began her federal career as a Presidential Management Intern for the Health Care Financing Administration (now called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) in the areas of Maternal and Child Health and Medicaid Managed Care and transferred to the Office of Public Health and Science as the Regional Women’s Health Coordinator. She became the Deputy Regional Health Administrator in 2008. She received her M.P.A. from the University of North Dakota with an emphasis in Health and Human Services in 1991.


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