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Agenda at a Glance

8:00 – 8:20

Welcome and Housekeeping


Nick Collatos

IHA Chief Operating Officer
The Institute for Healthcare Advancement

8:20 – 9:20

Border Health

Keynote Speaker

Amanda Aguirre

President & CEO of the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc 

9:20 – 9:30


9:30 - 11:15

Panel Discussion: Arizona - Reflection and Shared Practices from a Pandemic

Panel Presenters

Addressing Disparity in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

A broad range of efforts within Maricopa County have been instrumental in advancing vaccine distribution equity. Join us for a pictorial discussion of what our efforts actually look like as we continue to:

  • prioritize equity across sectors
  • provide resources to support efforts to advance equity
  • increase availability of data on areas of low uptake
  • support and build on existing community strengths and resources and measure accountability

Jeanene Fowler

Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Cultural Health Navigators at Valleywise Health: A model of Community based program in response to COVID-19 pandemic in refugee communities

COVID-19 pandemic has made health disparities worse in vulnerable communities. While the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of resettled refugees is still not well known, increased community-based programs such as outreach and health education improve access to care and combat myths.

Jeanne F. Nizigiyimana, MSW, MA

Co-founder and Program Manager, Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, Valleywise Health – Phoenix, Arizona

Public Schools: On the COVID-19 Front Lines

Public schools are on the front lines of Arizona's fight against COVID-19 this fall. From policy decisions made by the governor, a majority of the state legislature, and the state health director to the challenges posed by the Delta variant and legal uncertainties, many K-12 schools have been doing their best to protect students and staff. This presentation will give an epidemiological and vaccination status update about testing, masking, isolation, and quarantine in schools as well as provide a forecast regarding when K-5 students might become eligible to get vaccinated.

Will Humble

Executive Director for the Arizona Public Health Association

Question and Answer

11:15 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:30

Teledentistry – During the Pandemic and Beyond

The TeleDentists established the first nationwide network of dentists providing visual consults on a 24/7 basis.  When the pandemic hit in March of 2020, everything changed as dental offices closed and patients did not want to go to emergency rooms for dental emergencies. The TeleDentists help patients with toothaches, broken teeth, bleeding gums, and a wide assortment of oral health issues. They are available direct to the consumer, through major insurance company portals and just recently at several locations with one major hospital system. Learn how The TeleDentists responded to the market need, and how teledentistry will evolve post-pandemic including offering “The Virtual Tooth Fairy” which provides pediatric support from dental hygienists.

Howard Reis


12:30 – 1:00


1:00 – 2:45

Panel Discussion: Social Isolation, COVID-19: Impact and Outreach

Keeping Kids Connected to Care During COVID-19 and Beyond

During the COVID-19 pandemic many families have foregone routine medical care. This has had an adverse effect on routine pediatric care, including developmental screenings, dental visits, and childhood immunizations. What can providers, community-based organizations, and payers do to get children back on track? We’ll discuss this issue from a big-picture prevention perspective, bearing in mind cultural considerations and potential policy reforms to help keep kids connected to care.

Zaida Dedolph

Director of Health Policy with Children’s Action Alliance

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy Through Community Engagement

Chiquita Taylor

Executive Director of FIBCO (Facilitating Independence Building Comprehensive Opportunities) Family Services, Inc

Loneliness and Social Isolation Impacted Seniors During COVID-19: Technology kept them connected

Older adults are particularly vulnerable to social isolation because of aging-related role transitions. Despite the progress made combatting social isolation and loneliness by organizations across the healthcare sector, aging services network, and public health system, the fight against social isolation remains in its infancy. In the new era of the COVID-19 pandemic, innovative, and effective efforts to blunt the impacts of social isolation and bolster social connectivity are more critical than ever before.

During COVID-19 older adults who were high risk were told to remain safe from the virus, they needed to strictly limit their contact with others through physical distancing. How do we quickly modify our existing strategies to improve connectivity in a time of recommended and required physical distancing? How do we introduce and implement opportunities for meaningful connectivity without physical interactions? How do we capitalize on the strengths of older adults and their contributions to society during crisis to ensure they support their loved ones and facilitate connectivity among their peers?

Older persons who are vulnerable to COVID-19 are also vulnerable to social isolation. Therefore, we will explore practical ways organizations were able to provide opportunities to engage and connect with older persons.

Dana Kennedy

Director of AARP

Question and Answer

2:45 – 2:55


2:55 – 3:30

Wrap Up: Evaluation


Nick Collatos

IHA Chief Operating Officer
The Institute for Healthcare Advancement