November 2017 Diabetes Conference

November 2017 Diabetes Conference
August 18, 2017 Public Health Advocates

PHA Diabetes Conference November 2017 - topics

Registration: $65 (lunch included)

Please register HERE.


2017 Diabetes Conference Speakers


C. Tompkins Head PhotoChristopher Tompkins is a Health Promotion Manager with Anthem Blue Cross of California.  He is a subject matter expert in worksite health promotion and population health management. Chris works with Anthem Blue Cross clients to assess current health promotion and wellness initiatives and identifying opportunities to implement evidence based interventions to address employee and member health through programs such as the Diabetes Prevention Program.  Chris has more than 17 years of health promotion and wellness experience within public and private agencies and also is a Part-Time Faculty at California State University, Sacramento teaching within the Kinesiology and Health Science Department since 2007.  Chris earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology concentrating in Exercise Science from California State University, Sacramento; Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology concentrating in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Master of Business Administration concentrating in Risk Management from Walden University.

Laura SummersLaura Summers is the senior director of state intelligence at Leavitt Partners. Laura has expertise in economics, health care, and public policy. Her professional experience includes research for the public, private and nonprofit sectors. In health care, Laura’s research focus has been state-level health reform, with a particular focus in Medicaid and state health policy.


Bo NemelkaBo Nemelka is a director at Leavitt Partners. In this role, Bo supports clients primarily with health care strategy, market research, and economic/business analysis. Bo began his career at Intermountain Healthcare and later at the University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics. At both health systems, he worked directly with senior management executing top administrative initiatives. Particularly at Intermountain Healthcare, Bo successfully led several innovative business and operations projects, leading to significant cost savings and improved administrative efficiency.

Joanna DiBenedetto_HeadshotJoanna Craver DiBenedetto is a public health consultant at the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). In her role with NACDD, Joanna provides training and technical assistance on utilization of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) Coverage Toolkit as well as support to states health departments, state Medicaid agencies, and other stakeholders as they work toward coverage of the National DPP lifestyle change program. As a subject matter expert in the field of diabetes prevention, Joanna DiBenedetto has been working with the CDC-led National DPP since 2012.

kurtz pic 3Dr. Caroline Kurtz is the Branch Chief of the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOP) at the California Department of Public Health, where she oversees the implementation of both USDA SNAP-Ed and CDC funded programs with state partners and local health departments. Through several NEOP programmatic management roles over the last five years, she has worked with the team to transition and implement a local health department model.  Prior to working with NEOP, Dr. Kurtz was a research scientist and health program manager with the California Tobacco Control Program for eight years where she worked on various efforts such as media evaluation, local program evaluation, the tobacco waste campaign, and served as the Chief of the Health Equity and Local Programs unit. Dr. Kurtz received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nutrition at the University of California, Davis, where she currently teaches a Nutritional Anthropology course, coordinates MPH seminar courses, and serves as a faculty advisor to MPH students.

Dr.J. RangiJaiwant Kaur Rangi received her MBBS from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India, followed by residency & fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. She works as an Assistant Clinical Professor & Volunteer Clinical Faculty in the Department of Endocrinology, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and a Consultant Endocrinologist in private practice in Cameron Park, CA. She is a fellow of American College of Endocrinology & an accomplished national speaker in her field and works as a consultant & speaker for various pharmaceuticals.

GRC31055-Nunez De Ybarra, Jessica MJessica Núñez de Ybarra, MD, MPH is Board Certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.  She serves as the Chronic Disease Control Branch Chief (CDCB) in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), serving as Principal Investigator for several federal grants to address chronic disease.  In 2014, in CDCB she and a multi-disciplinary team authored the California Wellness Plan (CWP), the state chronic disease prevention and health promotion plan, to support and expand upon the priorities of the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force by creating a detailed road map for CDPH and its partners to promote health, eliminate preventable chronic disease and promote health equity.  Since 2015, she has served as a member on the California Medical Association’s Council on Science and Public Health.

ElaineLinnPhoto 05.02.14Elaine Linn is a public affairs consultant specializing in uniting non-profit, public, and non-public partners in support of social marketing and policy efforts at the local, state, and national levels. She has 25 years of experience in advocacy, public affairs, coalition building, event coordination, and strategic planning with health, tourism, agriculture, and disability organizations. As the Congress of California Seniors’ coordinator of Script Your Future California, Elaine works with elected officials, health care professionals, and advocacy organizations to raise awareness about the importance of medication adherence and promote policies supporting improved adherence for better health outcomes. She was appointed by Governor Brown to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities Sacramento Regional Advisory Committee in 2012, and previously served as a member of the UC Davis Community Advisory Board and the National Down Syndrome Congress Affiliates Advisory Board. Elaine also co-founded the Down Syndrome Information Alliance.

HugoRamirezChiropractor, Health Worker and Family Planning Counselor, Parent Class Instructor, Child Behavior Therapy Specialist, Aggression Replacement Therapy and Posttraumatic Stress Management. During the last 21 years, Hugo Ramirez has created and been in charge of Community Health Programs for non-profit organizations. Over the last four years Hugo has worked with Vision and Compromiso as the Director of Programs managing more than 13 programs throughout the State of California. Hugo is a member of several coalitions that support health in the less-favored communities.