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Healthfirst 2014 Spring Symposium

Innovations in Population Health Management

Healthfirst hosted its eighth Provider Symposium on Friday, May 16 at Battery Gardens. Moderated by Dr. Susan Beane, the symposium focused on Innovations in Population Health Management. Speakers discussed strategies that promoted integrated, efficient and effective healthcare delivery in primary care and across healthcare delivery systems.

> 2014 Spring Symposium Agenda

Jitendra Barmecha, MD, MPH, FACP

Chief Information Officer

SVP - IT & Clinical Engineering

St. Barnabus Hospital Health System


Jitendra Barmecha, MD, began his clinical and healthcare leadership career at St. Barnabas Hospital (SBH Health System) as Chief Medical Resident after completing three years in the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Following his chief medical residency, he earned his MPH degree in Health Management and Policy at New York Medical College while continuing to provide patient care and medical education services as faculty in the Department of Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital. In 2001, he joined Partners in Health, a Medicaid Managed Care health plan affiliated with SBH, as an Assistant Medical Director and was subsequently appointed the Medical Director of the health plan in 2005. While continuing to manage the medical management of the health plan, he was appointed the Chief Medical Officer of Union Community Health Center (UCHC). During his tenure, he was instrumental in assisting the leadership team in receiving the designation of Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike (FQHC-LA) and implemented the Emergency Preparedness program at all three sites of UCHC. In 2006, he was appointed Medical Director – Case Management, at SBH, where he revamped the utilization management and social work departments into a single Care Transitions Department by incorporating health information technology into the workflow.


In 2011, as Vice President of Medical Informatics & the Chief Medical Informatics Officer, he assisted in SBH & UCHC Ambulatory Care’s application for Level 3: Patient-Centered Medical Home designation. He implemented and integrated the Allscripts electronic health record in the emergency department, acute care, ambulatory care, and pharmacy into a single database, thereby achieving Stage 1 meaningful use of the electronic health record (EHR). 


Presently, as Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Information Technology & Clinical Engineering, he and his team completed the upgrade of electronic health records to comply with Stage 2 Meaningful Use of EMR for the reporting period of April–June 2014. He is involved in upgrading the system’s technical infrastructure, thereby ensuring that clinical information systems and patient monitoring devices are well integrated into the electronic health records for the future. He co-chairs the ICD-10 implementation at SBH’s health system. As a chair of the clinical committee, he provides clinical leadership to the Bronx Regional Health Information Exchange (RHIO) & Bronx Regional Informatics Center.


Dr. Barmecha is the chair of the American College of Physicians – NY Chapter’s PCMH/ACO committee. While continuing his passion for bedside patient care as a hospitalist, he enjoys teaching clinical staff and medical students and routinely provides lectures in healthcare management, technology, and policy.


> Using Population Based Data to Improve Care

Jane Bedell, MD

Assistant Commissioner

Bronx District Public Health Office

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Jane Bedell, MD, is the Assistant Commissioner and Medical Director of the Bronx District Public Health Office of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


Dr. Bedell directs a staff of public health educators, epidemiologists, and community health workers who promote health equity in New York City by ensuring that conditions for good health—available, sustainable, high-quality services and efficient, effective systems—flourish in all of our city neighborhoods. The DPHO focuses on two priority areas: reduction of unintended teen pregnancy and obesity prevention.


The Bronx District Public Health Office partners with medical practices, schools, community organizations, local leaders, community stakeholders, and other city agencies to improve conditions for NYC residents so that the healthier choice is the easier choice.


Dr. Bedell received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, trained in internal medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center Residency Program in Social Medicine, and did further training in HIV/AIDS primary care with the NYS Department of Health, as well as in the public health program at Yale University. She has worked as a primary care physician, a medical director of clinical services, and a physician-teacher.


> What's the "CATCH"? Forays at the Interface of Primary Care and Public Health in the Bronx

Maria M. Claudio, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Director of Pharmacy Services

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Brookdale University Medical Center


Maria M. Claudio, BS, PharmD, BCPS, is the Assistant Director of Pharmacy Services and PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, Dr. Claudio is the co-chairperson for the Medication Use Committee. Dr. Claudio is also responsible for pharmacy clinical services.


Dr. Claudio received her Bachelor’s and PharmD degrees from the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy in 1994 and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in 1995.


Dr. Claudio is one of the recipients of the 2012 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Best Practice Award for Advancing Pharmacy Practices through the Implementation of a Heart Failure Medication Management Clinic.


Nadia Islam, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

New York University School of Medicine


Nadia Islam, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at the NYU School of Medicine and specializes in community-based participatory methods and cardiovascular health disparities research within Asian American and immigrant communities. She is also the Deputy Director and co-investigator of the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH), a NIH-funded P60 National Research Center of Excellence dedicated to reducing health disparities facing Asian American communities, and is responsible for research and grants development as well as the dissemination of research findings in the areas of cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, and access to healthcare disparities. At CSAAH, she is the Project PI of the DREAM (Diabetes Research, Education, and Action for Minorities) Project, a five-year, NIH-funded study that examines the impact of a CHW program designed to improve diabetes control and diabetes-related health complications in the Bangladeshi community in NYC. Dr. Islam also directs the NYU Prevention Research Center and serves as project PI of three research sub-studies in the research core, including the RICE (Reaching Immigrants through Community Empowerment) Project, a CHW diabetes prevention intervention in the Korean and South Asian communities, and MARHABA (Muslim Americans Reaching for Health and Building Alliances), a study examining barriers and facilitators to breast and cervical cancer screening among Muslim women in New York City.


Dr. Islam is a medical sociologist with a doctorate in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. She currently serves on the American Diabetes Association Taskforce on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders. Dr. Islam previously served on the board of the Public Health Association of New York and was the Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Islam is co-editor, with Drs. Trinh Shevrin and Rey, of Asian American Communities and Health (Jossey Bass Publishers, 2009).


Tamara Magloire, MD

Medical Director, OB/GYN Ambulatory Care

Jamaica Hospital


Tamara Magloire, MD, is the Medical Director of OB/GYN Ambulatory Care. She attended Columbia College at Columbia University in New York.


She received her MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center/Metropolitan Hospital Center.


Maria Mupanomunda, MD, PhD, MBA

Vice President, High Risk Programs and Health Disparities

American Diabetes Association


Maria Mupanomunda, MD, PhD, MBA, is the Vice President, High Risk Programs and Health Disparities, in the Scientific and Medical Division of the American Diabetes Association. Her responsibilities include leading the Association’s strategy for community-based diabetes education, which focuses on communities that experience health disparities. Maria is leading the American Diabetes Association’s renewed, aggressive focus on reducing health disparities, through the development of replicable and measurable programs targeting high-risk populations in areas most in need of services.


Dr. Mupanomunda has held clinical, research, and administrative positions in the private and public sectors. Devoted to the development of culturally competent education and improving outcomes in disparately affected populations, Maria previously worked at Franklin Primary Health Center in Mobile, Alabama, and served on the International Diabetes Federation Task Force on Diabetes Education. She attended the University of Zimbabwe School of Medicine and Michigan State University, and she completed a fellowship in hypertension and vascular research at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.



Michele Perlman, MPH

Director Health and Community Education

Communicty Healthcare Network


Michele Perlman received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University in 1999. She is currently the Director of Health and Community Education at Community Healthcare Network (CHN). She oversees all health education programming at CHN’s 11 health centers and their surrounding communities. Ms. Perlman has extensive experience in program design and implementation, sexual and reproductive health, curriculum design, training, youth development, and program evaluation in the areas of reproductive health, prenatal health, and health literacy. She has been working in the field of public health and health education for more than 20 years.


> More Than Just Sex: Making PSA's by Youth for Youth


Lloyd Sederer, MD

Medical Director

New York State Office of Mental Health


Lloyd Sederer, MD, is Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the nation’s largest state mental health system. As New York’s “chief psychiatrist,” he provides medical leadership for a $3.5 billion per year mental health system which annually serves over 700,000 people and includes 24 hospitals, 90 clinics, two research institutes, and community services throughout a state of ~ 19 million people.


Dr. Sederer is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health.


Previously, Dr. Sederer served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene Services in NYC, the City’s “chief psychiatrist.” He also has been Medical Director and Executive Vice President of McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, a Harvard teaching hospital; and Director of the Division of Clinical Services for the American Psychiatric Association.


In 2013, Dr. Sederer was given the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents by the American Psychiatric Association, which in 2009 recognized him as the Psychiatric Administrator of the Year. He also has been awarded a Scholar-in-Residence grant by the Rockefeller Foundation and an Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He has published seven books for professional audiences and two books for lay audiences, as well as over 350 articles in medical journals and nonmedical publications like, The New York Times/The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington, Commonweal Magazine, and Psychology Today. He is Medical Editor for Mental Health for The Huffington Post/AOL, where more than150 of his posts and videos have appeared. He recently became Mental Health Advisor for upwave, Turner Broadcasting’s new multimedia platform for health and wellness.


His new book, The Family Guide to Mental Health Care (foreword by Glenn Close), is for families of people with mental illness. His even newer book, co-authored with Jay Neugeboren and Michael Friedman, is The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas (The DMOM), a parody on the DSM.


> What Does It Take for Primary Care Practices to Truly Deliver Behavioral Healthcare?

Peter A. Selwyn, MD, MPH

Professor and Chairman, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Director, Office of Community Health

Montefiore Medical Center and Alber Einstein College of Medicine


Peter Selwyn is Professor of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Epidemiology and Population Health, and University Chairman of the Department of Family and Social Medicine, at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. He is also Director of Community Health and Wellness at Montefiore Medical Center and directs Montefiore’s Office of Community Health.


Dr. Selwyn received his B.A. degree from Swarthmore College in 1976, his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School in 1981, and his M.P.H. in epidemiology from Columbia University in 1989. He completed his clinical training at Montefiore Medical Center in 1984 and was then appointed as Medical Director of the Montefiore Substance Abuse Treatment Program. In this role, he was involved in some of the earliest studies of AIDS and substance abuse and helped to develop model programs to provide care for the high-risk populations being devastated by the AIDS epidemic in the Bronx. He has remained actively involved in clinical care and research involving patients with HIV/AIDS for more than 25 years. He was Associate Director of the AIDS Program at the Yale School of Medicine from 1992 to 1998 and returned to Montefiore in his current role in 1999. In recent years, he has become more deeply involved in addressing the current epidemics that are challenging the health of the Bronx and other underserved communities: obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and tobacco-related disease. In his role as Director of Montefiore’s Office of Community Health, created as a result of a Medical Center-wide strategic planning process in 2007–2008, Dr. Selwyn has worked closely with medical colleagues and a broad group of community-based organizations, agencies, and key stakeholders to help develop coordinated strategies to improve the health of local communities across the Bronx. These strategies include organized efforts to encourage healthy behaviors through nutrition education and the improvement of local retail food environments, increased opportunities for physical activity, increased screening for common chronic diseases, and expanded education to promote smoking cessation. Dr. Selwyn has written more than 170 articles, book chapters, monographs, and reviews on HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, underserved populations, primary care, health disparities, and palliative care. He is the author of a memoir about the early years of the AIDS epidemic in the Bronx, “Surviving the Fall: The Personal Journey of an AIDS Doctor” (Yale University Press), which was nominated for the National Book Award.


> What's the "CATCH"? Forays at the Interface of Primary Care and Public Health in the Bronx

Miriam T. Vincent, MD, PhD, JD

Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine; Medical Director of Ambulatory Care

University Hospital of Brooklyn

SUNY Downstate Medical Center


Miriam T. Vincent, MD, PhD, JD, has served the Brooklyn, New York community for the past three decades as physician, educator, medical researcher, and medical center administrator. Dr. Vincent received her law degree from Hofstra University, with special certification in Health Law (2012). She completed both her PhD in Molecular Cell Biology (2004) and her Medical Degree (1985) at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. She has been on the Faculty of SUNY Downstate since 1988 and has served as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine since 1996. In recognition of her clinical expertise and patient care efforts, Dr. Vincent is frequently named in listings of “NY Metro Area Top Doctors,” “New York Best Doctors,” and most recently as a “New York Super Doc” for both 2012 and 2013. Dr. Vincent has also been a leader in faculty development for her professional colleagues, not only within her own department, but also on behalf of the entire SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, as well as family medicine physicians throughout the State of New York. Dr. Vincent has twice been awarded grant funds from HRSA to support outstanding Faculty Development Programs in Family Medicine, and she conceived and developed SUNY Downstate’s Faculty Development Lab. Dr. Vincent’s PhD studies in Molecular Cell Biology focused on the effects of islet cell hormones on islet growth differentiation and expression of transcription factors. Dr. Vincent’s findings from her thesis work were later published and are now considered “leading edge” developments which have advanced our understanding of diabetes.


Dr. Vincent has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Dr. George Elliot Liberman Master Teacher in Family Medicine Award, the Caribbean Women’s Health Association Award for Leadership, Excellence and Commitment in Community Health, the Humanism in Medicine Award of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, the Aesclepius Medical Society Special Recognition Award, the Hugh Carroll Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, and, most recently, the Racial Disparities Research Award for her mentoring of minority clinical researchers, and the Alumni Association College of Medicine-SUNY Downstate Medical Center Presidential Recognition and Service Award. Dr. Vincent was admitted to the New York Bar in September of 2013.


> Population Health: The Elderly Patient with Diabetes

Matthew A. Weissman, MD, MBA, FAAP

Chief Medical Officer/Vice President of Medical Affairs

Community Healthcare Network

Matthew A. Weissman, MD, was named Chief Medical Officer of Community Healthcare Network in June 2012. He currently oversees the quality of clinical care, recruits providers, interfaces with community groups and hospital administrators, and provides a clinical perspective when collaborating with senior management on the operations of the organization.


Dr. Weissman joined CHN from the Ryan-NENA Community Health Center, where he served as the Medical Director. Prior to Ryan-NENA, he was an attending primary care physician at a community hospital in Yonkers, NY.


Dr. Weissman received an AB in Economics from Harvard University magna cum laude and a Medical Doctorate and Masters in Business Administration in Health Management from Tufts University. He completed his residency and chief residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Weissman holds academic appointments at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and holds Courtesy Attending Physician appointments at Beth Israel Medical Center. He currently chairs the Community Health Center subcommittee of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition (C5). His primary interests are the transition of pediatric to adult care, improving use of electronic medical records, increasing accessibility to care, and streamlining healthcare delivery.

He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.


> More Than Just Sex: Making PSA's by Youth for Youth


Linda Yee, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist

Brookdale Hospital Medical Center


Dr. Yee is a clinical pharmacist at the Brookdale University and Hospital Medical Center. Currently, she specializes in internal medicine, emergency medicine, and ambulatory care with focuses in heart failure, diabetes, asthma, and COPD. Dr. Yee is one of the leaders that helped successfully implement the CHF clinic to help prevent hospital readmissions. This clinic won the coveted ASHP best pharmacy practices award in 2012 and is now known as the Medication Management Clinic. Through her work in Brookdale, Dr. Yee has developed a passion for helping disadvantaged and underserved communities. Her experiences here in Brookdale have fueled her passion to promote public health, and thus she will be graduating in a few months with a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Yee plans to utilize her experiences as a clinical pharmacist and her public health background to improve the community via program planning and health promotion.


> Implementation of a Medication Management Clinic


If you have questions or would like more information about Healthfirst’s Provider Symposium Series, please contact Dr. Susan Beane at or (212) 823-2437.

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