Wisconsin Rural Health Promotion Workshop

Wisconsin Rural Health Promotion Workshop
WHEN Annual Meeting

2021 Wisconsin Rural Health Promotion Workshop Speakers

Kimberly Breunig, M.P.H., M.P.A.S expanding section

Kimberly BreunigKimberly Breunig recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health with a dual degree in Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health. She is the Interprofessional Liaison of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) UW-Madison Chapter.  The daughter of dairy farmers in South Central Wisconsin, rural health has been at the forefront of her education and graduate research. Her Capstone project, performed in conjunction with the Prairie Clinic and Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, focused on the topic of rural suicide prevention. 

John Eich expanding section

John EichJohn Eich directs Wisconsin’s Office of Rural Health, which works to improve the access to, and quality of, rural healthcare in the state.  His experience and skills are primarily in systems analysis and design, program planning and evaluation, and community development.  He founded the annual Rural Health Data Summit, and led a national team developing an assessment of a state’s EMS capacity, used by states across the country.

Prior to this he directed a County Health Council in southern New Mexico—which assessed county health and wellness needs, built and maintained community coalitions to address them, and advocated for the county on a regional and statewide basis.  During his tenure, the Council was selected as a model Council for the state, and recognized for its leadership in developing evaluation and data assessment tools.

His larger professional background is quite broad, and includes experience in the social services, advertising and teaching.  He grew up in rural Wisconsin.

Ryan A. McKelley, Ph.D., LP, HSP expanding section

Ryan A. McKelleyRyan A. McKelley has a reputation for being able to translate research and academic concepts into practical information that audiences can implement in their own lives. A licensed psychologist and full professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, McKelley teaches courses on health psychology, behavior modification, abnormal psychology, group counseling, and men and masculinities. He also maintains a small private practice consisting of individual therapy and clinical supervision of trainees.

McKelley is a former President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities and a member of the Society for Health Psychology, both divisions of the American Psychological Association. Specific research and presentation topics include men’s help-seeking, alternative treatment models, nontraditional work and family roles, fatherhood, men and depression, marketing mental health and various areas of health psychology.

McKelley has been interviewed extensively in the area of mental health and changing gender roles. In the last few years, he has been quoted in print outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and local papers in both the United States and Australia. McKelley has also appeared on several radio stations and podcasts such as National Public Radio and ABC Radio News. McKelley’s TEDx talk, “Unmasking Masculinity: Helping Boys Become Connected Men,” has been viewed over 200,000 times.

Jason Sumontha, Ph.D. expanding section

Jason SumonthaJason Sumontha (He/Him), Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He earned his doctoral degree in Developmental and Community Psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Sumontha's research agenda has primarily focused on resiliency and the promotion of healthy development within diverse family systems. Specifically, his work has identified opportunities to build on strengths within the lives of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) parents and their children, such as supportive social networks and interparental relationships. Recently, he has begun to examine health and family development among rural LGBTQ communities.

Jonathan Temte, M.D., Ph.D., M.S. expanding section

Jonathan TemteJonathan Temte, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., is the associate dean for public health and community engagement at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Temte has dedicated his career to creating connections between primary care medicine and public health practice. A professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and a family medicine physician at the Access Community Health Centers, Temte has served as a clinician, teacher and researcher for 25 years.

He has PhD training in zoology, evolutionary physiology and marine mammal biology. His extensive body of research includes investigation of the relationships between communities, primary care and respiratory viruses.

An expert in vaccines and immunization policy, Temte has served on the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), also acting as chair of its Evidence-Based Recommendation Work Group. Temte was the first family physician to chair ACIP, from 2012 to 2015.

Temte is chair of the Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practices, and serves as medical director for Public Health Madison & Dane County. On the national level, Temte is serving an appointment to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Board of Scientific Counselors.

In addition to helping craft national vaccine recommendations, Temte has also led extensive public health research and policy at the community level in Wisconsin. Temte and his team have earned multiple CDC grants for an ongoing study tracking absenteeism in the Oregon School District as a warning system for influenza outbreaks in the broader community.

In 2018, Temte received the American Academy of Family Physicians Public Health Award for his career commitment to the enhancement of public health in the United States and beyond.

Temte also oversees the Office of Rural Health and the Area Health Education Center, as well as the Center for Urban Population Health, which is a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Aurora Health Care and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Michael Wikovsky M.D., M.S. expanding section

Michael WikovskyDr. Witkovsky is a native of Chicago’s Southside.  He spent every summer of his childhood in Lake Delton Wisconsin and formed an affinity for the state through these experiences. He attended Carlton College graduating with a double major in religion and sociology/anthropology. Dr. Witkovsky participated in and graduated from an MD/PhD program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; his graduate studies were in the department of sociology. Postgraduate training occurred at University Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics where he completed internship, general residency in psychiatry, and special fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. He remained at UW as faculty in the department of psychiatry for 12 years after graduation. He is now employed by the state of Wisconsin Department of Health Services working with adolescent boys at Mendota Mental Health Institute and doing tele-psychiatry with several of our counties.

2021 Wisconsin Health Education Network 35th Annual Meeting

Christa Cupp, M.P.H., MCHES expanding section

Christa CuppChrista Cupp is the Western Region Director, Office of Policy and Practice Alignment, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Her current role includes providing technical assistance to local and tribal health departments in the Western  Region such as supporting community health  assessment and improvement plans, promoting the  National Public Health Performance Standards, and  building public health system capacity. Cupp is a 2010  B.S.-CHE graduate from the University of Wisconsin-La  Crosse, an M.P.H. graduate from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She became MCHES-certified in 2016.

Sandro Galea, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.PH. expanding section

Sandro GaleaSandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, and is a regular contributor to a range of public media, about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences. He is chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards. Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto, graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow.

Rachel King, M.P.H. expanding section

Rachel KingRachel King is the Health Educator and Data Program Area Coordinator at the La Crosse County Health Department. Her work includes developing data collection procedures and data analysis plans for the COVID-19 pandemic. Through her work, she collaborates with Disease Investigation Team to identify suspected disease outbreaks and to synthesize data to provide conclusions, recommendations and local context. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education and a Master of Public Health Degree from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and became MCHES-certified in October 2018.

Michael T. Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H. expanding section

July 16, 2021

Important Notice from Dr. Gilmore, Chair, Wisconsin Health Education Network

I have just been notified by Dr. Michael Osterholm that due to a just-revealed unforeseen urgent matter aligned with the week of the October 7th WHEN event, while he will be able to offer his keynote presentation especially developed for the participants of the 35th WHEN Annual Meeting, it will need to be a pre-recorded message prepared a few days prior to the event. Of additional note, while Dr. Osterholm will be unable to participate in the live post-keynote morning panel discussion, Dr. Sandro Galea still will be interviewed by Rachel King, MPH, MCHES to include audience questions during 11:05-11:30am Central Time following his live morning keynote presentation. I have discussed with Dr. Osterholm that we will be able to pre-record his session through our University, and I also will raise a few questions with him following his full presentation. Overall, it is important that participants are made aware of this circumstance, and additionally, if you would like to communicate with me regarding a key current and/or projected question you have related to the COVID-19 pandemic, I will attempt to build selected notable and timely themes into my questions for Dr. Osterholm during the recording session. Please contact me directly at ggilmore@uwlax.edu by September 27th. Thank you for your understanding.

Michael T.Osterholm

Dr. Osterholm serves on President Biden's Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board and is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota.

In November 2020, Dr. Osterholm was appointed to President-elect Joe Biden's 13-member Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. From June 2018 through May 2019, he served as a Science Envoy for Health Security on behalf of the US Department of State. He is also on the Board of Regents at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

He is the author of the New York Times best-selling 2017 book, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs, in which he not only details the most pressing infectious disease threats of our day but lays out a nine-point strategy on how to address them, with preventing a global flu pandemic at the top of the list.

In addition, Dr. Osterholm is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the Council of Foreign Relations. In June 2005 Dr. Osterholm was appointed by Michael Leavitt, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to the newly established National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity. In July 2008, he was named to the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center’s Academy of Excellence in Health Research. In October 2008, he was appointed to the World Economic Forum Working Group on Pandemics.

From 2001 through early 2005, Dr. Osterholm, in addition to his role at CIDRAP, served as a Special Advisor to then–HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson on issues related to bioterrorism and public health preparedness. He was also appointed to the Secretary's Advisory Council on Public Health Preparedness. On April 1, 2002, Dr. Osterholm was appointed by Thompson to be his representative on the interim management team to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With the appointment of Dr. Julie Gerberding as director of the CDC on July 3, 2002, Dr. Osterholm was asked by Thompson to assist Dr. Gerberding on his behalf during the transition period. He filled that role through January 2003.

Previously, Dr. Osterholm served for 24 years (1975-1999) in various roles at the Minnesota Department of Health, the last 15 as state epidemiologist. He has led numerous investigations of outbreaks of international importance, including foodborne diseases, the association of tampons and toxic shock syndrome, and hepatitis B and HIV in healthcare settings.

Dr. Osterholm was the principal investigator and director of the NIH-supported Minnesota Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (2007-2014) and chaired the Executive Committee of the Centers of Excellence Influenza Research and Surveillance network.

Dr. Osterholm has been an international leader on the critical concern regarding our preparedness for an influenza pandemic. His invited papers in the journals Foreign Affairs, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature detail the threat of an influenza pandemic before the recent pandemic and the steps we must take to better prepare for such events. Dr. Osterholm has also been an international leader on the growing concern regarding the use of biological agents as catastrophic weapons targeting civilian populations. In that role, he served as a personal advisor to the late King Hussein of Jordan. Dr. Osterholm provides a comprehensive and pointed review of America's current state of preparedness for a bioterrorism attack in his New York Times best-selling book, Living Terrors: What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe.

The author of more than 315 papers and abstracts, including 21 book chapters, Dr. Osterholm is a frequently invited guest lecturer on the topic of epidemiology of infectious diseases. He serves on the editorial boards of nine journals, including Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and Microbial Drug Resistance: Mechanisms, Epidemiology and Disease, and he is a reviewer for 24 additional journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the AmericanMedical Association, and Science. He is past president of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and has served on the CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases Board of Scientific Counselors from 1992 to 1997. Dr. Osterholm served on the IOM Forum on Microbial Threats from 1994 through 2011. He has served on the IOM Committee on Emerging Microbial Threats to Health in the 21st Century and the IOM Committee on Food Safety, Production to Consumption, and he was a reviewer for the IOM Report on Chemical and Biological Terrorism. As a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Dr. Osterholm has served on the Committee on Biomedical Research of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board, the Task Force on Biological Weapons, and the Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance. He is a frequent consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Defense, and the CDC. He is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

Dr. Osterholm has received numerous honors for his work, including an honorary doctorate from Luther College; the Pump Handle Award, CSTE; the Charles C. Shepard Science Award, CDC; the Harvey W. Wiley Medal, FDA; the Squibb Award, IDSA; Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UMN; and the Wade Hampton Frost Leadership Award, American Public Health Association. He also has been the recipient of six major research awards from the NIH and the CDC.

Rhonda Strebel, M.B.A. expanding section

Rhonda StrebelSince 2004, Rhonda Strebel has worked for the Rural Health Initiative Inc. Initially as the coordinator making the house calls to the farm and then being named the Executive Director in 2007. The Wisconsin based program is a non-profit organization with the mission of improving and sustaining the health and safety of the farming community, a concept they call Kitchen Wellness. Kitchen wellness provides on-sight health risk assessments, screenings, health coaching, and referrals to interested Ag producers and their workers on the farm.

Rhonda has a connection to agriculture through her upbringing on a dairy farm near Cecil, WI in eastern Shawano County.

Strebel has a Double Associate Degree for Hotel & Restaurant Management & Cooking, and is a chef; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine, graduating with honors from Concordia University, Mequon; and an MBA in Healthcare Administration degree from Concordia University.

Strebel is also a graduate of Leadership Wisconsin and a former president of Rotary.  Since 2013 she serves on the City of Shawano council. Her assignments include Finance, Personnel, Industrial and Commercial Economic Development, Chamber and Economic Development. Currently she is filling the role as acting Mayor of Shawano.

Paula Tran Inzeo, M.P.H. expanding section

Paula Tran InzeoPaula Tran was born, raised and educated in Wisconsin, and her public health experience has focused on exploring and strategizing ways to embed health equity and empowerment concepts into public health practice, policies, and scholarship. Most recently, Paula was the director for the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) Group. Under her leadership, the MATCH Group has refined its efforts to work with partners to evolve practice, focus priorities and shift power to support collective action on root causes of health and equity.

 Prior to joining the Population Health Institute, Paula served in a variety of roles, including as the Health Promotion State Specialist at the University of Wisconsin, Division of Extension; the Assistant Director at the University of Wisconsin Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies; the Transform Wisconsin Health Equity Coordinator at the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources; and as a University of Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellow at the Division of Public Health. Through her tenure at these organizations, she has led and developed community-engaged research projects, statewide health equity efforts and cross-sector alliances, and provided training and technical assistance to affect the social, economic and environmental determinants of health to advance health equity. Paula has her Master of Public Health degree and Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.