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Healthcare Symposium

5th Lenoir-Rhyne University Symposium on the Future of Healthcare: Integrating Disciplines to Address Disparities will take place on the LRU campus on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 9 am - 4:30 pm.


Program Overview

Integrated healthcare systems have been shown to have significantly improved outcomes when compared to isolated and fragmented care models. Integrating public health, bioethics, mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services produces the best outcomes and proves the most effective approach to caring for people from diverse communities. This conference focuses on the need to continue the practice of integrating disciplines, and provides attendees with an opportunity to examine why an integrated care system will work at addressing health disparities.


Upon completion of the symposium, participants should be able to:
• Describe the healthcare issues that are driving the need for integrated care models.
• Discuss the challenges facing practitioners.
• Discuss the positive outcomes that an integrative system can produce.
• Describe the cross-disciplinary programs being implemented to address disparities.
• Identify the advantages for patients and providers in continuing to integrate healthcare services.

Who Should Participate?

This symposium will be beneficial to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, practice managers and others interested in this topic.

LRU faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend.



8:30 am Registration

9:00 am Introductions and Welcoming Remarks
Fred Whitt, EdD, President, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Michael Deckard, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Symposium Coordinator, Lenoir-Rhyne University

9:15 am Managing Uncertainty in 21st Century Medical and Clinical Decision-making
Mary Ann Cutter, PhD, Professor, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, author of Thinking about Breast Cancer (Oxford, 2018) and Ethics of Gender-Specific Disease (Routledge, 2012)

10:15 am Ethical Dilemmas for 21st Century Addiction Care
James Swan Tuite, PhD, Former Bioethics Fellow, Yale University

11:15 am Integrating Care of the Body and Mind: How a Rural Health Department Developed Partnerships to Deliver Whole Person Care
Marilyn Pearson, MD, Director of Public Health, Medical Director, Johnston County Health Department

Noon Lunch

1:15 pm Breakout Session 1
A. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as the Foundation of Health, and Trauma Informed Care as the Response to ACEs

Bryan Hatcher, MDiv, LCSW, CEO and President, CareNet Counseling, Wake Forest Baptist Health
B. Mobile Medicine and Mental Health Chris Kiser, RHA Behavioral Health - Mobile Crisis Management
Chris Kiser, RHA Behavioral Health
C. Got Health Equity: Looking at the Past to Advance the Future
Tanya Bass, MS, MEd, CHES, NCDHHS & NC Central University
D. The Integration of the Arts and Sciences to Reflect the Human Experience of Disease
Diane Caruso, DNP, FNP-BC, Director, BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Emma Sellers, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Laura Hope-Gill, MFA

2:15 pm Breakout Session 2
A. Addressing Social Determinants of Children’s Health - We’re All in this Together
Kim Price, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Lenoir Rhyne University
B. Writing for Self-Care for Healthcare Providers
Laura Hope-Gill, MFA, Director, Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative Master of Arts in Writing Program
C. Advancing Equity through Asset Mapping: an Opportunity across Health Disciplines
Zack King, MPH, CHES, Public Health Strategist, Catawba County Public Health
D. Wellness on Wheels: Screenings and Prevention on the Road
Lisa Riggsbee, MPH, Associate Director of Community Health, YMCA of Greater Charlotte

3:15 pm Breakout Session 3
A. When Religion Hurts: Understanding and Treating Religious Abuse
Paula Swindle, PhD, NCC, LPCS
B. Achieving Health Care Equity for Transgender Children and Adults
Diane Caruso, DNP, FNP-BC, Director, BSN to DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Program; Laura Hope-Gill, MFA; Emma Sellers, Director of Multicultural Affairs; Janice McKeel, RN, MSN, Instructor of Nursing
C. Building Resilience: From Classroom to Clinical Setting
LaShanda Brown Sell, PhD, North Carolina A&T

4:15 pm Closing Remarks

4:30 pm Adjourn

Cost and Registration

$100–Registration fee

Registration fee includes instructional and administrative costs, certificate of completion, program materials.

Payment Policy: Payment is required on or before entrance into any Northwest AHEC activity. If a corporate payment has not been received prior to the activity start date, you will be required to provide a personal credit card or check. If the corporate payment has not been received two weeks post activity, your personal credit card or check will be charged or cashed. To avoid personal payment, you should check with the financial staff at your organization to determine status of payment.

Refund Policy: Cancellations received in our office at least two days prior to the activity will result in a charge of $50, or 30 percent of the paid registration fee, whichever is less. The registration fee will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than two days before the activity. You may send a substitute.

When planning for an educational activity, registration fees are not based on credit hours or agenda. Registration fees are based on expenses such as meeting room rentals, food, equipment, staff, etc. and are not adjusted by issues such as cancellation of speakers or other unforeseen circumstances. Every effort will be given to ensure the activity is a success.

Registering for and attending this program authorizes the Northwest AHEC/Wake Forest School of Medicine to take pictures to be used for the Center’s publications, website (including social media sites) and presentations.


• 0.6 CEUs from Wake Forest School of Medicine
• 6.0 Contact Hours from Northwest AHEC Nurses: This educational activity can be applied toward your continuing competence plan for maintaining your current licensure with the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
• This program will provide 6.0 contact hours of (Category A) continuing education for North Carolina psychologists. No partial credit will be given.
• This program does not provide specific NBCC Credits. However, per LPC licensure guidelines, you may submit up to 15 contact hours of continuing education by attending programs by affiliates of the National Area Health Education Center Organization (NAO). Northwest AHEC is a member of the NAO.