April 2019 Clinical Communities Speaker Series Home Study
The Defense Health Agency (DHA), J-7, Continuing Education Program Office (CEPO) Clinical Communities Speaker Series events are designed to address the professional practice gaps of our learners in order to improve the care that our healthcare professionals deliver. These educational series are intended to achieve results that reflect a change in skills, competence, and performance of the health care team, and patient outcomes. Collaboration occurs with the Department of Defense, several government agencies, and academic partners, and other civilian experts for recruitment of academic subject matter experts, clinicians, and researchers to present on current promising, evidence-based research and best practices, thus enhancing the overall educational experience provided to our participants. Participants are expected to apply what they learned in providing patient care individually and collaboratively as a team towards improved patient outcomes.
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Physician Assistants, Optometrists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Case Managers, Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Kinesiotherapists, Healthcare Executives, and other health care professionals who support/ care for U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.
Capt. Gregory H. Gorman, MD, MHS
Captain Gorman is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University and consultant at the National Institutes of Health. A graduate of Georgetown University and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, he is double-boarded in Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology and board eligible in Clinical Informatics. He completed a Masters in Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and has authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles focusing on the health of military-connected children, pediatric kidney disease, and the epidemiology and informatics needs of humanitarian assistance operations. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Society of Nephrology. He was named Master Clinician at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and is the recipient of multiple military and civilian research and teaching awards.
Dr. Barbara Craig, USN, Ret.
Dr. Barbara Craig – (CAPT, Medical Corps, US Navy-Retired) is the senior board certified child abuse pediatrician in the Department of Defense (DOD.) She has worked at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland for 23 years and at other military bases prior to this. Dr. Craig served for 32 years as an active duty Naval Officer pediatrician, and is now a civilian DOD employee in the same role as a child abuse expert. She founded and continues to be the Director the Armed Forces Center for Child Protection, the military’s only child protection center and child maltreatment consultation service.
Lt. Helene Pinches, MD, MC
LT Pinches received her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in History from Providence College in 2009. She was accepted to the Health Professions Scholarship Program and received her commission in the USN in 2011. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2014. LT Pinches then completed residency training in Pediatrics at the National Capital Consortium program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, graduating in 2017. She is currently in her second year as a clinical fellow in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital.
Lt. Cmdr Jennifer L. Jaskiewicz, DO, MC
LCDR Jaskiewicz hails from Silver Spring, MD and attended Pomona College (BA, Neuroscience 2001). She was commissioned as an Ensign in the Naval Reserves in 2006 and attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA in 2010. She completed both her Pediatric Residency in 2013 and subsequently her Pediatric Neurology Fellowship in 2016 in the National Capital Consortium.
LCDR Jaskiewicz reported as staff Pediatric Neurologist to NMCP in 2016. She deployed on the USNS COMFORT Enduring Promise mission in 2018. At NMCP, she has participated numerous quality improvement initiatives. She is currently serving as Chair of the Long Term Opioid Therapy Safety Program.
LCDR Jaskiewicz is board certified in General Pediatrics, as well as Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology. She holds an academic appointment as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Her military decorations include 2 Joint Service Awards.
Maj. Alison M Helfrich, DO, F.A.A.P., MC
Maj (Dr.) Alison M. Helfrich is the Pediatrics Clinic Element Chief, 52nd Medical Operations Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base (AB), Germany. She is the sole Pediatrician dedicated to providing comprehensive medical care for over 1,100 pediatric beneficiaries through accessible, high quality healthcare in the Pediatrics Medical Home. In addition to acute and preventative medical care, she also serves as Medical Director of Pediatrics where she orchestrates policies and procedures. Lastly, she is and Allergy Extender and the Medical Director of Allergy/Immunizations where she oversees vaccinations and allergy immunotherapy for the 6,000 beneficiaries.
Maj Helfrich graduated from Allegheny College and commissioned into the Air Force through the Health Professions Scholarship Program while she received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to her current position, the major was the Medical Director for Pediatrics at Misawa AB, Japan where she ensured continuous coverage of inpatient pediatric medicine and medical evacuations to definitive care hospitals.
Lt. Col. Ryan P. Flanagan
LTC Ryan Flanagan, the son of a career infantry officer who was born in an Army hospital, is a Pediatric and Fetal Cardiologist at Tripler Army Medical Center. He is a Chicago native who obtained a BS in Civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign prior to attending the Uniformed Services University. He completed pediatric residency at Madigan Army Medical Center and Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He was intimately involved with instituting pulse oximetry screening serving as an expert panel members to the North Carolina DHHS Task Force for Newborn Screening for Congenital Heart Defects while station at Fort Bragg. Since January 2017 he has been stationed at Tripler Army Medical Center where in addition to his clinical roles he has served as the Associate Pediatric Residency Program Director and will assume the position of Pediatric Residency Program Director this upcoming summer.
Falls Church, VA
Dr. Bienia is a clinical psychologist and a senior policy analyst for the Defense Health Agency (DHA) in the Medical Affairs Directorate in Falls Church, VA. Dr. Bienia has extensive knowledge of empirically supported medical and behavioral treatments used in primary and specialty care settings. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University/Washington D.C. Dr. Bienia currently maintains a private practice providing evidence-based mental health services.
Dr. Kelly Blasko, Ph.D.
Falls Church, VA
Dr. Kelly Blasko is a counseling psychologist leading the mHealth Integration web and mobile app program for the Defense Health Agency’s Connected Health Branch. She earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Appalachian State University and her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. Her undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering from Boston University and she has worked for telecommunications companies as a senior advisor in new product development. She has worked in various clinical settings including marriage and family clinics, university counseling centers, and community mental health centers. Her area of expertise is developing technology solutions to improve the psychological health for military service members and their families. She manages website and mobile application development teams that include psychologists, project managers, software developers, graphic designers, usability specialists and marketing experts. She has led research teams to evaluate the effectiveness of online psychoeducation and has participated in multiple program evaluations of the mobile web programs. She is internationally recognized for her work in using technology to improve the well-being of military children and their parents including the development of the award-winning Military Kids Connect® and the Sesame Street for Military Families programs. Currently she is managing projects to design and develop web- and mobile apps and to improve the adoption of mobile technologies in various clinical communities within the military health system.
- 5.50 AAPADHA J-7 CEPO has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 5.50 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Physician assistants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
- 5.50 ACHEDHA J-7 CEPO is authorized to award a maximum of 5.50 hours of pre-approved American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement, or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation. To self-report, participants must log into their MyACHE account and select ACHE Qualified Education Credit.
- 5.50 ACPE PharmacistUAN
No valid paper/electronic statement of credit will be offered. DHA J-7 CEPO is accredited by the American Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) to provide continuing education for Pharmacists. This knowledge based activity will provide a maximum of 5.50 contact hours of pharmacy continuing education credit. Participant CE records will be electronically communicated to CPE Monitor. There is no cost to participate in this activity.
- 5.50 ACPE Pharmacy technicianUAN
No valid paper/electronic statement of credit will be offered. DHA J-7 CEPO is accredited by the American Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) to provide continuing education for Pharmacy Technicians. This knowledge based activity will provide a maximum of 5.50 contact hours of pharmacy continuing education credit. Participant CE records will be electronically communicated to CPE Monitor. There is no cost to participate in this activity.
- 5.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™DHA J-7 CEPO is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DHA J-7 CEPO designated this Enduring Material (Home Study) activity for a maximum of 5.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 5.50 ANCCThe DHA, J-7, CEPO is accredited by the Joint Accreditation/ Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) to provide this Continuing Nursing Education Enduring Material (Home Study) for a maximum of 5.50 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 5.50 APAContinuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The DHA, J7, CEPO maintains responsibility for the content of the programs. DHA, J-7, CEPO designated this activity for a maximum of 5.50 CE credits. The instructional level of this activity is intermediate. There is no cost to participate.
- 5.50 ARBO/COPEThis activity has been approved by ARBO/COPE. The Defense Health Agency J-7 Continuing Education Program Office designated this activity for a maximum of 5.50 credit hours. Optometrists should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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- 5.50 ASWBAs a Jointly Accredited Organization, DHA J-7 CEPO is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. DHA J-7 CEPO maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive a maximum of 5.50 ASWB continuing education credits.
- 5.50 Certificate of Attendance
- 5.50 CCMCThis program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The course is approved for up to 5.50 CE contact hours.
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This continuing education activity has been accredited by The Council on Professional Standards for Kinesiotherapy (COPSKT) to include 5.50 contact hours/0.55 CEU. DHA, J-7, CEPO accredits enterprise-wide continuing education activities for military and civilian health care professionals. These courses are critical to DHA’s goal of providing the best possible quality care to active duty service members, veterans, and their families.
- 5.50 IPCEThis activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners can receive up to 5.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change. In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by DHA, J-7, CEPO. DHA, J-7, CEPO is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry's Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (ARBO/COPE), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Dental Association’s Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP), and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
- 5.50 NBCCDHA J-7 CEPO has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6955. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. DHA J-7 CEPO is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
- 5.50 Occupational Therapists (ACCME Non-Physician CME Credit)DHA J-7 CEPO is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education. For the purpose of recertification, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. Occupational Therapists may receive a maximum of 5.50 hours for completing this Enduring Material (Home Study) activity.
- 5.50 Physical Therapists (ACCME Non-Physician CME Credit)DHA J-7 CEPO is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education. Physical Therapists will be provided a certificate of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physical Therapists may receive a maximum of 5.50 hours for completing this Enduring Material (Home Study) activity.