MHSA Faculty Directory

MHSA Faculty Directory

Mark Kauffman, D.O, MS Med Ed, PAKauffman
Associate Dean of Students, Enrollment Management and Graduate Studies
Professor of Family Medicine
Director Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Erie, Pennsylvania

 

 

LECOM Faculty Appointment: Masters in Health Services Administration

Experience:
Mark Kauffman, DO serves as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Dr. Kauffman graduated from Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA in 1990 as a physician assistant and was a member of the Pediatric Transplant Team at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh from 1991 to 1996 when he matriculated at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie. He graduated in 2000 and is board certified in family medicine having completed his residency at Millcreek Community Hospital. He worked for four years at the Erie VA Medical Center advancing to Director of Primary Care.

Dr. Kauffman developed, implemented and taught the History and Physical Examination curriculum for LECOM, at first teaching as an adjunct faculty for the Problem Based Learning pathway and then becoming full time faculty in 2007 attaining the level of Clinical Professor of Family Medicine. Discovering teaching as his true specialty, he obtained a Master of Science in Medical Education in 2010. His curriculum thesis was implemented to create the Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway, the first medical school curriculum allowing certified physician assistants to earn a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in three years.

Dr. Kauffman has published three text books, multiple journal articles and the COMBANK COMLEX 2-PE board preparation video series.

Education:
Undergraduate Education: BS Physician Assistant Saint Francis College, Loretto, PA
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2000
Internship and Residency: Millcreek Community Hospital
Masters of Science in Medical Education: LECOM Class of 2010

 

Timothy S. Novak, MSANovak-web
Director, Masters in Health Services Administration
Assistant Professor
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

 

 

 

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director – HSA 5020: Professional and Communications Skills Development
Course Director – HSA 5030: Research Methodology and Application
Course Director – HIA 5250: Healthcare Operations Management

Experience:

Tim Novak has served as the Director of LECOM’s Master in Health Service Administration (MHSA) program since 2014.  His areas of instruction include:  health care management for all LECOM 3rd and 4th year medical students, biostatistics in the Masters of Medical Science program and communications & professionalism in the MHSA program.  He is a senior level executive with history of progressive business leadership success.  He has a deep multi-sector business experience directing corporate creation, strategic expansion, branding and business development in both public and private settings.  His business development sectors include; hospital administration, physician practice management, corporate compliance, innovative healthcare products, robotic platforms, commercial sunscreen delivery systems and gourmet foods.  He is the business model co-developer and co-author of the 4 Circles of Good Business, published in November 2006.  A former board member and treasurer of the CEO Council, Inc., a national organization of public company officers and directors providing information, advice, and counsel to the Security  and Exchange Commission (SEC) and council membership on business ethics, accountability, and policy.  Mr. Novak served as chairman and chief executive officer for two fully reporting publicly traded companies engaged in acquiring and developing innovative healthcare safety, diagnostics and wellness products.  Working directly with physician leadership, he helped direct development of new ancillary services, supervised financial reporting, and coordinated all operational aspects of a 100-member OB/GYN management services organization (MSO) with annual revenue exceeding $75,000,000.  Mr. Novak has managed the medical credentialing and contracting for a 1,400-member independent physicians association serving 500,000 patients through 13 major hospital systems and 23 payers in Louisville, Kentucky.  Mr. Novak earned his Certified Medical Practice Executive designation through the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) in 1996. He served as business launch competition panel judge for the TIME (The Integration of Management and Engineering) and International Nano Technology forum at Case Western Reserve University.  A five year army officer veteran, Captain Novak started his professional medical career as the department of orthopedic surgery administrator at the 500 bed Tripler Army Medical Center on Oahu, Hawaii.  He was decorated for his development and implementation of innovative healthcare delivery systems both in the hospital and in the 25th Infantry Division (Light) field settings to include the Army Meritorious Service Medal. Mr. Novak is a founding member and past president of The Hardin County Educational Foundation, Inc.  In 1999 he was one ten high school graduates designated as Distinguish Alumni of the Hardin County Schools System. Previous college instruction includes supervisory management and retail marketing through the University of Kentucky’s Elizabethtown College.  Tim most recently served as Marketing Small Business Consultant for the University of South Florida’s College of Business, Tampa Florida.  He is in the dissertation phase of his Doctorate in Business Administration program at The University of South Florida’s top ranked Muma College of Business with an expected thesis defense and graduation in 2017.  His current areas of research interest include:  use of big data applications to enhance curriculum competency outcomes, contributing factors to the US primary care physician shortage and organizational climates and their effect on productivity.

Education:
University of South Florida- Doctor of Business Administration Candidate (expected 2017)
Central Michigan University- Masters of Science Degree in General Administration, 1988
Bowling Green State University- Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences, 1985

 

Pamela ArroyoPam Coudriet, Human Resources, M.S.
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

 

 

 

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director – HIA-5200: Human Resources Management

Experience:
Pamela Arroyo currently serves as Program Director, Campus Programs and Recruitment Events at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).  UPMC is a $10 billion, 60,000 employee integrated health care and delivery system.  As a leader within talent acquisition at UPMC, she is responsible for the recruitment, development, retention and engagement of young professionals.  Her role involves implementing an employment brand strategy on college campuses and national events, overseeing interviewing and selection, linking program development strategy to successful behaviors, and managing internal partnerships.

Pamela has held a variety of human resources related positions at UPMC; she has supported operations within the corporate and insurance services divisions along with the UPMC Cancer Centers.  She is a recipient of UPMC’s Award for Excellence in Service, and was named the UPMC Center for Inclusion Employee Partnership Council Representative of the Year in 2012.  In addition to her role at UPMC, she is also an adjunct faculty member at the University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Graduate Studies.

Pamela graduated from Carlow University with a bachelor’s degree in Business/Communications and later obtained a master’s degree in Professional Leadership.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Carlow University Alumni Association and Get Involved! Inc.  She is a One Young World ambassador and volunteers her time with the United Way, Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, and the Pittsburgh Promise.

Education:
Bachelor’s in Business/Communications, Carlow University
MS Professional Leadership – Carlow University

 

DanBermanPortraitDaniel Berman, DBA, MSN, RN, FACATA, FACHE, LHCRM
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, FL

LECOM Faculty Appointment: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director- HSA-5010: Population Health and Status Assessment

Experience: Dr. Berman is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Fellow of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators. With over 30 years of healthcare, social services, athletics, and mental healthcare experience, Dan has emerged in the healthcare community as a highly recognized observer and thought leader on the deep domestic forces changing US Healthcare through dedicated achievements to the healthcare industry at large. He has been innovative in the necessity of creating viable solutions to these key issues through his own life experiences in athletics and healthcare field. Dr. Berman holds active professional registered nurse license in Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, and Iowa. He is also licensed as Healthcare Risk Manager in State of Florida

Dr. Berman has been involved in research dealing in mental health issues related to access for the chronically mentally ill populations and healthcare economic issues related to the need to provide prevention as a cost saving mechanism. Dan has been an avid writer and professional lecturer about issues related to health care entrepreneurialism and healthcare innovation within large and small healthcare systems within urban and rural communities. As a healthcare speaker, writer, and consultant, he explored the future of healthcare with clients ranging from universities, community health and mental health centers, physician group practices and networks and hospital systems. Continuing his personal development, Dr. Berman most recently completed certificates in Healthcare Risk Management from the University of Florida and Lean Sigma from the Lean Sigma Institute in 2013.  Appointed Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Trustees October 1, 2016 and selected as Top 100 Healthcare Leaders by the Top 100 Business Magazine in 2016.

Education:
DBA- Healthcare Administration, Northcentral University
MSN- Nursing Administration, St. Joseph’s College
BS- Therapeutic Recreation, University of Massachusetts
AD- Nursing, Armstrong State University

 

Robert Calabrisi, D.Sc.Calabrisiweb
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

 

 

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director – HSA 5030: Research Methodology and Application
Course Director – HSA 5065: Information Systems and Quality Assurance
Assistant Course Director – HSA 5401: Executive Interview and Analysis I
Assistant Course Director – HSA 5402: Executive Interview and Analysis II

Experience:
Dr. Robert Calabrisi, Adjunct Facility, is currently employed at Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Located in Elizabeth, PA, he has worked for the US Government for over 38 years. With 30 years in the healthcare field, Dr. Calabrisi also is retired Military and a disabled American Veteran.

As the National VHA Program Manager for Leadership, Supervisor, Mentor and Coaching Training program he brings a vast amount of knowledge. As part of a national team, Dr. Calabrisi was critical on the VA Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and worked extensively with the clinical intervention system known as the Clinical Reminders.

Dr. Calabrisi is also adjunct facility at University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and Robert Morris University.

Education:
DSc. – Information Systems and Communications, Robert Morris University
MSc. – Health Education and Promotion, The Pennsylvania State University
BSc. – Mathematics and Chemistry, University of New York Albany

 

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Jonathan Coffman, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor, Masters in Health Services Administration
Director of Experiential Learning
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

 

 

LECOM Faculty Appointment: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director – HSA5080: Governance, Leadership and Strategic Planning
Course Director –HSA5401: Executive Interviews and Analysis I
Course Director –HSA5402: Executive Interviews and Analysis II

Experience:
Dr. Jonathan Coffman has spent most of his career in academic medicine in addition to his work as a business consultant, accreditation consultant and owner of a medical practice.

Dr. Coffman served as an Associate Professor at NSU’s Health Professions Division (HPD) for 8 years in the Department of Microbiology where he taught Medical Virology to medical, dental and pharmacy students. He also worked with the undergraduate programs at Florida Atlantic University and developed Microbiology and Biotechnology laboratory courses. At Barry University, Dr. Coffman directed the College of Biomedical Sciences and initiated progressive business and marketing plans that resulted in significant revenue improvements and educational outcomes. Larkin Community Hospital later hired Dr. Coffman as the founding Dean of the College of Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Coffman secured a State of Florida license and non-profit status for the new school, Larkin Health Sciences Institute. Dr. Coffman developed four graduate programs for the institution, implemented active-learning experiences for the students and operated a program that was profitable in its first year of operation. Dr. Coffman is currently directing the experiential component of the Masters in Health Services Administration program and guides students with their executive interviews and business analytics.

Dr. Coffman has extensive experience in programmatic and institutional accreditation. He successfully obtained accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for a College of Pharmacy to offer continuing education (CE) and was trained as and served as an ACPE field reviewer. At Barry University, he assessed and evaluated the goals and objectives for the College of Biomedical Sciences and successfully developed a multi-year plan congruent with the accreditation standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). As a consultant, Dr. Coffman was a member of a team that developed a medical school according to the standards of accreditation established by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), and he also consulted for institutes seeking accreditation through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). At LECOM, Dr. Coffman has assisted in the development and assessment of the MHSA program’s accreditation candidacy through the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and will continue to support the development and continual improvement of the program.

Dr. Coffman’s research has included the DNA sequencing of biofilms to detect the presence of nonculturable bacteria and fungi. At Barry University, he was awarded a grant to use next generation sequencing to study water samples and wild duck fecal samples, and the work led to numerous presentations, publications and a travel grant for his graduate student. Dr. Coffman expanded his gut microbiota research to include the mapping of bacteria in the human gastrointestinal tract and the effects of dietary changes on the gut microbiota. Dr. Coffman has also researched and published decision-making models related to Influenza and HPV vaccination.

Dr. Coffman’s business experience includes owning and operating Planet Vision Eyecare, a healthcare practice recognized for its interactive marketing at the South Florida Interactive Excellence (SoFIE) Awards. Dr. Coffman also consulted for Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive, Life Technologies, Ross Bicycles, Tru Bamboo, Larkin Community Hospital, Zen Enterprises and Biota Technologies.

Education:
BA in Science Education, Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL
PhD in Microbiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
Post-doc in Neuroscience (Huntington’s Disease), University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
Masters of Business Administration, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL

 

Kathryn Collins, Ph.D., M.A.Photo_Collins_web
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

 

 

 

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director – HSA-5040: Health Policy Formulation, Implementation and Evaluation

Experience:
Kathryn Collins is a researcher and evaluation expert with Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.  In this capacity, she conducts and coordinates research to evaluate programs and processes within the court system and in related community programs.   She works to develop new and innovate evidence based practices and to incorporate outcomes based metrics throughout the court system.  Prior to her work here, she was a researcher with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.  She worked with a complex integrated data system to evaluate programs in child welfare, behavioral health, criminal justice, education and housing.  Her primary research interests are in understanding collaboration and cooperation in designing and implementing public policies and in the use of data-driven strategies to improve services to clients.  In particular, she has examined how inter-governmental collaboration can improve the design and implementation of public health programs in the developing world.  She also examined the relationship of physical structures in communities (e.g., vacant properties) to individual health and educational performance.  She teaches courses in public policy, health administration, cost benefit analysis, and program evaluation.  She has published reports on practical applications of cost benefit analysis, disparities in outcomes for youth in human services, trends in homicides in Allegheny County, and new ways of examining poverty in local communities.

Education:
Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
M.A. in International Development, University of Pittsburgh
B.A. in Economics, American University

 

Lorie_Darch_12-29-14Lorie Darche, MBA, MS-Accounting
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

 

 

 

LECOM Faculty Appointment: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director – HIA-5220: Financial Analysis and Risk Management
Course Director – HSA-5000: Healthcare Organizations and Administration.
Course Director – HSA 5420: Capstone Project

Experience
Ms. Darche’s professional healthcare experience started in nursing, with a major focus on neonatal intensive care both as a staff nurse and as an administrator. She worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho then moved on to Jackson Memorial Hospital / University of Miami. During her tenure at Jackson Memorial Hospital she worked both as a staff nurse and a head nurse of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  Ms. Darche then relocated and worked at Willis Knighton Hospital in Shreveport, LA.  Eventually, her travels brought her back to Fort Myers, Florida where she continued her studies in accounting and business administration. While in Fort Myers, she worked at Lee Memorial Health System in various positions including: Analyst in Operations Improvement, Manager of Budget in the Financial Services, Manager of Decision Support and Vice President of Strategic Planning.
After a brief time with Superior Consulting (Ann Arbor, MI) as a Senior Analyst in Strategic Planning Consulting, she began teaching and has done so for the last decade.  As faculty at Southwest Florida College she had both teaching and administrative responsibilities.  She taught a wide array of courses across the disciplines of accounting, business management, and healthcare administration for both in resident and online students.  She served as the program manager for the management, accounting, and healthcare administration programs across three campuses in SW Florida for almost nine years, and two years as Director of Education for the Fort Myers campus.

Education
MBA – University of South Florida
MSA – Strayer University
BSN – Georgetown University
BA – University of South Florida

 

Julie K. Freeman, M.U.R.P., M.B.A., J.D.Julie_Freeman2
Assistant General Counsel
Assistant Professor
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Seton Hill, PA

 

 

LECOM Faculty Appointment – Masters in Health Services Administration:
Assistant Course Director – HSA 5050:  Legal and Ethical Issues

Experience:
Julie K. Freeman is Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Professor at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).  Ms. Freeman is based at LECOM at Seton Hill, the medical school site in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where she facilitates Problem Based Learning groups, directs the Health Care Management and Medical Jurisprudence courses, and participates in teaching Spirituality & Medical Ethics, and Human Sexuality.  Ms. Freeman is Assistant Course Director of Legal Issues in Business and Clinical Decision-Making for the Master of Science in Health Services Administration program.   Prior to joining LECOM, Ms. Freeman was Chief Law Clerk to Justice Cynthia A. Baldwin of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  Before joining Justice Baldwin at the Supreme Court, she practiced law with the firm of Goldberg, Gruener, Gentile, Horoho, and Avalli, P.C.  Earlier in her career, she was Judicial Law Clerk to then-Judge Baldwin at the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and a planner with the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning.  Ms. Freeman received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Duquesne University, where she was Managing Editor of the Duquesne Law Review and founding President of the Health Law Society, and which she later served as an Adjunct Professor of Law.  She also holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, and Master of Business Administration degrees, all from the University of Pittsburgh.

Education:
J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh
M.U.R.P., University of Pittsburgh
B.A., University of Pittsburgh

 

William Henwood, RPh, MHSA
Adjunct Professor of Health Service Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)

 

 

LECOM Faculty Appointments:  Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director – HSA 5210:  Market Analysis, Research & Assessment

William Henwood has managed retail pharmacies, both chain and independent, as well as being a Director of Pharmacy for a large home infusion company in Pittsburgh. He has established a new company of the same and served as the Director of Pharmacy Services as well as the company’s Marketing Director.

For the past 17 years he has been employed at Vantage Holding Company, LLC in Meadville, PA where he has served in many capacities including Director of Marketing and Sales, and Vice President of Vantage’s long term care pharmacy, durable medical equipment and mobile imaging divisions where he was responsible to manage and direct the operations which included overseeing over 100 employees in that time span.

He has been a liaison to the CEO’s of the hospital owners of Vantage and in his current role as Senior Vice President of Business Development, he is responsible for the growth of four of the Core business lines of Vantage including Home Medical Equipment, Long Term Care Pharmacy, Hospital Linen and Mobile Imaging Services as well as new Market Growth of the Vantage Partnership Model. In that capacity, most recently, he was instrumental in helping form a Home Infusion Partnership with the Allegheny Health Network, the end result of which more than doubled top line revenue of the company but also opened up the Pittsburgh Market to Vantage’s Home Infusion Division.

Mr. Henwood currently serves as the Executive Director and CEO of Vantage Healthcare of Ohio, LLC where he is responsible for the mission, vision and strategic direction of the Company and in doing so providing the Owner Hospitals of Vantage Ohio quality services that save them money and increase their return on equity.

Mr. Henwood was elected to the Sharpsville Area School Board in 2008 and is the current School Board President.

Education:
Masters in Health Services Administration- LECOM School of Graduate Studies 2016
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy – Duquesne University 1984

 

 

Harry Hobson, MA, NHA
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

 

 

LECOM Faculty Appointment: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director – HIA-5230: Nursing Home Administrator I
Course Director – HIA-5240: Nursing Home Administrator II

Experience: Harry Hobson has been president and CEO of Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay for 14 years. During his career, he has worked in both hospital and retirement community administration. Prior to his arrival at Plymouth Harbor, he was the President and CEO of Westminster-Canterbury Retirement Community of Irvington, Virginia, and First Community Village of Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Hobson received Masters Degrees in both Business Management and Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University, and completed gerontological studies at George Washington University. He holds nursing home administrator licenses in Florida and Ohio. Harry has been widely recognized throughout the industry, having received the 2013 Executive of the Year award from LeadingAge Florida, and while in Ohio, earned the Professional of the Year and Award of Honor from LeadingAge Ohio. He recently completed his second term on the Florida Governor’s Continuing Care Advisory Board. As a faculty member at The Ohio State University, he lectured on Long Term Care Policy and Executive Leadership.

Education:
MBA – Central Michigan University
MA – Central Michigan University

 

 

Jeffrey E. Myers, Esquire, A.B., J.D. Jeff-Myers   
Associate General Counsel; Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

 

 

 

LECOM Faculty Appointments:
Masters in Health Services Administration:
Course Director – HSA 5050:  Legal and Ethical Issues

LECOM College of Medicine:
Course Director of Health Care Management II
Course Director of Medical Jurisprudence
Facilitator of Ethics PBL groups
LECOM School of Pharmacy:
Course Director of Pharmacy Law

Experience:
Mr. Myers practiced law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for over 27 years with the nationally recognized firm of Blank Rome. He began practice as a member of the Firm’s Employment, Benefits and Labor practice group, representing management and executives exclusively. In his later years at Blank Rome, Mr. Myers became increasingly involved in corporate transactions, corporate compliance and governance and SOX. In 2010, Mr. Myers joined LECOM, as its Associate General Counsel. Mr. Myers has assisted in the editing of two books; has written many articles; and has delivered scores of speeches and lectures. He is a member in good standing of the bars of both Florida and Pennsylvania and is a member of and has argued before both the Third and Seventh United States Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Education:
Saint Joseph’s University, A.B. in History, summa cum laude, 1978
University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1982

 

DrEtiennePrachtwebEtienne Pracht, Ph.D., MS
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

 

 

 

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director – HSA 5090: Economic Analysis and Application in Decision Making

Experience:

Dr. Pracht graduated from the Department of Economics at Louisiana State University (LSU) with specialties in health care economics and applied econometrics. He also earned a graduate minor at LSU in computer science to complement his experience as a software engineer. His research interests focus primarily on health outcomes and the effectiveness of health systems, including the Florida trauma system and ambulatory care sensitive hospitalizations. Relevant publications include “Interest groups and Medicaid pharmaceutical drug programs” and “State Medicaid managed care enrollment: understanding the political calculus that drives Medicaid managed care reforms” in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law,” and “Survival advantage associated with treatment of injury at designated trauma centers: a bivariate probit model with instrumental variables” in Medical Care Research and Review and “The relative effectiveness of the health care safety net and managed care penetration in reducing avoidable hospitalizations,” in the Journal for Healthcare Quality.  Dr. Pracht teaches and lectures extensively on health economics, health insurance, economic evaluation techniques (cost benefit, cost effectiveness, and cost utility analyses), and data management, retrieval, and analysis.  In addition to his research program, Dr. Pracht continues to develop software applications which are being used to calculate the severity of patients’ injuries and to aid researchers in constructing matched samples from large databases for analysis.

Education:
Ph.D. (Economics), Louisiana State University, May 1998
Minor (Computer Science), Louisiana State University, May 1998
M.S. (Economics), Louisiana State University, May 1995
B.A. (Economics), New College of The University of South Florida, May 1989

 

Magon Saunders webMagon M. Saunders, DHSc, MS, RDN, LD
Adjunct Professor of Health Services Administration
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Bradenton, Florida

 

 

LECOM Faculty Appointments: Masters in Health Services Administration
Course Director – MPH-5300- Healthcare Services Delivery: Prevention, Wellness, Infectious Diseases,  Chronic Diseases and Disaster Preparedness

Experience
Dr. Magon Saunders presently serves as a Program Development Consultant in the federal public health system where she provides technical assistance and support to State and territorial public health departments. Dr. Saunders also provides subject matter expertise to federal grantees in the areas of health systems improvement, public health policy, health equity, and clinical-community linkages. She has worked in the field of public health for over 30 years serving in various leadership capacities not only in the United States, but in the Cayman Islands, and Jamaica.  Additionally, Dr. Saunders owns and operates a private nutrition consulting company in Atlanta, GA, and leads her team’s efforts to provide medical nutrition therapy, self-management trainings, conferences, and other consultation services to disparate populations.
Prior to joining the federal public health system in 2007, she served as the Program Director for the Georgia Diabetes Prevention & Control and Drive for Sight Programs at the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH). While at the GDPH, Dr. Saunders assessed Georgia’s capacity to address diabetes, and used the findings of the assessment to develop Georgia’s first diabetes strategic plan. A tireless community volunteer, Dr. Saunders works at the national, state, and local levels with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and is the recent Past Chair of the ADA’s National African American Initiatives.  Dr. Saunders is a recipient of the 2006 Georgia Governor’s Community Services Award and a proud author of several books, and an upcoming health care provider course on Forgiveness and Health in African American Patients.

Education:
DHSc: Health Sciences with concentration in Global Health, A. T. Still University, Mesa, AZ
Nutrition Residency- Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
MSc- Allied Health with concentration in Nutrition Education-Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
BSc- Community Nutrition, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

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