2019 Minnesota E-Health
Aaron has been working with Minnesota Immunization Information Connection for more than 9 years and in that time has been a system analyst, interface integrator, and is now the Interoperability Lead. He is also active in the national immunization registry community, siting on several national workgroups, and is president-elect of the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA).
Department of Emergency Medicine & Medical Toxicology
Dr. Bilden is a Medical Toxicologist and Emergency Medicine physician at Essentia Health in Duluth. Her practice is hospital-based providing bedside care and phone consultation for patients presenting to a healthcare facility following exposure to a variety of toxic substances, including pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical drugs. She also serves as a consultant for the Minnesota Poison Control System.
Dr. Bilden received her medical degree from Boston University after receiving her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. She completed her emergency medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center and medical toxicology fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson and Hennepin County Medical Center.
Senior Director, Heathcare Burnout Research
Heather Britt is Senior Director for healthcare burnout research at the Minnesota Hospital Association. She advances the organization’s action around burnout. Previously, Dr. Britt worked in care delivery research at a provider organization. She completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University, MPH at UNC, and doctorate at University of Minnesota.
Public Health Data Scientist and Epidemiologist
Mageen C. Caines, MPH, CPH, Public Health Data Scientist and Epidemiologist, Minneapolis Health Department. Kresge Emerging Leaders in Public Health fellow (Cohort II) bringing two decades of cross-cutting public health experience and energy to innovative, sustainable problem solving in local public health. Enjoys big pictures, system disruption, and long walks.
Epidemiologist/Senior Informatics Specialist
Melanie Countryman is an Epidemiologist/Senior Informatics Specialist for Dakota County Public Health. Her background includes community health assessment and improvement planning, information systems development and implementation, project management, quality improvement, performance management and program evaluation. In her role at Dakota County, her duties include community health assessment and planning; data collection, analysis and reporting; quality improvement; and performance management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul and her master’s degree in Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota.
Aasa Dahlberg Schmit
Director of Data Strategy and Interoperability
Aasa Dahlberg Schmit is Director of Data Strategy and Interoperability at the Minnesota Department of Health. She is responsible for providing vision, direction and leadership in advancing enterprise data strategies and data exchange across programs of MDH and with external partners through close collaboration with the Office of Health Information Technology and MN.IT.
Candy Hanson, BSN, PHN, LHIT-HP has been working in health information technology at Stratis Health for the past 7 years. She also has 20 years of experience in public health and is a certified practice facilitator. She earned her certificate for Leadership in Health Information Technology for Health Professionals from the University of Minnesota in 2012.
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine
Vitaly Herasevich, MD, PhD,has been involved in medical informatics for over 20 years, with a specific concentration on applied clinical informatics in critical care and the science of health care delivery. He has coauthored 85 Pubmed-cited articles, number of books and authored and authored book Health Information Evaluation.
Birth to Age 8 Program Coordinator
Sierra Hill is the Birth to Age 8 Program Coordinator for Dakota County Public Health. She holds her Masters of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She has experience working at the County and State level on various health topics.
Director of Early Childhood Education
Childhood Education at Minneapolis Public Schools. She has many years of experience working in the non-profit and public sectors in the health and education sectors. She graduated with distinction from the University Of Minnesota School Of Nursing. She has served the Twin Cities community by providing leadership to initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for urban, low-income and ethnically diverse populations. She currently serves on the U of M Institute on Community Integration Advisory Board; the City of Minneapolis PHAC, the Baby Space Board of Directors and is a Community Judge for the U of M Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Cindy is a certified Improvement Project Director through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and a Results Based Facilitator. She has a passion for improving systems through cross-sector partnerships, use of evidence based models that drive effective, and sustainable operations and build organizational capacity to deliver equity in access to services for families and children in the community.
Health Informatics Research Scientist
Kaitlin is an informatics research scientist and project manager for the Minnesota Department of Health where she has managed informatics projects for five years. In her current role, she works closely with the Blood Lead Surveillance Program to implement electronic data transfer of blood lead results. Kaitlin is a Certified Professional Project Manager and completed the CSTE Project SHINE Informatics Training in Place Program Fellowship in 2017.
Maureen Ideker RN BSN MBA is one of MN and the Midwest’s pioneers in telehealth. She started her work in Telemedicine in 1994 while the Director of Nurses at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena, MN. She worked with many state and federal grants, such as those awarded from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) with the University of MN and from the USDA-Distance Learning and Telemedicine.
Maureen served as the System Director of Telehealth from 2011-2018 for Essentia Health-Duluth, MN, an integrated ACO and the largest rural healthcare provider in MN. She now serves on a casual basis at Essentia Health as a Senior Adviser-Telehealth. Maureen has been instrumental in developing over 50 rural originating Telehealth sites across MN, WI and ND at hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities and more than 40 specialty outreach services across Essentia Health. She is actively involved with public policy related to telemedicine & access to broadband. She is a frequent speaker and presenter in MN and ND related to implementing Telehealth and using it to address rural health access and provider shortages.
George Klauser is Executive Director of Lutheran Social Service’s Altair accountable care collaborative. Klauser is responsible for managing a collaboration of community services and medical partners that represent the Altair collaborative that utilize the Minnesota approved health information exchange for 10,300 members. Klauser has held various leadership technology positions where he has built a proven track record of leadership and contribution in challenging business environments. Klauser has served as Vice President of Service and Operations for Xiotech Corporation, Chief Operation Officer and Vice President of Virtual Growth, Inc., and President and Executive Vice President of Ceridian Employer Services. Prior to joining Lutheran Social Service, he served as Chairman of the Board, Vice Chairman and Secretary before becoming President and CEO of Opportunity Partners, a partner organization within the Altair collaborative. Klauser attended Cardinal Stretch College. Later at the University of Minnesota, he earned additional credentials after completing the Executive Development program. Klauser then explored leadership in the nonprofit landscape at the University of St. Thomas, where he completed a mini- master’s program in nonprofit management.
System Manager Care Coordination
Jenny Kolb, RN, BSN is a System Manager of Ambulatory and Inpatient Care Management at Fairview. She recently also took on management of the Community Paramedic Program. Jenny implemented Community Paramedic program definition and outcome measures in collaboration with Gina Morgan and Jaclyn Mann. Jenny also facilitated the implementation of the encounter alerting service tool as part of the daily workflow to risk stratify patient populations for the Community Paramedic program.
Senior Planning Analyst
Heather Kolnick is a report writer for Hennepin County Public Health in the Clinical Services area. Heather’s work involves extracting and analyzing data from Epic, the County’s electronic medical record system, to support Public Health department-operated clinics.
Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer
Rahul Koranne is Chief Medical Officer of the Minnesota Hospital Association. He leads the organization’s quality and patient safety work, engaging executives, physicians, leaders, and teams across 144 hospitals in Minnesota. Dr. Koranne did his residency in internal medicine, clinical fellowship in geriatrics, and MBA at the University of Minnesota.
Manager of measure validation
Sandy Larsen is the manager of measure validation at MN Community Measurement. She has been with MNCM for more than 10 years and oversees the validation of the clinical quality measures that medical groups across Minnesota and bordering states submit to MNCM for comparable performance measurement.
Assessment Team Supervisor
Amy Leite Bennett supervises the assessment team in Hennepin County Public Health. Her primary responsibilities include population health surveillance, survey research, and program evaluation for various health and human services efforts. Amy was involved in the development of the data elements of the most recent Minnesota Suicide Prevention Plan.
Greg does HIT consulting for state and federal agencies, providers and payers. He’s been a leader on projects at Minnesota’s DHS such as the Encounter Alerting System (EAS), the Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) system and a FHIR-based consent/care coordination system. Greg’s been in leadership at companies including Medtronic and UHG..
IT Manager of Population Health
Jaclyn Mann is Manager of Population Health Analytics and Technology at Fairview. She has the privilege of working with care coordinators and their leaders to provide tools and analytic reports to serve our patients. Jaclyn was involved in the technical management of implementing the encounter alerting service tool for care coordination and leveraging that tool for use in the Community Paramedic Program.
Javiera Monardez Popelka, MD, MPH, the Between Us Program Manager and Parent Educator, is a physician by training in Chile, and a Master in Public Health in Community Health Promotion from the University of Minnesota. She has been working with families for more than eight years, and with parents of adolescents for three as part of the Between Us program. She works for the University of Minnesota adapting parenting curriculums and implementing them. Ms. Monardez has a certificate in Equity and Diversity.
System Ambulatory Clinical Quality and Safety Improvement Consultant
Gina Morgan is an Improvement Consultant and serves as the Program Manager for Fairview’s Integrated Health Partnership Program. As Program Manager, Gina works with key stakeholders to identify opportunities to decrease the total cost of care of the IHP population while improving patient outcomes.
Director of Ambulatory Pharmacy Services
Lee A. Mork, MS, RPh, MBA is Director of Ambulatory Pharmacy Services for the Allina Health Group. In his role, he is responsible for the clinic’s pharmacist practitioner program, pharmaceutical purchasing, a patient medication assistance program and e-prescribing prescription technologies for 96 clinics. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Master of Science in Hospital Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota and received a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. He has worked for Allina Health since 2007.
Director of Technology and Data Integrity
Will Muenchow is the Director of Technology, Data Integrity, and Security Officer at MN Community Measurement (MNCM), a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the improvement of health by publicly reporting health care information. Mr. Muenchow has worked with both state agencies, private enterprises, and local community providers in the development of better patient outcomes through better data exchange. This work has included managing an Integrated Health Partnership (IHP), certified Health Information Organization (HIO), and the development of the MNCM Process Intelligence Performance Engine (PIPE).
Systems Management Supervisor
Rochelle has worked in a variety of public health settings with an emphasis on project management, evaluation & health informatics. She has an MPH in Informatics from the University of Minnesota and currently supervises informatics staff and projects at Dakota County Public Health.
Senior Director of Research Project Operations
Richard Paskach has over 28 years of research, informatics and business intelligence experience. Prior to joining HealthPartners, Richard served as director for the business intelligence at Medica and sr. director health informatics departments at HealthPartners. He currently leads staff in application development, research project management, survey and evaluation, and informatics. Richard currently represents HealthPartners on the Digital Bridge initiative. The Digital Bridge’s purpose is to advance two-way data exchange between healthcare and public health by bringing together key stakeholders in healthcare, public health and health IT to address challenges in information sharing.
Senior Public Health Researcher/Epidemiologist
Roee Reinberg obtained an MPH in epidemiology from the University of Illinois- Chicago. His focus is in chronic and infectious disease surveillance, environmental health, and foodborne illness. He is the lead evaluator for the Minneapolis Healthy Start grant alongside his usual job duties of public health research and applied epidemiology.
VP of Information Technology
Jim Roeder began working at Lakewood Health System in September 2006. Currently, he oversees IT – Applications, IT – Data, and IT – Network departments. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Computer Information Systems from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Mr. Roeder is certified in Windows Security, Citrix and Cisco Meraki, and is a member of Minnesota Department of Health’s e-Health Advisory Committee. He has worked in the IT field since 1999. Mr. Roeder grew up in Milnor, North Dakota and currently resides in Wadena, Minnesota with his wife, Jenny, and two children – Callie (7) and Liam (4). In his free time, he enjoys traveling, camping, hockey, and playing guitar.
Denise Schneekloth has been the Executive Director of MN Rural Health Cooperative since 2011. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Southwest State University in Sociology (with a Social Work Emphasis) and Psychology. Denise has over 32 years of work experience in the Health & Human Services field, 13 of which she was the Administrative Director for Prairie Home Hospice in Marshall. While with Hospice, she served on a number of state committees and initiatives regarding health care and hospice services. She was instrumental in the successful Capital Campaign and the development and construction of a residential hospice facility in Marshall. Denise has worked with all ages, from preschool age to the elderly. She has also worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Denise is actively involved in community organizations. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Family Readiness Group with the Marshall National Guard unit, and she is the chair person for the Steering Committee for Marshall’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee. Marshall was recently recognized and proclaimed by the State of MN as a Yellow Ribbon City, a community that honors and supports veterans and military personnel. Denise is a certified aerobics instructor so she enjoys exercising, walking, biking, and spending time with her family. Denise and her husband, Terry, are also licensed child foster care providers.
Chief Executive Officer
Over 15 years’ experience in the long-term care setting, Peter understands the daily operations as a health care administrator in multi-facility operations. Peter has been a Pathway employee for the past 11 years serving in various leadership roles. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Pathway Health. Pathway Health is the leader professional management and consulting in Post-Acute Care, since its founding in 1997. Pathway specializes in clinical, regulatory, quality, and reimbursement trends to keep its clients on the path to success. Peter spent the past 10 years serving on state and national long-term care information technology committees helping to bring technology to the forefront of the long-term care industry. He currently serves as the appointed designee to represent Long-Term Care on the MN EHealth Advisory Committee, he is also the Co-Chair of the Health Information Exchange Task Force and serves as the Chair of the Technology Committee for CareProviders of MN.
Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President
Jonathan is the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Allina Health. In this role, Jonathan has oversight for Information Services, Clinical Equipment Services, and Health Information Management. Jonathan’s tenure with Allina Health has included a diverse set of experiences from implementing EHRs to large product rollouts such as Anesthesia, Beaker, Radiology, and Hospice to the selection and implementation of Allina’s HIE (Health Information Exchange). Jonathan joined Allina in 2005, leading and initially managing the cardiology technology deployment for Allina. Jonathan has served as the committee chair on the State of Minnesota Standards and Interoperability Committee and currently serves on the state’s eHealth Advisory Committee representing large hospitals. Jonathan has previously held IS leadership roles within both hospital and ambulatory settings and has also spent time in information technology consulting with a national consulting firm.
Primary Care Physican and Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Dr. Short is a native of Montana and graduate of Montana State University and Harvard Medical School. She completed residency at the University of Minnesota and is board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics and informatics. Dr. Short continues to practice primary care while working as the associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer for ambulatory and population health at Fairview Health services and serves as co-chair of the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee.
Steven T. Simenson
CEO and Managing Partner
Steven Simenson, BPharm, FAPHA, DPNAP serves as CEO and Managing Partner of Goodrich Pharmacy, Inc., 5 Community Pharmacies located in Primary Care clinics in Minnesota. He has cared for patients since graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1977. He participates daily, and serves as an example of, innovative practice initiatives. He is involved in project IMPACT, practice based research, medication therapy management, collaborative practice, employer health and wellness services, and compounding. With his pharmacist colleagues, Steve participates as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota, providing mentors, clerkships, and a successful Community Pharmacy Residency. He is past president of the American Pharmacists Association and Minnesota Pharmacists Association. He has received numerous National and State practice awards. In 2017 he received the University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award.
Clinical Care Supervisor
Rachel Sixberry holds a BSN from Metropolitan State University and is a certified Public Health Nurse in Minnesota. She has 12+ years experience in acute and emergency care, public health nursing, and community health program management, including years in the Dominican Republic working for a Public Health NGO. She has worked to improve and innovate in electronic health record management in rural public health (Nightingale Notes), acute care EHRs (McKesson), and confidentiality in the EHR.
Strategic Account Executive
Bill has long history of providing health information technology senior leadership and consulting expertise for healthcare provider organizations across Minnesota. His employers have included Stratis Health, Allina Heath, Blue Cross Minnesota and Valor Solutions. In his current role as Strategic Account Executive with Stratis Health Bill supports long list of technology and quality improvement initiatives.
Supervisor for Public Health Interoperability
Anthony Steyermark, PhD, is the supervisor for Public Health Interoperability in the Office of Health Information Technology at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Anthony leads MDH’s e-Health Interoperability program and activities related to federally and state-funded programs, with a priority on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid “90/10” funding for supporting providers in achieving meaningful use of electronic health records through electronic public health reporting. Anthony is responsible for providing leadership and supervision for planning, design and organization of key informatics and systems assessment activities pertaining to e-health interoperability at MDH; aligning efforts with the MDH’s strategic priorities and the Minnesota e-Health Initiative vision and goals; ensuring that MDH meets its program goals in support of Medicaid providers and hospitals for public health reporting; and providing program expertise and direction for the development and implementation of MDH interoperability that support public health goals of improving and protecting population health, improving health care and public health practice, and informing health policy. Anthony has been with the Minnesota Department of Health since 2009. Anthony started his public health career with the Newborn Screening Program, and after three years with the NBS Program, Anthony supervised the Long Term Follow-up Program for newborn screening. Before joining MDH, Tony taught Anatomy and Physiology, and conducted research in metabolic rate regulation, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.
Vice President, Strategic Market Partnerships
Meyrick Vaz leads strategic market partnerships within the UnitedHealthcare Office of the CIO. In this role, he closely tracks emerging trends and developments in healthcare, while scouting for innovation that aligns with UHC’s business agenda. He is responsible for identifying, evaluating, piloting, scaling up and rolling out new, untested ideas and approaches that could improve patient experience and increase provider satisfaction. Meyrick has more than 26 years of business technology leadership experience in industries like healthcare, financial services, retail, information services and consulting.
Maria Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAFP, is a family medicine and adolescent health boarded physician and faculty member in HCMC’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and a fellow of both the American Academy of Family Physician and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). She founded both APT and Between Us and since the inception of the programs has served as medical director. She has 22 years of serving adolescents and providing sexual health services to teens. She has been the co-principal investigator in a community-based participatory research project with the University of Minnesota to understand how to support Latinx immigrant parents of teens and improve teen outcomes, and is the author of several papers on coaching Latinx parents of teens, and parents of teens in general.
Laura Topor is President of Granada Health, Inc., a Minnesota-based consulting firm. Ms. Topor has over 25 years’ experience in pharmacy benefits management, payer and provider operations, regulatory compliance, process improvement, and strategic planning. She has worked with the Minnesota Department of Health, PharmaSmart, BenMedica, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Allina, and HealthPartners and Diversified Pharmaceutical Services. She is an active member of NCPDP, AMCP, MPhA and the Minnesota eHealth Initiative. At NCPDP, Laura has served as a member of the Board of Trustees, work group and standardization co-chair, and on numerous committees and task groups. She currently serves as co-chair of NCPDP’s Specialty Pharmacy Work Group and was appointed to AMCP’s Specialty Pharmacy Advisory Group and their HIT Advisory Council.
Angela Townsend CMPA, NRP is a Community Paramedic for the Fairview system. She has experience in providing patient care to inmates at the Scott Co jail from July 2017 to December 2018 after receiving her Community Paramedic certification in June of 2016. She also has 15 years’ experience as a National Registered Paramedic in an emergent and non-emergent setting at Allina Health EMS. She has a passion to serve the community in innovative ways to improve overall health outcomes. Angela has been instrumental in the roll out of the program.
Terra Wiens is an epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Health. Her work in focuses on drug overdose reporting and data analysis at the state level. Terra’s interests include the impact of drug and alcohol use on Minnesota communities, as well as examining suicides in Minnesota. Terra has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota.
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