COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 11 – Rural Health System Response

Michael R. Brumage, M.D., MPH, is the Medical Director for Cabin Creek Health Systems, Program Director for the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Public Health’s Public Health/General Preventive Medicine Residency, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the WVU School of Medicine. He was formerly Assistant Dean for Public Health Practice and Service in the WVU School of Public Health, Executive Director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, and Health Officer for Kanawha County and Putnam County, West Virginia and Director, Office of Drug Control Policy for West Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (cum Laude) from WVU in 1982 and graduated from the WVU School of Medicine in 1986. He received his Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in 2003. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Brumage retired as a Colonel from the United States Army in 2015 after 25 years of service as an internal medicine physician and later as a public health physician.

Contact: michaelbrumage@me.com

 

J. Scott Graham, M.S., is the chief executive officer of Three Rivers Hospital and North Valley Hospital. Scott Graham was born and raised in a rural area in eastern Utah, graduating from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1986. He graduated from Eastern Washington University with a master’s degree in psychology. For 15 years, he worked as a mental health professional at Sacred Heart Medical Center and later at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane. In 2000, Scott began his career in administration at St. Luke’s and eventually became Chief Operating Officer in 2008. In 2009 he was recruited to work at Coulee Medical Center, first as the Chief Operations Officer and then as Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Scott also spent two years in El Salvador, where he learned Spanish. Scott is the current president of the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts and is active in the Washington State Hospital Association, having recently served as a member of its board of trustees and as the Columbia Basin Council President. The Chief Executive Officer oversees all the directors and their departments within the hospital and answers to the Board of Commissioners.

Contact: jgraham@trhospital.net

 

Jacob C. Warren, Ph.D., MBA, is a behavioral epidemiologist in the Mercer University School of Medicine, where he serves as the Rufus C. Harris Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities, as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and as the founding director of the Ph.D. in Rural Health Sciences program. He has received more than $12 million in federal funds to support his rural health equity-focused work, including being one of only two NIH Centers of Excellence focused on rural health issues. He has published five books (including the texts “Rural Mental Health” and “Rural Public Health”) and over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters focused on rural mental health issues including depression and anxiety risk, child and adolescent substance abuse, access to mental health care, opioid overdose prevention, and telehealth. He was named the 2016 National Rural Health Association Researcher of the Year, is a Health Equity Ambassador for the American Psychological Association and is Chair of the Board for the State of Georgia’s Farmworker Health Program.

Contact: warren_jc@mercer.edu

 

Sarah J. Dash, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She drives the mission and vision of the Alliance, as well as advances and maintains the reputation of the organization as the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders in an evolving health policy environment. Sarah joined the Alliance in 2014 as the vice president for policy and became president and CEO in May 2017. Sarah has long been an influential force in shaping health policy, having served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill and as a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Sarah holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and literature from MIT. Sarah also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.

Contact: sarahdash@allhealthpolicy.org