Office Of Health Disparities & Health Equity

Improving Health Outcomes for Culturally Diverse Populations in Nebraska

Connecting Communities:
Learning, Sharing, and Improving Health Together
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Midtown Holiday Inn, Grand Island, NE
You and your staff have the opportunity to help define and shape the future of Lay Health Ambassadors in Nebraska at the 2nd annual Nebraska Lay Health Ambassador Summit.

The use of Lay Health Ambassadors is increasing throughout the United States. Also referred to as Community Health Workers, ambassadors serve within medical home models as patient advocates, outreach workers, home visitation liaisons, informal confidants, public health educators, and more.

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Numerous agencies in Nebraska have utilized various forms of health ambassadors for a number of years, and this is your opportunity to help shape the future of this growing trend.
Cost $45


Schedule for the Day 

1st Speaker
Breakout 1
10:00 – 11:00
Breakout 2
11:10 – 12: 10
Lunch Speaker
12:30 – 1:30
Vendor Break
1:30 – 2:00
Breakout 3
2:05 – 3:05
3:15 – 4:05
4:05 – 4:30


Captain Jose Belardo, JD, MSW 
Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Kansas City
Captain Belardo is an expert in public health policy.

Carl Rush, MRP
Community Health Worker Program Consultant
Carl Rush has worked full time for and with CHWs for 16 years. At the end of 2012 he completed work on the House Bill 2610 study on CHW employment policy for the Texas Department of State Health Service. He is serving as a policy consultant for the CHW Network of Buffalo, NY, and began in January 2013 as consultant on a national REACH grant (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health).

Jay Blackwell
Director of the Capacity Building Division, Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) in Rockville, MD
Jay Blackwell travels extensively throughout the United States providing Technical Assistance workshops, training seminars and capacity building interventions to organizations, state health departments and governmental grantees. His primary focus over the last five years has been with assisting communities and local stakeholders increase their professional collaborations and networking through local, regional and national venues.

Roberto Dansie, Ph D
CEO at Cultural Wisdom
Widely regarded as the most eloquent and accessible contemporary authority on cultural diversity, Roberto Dansie is an award winning speaker, trainer and Clinical Psychologist. Roberto Dansie, author of two books Eternal Wellsprings and Semillas De Esperanza, has been in the educational arena for over 30 years.

Dr. Joanne Garrison
Garrison Consulting

Vince Hernandez
Polygraphists at Central Nebraska Polygraph Service
A University of Nebraska graduate, Vince Hernandez has been a traffic enforcement officer since 2007 and has been a polygraph examiner since 1990. Hernandez previously worked as a criminal investigator (1997-2007) and drug investigator (1986-1997) in Grand Island after serving as a traffic enforcement officer in Sidney from 1981-86.


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Office of Health Disparities & Health Equity
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026

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