What is the origin of this innovation? Tell us your story.
I am the CEO of a Federally Qualified Health Center and our target population happens to be predominantly minorities(African Americans and Migrant Farmworkers) that have unhealthy diets coupled with seditary lifestyles. I would like to create an affordable piece of exercise equipment that they would enjoy using while shedding pounds that are drawing these children into dangerous disease processes such as type II diabetes, hypertension and cardiac problems
Please provide a personal bio. Note this may be used in Changemakers marketing material
Born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, May 18,1948. Moved to Paducah, Kentucky at the age of eight. Attended Northside Elementary School, Walter Jetton Jr. High and graduated from Tilghman High School. After High School moved back to Brookhaven and worked as a nurses aid while attending Copiah Lincon Jr College, located in Wesson, Ms., to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Worked as a L.P.N. while attending Whittworth College, located in Brookhaven, MS taking prerequisites to attend the B.S. N. program at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
Graduated 1975 from U.S.M. Returned to Bookhaven and became the first African American to hold a Director of Nursing position at Silver Cross Senior Living Center. While working as Director of Nursing returned to Whittworth College earn a Masters in Health Care Administration.
In the fall of 1981 join the Navy Nurse Corps as a Lieutenant, serving eight years active duty and
five years in the Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander. After leaving the Navy, continued to work as a Registered Nurse in an administrative capacity while attending Loyola School of Law in New Orleans, La., graduating in 1996. While waiting to take the Bar Exam, I started a Kidmed Clinic in Ponchatoula, La. as the C.E.O. From this humble beginning The Multipractice Clinic, now located in Independence, La. evolved in to a full service healthcare facility. The status of the Clinic evolved from a Kidmed Clinic in 1997 to a Rural Health Clinic in 1999 to a Federally Qualified Health Care Center Look-A-Like in 2006. We are now awaiting the results of a 330 grant that will again change the status of the Clinic to a fully funded FQHC.
Under my direction as C.E.O. the Clinic provides the following services: Primary healthcare, mental healthcare, and dental healthcare. The professional staff consist of: Pediatrician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Practice Nurse Practitioner who collaborates with a Family Practice Physician, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who collaborates with a Psychiatrist (M.D.), Licensed Certified Social Worker, Podiatrist, Dentist, PhD Nautropathy & C.N.C., Licensed Practical Nurse and Medical Assistants. The Clinic also has collaborative agreements with, an Optometrist, Retinal Specialist, Louisiana State University Dental School and Xavier University School of Pharmacy. The Multipractice Clinic is the only healthcare facility in Region 9 to provide a dependable source of transportation to our patient population.
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