Current Project

I am currently working on my thesis for Emory University’s Career MPH Program.

My thesis consists of a cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) of the Southeast Health District’s Teledentistry Program. Children receive preventive dental services (fluoride, cleaning, sealants and x-rays), provided by dental hygienists at school and during traditional school hours. The hygienists are supervised by a local dentist and x-rays are transmitted via telehealth equipment, in real-time, to dental students at Life Sciences University (formerly The Medical College of Georgia). From the x-rays, university students determine the need for dental referrals for children. All services are free of charge, enabling referrals to dentists to be billed to insurance (Medicaid, PeachCare, private).

The problem statement is-A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: Traditional Dental Care versus Teledentistry for Children Enrolled in Brantley County, Georgia Elementary Schools for the 2010-2011 School Year.

My hope is to include the program expansion to Charlton County, Georgia elementary schools for the first three months of 2011-2012 school year in the analysis.

In addition to direct and indirect costs, intangible costs will be included in the analysis. Children’s self-esteem as it relates to dental health, will be quantified from the answers to a parent’s survey, sent home in the program application packet.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2005 - Present

  • Advises and collaborates with senior policy makers who impact the mission, programs and policies in the SEHD
  • Participates in the agency’s strategic and operational planning
  • Prepares the SEHD’s multi-million dollar nutrition services budget and prepares grant proposals and contracts to obtain funds for expansion of nutrition services
  • Participates as an active member of the SEHD management team
  • Provides expert nutrition information to agency and community administrators, policy makers and advocacy groups
  • Conducts WIC and Nutrition training for all SEHD staff who conduct WIC services
  • Conducts WIC reviews to assess accuracy of clinic practitioners and clerical staff
  • Manages WIC and state funded special projects including Fit WIC pilot, WIC Visual Collaboration Program, Breastfeeding Enhancement Project and Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
  • Manages human resource and employee relation’s functions for eight member staff

Education

Education
Sep 2009 - Present

Masters in Public Health

Emory University
Aug 1996 - Dec 1997

Bachelor of Science

University of North Florida
May 1992 - May 1996

non-degree seeking

University of South Florida

Obtaining prerequisite classes for science degree

Jul 1988 - Dec 1990

Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration

University Of South Florida

Certifications

Certifications
Mar 2010 - Mar 2012

Licensed Dietitian

Georgia Secretary of State
Sep 2010 - Aug 2011

Registered Dietitian

Comission for Dietetic Registration