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Health Information Exchange (HIE): How the MCH Community Can Utilize New Funding & Technology

Monday, September 14, 2009, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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Presenter Information

Mary Kay Kenney, Ph.D.Mary Kay Kenney, Ph.D. 
Health Statistician
Health Resources and Services Administration
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Office of Data and Program Development
5600 Fishers Lane, Rm 18-41
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone: 301-443-0755
Fax: 301-443-9354

Dr. Mary Kay Kenney is a Health Statistician with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the Health Resources and Services Administration. She has a special interest in Children with Special Health Care Needs. She began her career working on multi-disciplinary Early Intervention teams as a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, treating developmental speech and language disorders in the special needs population. She obtained a doctorate from Northwestern University in 1998 studying developmental speech production and held a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke between 1998 and 2004, investigating genetic speech disorders. Currently Dr. Kenney is involved in several different projects related to statistical analysis of national data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs and the National Survey of Childrens Health. In addition, Dr. Kenney is project officer on federal grants and contracts that build data capacity, data analysis of child health information, and data exchange using health information technology tools.

Kelly Cronin, MPH.Kelly Cronin, MPH 
Office of the National Coordinator for
Health Information Technology
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201

Kelly Cronin, MPH, is a director in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and has been involved in establishing and evolving the national agenda for HIT. Over the last 6 years, she has had several roles in the Department of Health and Human Services to advance the adoption of interoperable health IT, as a senior advisor to the National Coordinator and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Executive Director of the Council for the Application of Health Information Technology.

Prior to ONC, Ms. Cronin directed patient safety initiatives at the Food and Drug Administration and coordinated the drafting of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act while working for the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. Her work experience also includes health policy analysis, health services research, and clinical trial coordination. She holds a masters degree in Public Health from George Washington University (GWU), is a lecturer in the Department of Health Policy, and is a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Services at GWU.

Debra Bara, MA.Debra Bara, MA 
Associate Director, Programs
Public Health Informatics Institute
325 Swanton Way
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: 404.592.1403

Debra Bara, MA, serves as an Associate Director of Programs at the Public Health Informatics Institute. In her role, she facilitates communities of practice that support public health practice, and supports the Institutes performance improvement work. Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Bara was an executive in Floridas Healthy Start Initiative, a private/public partnership to improve the health status of Florida mothers and babies. Ms. Bara received her undergraduate degree from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and MA in Rehabilitative Counseling from the University of South Florida.

Ellen Amore, MS.Ellen Amore, MS 
RI Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill, Rm 302
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-222-4601
Fax: 401-222-1442

Ellen Amore, MS, is currently the Manager of KIDSNET, Rhode Islands Integrated Child Health Information System that contains preventive health care information for Rhode Island children. Other programs at the Rhode Island Department of Health that she has managed include Newborn Hearing Screening, Newborn Bloodspot Screening, Newborn Developmental Risk Assessment, and home visiting. She has also been an active participant in Genetics activities. Prior to coming to Rhode Island, she was a Program Assistant at the University of Connecticut Center for Environmental Health, and worked on several health related research studies at the University of Connecticut and Yale University. Her education includes a BA in Human Biology, with a concentration in child development, from Stanford University, and an MS in Maternal and Child Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.