The West Virginia University Charleston Division will host the annual West Virginia Gold Humanism Summit on March 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the WVU Building auditorium on the WVU/CAMC Memorial campus.
The Summit's theme, “Appalachian Healthcare: Meeting the Needs of Patients and Communities,” will examine Appalachians as an invisible minority and discuss common obstacles faced in the area including poverty, mental illness, addiction, limited access to healthcare and coal-related health issues. The event will feature patients speaking about their hardships and providers sharing what is being done throughout the state to combat these problems.
All are welcome to attend, and lunch will be provided at noon. Registration for CME credit begins at 8:30 am.
Chaffee Tommarello, RRT, CPFT, AE-C
“Pulmonary Rehab in a Rural Setting”
Ms. Tommarello is the Director of the Breathing Center for Cabin Creek Health Systems, which includes the Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program in Dawes, WV. Her practice focuses on pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary function testing, respiratory disease management and black lung benefits counseling. Ms. Tommarello earned a BA in Human Resource Management from Mary Baldwin College in 2000 and a BS in Respiratory Care from Shenandoah University in 2005. She is a Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist and a Certified Asthma Educator.
C. Donovan Beckett, DO
“The Health and Economic Impact of Building A Culture of Health in Williamson, WV”
C. Donovan Beckett, DO was born and raised in Williamson (Mingo County), and graduated from Williamson High School. He went on to attend the West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a Family Medicine residency program at West Virginia University affiliated Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia. He served as Chief of Staff at Williamson Memorial Hospital for 3 years. Dr. Beckett Has is the physician founder of the Williamson Health & Wellness Center, Inc., a federally qualified health center. Prior to its creation, he began a free clinic in his existing office to counter the increasing lack of access to uninsured patients in his community. Dr. Beckett’s recent research includes work with the 2012 CMS Innovation Award: “From Clinic to Community: Achieving health equity in southern United States” working in conjunction with Duke University. In addition to his involvement in improving health outcomes, he personally invests in sustainable construction for downtown rehabilitation employing a local workforce across sectors and contributes endless hours to impact individual lives as well as the community as a whole. Serving as chair of the Williamson Redevelopment Authority from 2007-2015, Dr. Beckett led efforts to create a comprehensive community plan which placed health as a central driver for multi-sector change. He serves on the board of the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority and actively influences efforts to scale change at the county level to create new jobs by encouraging entrepreneurialism.
Patrice Harris, MD
“Health in All Policies: A Key to the Future for West Virginia”
Active in organized medicine her entire career, Dr. Harris has served on the board of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and was an APA delegate to the AMA. She has also been a member of the governing council of the AMA Women Physicians Congress, testified before and served on AMA reference committees, and has served on AMA work groups on health information technology, SGR and private contracting. The AMA-BOT appointed her to the AMA Council on Legislation in 2003, and she was elected by the council to be its 2010–2011 chair. Dr. Harris has held many positions at the state level as well, including serving on the board and as president of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association and on the Medical Association of Georgia’s Council on Legislation and Committee on Constitution and Bylaws. She was also the founding president of the Georgia Psychiatry Political Action Committee. A governing theme in Dr. Harris’ professional life has been a passion to improve the lives of children.Starting with medical school in West Virginia, followed by a psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at Emory, and then as a senior policy fellow for the Emory University School of Law, she has worked for children clinically and in the advocacy arena. At Emory she addressed public policy for abused and neglected children before the Georgia legislature and in public education programs. Dr. Harris has served as director of Health Services for Fulton County, Ga., which includes Atlanta where she directed all county health services, including health partnerships that delivered a wide range of public safety, behavioral health and primary care treatment and prevention services. Dr. Harris also served as medical director for the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
Substance Abuse Panel Discussion
led and moderated by Jeffrey Ashley R.Ph MD FAAFP FASAM
Jeffrey Ashley, MD is an associate professor of family medicine at West Virginia University’s Charleston Division, as well as medical director of Adult Outpatient Services and chair of the WVU Department of Family Medicine. A graduate of the WVU School of Pharmacy in 1980, and practiced as a retail pharmacist in Kingwood, WV in 1980 and 1981. He graduated from the WVU School of Medicine in 1985, and completed his residency at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, W. Va. Upon joining the faculty of the West Virginia University Charleston Division’s department of family medicine in 1988, Dr. Ashley established a Sissonville rural practice in 1988 and in Clendenin in 1989. He served as program director from 1992 to 1999 and assumed his current role as chair of the department in 1996. Dr. Ashley has provided coverage for Prestera Crisis Residential Unit, a dual diagnosis short-term inpatient unit, since 2006, and initiated and maintained medication assisted treatment program for opiate abuse at Prestera in Dunbar and Danville from 2008 to present. Dr. Ashley most recently obtained Board Certification in Addiction Medicine in 2014 and became a Fellow in 2016.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essentials and standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of CAMC Health Education and Research Institute and the WV Gold Humanism Honor Society. The CAMC Health Education and Research Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Physicians - The CAMC Health Education and Research Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
It is the policy of the CAMC Health Education and Research Institute that any faculty (speaker) who make a presentation at a program designated for AMA Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) Category I or II credit must disclose any financial interest or other relationship (i.e. grants, research support, consultant, honoraria) that faculty member or family member has with the manufactures(s) of any commercial products(s) that may be discussed in the educational presentation.
Program Planning Committee Members must also disclose any financial interest or relationship with commercial industry that may influence their participation in this conference. All faculty and planning committee member’s disclosure information will be available onsite and disclosed from the podium.