New Board MembersSCHC QUARTER MEETING
KIM BLANCH, RN/Community Services Manager with Beebe Healthcare Population Health, has been in healthcare for 20+ years with a strong commitment to serving both the individual and the community at-large. In her role at Beebe, she has the responsibility and privilege of collaborating with Beebe team members and community partners alike to implement innovative and effective programs that aim to offer the appropriate care and resources patients and residents need in order to improve their health outcomes and enhance their quality of life. Kim is passionate about addressing the needs of our community members by meeting them where they are; promoting advocacy, education and empowerment while incorporating a client-centered, whole-person approach to care of the individual as well as program development.
GINA CRIST is a Community Health Specialist for the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension where she works with students, faculty, and community partners to improve the health of Delawareans. Gina believes that responding to community needs through partnership and collective impact are the cornerstones to building a culture of health in communities. Currently, she provides leadership for the Well-Connected Communities Initiative, supported by Robert Wood Johnson, working with community-led coalitions, and developing youth and volunteer leadership. She is also the principal investigator for the State of Delaware SNAP-Education grant and an instructor in University of Delaware’s Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition. Gina is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
DR. DOROTHY DILLARD is a dedicated and experienced consultant and researcher committed to assisting state and local government agencies, social service providers, and nonprofit agencies develop, implement, and maintain accountability systems and integrative policy processes. Dr. Dillard has been an Associate Professor for almost ten years with Delaware State University. A little over a year ago, she also became the Director for the Center for Neighborhood Revitalization Research at DSU. This work focuses on bridging the research practice gap by serving as the research partner with communities, nonprofit and other social service providers, and government agencies involved in community and neighborhood revitalization.
Prior to coming to Delaware in 1989, ROSANNE FAUST lived in Washington, D.C. and worked for the Department of Labor on employment and training initiatives as well as worked within the D.C. public school system writing enrichment grants. From 1990-2005 she was the COO for Fellowship Health Resources and oversaw group homes and ACT teams in Delaware. She was awarded contracts in Arlington, Virginia and Chester County, Pennsylvania for intensive outpatient services. From 2005-2013 she worked as the Director of Delaware Operations Horizon House overseeing 15M of state contracts. From 2013 to present she is the coordinator of special projects in SUD and MH for the Health Integration and Social Determinants Bureau.
MIDLINE OWARE is currently with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition as the Program Manager of Women’s Health Screening, where she has worked for the past three years on programs that will create awareness on the importance of routine screenings, and connecting women to mammography and other health services. She works part-time with Sussex Tech Adult Division as an ESL instructor. She also serves as co-chair on the Steering Committee of the Haitian Coalition of Delaware. Midline is very dedicated to moving the needle on initiatives to enhance and empower the Haitian Community in Delaware, specifically issues that have an impact on the social and emotional well-being of adults and youth in this minority community.
ANNA VARGAS has worked at La Red Health Center as an RN and Nursing Supervisor, been involved with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, and continued her career as an RN for Healthy Families America through the Delaware Department of Health. She has participated and volunteered in flu clinics, Hispanic festivals, the Delaware Medical Reserve, and the Make a Wish Foundation. She started graduate school to become a family nurse practitioner, and her goal is to provide quality care to underserved communities in Sussex County. She recently finished her pediatric rotation at The Rosa Health Center with Dr. Peri and participated in providing COVID-19 screenings in vulnerable areas of Sussex County.