Healthy Eating for a Healthy Heart Conference (Spring 2016)

Helping Your Patients Make a Real Change

This interactive conference is designed to equip attendees with the tools to:

  • Describe the relationship between healthy eating and heart health
  • Name and describe 3 recommended components of a heart healthy diet
  • Describe the transition to a heart healthy diet from non-traditionally American diets
  • Describe options that can be developed within practices or within communities to improve access to healthy foods
  • Demonstrate skills of motivational interviewing that can be applied to talking with patients about healthy eating

Call for nominations for The Karen Rosene-Montella Spark Award for Innovation in Women’s Health in RI:

We are seeking providers or provider organizations that care for women and/or girls in Rhode Island to be nominated for this award. Nominees should promote innovative research, education, clinical care and policy/advocacy that improves medical, behavioral and/or social health of women in Rhode Island at any point in their lifespan. Size of initiative is not relevant. The service, process or program must have been in place for at least 1 year with demonstrable results.  Our definition of provider includes anyone that cares for the social, medical and behavioral health of women which could include direct care givers, payors or policy makers who work in institutions or the community, e.g. educators, public health professionals, social service providers.

Nominations should be sent by email to Krystal Brancoat between April 1 and August 1 of the calendar year. Individuals may submit nominations for themselves or for others.

Please Click on this Link for More Information: The Karen Rosene-Montella Spark Award for Innovation in Women’s Health in RI


Agenda from the Healthy Eating for a Healthy Heart Conference (Spring 2016)

A practical workshop that focuses on the real issues of healthy eating, accessing healthy food and coaching your patients to change their behavior and their health.


5:00-5:30    Dinner, Networking

5:30–5:40    Welcome
Carrie Bridges Feliz, MPH, and Peg Miller, MD, FACP Co-Chairs Women’s Health Council of RI

5:40-6:00    Making Sense of Diet Recommendations for Heart Health
Chef Todd Seyfarth, MS, RD, CSSD, Department Chair and Program Director, Department of Culinary Nutrition, Johnson & Wales University

6:00-6:50    Panel Discussion: Solving the Critical Access Problem
FACILITATOR: Jennifer Thiesen, MS, RNP, Director Care Transitions, Lifespan
PANELISTS: Eliza Sutton, MPH, Food Access Manager, Thundermist Health Centers Amy Nunn, MS, ScD, Executive Director, Rhode Island Public Health Institute Michelle N. Karn, MA, Communications Director, American Heart Association

6:50 – 7:45    Coaching Your Patients to Yes for Healthy Eating
Eileen Hayes, LICSW President & CEO, Amos House, Includes role playing

7:45-8:00    Feedback, Q&A and Closing Remarks
Karen Rosene-Montella, MD, FACP, Chair Women’s Health Council of RI

Presenters from the Healthy Eating for a Healthy Heart Conference Spring (2016)

Carrie Bridges-Feliz Director of Community Health Services Lifespan Corporate Services Bridges-Feliz, Carrie 2014

Carrie Bridges Feliz, MPH, is the Director of the Lifespan Community Health Institute. She has an extensive background in public health having served as the team lead for Health Disparities and Access to Care in the R.I. Department of Health. In that role, she supervised the offices of Minority Health, Women’s Health, and Primary and Rural Health. She also served as a public health prevention specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she concentrated on Rhode Island refugee health; HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis prevention efforts; and infectious diseases. She is Co-chair of the Women’s Health Council of RI.

Hayes PhotoEileen Hayes, LICSW has been a social worker for 32 years. She has held a variety of positions including the Director of Services for Adolescents and Young Families at the YWCA of New York and the Director of Parenting Education Services for the New York City Department of Health. Since 1990 she has served as a national consultant for MDRC, PPV and National Fatherhood Initiative, consulting on issues of poverty, marriage education, fatherhood and parenting. Ms. Hayes is currently the President/CEO of Amos House, a social service agency and soup kitchen in Providence Rhode Island that serves poor and homeless men, women, and children.

Michelle N. Karn, MA, Communications Director, American Heart Association, is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Music and Communications. Since joining the American Heart Association in 2007, Michelle has been working on campaigns in the Southern New England region that help raise awareness, fund prevention and research programs to fight heart disease and stroke.  After transitioning to the role of Communications Director in 2013, Michelle has worked to elevate the brand of the American Heart Association as a leading resource for cardiovascular disease information in the region. By developing a comprehensive multi-channel communications and public relations program, she works to increase awareness about cardiovascular diseases, assist with community health efforts, and support the mission to build healthier, longer lives in Rhode Island and Southeastern, MA.

Photo Miller Margaret (Peg) MDPeg Miller, MD, FACP, is Director of the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, a Lifespan Partner, and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a board-certified internist whose primary area of interest is medical problems in pregnancy. Dr. Miller is a member of the International Society of Obstetric Medicine, currently serves as the President of the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine and Co-Chair of the Women’s Health Council of RI. Her clinical and research interests include medical problems in pregnancy and cardiovascular risk in women with pregnancy complications.

Nunn-photoAmy Nunn, MS, ScD, is an Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health and in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brown Medical School. She is also the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute (RIPHI). She currently conducts HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C (HCV) prevention research and is Principal Investigator of an NIH grant. A social scientist by training, she has conducted domestic and international research on a variety of health topics and has conducted global health policy research. Dr. Nunn has received research grants from Harvard University, the US Departments of Defense and Education, and many others and received an “Outstanding New Researcher Award” at the 2009 CDC HIV Prevention Conference and an NIH Career Development Award in 2010. Dr. Nunn holds masters and doctoral degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health and is a former Fulbright Scholar.

KRosene-MontellaKaren Rosene-Montella, MD, FACP, is the Senior Vice President for Women’s Services and Clinical Integration at Lifespan. Dr. Rosene-Montella is a Professor and Vice Chair of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Previously she served as Chief of Medicine at Women & Infant’s Hospital. Dr. Rosene-Montella is a founding member and current Chair of the Women’s Health Council of RI.


Seyfarth PhotoChef Todd Seyfarth, MS, RD, CSSD, is an Associate Professor, Department Chair & Program Director, Culinary Nutrition Program, College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University, and a Registered Dietitian and a resource within his profession and by journalists in culinary nutrition. In addition to his role as an associate professor he has been a faculty advisor to the JWU Nutrition Society Student Organization, has consulted on the ‘Simply Ming’ PBS television program, with Chef Ming Tsai, for over a decade, and has been an key resource for the Tulane University “Culinary Medicine” initiative. Chef Seyfarth is a popular speaker and has spoken widely. Chef Seyfarth holds degrees in Culinary Arts and Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University and an MS in Healthcare Policy and Management, Stony Brook University and is a Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN) and a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD).

ESutton-headshotEliza Sutton, MPH has been working in the public health field for many years.  She began her career working in community HIV prevention programs in New York City.  Her interest in food access strengthened as she spent time in diverse communities in New York.  Eliza worked at Southside Community Land Trust working with low-income families for seven years.  Currently, she is the Food Access Manager at Thundermist Health Center, increasing food access for low-income patients at Thundermist’s 3 sites.  Eliza received her BA from Antioch College and her MPH from Hunter College, City University of NY.

Thiesen-photoJennifer Thiesen, MS, RNP, has 28 years of nursing experience in roles of increasing responsibility in both nursing education, nursing administration and as a nurse practitioner. She is the Director of Care Transitions and presently oversees the Heart Failure Transition Program at The Miriam Hospital.