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2021 IPEC COF Award: Patient Navigation and m-Health Technology
Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Category: Webinar


Webinar Details & Objectives

This webinar presentation features recent winners of the 2021 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award from Kean University. Their multi-disciplinary project, The Effectiveness of Patient Navigation using Motivational Interviewing and m-Health Technology on Patient Activation & Engagement: A Pilot Study, is the result of a collaborative effort of faculty representing Nursing, Educational Leadership, Speech Language Pathology, Physician Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy, Mathematics, Community Health, as well as a number of external organizations.

Webinar participants will hear the results of their joint efforts to promote access and equity for racial and ethnically diverse populations with chronic conditions and whose health has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Highlight the advantages of engaging interprofessional learners in community service to promote access and equity among disadvantaged populations
  • Examine the importance of community-based partnerships to meet the healthcare needs of underserved populations and address public health threats
  • Share “lessons learned” in developing infrastructure to address emergent and persistent population-based health equity challenges

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Continuing Education Credits

Eligible attendees may receive one Certified in Public Health (CPH) continuing education credit or one continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hour for participating in this webinar. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is an accredited CNE-provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) works with the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) to provide CPH credits.


Christine W. Thorpe

Christine W. Thorpe, EdD, EdM, CHES
Dean, Nathan Weiss Graduate College
Kean University

Dr. Christine Thorpe is the dean of the Nathan Weiss Graduate College at Kean University. She is a certified wellness coach and health education specialist with over 20 years of experience in higher education and the health and human services field. Her interests and research publications focus on women’s health, health disparities, historical traumas, holistic nutrition, patient navigation, motivational interviewing, and health literacy. Dr. Thorpe is the author of Living Beyond the Façade: Inside the Health and Wealth Practices of Americans of African Descent and is sought after to speak on the topics of health and wealth in diverse families. Dr. Thorpe holds a BS in psychology from Syracuse University, an EdM in international educational development and an EdD in health education from Teachers College Columbia University. She is also a Rutgers Minority Serving Institution Aspiring Leader, board member of the YWCA of Northern New Jersey, as well as a member of the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Ibtihal Al-Makhzoomy

Ibtihal Al-Makhzoomy, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Kean University

Dr. Ibtihal K. Al-Makhzoomy is an Assistant Professor at Kean University, Nathan Weiss Graduate College, School of Nursing. She is a Certified Nurse Educator and an Adult and Gerontology nurse with over 20 years of higher education experience, teaching graduate and undergraduate students of various cultures, countries, and contexts. She is the Coordinator of the PhD Program in Nursing Educational Leadership, and teaches across the RN-BSN, MSN, and PhD programs. She directs the HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program, and serves on various committees. Dr. Al-Makhzoomy earned her BSN from the Jordan University of Science and Technology and her MSN and PhD from the University of Iowa, College of Nursing. She is also a member of various national and international professional nursing organizations.

Dr. Al-Makhzoomy has a strong passion for research in access and equity issues related to chronic illness care, health care utilization outcomes, and health disparities among disadvantaged populations. She is the principal investigator of the project The Effectiveness of Patient Navigation using Motivational Interviewing and m-Health Technology on Patient Activation & Engagement for Self-management Practices in Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: A Pilot study. Dr. Al-Makhzoomy has led the Nathan Weiss Graduate College Center for Health Equity Education Research and Practice's collaborative efforts to meet the needs of the diverse communities within New Jersey through community-campus partnerships. Her prior experience in this area is through two studies focusing on Arab women who have diabetes, providing significant implications for practice, education, research, and policy.


Mahchild Namazi

Mahchid Namazi, MS, PhD, CCC-SLP
Executive Director, School of Communication Disorders and Deafness
Kean University

Dr. Mahchid Namazi is a tenured faculty member and director of the School of Communication Disorders & Deafness at Kean University. She is an ASHA certified multilingual speech language pathologist with over 25 years of experience in various clinical settings as a clinician and clinical supervisor. Dr. Namazi has dedicated 17 years to higher education. She conducts research and other scholarly activity in multilingual and multicultural aspects of speech, language, and communication development and disorder, as well as interprofessional practice and Autism. Dr. Namazi has obtained the following grants and scholarships: Hersch Foundation Grant, NJACE Scholarship, Kean University Students Partnering with Faculty, Kean University Faculty Foundation Research Award, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada scholarship, and Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists research award.

Dr. Namazi earned her Doctor of Philosophy in 2010 from McGill University, established in 1821 and recognized around the world for the excellence of its teaching and research programs. Prior to joining Kean University, she worked at McGill University as an adjunct faculty and a clinical educator. She has published multiple peer reviewed articles, presented her work in Europe, Canada, and the United States, and written research reports which include Caseload Guidelines in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and Recruitment & retention plan to improve access to OT, PT, & SLP services for preschool children in BC.


Mariann Moran

Mariann Moran, OTD, OTR, CHT
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Nathan Weiss Graduate College
Kean University

Mariann Moran, OTD, OTR, CHT, has been an occupational therapist, specializing in hand therapy, for over 40 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, homecare, school-based therapy, and ran her six-location hand therapy practice for almost 25 years. She has been involved in academia for more than 20 years, first as an adjunct professor and then full-time assistant professor. Dr. Moran has been an advocate for the profession of occupational therapy on the state licensure committee, advisory councils for several insurance companies and representing the profession with other community groups. She has held leadership positions with several state and national professional organizations, including president of the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association and an elected member to the Representative Assembly of American Occupational Therapy Association. Dr. Moran has developed a special interest in research especially related to interprofessional collaboration. She has presented both nationally and internationally. She has articles published in peer review journals and in specialized hand therapy books.


Prisca Anuforo

Prisca Anuforo, DNP
Executive Director, School of Nursing
Kean University

Dr. Prisca Anuforo is an Executive Director in the School of Nursing at the Nathan Weiss Graduate College at Kean University. Her experience in the field of transcultural nursing administration and education brings the skills of diversity, equity and justice to the administration. Dr. Anuforo’s contributions to science is centered on her interest in transcultural nursing, nursing education & practice, and interprofessional education, and practice. Her early research focused on culture care and understanding the meanings, beliefs, and practices of female circumcision/genital mutilation. This study identified the underground practice of female circumcision in the United States, a country where the practiced is outlawed. In 2004, the study was one of the 50 most requested articles. In the area of curriculum development, Dr. Anuforo co-authored a holistic model for nursing education called the Integrated Student Growth Model (ISGM). This work was honored by AACN as was awarded the best Poster Presentation in academic excellence. Dr. Anuforo has authored and co-authored various DNP research and intends to continue the research to validate the ISGM model.

Dr. Anuforo earned her DNP from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Organizational Leadership. In her previous role, she worked with underserved populations to provide technology education via the Perkins grant. She is experienced in administering the faculty loan grant sponsored by HRSA which the School of Nursing received a few years ago. Dr. Anuforo is a proud member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Lambda Iota Chapter, Union, New Jersey, Nigerian Nurses Association of North America, New Jersey Chapter and Transcultural Nursing Society. She received honors in March of Dimes as a finalist for Leader of the Year Award in 2019, Carnegie Foundation African Diaspora Fellowship and Essex County College Leadership Award to name a few.


Oluchi Elekwachi

Oluchi Elekwachi, PharmD, MPH, CGH
Commander, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

At the FDA Center for Biologic Research and Evaluation (CBER), Dr. Elekwachi is the primary labeling, advertising, and promotional product review of travel-related, herpes zoster, and human papilloma virus vaccines. She is the CBER Team Leader for the Proprietary Name Review Team. Dr. Elekwachi is the FDA Lead on the HHS Inter-Agency Adult Immunization Task Force. As a researcher, she is the Principal Investigator on two federally funded grants from the FDA Offices of Minority Health and Health Equity as well as the Office of Women’s Health, where she studies the role of health communications on health disparities and gender-sensitive messaging.

Dr. Elekwachi is a pharmacist in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) where she serves as the liaison to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Dr. Elekwachi is also an Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Administration instructor with the Maryland Department of Health where she administers training and guidance to healthcare personnel on the nation-wide opioid epidemic.