Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

Founder and CEO, Grapevine Health

Dr. Lisa is an infectious disease specialist and the creator of Dr. Lisa on the Street where she talks to community members about common health questions and concerns, especially COVID-19. She has been hearing a lot of questions about the virus and wants to help! Dr. Lisa is the CEO & Founder of Grapevine Health where she works in communities where CNAs, CMTs, HHAs, and Caregivers live to improve health literacy.

In addition to being an infectious disease physician, Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick is a CDC-trained medical epidemiologist. Her career has spanned research, clinical medicine, global health, community health education and patient advocacy. She served as the medical director for the Infectious Diseases Center at United Medical Center in Washington, DC and as the Medical Director for Washington DC’s Medicaid program.

Her decision to leave federal government service in 2007 to work in the community was largely based on a personal desire to ensure her expertise and professional experiences could be used on the ground and would directly benefit underserved communities of color. From 2008-2012 she was an Associate Professor of Medicine at Howard University and is a professorial lecturer for the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Dr. Lisa earned a BA/MD, at a six-year accelerated program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Masters in Public Health from the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health and Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She completed a preventive medicine fellowship as an epidemiologist in the San Francisco Department of Health Office of AIDS. Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick has authored peer-reviewed journal articles, has been featured in the Washington Post, PBS and is a guest blogger for the Huffington Post.

Dr. Elizabeth Galik

Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP is a Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and a nurse practitioner who specializes in improving neuropsychiatric care practices for older adults and their caregivers.  In addition to her teaching, she has served as the Principal Investigator of 4 externally funded research grants that focus on working with caregivers to optimize function and physical activity and effectively manage behavioral symptoms among older adults with dementia.  Dr. Galik provides patient care to older adults and their caregivers in outpatient clinics, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and also has developed a house call practice for dementia symptom management.  She has served as a Past President of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, a Scientific Review member for the National Institute on Aging and the International Psychogeriatric Association.  Additionally, she is the Co-Editor in Chief of Caring for the Ages and an expert advisor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to improve behavioral health and reduce the inappropriate use of psychotropic medications in long term care and acute care settings.

Ama Adepa Gryn, CNA

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

While some people choose to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA), others simply fall into it. Ms. Ama Adepa Gryn considered CNA training because of the passion and positive experiences of her aunt. Ama has now been a CNA in the home care industry for many years. She has personal experience as a CNA working in home care during the pandemic and can speak to the community misinformation about COVID-19 that she has heard in her communities.

Ms. Gryn is also an Honors graduate of Montgomery College and an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland. In her prior role as a Senior Caregiver Specialist for Caregiver Jobs Now, she spoke with hundreds of CNA about their careers.

Dr. Roy McKay

Dr. Roy McKay has 40 years of national and international experience in respiratory protection as a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. McKay is active in all areas of respiratory protection including research, teaching, clinical practice, and consultation. Dr. McKay is the past chair of ANSI/AIHA Z88.10, the committee responsible for publishing guidelines for “Respirator Fit Test Methods” and a member of ANSI/ASSE Z88.2-2015 which published the “American National Standard Practices for Respiratory Protection. Respirator committee assignments include the American Industrial Hygiene Association's Respiratory Protection committee.

To keep current with respirator wearer issues and concerns, he personally conducts respirator fit testing and a variety of worker training programs. Other services include respirator selection and development of cartridge change schedules. He’s developed more than a dozen different continuing education courses on respiratory protection, which include fit testing, respirator selection, cartridge change out, program administration, filter penetration, protection factors, and other topics. Find out more at www.DrMcKay.com.

Clifford Mitchell MD, MPH, MS

Director, Environmental Health Bureau (MD Health Department)

Dr. Clifford S. Mitchell, MS, MD, MPH is the Director of the Environmental Health Bureau, in the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Maryland Department of Health. He is responsible for a wide array of public health projects in the Bureau, including weekly COVID-19 updates.

Dr. Mitchell Joined the Maryland Health Department in 2006, after 14 years on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At the Health Department, Dr. Mitchell oversees a wide array of projects in the Bureau, including a home visiting program for children with asthma. He has served on several state and national health advisory committees and has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications and reports Dr. Mitchell received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, his MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and his M.S. from MIT.

Amy Schiffman, MD, MHS

Chief Medical Officer, JSSA

Dr. Amy Schiffman is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician who obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a graduate degree in public health from the Bloomberg Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency also at the George Washington University School of Medicine in 2005.

After residency, she worked as an Emergency Physician for two large hospital systems in Washington DC area, where she developed an interest in geriatrics and palliative/hospice care. She subsequently left Emergency Medicine to start a Medicare home-based primary care practice for frail and homebound patients. Under her 9 years of directorship, the practice grew over 500% and performed over 60,000 house calls, becoming the largest house calls practice in the DC Metro area. Amy has served as the medical director for two hospices in the DC area and is a certified Hospice Medical Director. In her free time, Amy enjoys biking, travelling, and spending time with her family.

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