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.