The information below is related to the Beyond Flexner 2022 Conference. The Social Mission Alliance 2024 Conference Information will be available soon. Thank you.

MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2022

7:00 AM5:00 PMRegistration and Check-in 
7:00 AM8:00 AMContinental Breakfast 
  Day OneMC: Jamar Slocum, MD, MBA, MPH, George Washington University
  Opening Session 
8:00 AM8:15 AMWelcome Remarks and Announcements - Land AcknowledgementDougherty Tsalabutie, MPH, Director, National Center for American Indian Health Professions, A.T. Still University
8:15 AM8:30 AMBFA Welcome
  • Toyese Oyeyemi, MPH, MCHES, Director, Beyond Flexner Alliance
  • Candice Chen, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health
8:30 AM8:45 AMHost City Leadership Welcome 
  A.T. Still University of Health SciencesCraig M. Phelps, DO, President
  Arizona State University, Edson College of Nursing and Health InnovationDavid Sklar, MD, Senior Advisor & Professor of Medicine, College of Health Solutions
8:45 AM9:30 AMKeynote AddressDaniel E. Dawes, JD, Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
9:30 AM10:30 AMPlenary Session 1: Engaging in Policy to Advance Social Mission

Moderator: David Sklar, MD, Senior Advisor & Professor of Medicine, College of Health Solutions

  • Luis Padilla, MD, Associate Administrator, Bureau of Health Workforce, HRSA
  • Aliya Bhatia, Acting Executive Director, Vot-ER & Civic Health Month
10:30 AM11:00 AMNetworking Break 
11:00 AM12:30 PMConcurrent Breakout Sessions 1Click title to view PDF
12:30 PM1:30 PMLuncheon AddressPeter Hotez, MD, PhD, Dec (hon), FASTMH, FAAP, Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine
1:30 PM3:00 PMConcurrent Breakout Sessions 2Click title to view PDF
3:00 PM3:30 PMNetworking Break 
3:30 PM5:00 PMConcurrent Breakout Sessions 3Click title to view PDF
5:15 PM6:30 PMStudent Poster Competition 
7:00 PM9:00 PMDinner and Macy Awards Program 


7:00 AM10:00 AMRegistration and Check-in 
7:00 AM8:00 AMContinental Breakfast 
  Day TwoMC: Kim Perry, DDS, MSCS, FACD, Associate Professor, Associate VP University Strategic Partnerships, A.T. Still University
8:00 AM8:15 AMIntroduction to Day Two 
8:15 AM9:00 AMKeynote AddressKenya Beard, EdD, AGACNP, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Associate Provost, Social Mission & Academic Excellence, Chamberlain University
9:00 AM10:30 AMPlenary Session 2: Centering Health Professions Education in Community

Moderator: Dr. Sandra Pattea, RN (Ret.), Rear Admiral, United States Public Health Service (Ret.)

  • Phuoc V. Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H, Co-founder, HEAL Initiative
  • Greg Chadwick, DDS, MS, Dean, ECU School of Dental Medicine
  • Gary Cloud, PhD, MBA, Vice President University Partnerships, A.T. Still University
10:30 AM11:00 AMNetworking Break 
11:00 AM12:30 PMConcurrent Breakout Sessions 4Click title to view PDF
12:30 PM1:45 PMLuncheon Address

MC: Christine Morgan, EdD, CHES Assistant Professor, Residency Education Manager, A.T. Still University, SOMA

Speaker: Diana Yazzie Devine, MBA, CEO/President, Native American Connections

2:00 PM5:00 PM

Community Advocacy Forum: Addressing the Health Epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women/People

Native American women are more than twice as likely to experience violence than any other demographic. In 2019, a national task force was launched to address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) epidemic in the United States. The state of Arizona was a major coordinator of the nationwide plan, and the Arizona State Legislature passed landmark legislation in the same year. Join us for a discussion of this critical issue with Debbie Nez-Manuel, a citizen of the Navajo Nation and a community advocate, who will share the history of MMIW/P and background on Arizona’s legislation. Officer Francis Bradley, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, works with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and will provide a law enforcement perspective. April Ignacio, Tohono O’odham, will share her personal research and experience; and Brooke Fulton, the Northern Arizona Care and Services After Assault Program Manager, will discuss the innovative Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) model. Lastly, information will be shared on how healthcare professionals can mobilize alongside community members and become allies in an effort to combat this health epidemic.

Community Health Worker Forum: How Arizona Community Health Workers are Moving the Dial Towards Health Equity and Advancing the Social Mission

Hear from Arizona Community Health Workers (CHWs) and other interprofessional team members about how they are moving the dial to advance population health equity and enhance community capacity and advocacy. Drawn from the community they serve, CHWs possess a deep understanding of the social, cultural, linguistic, economic, and religious aspects of the vulnerable, under-resourced, and rural communities in which they live and work.  A trusted CHW serves as a liaison between health/social services and the community to facilitate access and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. CHWs work to improve mental/behavioral health resiliency by providing education, reducing stigma, and helping to navigate the healthcare system. During COVID-19, CHWs have adapted their approaches to meet the increased needs of their communities.

Moderator: Susan Casper, Community Advocacy Forum, ABC Host of Sonoran Living


  • Elaine Wilson, Principal Consultant of Elaine H. Wilson Consulting
  • Debbie Nez-Manuel, Consultant, Arizona Community Foundation
  • April Ignacio, Student, University of Arizona
  • Officer Francis Bradley, Sr., Indian Country Police Officer
  • Brooke Fulton, Program Manager, Northern Arizona Care and Services After Assault

Moderator: Floribella Redondo-Martinez, Co-Founder and CEO, Arizona Community Health Workers Association


  • Amanda Guay, Director of Community Health, North Country HealthCare
  • Maria Valenzuela, Director, Health & Wellness Program, Esperanca
  • Tessa Tibben, DHSc, MSPAS, PA-C, Assistant Professor, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, A.T. Still University
2:00 PM5:00 PMWorkshops Click title to view PDF
2:00 PM5:00 PMCommunity Site VisitsPre-registration required

ASU Community Collaborative at Westward Ho

Join us at the iconic, historic Westward Ho in hosting a community collaborative event where students and tenants gather for music, dance, and socializing. The ASU Community Collaborative program fuses student learning with community solutions through its student-run interprofessional services center located inside the Westward Ho, a subsidized housing complex for 300 seniors and individuals with disabilities. Under the supervision of ASU faculty, students from multiple disciplines facilitate a variety of social and recreational activities to promote health and well-being. Participants in this session will have an active (and fun) role in supporting the success of this exhilarating event!


Native American Connections' Patina Wellness Center:  A Community-Based Recovery Model and Traditional Talking Circle

At Native American Connections in Phoenix, Patina Wellness Center offers a unique community-based, whole-person recovery model for substance use. At Patina, families are kept together; and parents going through recovery may bring their children with them. Native American healing practices and evidence-based healthcare are used side-by-side.  During the visit to the Patina Wellness Center, attendees will receive a tour of the Center and participate in a traditional talking circle led by one of Patina's cultural counselors. 


A.T. Still University

AT Still University is guided by its mission to focus on whole-person healthcare, scholarship, community health, interprofessional education, diversity, and underserved populations. Visit our Mesa campus and see for yourself how we are preparing future healthcare professionals to meet our mission.  On your campus tour, you will visit the audiology training lab and “hear” what goes on related to hearing and balance technology; see a demonstration of osteopathic manipulative treatment, and learn about dental student training in our state-of-the-art simulation lab and dental clinics.

2:00 PM5:00 PM

Poverty Simulation

Poverty is a melting pot without limits, boundaries, or discrimination. Poverty affects more than 40 million individuals and families within the US. Often not knowing where their next meal might be coming from, every family's nightmare becomes a reality as they begin to lose hope, their sanity, and their health. We invite you to participate in an interactive immersion experience that sensitizes participants to the realities of living in poverty and hopefully increases their understanding of the communities they serve as healthcare providers. Through role-playing scenarios, participants adopt a new persona and act out a lifestyle that provides a true-to-life glimpse into the structural barriers faced by families living in various low socioeconomic situations. This 2-hour simulation provides participants a better understanding of what it is like for a low-income family trying to survive one month of everyday life. Participating in the Poverty Simulation is an attempt to bridge the gap between misconception to understanding with an end goal to inspire action toward positive community change.

4:00 PM7:00 PMIntegrated Interprofessional Community Outreach Program/Corbin's Legacy 
6:00 PM8:00 PMBFA Student Assembly Event 


7:30 AM8:30 AMRegistration and Check-in 
7:30 AM8:30 AMContinental Breakfast 
  Day ThreeMC: Natalie Haywood, MSN-Ed, RN, Arizona State University
8:15 AM8:30 AMIntroduction to Day Three 
8:30 AM10:00 AMPlenary Session 3: Advancing Social Mission and Creating Accountability: Role of Our Professional Associations

Moderator: Renée J. Crawford, DO, Phoenix Children's Hospital

  • Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer, American Medical Association
  • Karen West, DMD, MPH, President & CEO, American Dental Education Association
10:00 AM10:30 AMNetworking Break 
10:30 AM10:45 AMConference RapporteurSusan E. Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, President, Frontier Nursing University
10:45 AM11:30 AMBFA Town Hall

Toyese Oyeyemi, MPH, MCHES, Director, Beyond Flexner Alliance

11:30 AM12:30 PMKeynote AddressHarriet A. Washington, Award-winning Medical Writer & Editor
12:30 PM Adjourn Conference

Barret Michalec, PhD, Director, Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education & Research (CAIPER); Associate Professor, Edson College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Arizona State University

*This program is subject to change.