Meet the WILA Team

Daniel Bryant is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional who works as the Clinical Director of Substance Use Disorder Services and serves as the Behavioral Health Quality Improvement Chair at Community Health Center in Middletown, CT. More than 10 years ago Mr. Bryant began his practice at a small Substance Use Disorder clinic in Princeton, New Jersey. Almost immediately he began to recognize the overlap between trauma and substance use and has dedicated himself to learning to care for these populations. He has received training in multiple evidence based treatments of trauma and PTSD including EMDR and received Motivational Interviewing training from William Miller. Mr. Bryant has provided didactic and continuing education to medical and psychology residents at CHC as well as staff nurses and other national participants as a part of the Complex Care Management ECHO on topics including substance use disorders, motivational interviewing, suicide assessment, Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma, and the integration of behavioral health and primary care. He has spoken at conferences on integrated behavioral healthcare, trauma, and treating chronic pain using behavioral health. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Wagner College and his Master's Degree from Fordham University.

Marwan Haddad is the Medical Director of the Center for Key Populations. He joined Community Health Center, Inc. in July 2006. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from McGill University. He completed his family medicine residency at University of Toronto and obtained his Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He is board certified in Family Medicine. He is certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV specialist. He was also the recipient of the 2011 Primary Care Leadership Award presented by the Connecticut Center for Primary Care. Dr. Haddad is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Quinnipiac University. Since January 2012, Dr. Haddad has led the CHC Project ECHO HIV, Hepatitis C, and Buprenorphine programs which expand the integration of these programs not only within CHC but nationwide. This model of care utilizes didactic and case-based learning via video conferences with medical providers, offering ongoing support, consultation and guidance to aid in delivering care to the HIV, Hepatitis C, and opioid using populations. Moreover, Dr. Haddad has taught and lectured at state and national conferences on HIV, Hepatitis C, medication assisted treatment and substance use management, and integrated care. He has published research on the integration of medication assisted treatment such as buprenorphine in community health centers examining both substance use as well as primary care outcomes.

Kasey Harding-Wheeler began her career at CHC as the Director of the Ryan White Program. Since then, she has taken administrative and programmatic responsibility for Healthcare for the Homeless (WYA), Hepatitis C, and TEACH–BMT Programs. She was responsible for the development & implementation of CHC’s HIV prevention and PrEP programs, providing health care services for vulnerable populations.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Veena Channamsetty is the Chief Medical Officer of Community Health Center Inc. In this role, she is responsible for the clinical leadership of a large staff of medical providers and caregivers for the state’s largest Federally Qualified Health Center. She is responsible for the delivery of evidence based medical standards, the medical staff recruitment and retention, and provider affairs. Dr. Channamsetty oversees the clinical and non-clinical training orientation, training and onboarding for all new CHC medical providers. With the vision of a stable and solid medical staff, Dr. Channamsetty coordinates clinical care with provider professional interests, promoting provider wellbeing and work life balance, overseeing clinical and non-clinical affairs of Physicians, APRNs, and Physician Assistants. She is responsible for ensuring Joint Commission and Patient Centered Medical Home compliance throughout CHC. Dr. Channamsetty also served as the Vice President of the Medical Staff, and is presently the President of the Medical Staff and the Chair of the Medical Quality Improvement Committee. She is a clinical preceptor for the APRN residency. Dr. Channamsetty works closely with the chiefs of Behavior Health, Dentistry, and Nursing to promote interprofessional care, supporting the successful integration of multiple disciplines for the team based care of patients. She works to implement multiple care delivery initiatives states wide. Dr. Channamsetty received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean and her Family Practice Residency from Central Maine Medical Center. Dr. Channamsetty is board certified with the American Board of Family Medicine. She worked at both private and hospital based practices prior to beginning her career at the Community Health Center in 2007, in Meriden CT. She served as the On-site Medical Director for the Meriden and Waterbury sites for 4 years, during which she medically managed her full patient panel and directly supervised the Physicians and APRNs both clinically and administratively. She went on to serve as CHC’s Associate Chief Medical Officer for 1 year, prior to taking on the role of Chief Medical Officer.

Mary Blankson DNP, APRN, FNP-C is the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Community Health Center, Inc., overseeing diverse nursing services across the CHC network, including primary care, health care for the homeless, and school based health services. As CNO she ensures the quality and expansion of nursing services, the development of nursing policy, and continuing nurse education. Mary also works collaboratively to ensure Joint Commission and Patient Centered Medical Home compliance throughout CHC.

Building upon her service in various missions organizations, Mary continued to develop her passion for meeting the needs of the underserved by earning her MSN at Yale University in 2005. Mary joined CHC as a family nurse practitioner shortly after graduation. While at CHC, Mary has served as the On-Site Medical Director of the New London County Sites, the Vice President of the Medical Staff, the Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and has served as a preceptor for CHC’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. She completed her DNP education at Johns Hopkins University in 2015 with her capstone focusing on “Increasing Identification and Treatment Referral of Individuals with Hepatitis C (HCV) in the Primary Care Setting Through Clinical Dashboards.” Mary is certified and holds professional membership in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She continues to support various quality improvement projects throughout the agency to increase the visibility of nursing’s contribution to the Medical Home.

Margaret Flinter is the Senior Vice President and Clinical Director of the Community Health Center, Inc.

Following her graduate training at Yale University, Margaret joined the Community Health Center in 1980 as a National Health Service Corps Scholar and CHC’s first nurse practitioner. She founded the Nurse Practitioner Residency Program and established the Weitzman Institute. Since 1987, she has held both clinical and administrative leadership roles across all of these organizations. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Connecticut, her Master’s Degree from Yale University, and her doctoral degree at the University of Connecticut. She was the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship from 2002-2005.

 

 

Deb Ward, a registered nurse, is a Senior Quality Improvement Manager at Community Health Center, Inc.'s Weitzman Institute. She has extensive managerial experience in both acute and primary care. Before joining the Quality Improvement Department, Deb was the Nurse Manager at CHC's Meriden site, and has worked at the health center for ten years. She is the current Chair of the Patient Education Committee. Ms. Ward has held primary responsibility for coordination of grants that focused on improved Hypertension and Diabetes control. She has completed Clinical Microsystems* training at the Dartmouth Institute, receiving her Coaching Credentialing Certificate and currently coaches several teams. Ms. Ward is also CHC's lead coach, responsible for providing ongoing support for all of CHC's coaches and the continuing spread of Microsystem teams at CHC.

Deb is primarily focused on working with those Microsystems teams who are focused on development and spread of Care Coordination and group visits within the primary care setting. She has recently completed lean training at the Denver Health Lean Academy. Deb is responsible for conducting root cause analysis of critical incidents and monitors incident reports and patient feedback and complaints. She also provides Case Management for the Early Detection Programs to those patients with abnormal cancer screening.

Dan Wilensky MD is a Family Physician who has been with CHC for over 15 years.  He obtained his MD from University of Virginia Medical School in 1992 and completed the U.Conn Family Medicine Residency in 1995.  In addition to providing direct patient care to his patients at CHC’s Meriden site, Dr. Wilensky serves in several roles in the Weitzman Institute focused on educating the next generation of health care providers and expanding their scope of practice.  He is the Chief Preceptor and Medical Consultant to CHC’s APRN Residency Program, and provides the same support for remotely hosted residency programs. He is the medical faculty for Weitzman ECHO – complex cases, the first ECHO for nurses.  He has a support role for Weitzman ECHO-Pain.  He is the Chief Quality Reviewer for CeCN (CHC/Weitzman’s eConsult network.)  Dr. Wilensky is also a Clinical Instructor for U.Conn, having taught their Medical Students for over 20 years, and a Community Preceptor with Middlesex Family Medicine Residency, providing supervision to MDs of 4 different training years. He likes yoga, movies, triathlon training, spending time with family, and advocating for a plant-based diet, health care as a right not a privilege, and environmental issues.

 Traci Norman currently manages and oversees the operation of the Medication Assisted Treatment programs at 12 of Community Health Center’s sites. She is committed to providing integrated care for individuals who have opiate and other substance use disorders. As Project Director of HRSA’s Substance Use Expansion grant, she works alongside her team to provide greater support for the clinical teams and patients at each site through care coordination and Behavioral Health support services. Her work on this grant also entails substance use prevention/education, as well as overdose prevention/education. Ms. Norman has worked with and advocated for individuals with substance use disorders for over six years in the public health field. She began her time at Community Health Center Inc. as the first Care Coordinator for the Buprenorphine Maintenance Therapy Program in 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Connecticut, Certification in Health Education and will begin pursuing her Master’s of Public Health in 2019.

 

 

As the leader of the Weitzman Institute Learning Academy (WILA) and Education Manager at Community Health Center, Inc., Patti Feeney provides education and development opportunities for health professionals across the country. She holds a Master of Science in Business from Albertus Magnus College and a Black Belt in Six Sigma from Central Connecticut State University.

As an experienced consultant and trainer, Patti has delivered Quality Improvement training, and leadership team development programs, designed curriculum, and provided staff training in communication strategies, effective facilitation, change management and customer support skills in corporate and healthcare environments for over 10 years.

Using her training and experience in adult education and group facilitation, Patti is known for making learning interactive and actionable. She has been selected to present at national conferences and organizations on Quality Improvement, Change Management, Practice Transformation, Professional Development and Coaching.

As the Program Coordinator of the Weitzman Institute Learning Academy at Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI), Anna Rogers supports the development of program initiatives to provide training and consultation to health care organizations that want to enhance their practice in areas such as addiction treatment services, team-based care, and quality improvement. Anna previously held the role of NCA Project Director at CHCI and led CHC’s federal HRSA grant to provide training and technical assistance to health centers across the country in practice transformation and workforce development. In addition, Anna managed the NCA budget and all grant reporting activities. Anna’s experience also includes leadership of a team of 15 Community HealthCorps AmeriCorps staff and management of the program which was funded by NACHC and CNCS. “Training the Next Generation” is a motto that CHCI was founded on, and one that she works towards every day. Anna is passionate about building a workforce that is committed to providing the best care to underserved populations.