Congratulations to the Winners of the 2021 MATRC Breaking Barriers through Telehealth Award!

Breaking Barriers Award

Each year, MATRC takes nominations for compelling stories of telehealth programs or projects that have led to breaking down of barriers to accessing quality care and/or addressing an unmet need that has led to improved health outcomes and/or quality of life for those residing in the MATRC region.  Today after the Luncheon Keynote Address #MATRC2021, we announced this year’s award recipients.  Congratulations go out to the following winners of the 2021 MATRC Breaking Barriers through Telehealth Award:

For Category 1:  Small, Rural and/or Safety Net Providers and Organizations:

  • Winner:  Natalie Holden, RN, MSN, NP-C, CDCES, Family Health Nurse Practitioner with Change Inc. Family Medical Care Community Health Center for their efforts using telehealth to support implementation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program to residents of northern West Virginia, overcoming both traditional and COVID-19 related barriers to meeting the needs of an underserved population.
  • Honorable Mention: Doug Smith, CEO of Greene County Health Center for their FCC COVID-19 funded Remote Patient Monitoring Program, touching close to 500 minority population patients with hypertension, diabetes, cardiac and pulmonary and other chronic conditions in rural Eastern North Carolina.

For Category 2:  All Other Providers/Organizations

  • Winner:  Francoise A. Marvel, 3rd Year Cardiology Fellow at The Johns Hopkins Hospital for their Acute Myocardial Infarction Quality Improvement Program for improving quality of care and patient engagement and reducing preventable readmissions through the use of cost-effective digital health tools.
  • Honorable Mention: Alpa Uchil (Clinical Nurse Practitioner), Lora L. Clawson, MSN, CRNP, (Founder and Director) Kristen Riley, PhD (Clinical Trials Manager) and Kirsten Labbe (Clinic Coordinator) with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine ALS Clinic for their efforts successfully transitioning the Johns Hopkins ALS Clinical Care and Management Program to a telehealth format during the COVID-19 pandemic.