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End of Life Care: Are You Ready?

 

On April 4, 2016, HealthInsight Utah hosted a collaborative community event, "End of Life Care: Are You Ready?" to promote end of life care awareness and the importance of having planning conversations. Nearly 100 attendees joined together to participate in interactive presentations and discussions. The event addressed end of life care issues in Utah and encouraged community member input on planning conversations, policy change, and fostering alliances between patients and providers.
 

Pantililat

The keynote speaker, Dr. Steven Pantilat, engaged the audience in his discussion about palliative care, who should receive it, when you should receive it and why it is beneficial.

Read about the highlights and feedback from the event in the event report here

 

Presentations

Breakout Sessions

  • Serious Illness Conversation Guide

    Using the Serious Illness Conversation Guide
    Anna Beck, MD, Director, Supportive Oncology & Survivorship Huntsman Cancer Institute
    Presentation PDF
  • The Conversation Project

    The Conversation Project in Utah
    Kathleen Pitcher Tobey, Program Officer, Cambia Health Foundation
    Presentation PDF
  • Community Efforts in Advance Care Planning

    Ensuring Patient Wishes are Shared
    Teresa Rivera, President & CEO, UHIN; and Marti Kullen, Manager of Licensure and Certification, Avalon Health Care
    Presentation PDF
     
    Taking Care of Our Patients

    Christie North, Consultant, Creating Quality Inc.; and Debbie Scammon, PhD
    Presentation PDF
     
    POLST Update

    David M. Fedor D.O. FACP, HMDC
    Presentation PDF

This event was co-designed with partners from the Utah Department of Health, Intermountain Healthcare, the Utah Commission on Aging, Utah Health Information Network, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, the University of Utah, and the Cambia Health Foundation.

Presenters

Please select a presenter below to find out more.

Atkinson
Pamela J. Atkinson
Beck
Anna Beck, MD
Brunker
Cherie P. Brunker, MD, CMD, FACP
Chavez-Houck
Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Eaton
Jackie Eaton, PhD
Edelman
Linda Edelman, RN, PhD
Napia
Father Elias
Fedor
David M. Fedor, D.O. FACP, HMDC
Hales
Eric P. Hales
Kullen
Marti Kullen
Napia
Ed Napia
Neelameggham
Indra Neelameggham
North
Christie North, MBA, CPF, FACHE
North
Laurel North
Pantilat
Steven Pantilat, MD, FAAHPM, MHM
Pepper
Ginette A. Pepper PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
Pitcher
Kathleen Pitcher Tobey, MS
Pollak
Elizabeth R. Pollak, M.D.
Preston
Juliana Preston, MPA
Rivera
Teresa Rivera, MBA
Roberts
The Rev. Susan J. Roberts, B.S., M.Div., BCC.
Shoayb
Shiek Muhammed Shoayb
Stone
Josie Stone
Talebreza
Shaida Talebreza, MD
Trotter
Scott Trotter, APR
Wells
Maurice Wells, Ph.D

Pamela J. Atkinson

Pamela J. Atkinson received her education in England, and received a BSc from the University of California, and a MA from the University of Washington. She has held a variety of positions in healthcare including vice-president of Mission Services at Intermountain Health Care. Ms. Atkinson works directly with homeless families and individuals, refugees, and low-income individuals and collaborates with a variety of nonprofit and governmental organizations and agencies who serve these populations. She assists people in finding opportunities to volunteer in a variety of settings and in collecting bedding, clothing, food and other essentials for families who are making the transition from homelessness to having homes of their own. Pamela was appointed to the State Board of Regents for ten years and served on the State Board of Education and the Utah College of Applied Technology Board. She now serves on the State Homeless Coordinating Committee, Envision Utah, Utah Coalition Against Pornography and the Alliance for Unity Board. Ms. Atkinson works with Governor Herbert as an advisor on policy, planning and strategy and with legislators regarding funding and public policy. Additionally, Ms. Atkinson strongly believes that we should never underestimate the powerful impact on people from even a small amount of giving and caring.
 

Anna Beck, MD

Anna Beck, MD, is Director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship and an investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is also an associate professor of medical oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Beck's areas of interest are end-of-life care, communication skills training, and female cancers. As Director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship, her goal is to broaden the spectrum of support available for cancer patients and their caregivers throughout the spectrum of a cancer diagnosis. She has been a community oncologist for 20 years and is the hospice medical director at Community Nursing Services Home Health and Hospice, which received "Best in Utah" awards for five consecutive years. She is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, integrative medicine and hospice and palliative care. Dr. Beck completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as a combined fellowship in hematology/medical oncology and geriatric internal medicine, at the University of Utah. She received her MD from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
 

Cherie P. Brunker, MD, CMD, FACP

Cherie P. Brunker, MD, CMD, FACP, Chief of Geriatrics, Intermountain Healthcare and Associate Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Brunker is board-certified in Geriatrics and in Hospice/Palliative Medicine. She is Chief of Geriatrics at Intermountain Healthcare and an Associate Professor in the University of Utah's Division of Geriatrics. She is a Certified Medical Director at Mission at Hillside Rehabilitation, a local nursing and rehabilitation center. Passionate about advance care planning, she served on the initial Utah Partnership for End of Life Care, on the working group to propose, develop, and implement Utah POLST, on the Governor's Commission on Aging, and on a number of HealthInsight and other initiatives. Foremost, as an Eden certified care partner, she works to improve the lives of elders.
 

Jackie Eaton, PhD

Jackie Eaton, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University of Utah College of Nursing. Dr. Eaton is project director of the University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and curriculum coordinator with the HRSA funded Utah Geriatric Education Center. She teaches courses in research methods and aging and the arts for the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program. Her research focuses on arts-based interventions to improve quality of care for older adults.
 

Linda Edelman, RN, PhD

Linda Edelman, RN, PhD, received a Masters of Philosophy in Experimental Pathology at the University of Utah in 1993 where she specialized in molecular immunology and then earned a BSN from the University of Utah College of Nursing in 1995. For the next 17 year she was a Research Coordinator for the University of Utah Burn Center involved with the design, conduct, and analysis of multidisciplinary clinical research studies pertaining to burn injuries. She is an active member of the Western Institute of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Public Health Association. Dr. Edelman joined the faculty at the University of Utah College of Nursing in 2008 and has taught in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program, the PhD program, and the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program. She is a 2010 John A. Hartford and Atlantic Philanthropies Claire M. Fagin Fellow, Co-Principal Investigator of Nursing Programs for the HRSA funded Utah Gerontology Education Center grant, and is working with community partners and HealthInsight to develop a long-term care nurse residency program and Post-Acute Care certificate program for nurse practitioners working in long-term care.
 

Father Elias

Father Elias Koucos, Priest of the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Salt Lake City is one of two Greek Orthodox priests in the greater Salt Lake area where he has lived his entire life. His service has been his lifetime mission. The son of an immigrant, Fr. Elias' father, William, came to the United States to work at the Bingham mine. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Fr. Elias' connection to his church has been a constant strength for him ever since he was a 10-year-old altar boy. Fr. Elias holds a BS from the University of Utah and studied Theology at St. Stephens and St. Athanasios Seminaries.  He became an ordained clergy in 1993 and has served his Parish in Salt Lake since 2000. Before that he served as Priest and Youth Director in Pocatello, ID. Fr. Elias works constantly to make life better for his own family and his community. His parish consists of 1,000 families between Bountiful and Draper, for whom he performs ecclesiastical services such as weekly worship, youth activities, baptisms and funerals.
 

David M. Fedor, D.O. FACP, HMDC

David M. Fedor, D.O. FACP, HMDC, is a fellow of American College of Physicians and Hospice Medical Director Certified (HMDC). He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine and attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Scranton Temple Residency Program in Internal Medicine and fellowship at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Fedor is currently an Intensivist for Intermountain Healthcare at McKay Dee Hospital as well as the Medical Director for the Palliative Care Program at McKay Dee Hospital and System Medical Director for Palliative Care for Intermountain Healthcare. He is also an avid runner and skier.
 

Eric P. Hales

Eric P. Hales, Vice President of Network Management for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah. He has twenty plus years of healthcare leadership experience in health plan operations, physician practice management, provider and payor contract negotiations and network development. Mr. Hales has a Masters of Arts, Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science, Psychology, from Brigham Young University. He belongs to assorted professional associations including American College of Health Care Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Telemedicine Association, Medical Group Management Association, America's Health Insurance Plans, and Brigham Young University Management Society.
 

Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck

Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck is a Utah native, she holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Master of Public Administration (MPA), both from the University of Utah. She has represented Salt Lake City's District 24 in the Utah House of Representatives since 2008 and focuses on public policy related to health and human services as well as voter engagement and access. She currently serves as House Democratic Whip. Rebecca's passion for social justice advocacy and desire to develop progressive public policy was forged in the multicultural community of Bingham Canyon, where her parents met. Rebecca's compassion for the less fortunate, pride in cultural diversity, commitment to the environment, and support for our public education system was undoubtedly shaped by her parents' influence. Rebecca served as a public affairs staffer for a number of local Utah nonprofits from 1985 to 2007 and cultivated a parallel "career" as a volunteer for nonprofits ranging from Envision Utah to the ACLU to Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. She has taught volunteer engagement classes as adjunct faculty for the U of U's MPA program. Rebecca and her husband, Martin Houck, live in Salt Lake City's Avenues area and have two children, Erica and Michael.
 

Marti Kullen

Marti Kullen is Manager of Licensure and Certification for Avalon Health Care's 40 skilled nursing facilities and has been with Avalon for the past eight years. She has also been a Project Facilitator in the areas of program development, start-up of new skilled nursing homes and government relations. Marti is currently project managing the implementation of an Advance Care Planning pilot project to upload Avalon's resident POLST documents to the CHIE for community access. Marti also project managed two 10A pilot projects, coordinating with UHIN and Medicaid utilizing CHIE/Direct technology to streamline the Medicaid pre-authorization process. Prior to Avalon, Marti worked in operations and customer service management for Siemens, IBM and ROLM. Initially, she was a neuro trauma charge nurse at Denver's Swedish Hospital and an orthopedic nurse at Penrose Community Hospital, Colorado Springs. Ms. Kullen holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and a Master's in Business Administration degree (University of Utah).
 

Ed Napia

Eruera "Ed" Napia was born into the Te Popoto, Te Whiu, and Te Honihoni sub-tribes of the Ngapuhi Tribe from the Tai Tokerau District of Aotearoa-New Zealand. His background is in Multicultural Education and Cultural Analysis and he is currently a Program Manager at the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake and member of the Community Faces of Utah, and organization consisting of representation from the University of Utah, Utah Department of Health, and five health disparity communities. Mr. Napia has served as an adjunct and clinical faculty member in Ethnic Studies and Educational Studies at the University of Utah and is former chair of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Utah and the UT-CAN American Indian Workgroup. He is a member of the Martin Luther King Human Rights Committee, the Utah Prevention Advisory Council, the Department of Human Services Tribal and Indian Issues Committee, and the Utah Indian Health Advisory Board. He is also a talented clay artist.
 

Christie North, MBA, CPF, FACHE

Christie North, MBA, CPF, FACHE, Consultant; Creating Quality Inc., Professional Facilitator and Consumer Educator. North's early career was in healthcare administration and where she gained meaningful understanding about the institutional side of healthcare; how hospitals function and try to meet needs of their patients. Her work in the last two decades has been centered upon the challenges of elders in our society, avoiding institutional care, remaining independent, end of life care planning and caregiving. She had the opportunity to be the primary caregiver of her mother-in-law for two years as she struggled to remain active and engaged through congestive heart failure and dementia. The project "Partnership for Health: Promoting Self Management for Family Caregivers" follows two years of PCORI Pipeline to Proposal awards, Taking Care of Our Parents, in which North directed the work of identifying the benefits and burdens of caregivers and their loved ones. She's had wonderful community engagement with patients and caregivers to bring to this project and has worked with the majority of organizations and agencies that deal with the needs of patients and caregivers. North has collaborated with the PIs and most of the providers in this study and know that together they can bring about the transformation of care processes to be truly family centered.
 

Laurel North

Laurel North lived with and cared for her father for the past 7 years, until he recently passed away in January. She is an active realtor with Coldwell Banker in Sugarhouse and has been for 19 years. A native of Salt Lake City, she finds great satisfaction in helping people sell and find their dream home in the beautiful and vibrant landscape of Utah. She loves to travel by car or plane as long as there is real estate activity at the end of the quest.
 

Indra Neelameggham

Indra Neelameggham came to Utah in the early eighties and her inherent people skills and an ability to communicate on any subject directed her toward teaching computer technology, yet her true love remains reading and writing on many subjects. She frequently travels for work and pleasure to different places and those who have heard her lectures and workshops on Indian culture and Hinduism regard her to be truly one of the most knowledgeable persons on these topics. Ms. Neelameggham is very active in matters of concern in Utah- be it interfaith activities or helping new immigrants to the community. She is recognized as a leader and a representative of the Hindu community in Utah.
 

Steven Pantilat, MD, FAAHPM, MHM

Steven Pantilat, MD, FAAHPM, MHM is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, the Kates-Burnard and Hellman Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care, and the founding Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program. Dr. Pantilat is also the Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center which trains teams from hospitals across the country on how to establish Palliative Care Services and Director of the Palliative Care Quality Network, a collaboration of 74 Palliative Care teams from across the country, focused on improving the quality of care provided by palliative care teams. Dr. Pantilat is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and in Internal Medicine with Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine. Dr. Pantilat was elected a Master of Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine in 2014 in recognition of his many contributions to the field and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 2007 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar studying palliative care at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney, and Curtin University in Sydney, Australia.
 

Ginette A. Pepper PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

Ginette A. Pepper PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA is the Helen Lowe Bamberger Colby Presidential Endowed Chair in Gerontological Nursing and Associate Dean for Research and PhD Studies at the University of Utah College of Nursing. Dr. Pepper is a nurse pharmacologist who received a PhD in psychobiological nursing and clinical pharmacology. Her research focuses on medications safety in aging from molecular mechanisms to health system issues. She has been an investigator on a range of federally funded studies and is currently a principle investigator on a T32 in Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer, Aging, and End-of Life Care and Project Director for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project award from HRSA. Dr. Pepper has held membership on numerous national interdisciplinary and policy panels including NIH and AHRQ study sections, United States Pharmacopeial Expert Committees, and consensus panels in medication safety. With over 35 years of experience in higher education, Ginny directs the University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and is current President of the National Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.
 

Kathleen Pitcher Tobey, MS

Kathleen Pitcher Tobey, MS, is a program officer for Cambia Health Foundation (CHF) and oversees the children's health grant program on improving the behavioral health of underserved children and families in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. She also manages The Conversation Project in Utah which seeks to build community awareness and foster meaningful and effective conversations about care when facing a serious or life-limiting illness. Ms. Pitcher Tobey serves as the community investment officer for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and has served as executive director of the Regence Caring Foundation for Children. She chaired Voices for Utah Children's Board of Directors, the Utah Oral Health Coalition and served as a member of the United Way of Greater Salt Lake's Community Change Council and the Governor's Commission on Early Childhood. Ms. Pitcher Tobey is the immediate past chair of the Utah Donors' Forum, currently sits on the board of directors for the YWCA Utah and Utah Nonprofits Association, and is a member of the Ronald McDonald House Corporate Council. She is a graduate of Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Utah program and was featured in Utah Business magazine as a "Rising Stars: 40 Under 40" recipient in 2006. Kathleen received bachelor's and master's degrees in American history from Utah State University as well as certification in secondary education.
 

Elizabeth R. Pollak, M.D.

Elizabeth R. Pollak, M.D., is a retired pathologist and most recently held the position of Laboratory Medical Director at Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt, Utah. She was a full-time practicing pathologist for 30 years, including four years as faculty at the University of Utah. Dr. Pollak retired in 2012 after being diagnosed with Stage IIIC Ovarian Cancer that has now metastasized to her liver. She is receiving chemotherapy to shrink tumors in anticipation of partial hepatectomy. Dr. Pollak is also a full-time graduate student for an MFA in Writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, and a wife, mother, avid triathlete, Cordon Bleu trained amateur chef and avocational Shakespeare scholar.
 

Juliana Preston, MPA

Juliana Preston, MPA, Executive Director, HealthInsight Utah. Ms. Preston provides leadership and ensures successful completion of all contract work, serves as the liaison to the Utah Board of Directors, and leads business development efforts. She has led various teams including nursing home and technical assistance and developed numerous workshops and seminars for health care professionals including root cause analysis, health care quality improvement, human factors science, and resident-centered care. Ms. Preston graduated from Oregon State University in 1998 with a Bachelor's of Science degree with an emphasis in Long Term Care and minor in Business Administration. In 2003, she obtained her Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Health Policy.
 

Teresa Rivera, MBA

Teresa Rivera, MBA, President and Chief Executive Office, Utah Health Information Network. Ms. Rivera joined the Utah Health Information Network in 2007, becoming President in 2012 and Chief Executive Office in 2014 and is responsible for UHIN's direction and financial viability. Ms. Rivera has over 40 years of healthcare experience including responsibility for operations as the Vice President of Benefit Administration at BlueCross BlueShield of Utah. Her focus is service, employee development and community involvement, which she believes is essential to business success. She is Current Board member of Utah HIMSS Chapter (HIE Liaison), Utah AAHAM Chapter, Strategic HIE Collaborative, Utah Digital Health Commission and the Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Pensions.
 

Rev. Susan J. Roberts, B.S., M.Div., BCC.

Rev. Susan J. Roberts, B.S., M.Div., BCC. Rev. Roberts is Chaplain for University of Utah Healthcare in Salt Lake City, UT. She is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and earned her Bachelors of Science at Wheelock College in Boston, MA majoring in Child Life/Human Development. She worked as a Child Life Specialist and Puppet Therapist at San Francisco Women's and Children's Hospital and received her Master of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA in 2005 with a special interest in ethics. Rev. Roberts served as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Pastoral Care at CDSP and as Pastoral Educator and Chaplain at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley/Oakland, CA supervising intern units of Clinical Pastoral Education and co-supervised CPE
 

Shiek Muhammed Shoayb

Shiek Muhammed Shoayb is the Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake. He was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States in 1985 and attended high school and university in Southern California. Upon completing his secular studies in 2001, he began pursuing religious knowledge and graduated in the sciences of Islamic theology in 2007. Despite over twenty years of service to the secular and religious field, Imaam Muhammed joined the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake City as a full time Imaam, religious leader, fulltime teacher of Quran memorization and motivator with the primary objective of helping people to recognize the greatness of Allah, known in English as God. As part of his responsibilities, he attends school and university programs extensively to educate the youth regarding Islam and being a Muslim in the 21st century. He also does extensive interviews on radio and newspaper on topics recently including Islam and the current banking system, causes for marital dissatisfaction, becoming more spiritual at a time when materialism seems to be the only alternative, respect for the environment, and doing more than just talking about Islam and peace.
 

Josie Stone

Josie Stone is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who moved to Utah 12 years ago from California. Born and raised in England, she was a high school teacher before coming to the US with her Air Force husband. After training as an RN in the United States she spent many years working clinically in hospital specialty clinical areas and now has her own Clinical Education and Marketing company and lectures both nationally and internationally. An Anglican by faith background, Ms. Stone became a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark and was introduced to interfaith activities in the local community, becoming a member of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable of which she is currently Vice-Chair. Ms. Stone feels that Salt Lake is an outstanding example for other cities in the US for its gracious acceptance and positive support of people moving here from around the world regardless of faith, culture and belief. She continues to help organize and support many events within the interfaith community with the firm belief that becoming acquainted with our neighbors and colleagues results in much greater realization of our similarities and a notable diminishing of our fears and perceived differences.
 

Shaida Talebreza, MD

Shaida Talebreza, MD, serves as Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Utah. She is the Medical Director for Inspiration Hospice and serves as a geriatrician and palliative care specialist for the George E. Wahlen, Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Talebreza works closely with the VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care on the Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative. She is board certified in family medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. She serves on the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Education Committee and as the project leader of the Geriatrics Evaluation and Management Tools, an AGS educational publication. Dr. Talebreza serves on the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Hospice Medical Director Leadership Council. She received a U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources Geriatric Academic Career Award for 2010-2015 for developing geriatric palliative care curriculum and was the recipient of the 2015 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award and the 2015 Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Talebreza is recognized as a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society (AGSF) and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine's (FAAHPM). Her main clinical focus is providing compassionate, comprehensive care to older adults with life-limiting illness.
 

Scott Trotter, APR

Scott Trotter, APR graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in public relations and a German minor. He began his communications career in 1985 as an associate account executive at a Salt Lake-based public relations firm. In the late 1990s he was hired by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to direct the Church's media, community and interfaith relations programs in New York City. Scott later accepted a position in Utah as a Church media spokesperson at the faith's Salt Lake City headquarters. Scott received his Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2008. He served as president of the PRSA Greater Salt Lake Chapter in 2010 and has functioned for a total of five years as the chapter's Accreditation chair. Scott believes strongly in the Accreditation process and thinks every communications professional should have the initials "APR" after his or her name. Scott and his wife reside in Centerville, Utah and are the parents of two married sons, two awesome daughters-in-law, and one really cute grandbaby, born this year on New Year's Day.
 

Maurice Wells, Ph.D.

Maurice Wells, Ph.D., was a caregiver for his wife for over twenty years and is currently a volunteer with the Alzheimer's Association Utah Chapter and a member of their advisory board. Dr. Wells volunteers with Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services in caregiver support, nutrition program, and Senior Centers. He is the president of the Sandy Senior Center Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors of the American West Symphony and Chorus. Dr. Wells is also a member of the Utah Coalition for Caregiver Support and on the committee to implement the Utah State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias.