The PACT4 Core Team

The Core Team is instrumental to the daily operation and sustainability of the PACT4 Grant. Through the management of the overall grant, all aspects of the project are implemented and tracked to ensure quality delivery of grant goals. Our team is comprised of medical, technological, and metric professionals tasked with implementing the project operation and business. Meet the PACT4 team!

 

 

 

Principal Investigator

Katherine Lindgren, PhD, RN
Professor Emeritus

Dr. Kay Lindgren received her PhD from the Medical College of Georgia in 1997 after earning her Master of Science Degree from Georgia State University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Troy State University in 1982. She is currently a UC Foundation Professor for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing. During her time with the UTC School of Nursing, Dr. Lindgren has obtained numerous grants and outside funding to help support the advancement of nursing education at the University. Her latest achievements include numerous federal grants she submitted and received for the School of Nursing at UTC. The Nurse Education, Practice and Retention Grant is designed to help maintain and support the Gateway RN to BSN Program at UTC. The Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant is designed to help increase diversity within the nursing profession. The BEE A NURSE Grant designed to increase student enrollment within the nursing program and the Get Healthy Grant designed to to develop greater awareness and care of the underserved and high-risk population of Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI). In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Lindgren also serves as Chair on the Board at Memorial Hospital as well as numerous committees. Dr. Lindgren retired in 2009 from the Armed Forces as a Captain in the United States Navy Reserves.

 

 

 

Interim Director, School of Nursing

Chris Smith, PhD, APN, FNP-BC
 

Dr. Chris Smith received her PhD from East Tennessee State University in 2006 after earning her Master of Science Degree from UT Chattanooga in 1997. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Vanderbilt University in 1976. She is currently the Interim Director as well as UC Foundation Professor and FNP Coordinator for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing. She was recently awarded the Mary B. Jackson Professorship. During her time with the UTC School of Nursing, Dr. Smith has obtained numerous grants to help support the advancement of nursing education at the University. Her latest achievements include numerous HRSA federal grants she submitted and received for the School of Nursing at UTC. These grants include the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Nursing Students, AENT UTC Advanced Education Traineeships 2012, PACT 4 Interprofessional Geriatric Care (ANE), and the Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Approach for Geriatric Education Strategies (IPCP-AGES) (NEPQR) In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Smith also serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees at Girls’ Preparatory School as well as serving on numerous university and community committees.

 

 

 

Project Director

KKJoanie Jackson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
DNP Coordinator 
Assistant Professor 
Telephone: (423) 425-4724
Email: Joanie-Jackson@utc.edu

Dr. Jackson joined the UTC School of Nursing (SON) faculty in January 2011 as Assistant Professor. In summer 2011, she was appointed DNP Program Coordinator. As Coordinator, she currently teaches in the DNP Program, serves as Chair for more than 15 Student Translational Projects, and represents the DNP Program in the SON Graduate Committee and the UTC Graduate Council. Dr. Jackson is Project Director for the PACT 4 HRSA Grant to enhance Interprofessional Geriatric Education for Family Nurse Practitioner students in the SON.

 

 

 

Faculty Coordinator

Heather Stanfield

Heather Stanfield, MSN, APN, FNP-BC
Telephone: (423) 425-4050
Email: Heather-Stanfield@utc.edu

Heather Stanfield is the Faculty Coordinator for the Providing Advanced, Culturally Competent Care through Clinical Training (PACT 4) for Interprofessional Geriatric Care Grant at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s School of Nursing. Heather received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing in 2004. Heather is a licensed and credentialed Family Nurse Practitioner with 9 years primary care clinical experience treating patients across the lifespan. Her UTC’s School of Nursing faculty roles have included oversight of clinical practices of FNP students within their final practicum and faculty lecturer in the Gateway program. In addition, Heather has served as the Research Assistant for the Multicenter Othropaedics Outcomes Network with Vanderbilt University Sports Medicine.

 

 

 

Project Manager

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Lindsey Pearse MS
Project Manager, PACT4
Telephone: (423) 425-5541
Email: Lindsey-Pearse@utc.edu

Lindsey Pearse is the project manager for the PACT 4 grant at UTC’s School of Nursing. Lindsey graduated from UTC with a BS in Psychology as well as a MS in Research Psychology. While in graduate school, Lindsey received a graduate assistantship in UTC’s Continuing Education Department. After completing her Masters, Lindsey moved to Boston to work for the Work, Family & Health Network, a NIH funded grant that studies stress and balance in the workplace. The NIH Grant was in partnership Harvard University, Portland University, and other universities. Lindsey transitioned to UTC from Boston to further her professional experience as a project manager.

 

 

 

Virtual Learning Cordinator and Webmaster

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Beth Miller, MA
Telephone: (423) 425-5548
Email: Anna-Miller@utc.edu

Beth Miller previously worked as a Graduate Assistant in UTC’s School of Nursing while completing her Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she also received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. As a GA, she utilized the skills and knowledge gained from both degrees including videoing/editing nursing simulations; creating videos for nursing lectures; creating/maintaining social media; photographing nursing events; editing nursing manuscript for publication and writing articles for the DREAMWork Diversity grant newsletter. Beth also worked as the Media Project Director for the DREAMWork Diversity Summer Camp for two summers where she was responsible for assisting high school students in the development and production of mini-video projects displaying their experience during the 4-week summer camp experience.

UTC upper administration, the Dean of the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies, the Director of the School of Nursing, School of Nursing faculty, and Interprofessional Coalition Faculty Participants are committed to the success of this project. UTC is recognized as a metropolitan institution with a mandate to meet workforce development needs among our constituencies. The PACT 4 Interprofessional Geriatric Care program is a critical component of institutional efforts to meet the demand for highly-skilled advanced practice nurses and interprofessional health & care providers who are prepared to work collaboratively to achieve high-quality, patient-centered care that results in positive health outcomes for seniors in our region, an essential element of achieving HRSA’s Health People 2020 goals. Our region is facing an overwhelming increase in the geriatric population, and we are in desperate need of HRSA support to ensure an interprofessional workforce prepared to meet the demand.

UTC has developed a strong plan to ensure the self-sufficiency of the PACT 4 Interprofessional Geriatric Care program. We have designed a fiscal plan that includes a three-year investment of federal funds to “seed” UTC and our partners’ efforts to develop, implement, refine, and ultimately institutionalize the program. The PACT 4 Interprofessional Geriatric Care is a critical element of the vision and strategic plan of the School of Nursing and the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies. We know that sustaining program activities after federal funding ends is a challenge, but UTC has a track-record of institutionalizing programs “seeded” by HRSA support. For example, UTC secured an AEN award from HRSA to implement a distance learning program to start the only CRNA training program in the state of Mississippi. The period of federal funding has ended, but the program continues—and has expanded, sustained by institutional funding and the strong linkage with partners. We expect to follow a similar pattern with the PACT 4 Interprofessional Geriatric Care, to achieve self-sufficiency for project activities in year 4 of the project. We have identified the following challenges and strategies for program self-sufficiency.

Coalition: The coalition framework for collaborative interprofessional learning will have been established and institutional linkages through specific interprofessional shared learning experiences will be established and refined. We expect the Coalition to remain functioning beyond the funding period with participation considered part of members’ service to the institution. We will also seek additional funding opportunities to extend the Coalition’s activities and grow new members. As accrediting bodies continue to push for & embrace interprofessional approach, we anticipate that faculty ill continue to be engaged since an interprofessional curriculum component will support accreditation / specialty standards.

Interprofessional Curriculum Resources: The curriculum enhancements, Virtual Learning Environment, and simulated learning strategies will be fully developed, refined, and institutionalized as part of regular course offerings and activities. Ongoing assessment and revision of course / curricular content and outcomes will become part of the regular duties of SON & interprofessional faculty and administrators. The development of standardized patient vignettes and other simulations will be established and digitally recorded for ongoing use. Ongoing refinements will be made by the SON & interprofessional partners.