October 11, 2011
The community is invited to hear Ms. Sherilyn Pruitt, MPH, director of the office for the advancement of telehealth (OAT), speak at the seventh annual Assistive Technology Exposition on November 2, at 9:00 a.m. at the National Telerehabilitation Service System located at the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown. Ms. Pruitt’s keynote address will focus on her work promoting telehealth initiatives that help improve healthcare in rural and urban areas.
For the past 20 years, Ms. Pruitt has worked within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As the director of OAT, which is located within the office of rural health policy (ORHP), Ms. Pruitt is responsible for various grant programs, contracts, and partnerships which promote the use of telehealth to improve the quality of healthcare that is delivered to people in rural and urban communities. Before joining OAT, she helped launch the Beacon Community grant program within the office of the national coordinator for health information technology. As the program coordinator for the rural health network development grant program within ORHP, and the director of the healthy communities access program within the bureau of primary health care (BPHC), Ms. Pruitt has worked with communities to assist them in integrating their healthcare delivery systems to improve health status and serve more people with less cost. She began her career at the health resources and services administration within BPHC, where she worked on the Campaign for 100% Access and 0 Health Disparities and community health center grant programs. Ms. Pruitt received a bachelor degree from Howard University and a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan.
The Expo is conducted by Saint Francis University’s Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA). The event will feature 36 national and local assistive technolog exhibitors. Four free educational sessions on healthcare topics will be offered to the public, and healthcare professionals seeking continuing education credit/hours can earn up to 5.0 CE credit/hours based on their credentials and participation. Registration and payment is required for CE credit/hours; to register visit: http://www.cermusa.francis.edu/atexpo.