Springdale – Cultural Competency Summit

Creating Safe Places: Springdale

Culturally Competent Care for Vulnerable & Underserved Populations




9:00 - 9:15 am

Welcome & Introductions

9:15 - 10:00 am 

Keynote Speaker: Bassam Tariq

10:15 - 10:30 am

Break & Networking

10:30 - 11:30 am

LGBT: Regina Washington

11:30 -12:30 pm

Faith Based Communities: Cary Goodman

12:30 - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 2:00 pm

HIV/AIDs: Dr. Joyce Simmons

2:00 - 2:15 pm

PM Break & Networking

2:15 - 3:00 pm

Marshallese: Jen Lee & Dr. Nia Aitaoto

3:10 - 4:00 pm

Hispanic: Maura Lozano-Yancy

Keynote Speaker: Bassam Tariq

Bassam Tariq is an independent filmmaker and producer born in Karachi, Pakistan. Tariq co-directed and produced the Sundance-funded documentary These Birds Walk (2013) with Omar Mullick, and he was named in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012. Tariq’s works aim to uncover the diversity of Muslim life and experience. In addition to filmmaking, his diverse projects include blogging and writing, co-founding a halal butcher shop, and being a TED fellow. His featured TED talk explores how his eclectic career reflects his perspective on what it means to be Muslim, and he relates his disparate professions as a response to the complicated history that America has with diversity and people who oversimplify Muslim beliefs and communities Tariq lives in New York City with his wife and son


LGBTQ Speaker: Regina Washington

Dr. Washington is the new Director of Program Operations for LGBT HealthLink working toward eliminating health disparities within the LGBT communities as it relates to tobacco cessation and cancer control.  She has over 15 years of experience in community, governmental, academic institutional leadership, combined, related to strategic planning, program/policy development, implementation, and evaluation.  Her presentations, projects, and writings have been focused on health disparities, health education, and health policy, specifically related to tobacco cessation and cancer control.  Her public health practice focuses on geographic, social, behavioral factors associated with cancer health disparities among low socioeconomic status, minority racial/ethnic, and other disadvantaged populations.

Dr. Washington is also a nonprofit strategic consultant specializing in organizational strategic mapping, identifying and engaging partners, program design, provider-patient communication, health equity, tobacco cessation, and cancer health disparities.

Dr. Washington obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology from Berea College, master’s degree in education from Eastern Kentucky University, Doctor of Public Health from the University of Kentucky, completed a CERTA fellowship with the National Cancer Institute, and is one of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Public Health Leadership Scholars.  She has achieved numerous leadership and service awards.

Faith Based Communities Speaker: Cary Goodman

Cary Goodman serves as the National Program Director at The Balm In Gilead in Richmond, VA. For over 10 years, he has traveled extensively educating, advocating and empowering faith leaders, churches and the community on various public health issues such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Food/Nutrition, Alzheimer’s and various chronic diseases. He has recently served as the Keynote Speaker at the Black Treatment Advocates Network in Oakland, CA and currently serves as a national partner and faculty presenter for United States Conference on AIDS. Through his efforts, he has been dedicated and diligently working to strengthen the intersection of faith and public health.

Marshallese Speakers: Jen Lee & Dr. Nia Aitaoto (pictured)

Jen Lee, MPH is the Director of Community Services and Partnerships at the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Care Organizations (AAPCHO). Jen oversees AAPCHO's Bureau of Primary Health Care national cooperative agreement and Centers for Disease Control Diabetes Prevention Program providing training and technical assistance to American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA&NHPI) serving health centers. Prior to joining AAPCHO, she spent 14 years in a federally qualified community health center, Asian Health Services, in Oakland, CA. Beginning her career as a community health worker she moved on to became Director of Community Services providing oversight of the health center’s school-based health services, eligibility and enrollment center, community outreach, translation and medical interpreter certification, and advocacy initiatives including the establishment of the health center’s Patient Leadership Council program. Jen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Anthropology from Georgia State University, and her Masters in Public Health from San Francisco State University. She is also a graduate of the Blue Shield of California and

Dr. Nia Aitaoto: 

Nia Aitaoto, MPH, MS, PhD is a community-based researcher with a faculty appointment and the co-Director of the Center for Pacific Islander Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii J.A. Burns School of Medicine, New York University and the University of Iowa. She is a principal investigator of several research studies in Hawaii and the Pacific. She is also the advisor of two regional coalitions, the Faith in Action Research and Resource Alliance (FARRA) and the Pacific Chronic Disease Coalition (PCDC).  She has over 15 years of experience in the health and education field focusing on cancer, diabetes, cultural competency, physical activity, nutrition, medication adherence and tobacco related initiatives. Dr. Aitaoto specializes in providing technical assistance, data assessment and evaluation support to ministries of health and community groups in Hawaii, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

HIV/AIDs Speaker: Dr. Joyce Simmons

Dr. Joyce Simmons is an Advanced Practice Nurse and Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult High Risk Populations at ARcare Medical Clinic in the Special Services Division. Dr. Simmons has extensive experience in Women’s and Children’s health, wellness, industrial medicine, and educational service areas. She received her BSN and MSN from Harding and her Doctorate from Walden University. Her practice reflects her expertise of more than 30 years Christian service.

She has served as a Physician Extender and was the originator of the wellness program at PrimeCare Medical Clinic. She assumed a leadership role as a primary APRN at a local Obstetricians office. In 2007 started teaching in higher education at Harding University BSN, FNP programs and AASN program at ASU. She has experience with televised teaching, online course development, Blackboard, Tegrity, Echo360, and online higher Ed teaching forums. Her teaching specializes in Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Leadership, Management, Political Policy, Pharmacology, Informatics, Medical Surgical, and was a Kaplan Educator. In the past she has been a Neonatal Resuscitation, Basic Life Support Instructor, and was a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She was chosen to underwrite test questions for the National League of Nursing and certified in Basic Disaster Life Support along with ACLS.

She was asked by the Breastfeeding Coalition to represent ILCA IBCLC in Africa. She received a certificate in online course development from the ITTC. She has worked with EHR formats including eClinical, Docutap, Greenway and Evident. She is on the CAPCA Head Start Health Care Advisory Board. At Central Arkansas Hospital, she served on the Executive Staff Committee, Ethics Committee and was a team leader for the Physician Committee. She received a Leadership certificate in the Executive Staff Program. She is currently working on the American Academy of HIV Medicine certification.

This summit will take place in the Kansas City Room (#226) at the Jones Center in Springdale, Arkansas. There are a limited number of hotel rooms available at the Holiday Inn nearby. If you are interested in reserving one of those rooms at our special group rate, please call Sandi Ganus at 501.492.8387