May 5, 2020 - Virtual Data Collection Methods, Data Privacy, and Security

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This call will offer participants an opportunity to learn how grantees are offering evidence-based programs during the coronavirus pandemic. In grand rounds style, grantees will share how they are delivering EBPs in the virtual/remote environment, successes of their work, and lessons learned. Join the call to learn about virtual delivery of EBPs, collaborate with others across the country, and ask questions to help your organization work towards offering and/or improving your EBP virtual delivery.

Recorded: 05/05/2020

Jennifer Tripken, Ed.D., CHES (Moderator)

Associate Director, Center for Healthy Aging

National Council on Aging

Dr. Jennifer L. Tripken is an Associate Director, Center for Healthy Aging at the National Council on Aging. In this role, Jennifer supports the expansion and sustainability of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs in the community and online through collaboration with national, state, and community partners. Prior to joining NCOA, Jennifer worked for eight years as a university professor in Health Education and Promotion. Before that, Jennifer spent six years as a middle and high school Health Education teacher in New York. 

Jennifer earned her Ed.D. in Health Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, her M.Ed. in Health Education at Boston University, and her B.S. in Athletic Training at Pennsylvania State University.

Dianne Davis MPH

Vice President, Community Wellness

Partners in Care Foundation

Dianne Davis is Vice President, Community Wellness at Partners in Care Foundation leading 16 professionals implementing evidence-based programs as well as overseeing the nationally-recognized HomeMeds program. She has 25 years’ experience in healthcare administration, Managed Care and Gerontology. Ms. Davis oversees federal, state, county, city and private foundation relationships, and Partners’ contracts for evidence-based programs with health systems. Ms. Davis holds a MPH from UMASS, Amherst and a post-graduate certificate in Gerontology from UMASS Boston. She speaks at numerous conferences, is a member of the Evidence-Based Leadership Collaborative, a mentor for the NCOA Network Development Learning Collaborative and taught a course at UCLA, Evidence-based Programs for Older Adults.

Christy Ann Lau, MSSW

Senior Director, Community Wellness

Partners in Care Foundation

Christy Ann Lau, MSSW is the Senior Director of Partners in Care Foundation’s Community Wellness Department. She began her career at Partners in February 2016 and currently directs all grant activities related to the organization’s statewide Fall Prevention initiative funded by the Administration for Community Living, as well as the organization’s partnerships with the Beverly Hills Fire Department and Blue Marble Health Co. to decrease decrease falls among older adults by engaging them in community programs.  Christy also manages activities of the statewide California Healthier Living Coalition.  She holds a Master’s of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University and is certified as a Lead Trainer for A Matter of Balance, and an Instructor for Tai Chi for Arthritis.

Jennifer Fortin

Fidelity and Training Manager

Healthy Living for ME

Jennifer Fortin is the Training & Fidelity Manager for Healthy Living for ME, Maine’s statewide network for evidence-based programs and community health and wellness services.  Her role supports the state for delivering trainings, building capacity and ensuring fidelity and quality of all programs.  Jennifer is a T- Trainer in many of the Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC) programs as well as, a Master Trainer in A Matter of Balance:  Managing your Concerns about Falls, a Lifestyle Coach for the National Diabetes Prevention Program, instructor for Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention, EnhanceFitness instructor and she is a certified ACE fitness instructor.  Jennifer resides in Augusta, Maine with her husband and three children.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking and, volunteering in her community.

Jen Paquet

Training Manager

Central Maine Area Agency on Aging, d/b/a, Spectrum Generations | Healthy Living for ME™

Jen started with Spectrum Generations in 2014 in the Adult Day and Community Support program where she focused on consumer enrollment, care coordination, and staff training and support. She joined Spectrum Generations’ Healthy Living for ME team in 2018 and in her current role supports the development, delivery, and coordination of the evidence-based provider network in Maine.

Jen is a Master Trainer for A Matter of Balance and the Chronic Disease Self-Management series, including Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Positive self-management, and Building Better Caregiver programs. Jen also leads Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention, the National Diabetes Prevention Program, and is a training provider for the American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED programs.

Jen lives in Burnham, Maine, and in her free time enjoys cooking, kayaking, and exploring Maine’s many hidden treasures.

Sarah Blonigan, JD, MPH

Juniper Network Director


Sarah Blonigan is the Juniper Network Director at Trellis. Her background spans the fields of public health, state and federal health care regulations and compliance, and law.

Juniper is a network of over 85 community-based providers throughout Minnesota that offer evidence-based health promotion classes. The classes are offered in community settings and healthcare settings. Juniper and its network of providers improve the health outcomes related to disease management and falls prevention.

As the Juniper Network Director Ms. Blonigan leads the daily operations of the Juniper provider network while contributing to the development of forward-looking strategy.

Ms. Blonigan draws on a broad range of experience as the Juniper Network Director including public health leadership at a tri-county Community Action Program agency; research at University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center; research at Mitchell Hamline Public Health Law Center; health care regulation, compliance, and statutory drafting at the Minnesota Department of Health Regulatory Division; health care provider licensing matters at the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings; health care fraud and abuse at the Department of Justice Civil Division; and legal research for long-term care providers at a Twin Cities law firm.

Ms. Blonigan received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology and Public Health Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota. She received her Juris Doctor and health care compliance and health law certificates from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where she served as President of the Health Law Society.

A lifelong Minnesotan, Sarah lives in St. Paul with her spouse Tony and their two children. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors and enjoying nature and doodling.


J.D., (health law and health care compliance) Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, MN, 2018

M.P.H., (policy and administration), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2017

B.A., (biology) University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2009


Blonigan, S., & Henning-Smith, C. (2017, December 4). Rural Aging in Place Toolkit – Rural Health Information Hub. Retrieved from https://www.ruralhealthinfo.or...

Sarah Shepherd

Project Manager

Juniper Network


Recorded 05/05/2020
Recorded 05/05/2020