How Pharma Can Work with NPs/PAs to Improve Healthcare for Underserved Groups

Dwayne Alleyne
  • Dr. Alleyne has been in the nursing field for over 20 years, 12 of them as an Acute Care NP at Prisma Health and the Columbia VA Health Care System
  • Dwayne is actively involved in nursing leadership, currently serving as Executive Director and founder of Capitol Nurse Practitioner Group, one of the largest NP organizations in South Carolina.
  • He is also a former advisory board member and social media chair of DNPs of Color.
  • He is serving his second term as a DEI committee member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Dwayne is also a professor at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing.
Shani Fleming
  • Shani is recognized as a national diversity and inclusion leader and her clinical experience as a physician assistant (PA) includes work in family medicine, adolescent medicine, infectious disease, and urgent care.
  • Her work in both urban and rural settings serving underserved communities enhanced her awareness and sparked her interest in combating inequities in healthcare.
  • She has authored and co-authored several articles on these topics and presented papers and posters annually at national PA meetings.
  • Fleming was the 2022 recipient of the inaugural AAPA Diversity Award.
  • She also teaches in the University of Maryland Graduate School PA program and Intercultural Leadership certificate program. She is active on councils, leadership teams, and in national PA associations.
Christine Kessler
  • Christine is an award-winning NP, national and international speaker, prolific author, and clinical consultant specializing in Endocrinology and Metabolic Medicine.
  • She has held diverse roles in management, research, academia, and clinical practice.
  • Christine has received numerous clinical practice awards including the Coin of Excellence for having the highest patient satisfaction rating of all healthcare providers in the Army worldwide.
  • Christine also served as clinical director of research at a large, teaching hospital and later as a consultant to the FDA.
  • After 15 years as the senior NP in a large, hospital-based endocrinology and metabolic clinic, Christine has recently focused on providing services to an underserved population in rural Virginia.
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