International Rural Nursing Conference 2016 Keynote Presenters

International Rural Nursing Conference 2016 Keynote Presenters

Donald K. Warne, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Public Health
Associate Professor and
Mary J. Berg Distinguished Professorship in Women’s Health
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Donald Warne, MD, MPH – AIPHRC (NDSU)
WarneDonaldDonald Warne, MD, MPH is the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at North Dakota State University, and he serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. In addition, he is an adjunct clinical professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where he teaches American Indian Health Policy. Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men. He received his MD from Stanford University in 1995 and his Master of Public Health from Harvard University as a Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy in 2002. Dr. Warne is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), and he is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. In addition to Minority Health Policy, he completed a Fellowship in Alternative Medicine from the Arizona Center for Health and Medicine.

Donald Warne’s work experience includes several years as a primary care and integrative medicine physician with the Gila River Health Care Corporation in Sacaton, AZ, and three years as a Staff Clinician with the National Institutes of Health in Phoenix where he conducted diabetes research and developed diabetes education and prevention programs in partnership with tribes.

Dr. Warne’s professional activities have included:

  • Member, National Board of Directors, American Cancer Society (2011-2014)
  • Director, Office of Native American Health, Sanford Health (2010-2011)
  • Executive Director, Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (2008-2010)
  • Senior Fellow, American Indian Health Policy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, University of New Mexico (2009)
  • Health Policy Research Director, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (2006-2008)
  • President of the Board, Native American Community Health Center, Inc in Phoenix (2004-2007)
  • President and CEO, American Indian Health Management & Policy, Inc
  • Co-Chair, Native Research Network
  • Member, National Institutional Review Board, IHS
  • Member, Association of American Indian Physicians

His awards include: 1997 Walter Brazie, MD Award as Arizona’s Outstanding Family Practice Resident from Arizona Academy of Family Physicians; 1999 and 2001Plain Language Awards in Community Health Education from National Institutes of Health; 2002 Dr Fang Ching Sun Memorial Award for Commitment to Underserved Communities from Harvard School of Public Health; 2004 Phoenix Area Impact Award from National Indian Health Board; 2007 Healthcare Hero Finalist from the Phoenix Business Journal; 2008 Josiah N. Moore ASU Native American Alumnus of the Year; and the Mary J Berg Professor of Women’s Health at NDSU.

Brad Gibbens, MPA

Deputy Director and Assistant Professor

gibbensBrad Gibbens is the Deputy Director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences and an assistant professor at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. During 2009-2010 he served as the Interim Co-Director. His primary areas of responsibility are community development, community engagement techniques (including meeting facilitation, network collaboration, strategic planning, key informant interviews, and assessment); program and grant development; program evaluation; qualitative research; and health policy analysis. He is the lead faculty on a CDC funded activity called Community Transformation.

He has provided 201 presentations (national, regional, state, and community) on such subjects as rural health trends and issues, the future of rural health, the importance of community in rural health, community engagement, rural health policy (state and federal), policy development, health reform and rural health, role of the health sector in community and economic development, and other subjects; and he has presented numerous grant writing workshops and facilitated numerous strategic planning sessions.  Mr. Gibbens has worked with over 130 rural communities in eight states in his 30 year career. He has secured over 64 federal and private foundation grants (over $13.0 million) that have been used to assist in the development of stronger, more viable rural health systems.

Gibbens has served in leadership positions for both the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). He was elected by his peers in 2010 to serve on the NRHA Policy Congress, the primary NRHA structure for developing official health policy positions of the national association. He is a past member of the board of directors for NOSORH, having served for seven years. During his years of service for NOSORH he received both the Recognition Award and the Distinguished Service Award. He is also an active member of the North Dakota Rural Health Association, and serves on the Policy Committee.

Gibbens is a native North Dakotan (fourth generation) growing up on a durum wheat farm near Cando. He has his Master of Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration from UND.

Jeri L. Bigbee, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Adjunct Professor

BigBee_1.5x2_WJeri Bigbee is an adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She also serves as the co-director of the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program, an innovative faculty development program sponsored by the UC Davis schools of health that focuses on promoting teaching excellence in health-professional education.

Bigbee has more than 30 years of experience as a nursing educator, researcher and clinician. Her research and practice focuses on promoting the health of rural populations through interprofessional, community-based interventions that feature nurses in leadership roles. Her policy work aims to maximize the contributions of nurses and public health professionals to improve health in rural and frontier communities. She is widely published in the areas of rural nursing, population health, family health promotion and advanced practice nursing and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Jo Ann Dotson

Assistant Professor, Ph.D, R.N., MSN

imageJo Ann Dotson is an Assistant Professor at Washington  State University, College of Nursing.  Her nursing career includes inpatient and outpatient staff and leadership positions in maternal child health settings. She served as the Title V Maternal Child Health Director for the state of Montana until 2010. Jo Ann was a faculty member at Montana State University and Carroll College in Montana prior to her faculty position at Washington State University. She is part of the research faculty for the Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment program at WSU, which is led by Dr. John Roll.  The program’s objective is to develop, modify and implement evidence-based treatments for substance abuse and mental illness for use in rural settings.  

Jo Ann’s areas of interests include public health, with a special focus on the maternal child health population and rural health promotion. Her dissertation topic was evaluation of home visiting services for high-risk pregnant women.



Beverly Stabber-Warne, RN, MSN

bev-warnesBeverly Stabber-Warne is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. Born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Lakota is her first language. Bev began her nursing career in 1962 after graduating from St. John’s McNamara School of Nursing in Rapid City. During the 1980’s she attended Arizona State University and earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in nursing. Her career spans 47 years of nursing and teaching. She taught Nursing and American Indian culture courses at Mesa Community College in Arizona for 17 years, bringing richness to the program because of her traditional background and lifestyle. Her personal history helped her students to better understand the challenges of forced assimilation. In 2009, she retired from Arizona State University as Director of the American Indian Students United for Nursing (ASUN), an Indian Health Service Scholarship Program that provides academic, cultural, social support including mentorship activities with the Phoenix area Native American Nurses Association membership. Her current work is with a Bush Foundation Grant awarded to SDSU College of Nursing in Rapid City to increase numbers of American Indian nurses in South Dakota.