Presentation: “Diffusion of a Telehealth Program: The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s 10 Year Journey”
Kristi is the Chief Advanced Practice Officer and Director of Telehealth for the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Mississippi’s only academic medical center, located in Jackson, Mississippi. She holds dual appointments in the School of Medicine and School of Nursing at UMMC, where she teaches in the Master’s and Doctoral programs, in addition to her administrative and clinical practice as a family and acute care nurse practitioner. She was the 2012 Mississippi Nurses Association recipient of the Nightingale Award for Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year and was recognized by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as the 2010 NP Advocate State Award for Excellence and by the American Academy of Nurses as an “Edge Runner”.
Dr. Henderson has spent the last eighteen years of her career as an administrator, educator, innovator, researcher and clinician. Her focus has primarily been on improving and coordinating the health care delivery system in Mississippi with specific attention to advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and physician assistants) and the utilization of technology (telehealth) for improved access and coordination of health care services. In her role as Director of Telehealth, she has led the development of a statewide Telehealth Program in Mississippi, which brings health care and education to patients in their communities. Nationally recognized, Dr. Henderson has testified at the White House and made numerous presentations on telehealth across the country. Dr. Henderson and the telehealth team are regularly consulted by other state health care leaders, politicians, physicians, nurses, journalists and members of the academic community, to assist in replication and implementation of the UMMC Telehealth Program.
Dr. Henderson is the current principal investigator for a Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant from USDA and a workforce development grant from the Delta Regional Authority. She serves as a member of the American Telemedicine Association’s Institutional Council Executive Committee, Mississippi Health Information Network’s Board of Directors, Mississippi Insurance Exchange’s Health Care Providers Committee, and Mississippi Nurses Association’s Advanced Practice Nurse Committee. Dr. Henderson is also a Fellow in the Emergency Nurses Association. Her past service includes terms with the National Quality Forum Steering Committee on Regionalized Emergency Care, and the Office of Nursing Workforce’s Regional Action Coalition Committee.
She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, her master’s degree in nursing, from the Mississippi University for Women, and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi College. She maintains national certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a family and acute care nurse practitioner.
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