Culturally Inclusive Care:

Urban Health Perspectives


Featured Speaker

Dr. John Standridge, MD, Medical Director and Addictionologist, CADAS

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Dr. John Standridge is the Medical Director of the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Inc. (CADAS). He is a clinical professor at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, and actively teaches doctors in residency training, publishes in the medical literature, and conducts research. He and his wife, Lynna Ruth, have been Unitarian Universalists for nearly 50 years. He is an author, artist, and musician.


Dr. Kelly Rodney Arnold, MD, Medical Director, Clinica Medicos

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Kelly Rodney Arnold, M.D., FAAFP founded Clinica Medicos in 2015 as the first bilingual, comprehensive medical home for the Underserved and Uninsured Latino Com-munity of Chattanooga. She currently leads as Medical Director. Dr. Arnold is as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine within the Department of Family Medicine at UT College of Medicine/Erlanger and academically links training physicians to urban mission medicine and private practice. In addition to these roles, she serves as a United States Civil Surgeon involved in immigration services and serves on multiple boards including La Paz and the Chattanooga and Hamilton County Medical Society. She is married to a physician, and together they raise three strongly spirited children.


Jill Fikkert, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing, LifeSpring Community Health

Photo of Jill FikkertJill Fikkert is a native of Southern New Jersey and earned her bachelor of science degree from Widener University in Chester, PA. She has 33 years of experience in clinical nursing, health education and nursing management. She has also worked in the areas of medical surgical, intensive care, cardiothoracic intensive care, critical care education, home health, hospice care, and college health and is a faith community nurse. For the past twelve years, she’s been with LifeSpring Pediatrics as a co-founder, advisory board member, and--for the last seven years--as the Director of Nursing. She has a passion for serving underserved children in Chattanooga. Jill is married to her husband, Brian, and has three children.


Dr. Rick Rader, MD, FAAIDD, DHL, Director Habilitation Center, Orange Grove Center

photo of Rick RaderDr. Rick Rader is the Director of the Habilitation Center at the Orange Grove Center, (Chattanooga) where he is responsible for the creation, implementation and evaluation of novel innovative programs in the delivery of collaborative healthcare to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is the VP of Public Policy at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and has been an adviser to five US Surgeon Generals in the area of health and disability. He serves as the editor in chief of Exceptional Parent Magazine and has published over 300 articles in the area of health and disabilities. He was appointed as the Senior Global Adviser for Inclusive Health Innovation at Special Olympics International in Washington DC. Dr. Rader is the Emeritus Adviser to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the US Dept of Health and Human Services. He is a member of the Board of the American Association on Health and Disability and was elected to the National Academy of Practice in Medicine.


Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste, PhD, Associate Professor, Exercise Science, Health and Human Performance, UTC

Photo of Dr. Howard-BaptisteDr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste is an Associate Professor at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the Department of Health and Human Performance. She teaches courses related to Health Behavior Change, Sociology of Sport, Personal Health and Community and Environmental Health at the undergraduate and graduate level. She holds the inaugural position as Intern in the Office of the Provost at UTC, the first of its kind for the 2016-2017 school year. In this role she coordinated, developed and served an integral role in implementing a Master’s in Public Health at her current institution. She also served as the Physical and Activity Health Coordinator for three years for a national grant in the School of Nursing, which addressed multiple chronic conditions across the lifespan. At the center of teaching, service and research is the ability to collaborate and pursue positive change. She has also taught and studied abroad in Denmark, Switzerland, France, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. Every summer she travels to Haiti to teach and develop a health and physical education curriculum and works with current teachers to create ways to make students healthier at home and at school. Dr. Howard-Baptiste has been teaching at the secondary and collegiate level for almost twenty years. Her research interests center on the experiences of developing ways for communities to live healthier by developing innovative and collaborative initiatives that bring college campuses and communities together. She considers it an honor and a privilege to work with students in any capacity.


Kori J. Hahn, MS Candidate, Graduate Assistant, Health and Human Performance, UTC

photo of Kori HahnBorn and raised in New York, Kori transferred to UTC in 2015. After completing an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, Kori went on to pursue her Master's degree in Physical Activity and Health. With a passion for community research and desire to make a difference in public health disparities, she aspires to attain a PhD in Public Health to research and teach in higher education.  


Dr. Cynthia Shaffer, DNP, FNP-BC, Family Medicine, CHI Memorial Medical Group
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Dr. Shawn Trivette, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, UTC

Photo of Shawn trivetteDr. Shawn Trivette is a native of East Tennessee and is excited to be back in the region after many years away, living first in Massachusetts and then in Louisiana. He is a broadly trained sociologist, though his primary research interests focus on environmental sociology and social inequalities. In both his teaching and research, Dr. Trivette seeks to use the tools sociology provides toward solving the problems around us and making the world a better place for everyone. Dr. Trivette enjoys teaching courses ranging from Introduction to Sociology to the senior-capstone Research sequence, and a variety of topical courses in between. Whether his students are sociology majors or simply looking to fulfill a general education course, one of his favorite things is helping students understand the many insights the field of sociology offers to our understanding of the world.


Dr. Amber Roache, DNP, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Nurse Practitioner Program, School of Nursing, UTC

Photo of Amber RoacheDr. Roache joined the School of Nursing faculty as Assistant Professor in 2007 being named the Kay K. Chitty Professor.  In this position she taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner two days a week in a community clinic serving vulnerable and underserved populations.   After obtaining her DNP, Dr. Roache’ moved to Knoxville to coordinate the nurse practitioner program at King University as Associate professor.  She taught in the doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate RN-BSN program.  In 2016 she was promoted to Associate Dean of Graduate Programs.  In 2018 Dr. Roache’ returned to UTC as the Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator and Primary Investigator of the CANDL grant.  Her primary teaching responsibilities are in the graduate programs, in the FNP concentration. She maintains national certification and continues to engage in faculty practice at Student Health Services at UTC where she precepts Family Nurse Practitioner Students.

Chris Ramsey, MBA

Photo of Chris RamseyChris received his Bachelors of Business Administration from Austin Peay State University in 1988 and his Masters of Business Administration from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1990.

Chris has over 24 years of experience in healthcare various positions. In his last role, Director of the Office of Healthcare Reform, he had responsibility for addressing healthcare reform mandates, assess their impact on the business, plan and direct defined activities to business units for execution and ensure effective implementation of solutions, strategies and opportunities across the enterprise.

Chris is a licensed insurance agent and serves as the CEO of Chris Ramsey Agency ( He serves as the President of the Southeast Tennessee Health Consortium Foundation (SETHC). The Consortium focuses on health/wellness, youth leadership development/education and other events to improve the quality of life for all residents of the community, such as the Annual Minority Health Fair. In 2018, the Fair hosted over 5,000 attendees and 125 vendors.

Chris presently serves on the board of directors for the UC Foundation Board. He is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a 1998 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga.