MIH Event 2024

Joint Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) Event with Florida Department of Health & Tech Zone

April 25 & 26, 2024

About the MIH Event

On April 25, CommHIT hosted two co-located events dedicated to Mobile Integrated Health (MIH):

1) Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Bureau of Emergency Oversight’s (BEMO’s) EMS Resiliency and Innovation for Health Care Access Symposium

2) CommHIT’s Community Connected Care Workforce Program (C3w+) Community Paramedicine (CP) Zone meeting.

Exciting speakers, exhibitors, and colleagues shared the latest knowledge on building, expanding, and financially sustaining MIH programs, the best applications of Community Health Workers (CHWs), and building a resilient workforce.

About the Tech Zone

On April 26, Critical Access Hospital and other health organizations’ HR Directors, IT Directors, and Practice Administrators came together to ramp up their workers’ digital security preparedness.

Participants on both days left with fresh initiative, information, and partnerships.


From ALL across the state, over 200 professionals from pre-hospital, hospital, and post-hospital care settings came to the MIH event and the Tech Zone meeting! Thank you for visiting CommHIT’s HQ. We hope you enjoyed the backdrop (as much as we do) while you learned.

Webpage Purpose

This webpage is dedicated to the experts, attendees, and exhibitors who made those two days incredibly fulfilling for EMS agencies and health organizations across the State of Florida.

Below you will find:

1) Photos
2) Speaker bios
3) Presentations
4) Resources for those who are officially part of the C3w+ Program

The password-only resources are items you need to get paid for services and sustain your programs. CommHIT is here to help you make your MIH Program and digital hygiene practices community health gamechangers in your service area.

Next Event

The CommHIT Team is eager to welcome you on the dates: October 17 and 18, 2024. The events and meetings will once again take place at the Kennedy Space Center.

April 25, 2024 MIH Event Videos

0:00 FDOH Bureau of Emergency Oversight (Claire Price, Steve McCoy)
15:27 About the C3w+ grant (Kendra Siler, PhD)
26:55 CMS Medicare Community Health Integrated Services Reimbursement (David Willis, MD)

2nd Alarm Project, UCF Restores, Florida Firefighters Safety & Health Collaborative

Angus Jameson, MD, MDH – State of Florida Medical Director

Case Analysis of Baker County Fire-Rescue’s CP-MIH Implementation and Financial Sustainability Plan with Linda Liebert-Hall

BEMO Symposium Presenters

in order which they appeared

Kendra Siler, PhD

Nationally-recognized leader in program operationalization for under-resourced communities

25+ years of experience in relieving complex healthcare, transportation, and communication issues

From 2008-2016, Dr. Siler was the Organizational Lead for the North Central Florida Trauma Agency, revived the Florida Association of Rural EMS, and got the North Central Florida Health Care Coalition (NCFHCC) started

Appointed expert for the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board Panel for Emergency Management in State Transportation Agencies 

Dr. Siler works to create a strong and flexible community health workforce that can help patients in all communities day-to-day and in times of emergencies with local, statee, and national partners

Dr. Siler received her PhD from UF where she specialized in Immunology and Biochemistry and received a National Research Service Award Fellowship for post-doctoral research at the McKnight Brain Institute


David Willis, MD

CommHIT’s Co-Founder

Board-Certified Family Physician who has served as CMIO for Munroe Regional Medical Center and Chief Medical Officer for the Heart of Florida Federally Qualified Health Center—an NCQA Level-3 Certified Medical Home with eight clinical locations offering the following services: pediatric and adult medicine and dental, maternity, and behavioral health

Merges his clinical and technology expertise to assist medical providers and social service organizations with cybersecurity, community engagement research, and better uses of technology to improve community health

Dr. Willis completed his undergraduate training in mathematics at Stetson University and obtained his Medical Doctorate at USF. He completed his training at the Florida Hospital Family Practice Residency in Orlando in 2000

For Dr. Willis’ depth and breadth of work in helping the nation’s rural health systems adopt health information technologies, Dr. Willis received a 2013 Critical Access and Rural Hospital Champion Award from the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator

Deborah C. Beidel, PhD

UCF RESTORES is a clinical research center dedicated to changing how PTSD is understood, diagnosed, and treated

A leader in the area of traumatic stress, Dr. Beidel‘s use of virtual reality to treat PTSD has led to the development of treatments that are 2-3x more effective than standard psychological interventions

Author of over 300 scientific publications including journal articles, book chapters, and books

Dr. Beidel has received over $31 million dollars in federal research funding throughout her career, developing effective treatments for anxiety and PTSD and then disseminating them into standard clinical practice

Consults regularly with state and federal governmental agencies as well as community organizations on how to deal with the aftermath of mass violence

Jeff Orrange
Lieutenant Paramedic, City of Orlando Fire Department

With a career spanning almost 30 years in the Fire Service, Jeff is recognized as a trailblazer and advocate for mental wellness in the fire service ​

Ensures that first responders have the resources and mechanisms to care for each other, cultivating a culture of resilience and empathy within the fire service and beyond.

Statewide Peer Team Coordinator for the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative, where he orchestrates efforts to propagate mental wellness practices throughout the state.

Works with the 2nd Alarm Project and has a pivotal role in developing the Behavioral Health Access Program Toolkit. Beyond his professional endeavors, Jeff finds strength in his over two-decade-long marriage to his beautiful wife, and together they are the proud parents of two remarkable children

Carolina Marinovic Gutierrez, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

Neuroscientist by training and currently serves as the Associate Director for the Florida Stroke Registry

Dr. Gutierrez is also Co-I in Florida’s Paul Coverdell Acute Stroke Program

She has participated and contributed to the development of the Florida Stroke Registry for 10+ years with some of her most meaningful contributions involving successful advocacy for stroke policy in Florida, such as the 2017 legislation establishing a Florida stroke registry, and 2019 legislation mandating all stroke centers be nationally certified

Dr Gutierrez has a long record of service in public health, including having served as Logistics Director for Project Medishare at the University of Miami deploying volunteer medical professionals and relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti

In Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina, Dr Gutierrez served as Deputy Director and scientific/community liaison developing and managing large scale, federally funded emergency response programs for all southern Louisiana

Dr Gutierrez is a recognized public health leader for stroke in Florida having published extensively and presenting nationally on the topic

Stephen Teal
Lieutenant, Clay County Fire Rescue

Has dedicated 34 years to the fire service, having served over 22 years in Clay County, with the last four years building the Clay County Community Paramedicine Program

Currently serves as the Program Manager of the Community Paramedicine Program and has been an integral part of the program since its inception in 2020

Since 2020, has reduced overdose-related deaths in Clay County 28%

The program has received the Regional Award for Excellence in Public Safety from the North East Florida Regional Council and the Mobile Integrated Health Program of the Year award from the Florida Department of Health

Heather Huffman, MS, RDN, LD/N, IBCLC
Health Officer & Administrator

Appointed as the Health Officer & Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Clay County in November 2015 to lead all public health efforts

Prior to that role, she served as the Director of WIC Services and Community Health Education in Nassau County

Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the State of Florida

In 2007, she became an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant with the International Board of Lactation Examiners, recently passing the required testing and recertification every 10 years in 2017

Began her career with Florida Department of Health 2002 as the Obesity Prevention Program Manager in Duval County. She had a 12-year tenure from WIC Coordinator of 4 WIC clinics to serving as one of the Public Information Officers and taking on the role of coordinating Community Health Education

Earned a Master of Science degree in Health from the University of North Florida in 1999 and a graduate certificate in Public Health Management from the University of South Florida in 2013

Glenn East
Clay County Behavioral

Began career as a Volunteer Firefighter and First Responder with St. Johns County in 1989 and with Clay County Fire Rescue in 1990 and became a certified Paramedic 1991

Served in various roles at Clay County including Hazardous Materials Technician, Special Operations Captain and Team Leader, Special Events Coordinator, Interim Emergency Management Director, and Paramedicine Coordinator

While serving as Paramedicine Coordinator, developed and implemented a medication assisted treatment program for opioid addiction and worked many partners to expand the recovery network in Clay County

Eight years of Army Reserve and Florida National Guard service, three of which were as a Helicopter Flight Medic and Crew Chief

Retired from Clay County in 2023 as a Battalion chief with 33 years of service

Bachelor’s degree in public administration from Flagler College, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist – Family, and Certified IAFF Firefighter Peer

Currently working as the Opioid Response Coordinator for Clay Behavioral Health, Firefighter Peer Counselor with the Volusia recovery Alliance, and the Chairman of the Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council

Angus Jameson, MD, MPH
State of Florida EMS Medical Director

In addition to his role at the state, serves as the Pinellas County EMS Medical Director where he directly supports 1,800 EMTs and Paramedics across 20 agencies who together serve one million people ​

Began as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT​

Attended Albany Medical College, completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, and his EMS Fellowship at FDNY​

Board Certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services and is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine ​

Continues to practice hospital-based emergency medicine and is active in promoting regional advances in stroke, STEMI, and cardiac arrest care

Serves as the AHA ECC Committee Liaison. In total, Dr. Jameson has over 20 years of practice in EMS with direct field experience at all levels from EMT-B to EMS Physician in both ground and helicopter-based systems


CommHIT Location

CommHIT is headquartered at the Astronauts Memorial Foundation Building at the Kennedy Space Center.