CommunityHealth IT at the Kennedy Space Center is a Florida nonprofit that was established in 2011 at the request of regional stakeholders (e.g., leadership of learning institutions, economic development, medical facilities, behavioral health, schoolboard, VA).
CommunityHealth IT’s purpose is to connect communities to improve community health and medical community financial viability through:
- Community-based Health Information Exchange (MyHealthStory)
- Community-engaged Research (OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium member)
- Community-supported Care Coordination (National Diabetes Prevention Program)
- Connectivity (administers a Healthcare Connect Fund FCC-approved Consortium)
- Cybersecurity (leadership serves on the US Department of Health & Human Services Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) 405(d) Task Force)
CommunityHealth IT is endorsed by Enterprise Florida, the business development arm of the State of Florida. CommunityHealth IT was developed through two federal Rural Health Network Development grants (awarded in 2008 and 2011). The purpose of the grant projects were to ensure that no communities would get left behind in the digital divide as healthcare delivery became electronic with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. CommunityHealth IT prioritizes the patient, social factors, and the community in the care continuum.
Kendra Siler, PhD
Kendra Siler, PhD has 20 years of experience in community capacity building for complex community health and social issues. As President and CEO of CommunityHealth IT at Kennedy Space Center, Dr. Siler organizes experts from regional, state, and national organizations to connect individuals to their patient health information and health-related resources, securely and privately. Dr. Siler has played a key role on several Health Information Technology (HIT)-related grants, including those awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), & Patient‑Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
Dr. Siler developed the Care Coordination Neighborhood model and spearheaded the development of the American Planning Association (APA)-recognized Community Health Element that is in the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan; this was one of the State of Florida’s first county health elements.
For the CDC grant, Dr. Siler and her team used the Care Coordination Neighborhood model and MyHealthStory to connect those with chronic diseases to the services and healthcare providers they needed. Through a PCORI grant (with all of Florida’s major state universities and health systems), Dr. Siler was appointed to the OneFlorida Consortium to create an enduring infrastructure for patient-centered comparative effectiveness, implementation science, and prevention science research.
Dr. Siler serves as the Florida Rural Health Association-appointed disaster management and emergency preparedness rural health subject matter expert (SME). She is a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) CISA Task Group and was a keynote panelist at the 2017 HHS healthcare cybersecurity initiative inaugural event alongside the HHS Chief Information Officer.
For Dr. Siler’s depth and breadth of work in helping the nation’s rural health systems adopt HIT, she received a 2013 Critical Access and Rural Hospital Champion Award from the head of the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator. Her work focuses on HIT, innovative healthcare access models, patient safety, and connected communities.
David C. Willis, MD
David C. Willis, MD is a Board Certified Family Physician who has served as Chief Medical Information Officer for Munroe Regional Medical Center and Chief Medical Officer for the Heart of Florida Federally Qualified Health Center, a NCQA Level-3 Certified Medical Home with eight clinical locations offering the following services: pediatric and adult medicine and dental, maternity, and behavioral health.
Dr. Willis completed his undergraduate training in mathematics at Stetson University and obtained his Medical Doctorate at University of South Florida. He completed his training at the Florida Hospital Family Practice Residency in Orlando in 2000, and then returned to Ocala to practice. He was instrumental in establishing Healthy Ocala, the community-based Health Information Exchange (HIE) that has now evolved to be CommunityHealth IT’s flagship HIE.
For Dr. Willis’ depth and breath of work in helping the nation’s rural health systems adopt health information technologies, Dr. Willis received the 2013 Critical Access and Rural Hospital Champion Award from the head of ONC.
Dr. Willis serves as CommunityHealth IT’s Chief Medical Information Officer.
Gwen Garris, the founder and owner of G2 Telecom, is the CommunityHealth IT Consortium Federal Funding Specialist. Gwen supports the financial viability of healthcare facilities and education systems with two federal programs: the Healthcare Connect Fund and E-Rate Programs.
Prior to establishing G2 Telecom, Gwen served as a Wireless Business Solutions Consultant and Account Manager. As an Independent Agent, she represented various wireless carriers: Sprint, Nextel, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Along with wireless services experience, Gwen has represented several software and hardware products as well as business services, ranging from location based services, time-clock integration, payroll, and more recently customized telecom restructuring for businesses.
Gwen attributes her longevity in the industry to establishing rock solid client relationships. She prides herself in being accessible and available to work with clients through detailed and complex funding requests. Gwen builds long-term relationships based on trust and respect by consistently delivering results while minimizing the burden on clients’ staff time.
Gwen enjoys running to stay fit, with an annual goal of 1,000 miles. Gwen ran her first marathon at the age of 50 along with two of her daughters with a strong finish.
Lila Guertin, MSHI
Lila Guertin, MyHealthStory’s VP of Practice Accounts, combines her experience in healthcare delivery and education in health informatics to assist providers and patients use the MyHealthStory system to its fullest, privately and securely. Through RelayHealth, Lila is a certified MyHealthStory Technology Evolution Specialist. Lila is also the director of the Cardiovascular Technology Program at Santa Fe College, where she teaches echocardiography, vascular sonography and patient care.
Lila serves as CommunityHealth IT’s Honest Broker for the OneFlorida Data Trust Program. In addition to assisting providers and practices with MyHealthStory implementation, Lila helped develop the Health Information Technology Certified Manager – Physician Practice Certification Program for the national Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM).
Lila’s education includes a Bachelor’s of Health Sciences degree from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master’s degree in Health Informatics, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Andrew Post, MA
Andy Post serves as MyHealthStory’s Integration Coordinator. Andy began working with CommunityHealth IT in 2011, where he assisted in identifying and securing community partners, establishing budgets for identified projects, coordinating community meetings, and submitting reports to state and federal partners. Andy has a BS degree in Sociology and a MA in Applied Sociology with an emphasis in Health and Human Service.
Charlie Waters, MS
Charlie Waters, Founder and President of Fluid Training Solutions, LLC, has been recognized as a leader in the area of personal and professional development solutions. He has consulted for a number for public and private organizations including the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Flagler College, the city of Tallahassee and Career Source Florida.
Waters holds a M.S. in Management from Troy University and is a certified trainer in Situational Leadership®, DiSC Personality Profile Assessment, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment. Waters believes in the value of employee development as a means to increase morale and retention in organizations.