The coordinating team provides support for I-MPACT members by sharing best practices with our participants. We will offer training and tools to assist in improving patient outcomes. In addition, we will convene regular meetings to provide an opportunity for collaboration among all participants and guide quality improvement efforts.
Grace Jenq, MD
Dr. Grace Jenq is the Associate Chief Clinical Officer for Post-Acute Care at Michigan Medicine. She is an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care Medicine at University of Michigan. She cares for patients in subacute rehabilitation facilities, as well as in the Michigan House Calls Program, Patient Monitoring at Home Program and the Hospital Care at Home Program. Her quality improvement and academic interests lie in how to create better models to care for elderly persons within their own homes. As the program director for I-MPACT she leads efforts to enhance transitions of care out of the hospital by engaging clinicians and patients/caregivers and improving system design.
David Bozaan, MD
I-MPACT’s Associate Program Director, David Bozaan, MD, is a Hospitalist, Medical Consultant, Medical Educator and Preoperative Medicine Specialist at the University of Michigan Medical School. He graduated with a degree in medicine from Wayne State University prior to completing his residency in internal medicine at Michigan State University. After residency, Dave remained in western Michigan for 5 years working as a hospitalist and serving as medical director while participating in several leadership and quality improvement committees. He is a fellow in the Society of Hospital Medicine and very interested in quality improvement. His passion is focusing on closing the gap between medical knowledge and the way medical care is delivered.
Pam James, MS
Before joining I-MPACT as the Program Manager in December 2015, Pam was a Director in the Central Protocol and Data Monitoring Office at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. There she oversaw the multiple functions of the office that worked to support clinical research activities for several disease specific programs. Other roles Pam has held included working at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer center, first as a study coordinator, and then as an Administrative Manager of a large team supporting oncology studies. Pam also has experience as a research assistant in health outcomes research and various positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Pam is a SoCRA certified clinical research professional with over 15 years of experience in clinical and health outcomes research. She holds both a B.S in Psychology and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University.
Before joining I-MPACT, April worked at the University of Michigan as an administrative assistant in the Comprehensive Cancer Center and for a brief time in the Chemistry department. Most recently she was the finance specialist in the Internal Medicine Residency Program. April has been with the University of Michigan since 1999 and prior to the University of Michigan she worked as a call center manager.
Karly Hendee, MSN, RN
Karly joined I-MPACT in 2017 and has been a nurse since 2007. Her nursing background includes experience in general medicine, pulmonary, cardiovascular surgery/telemetry at Michigan Medicine. During her nursing career she has been a part of quality improvement initiatives and projects upon hospital units to improve patient outcomes. She has also been a clinical instructor for University of Michigan School of Nursing Undergraduate program. Karly brings her skills in quality improvement, maintaining data quality and project management to the I-MPACT team. She received a BSN at Eastern Michigan University and her Masters in Nursing Business and Health System (with concentration in quality and patient safety) from the University of Michigan.
Beth Jones, MS
Beth is the Associate Program Manager for I-MPACT. Prior to joining I-MPACT, Beth had extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, development, and event and project management. She’s worked in a variety of roles from being director of a forestry foundation, to diversity work with women owned businesses and youth, producing large-scale, televised sporting events, and organizing training for social research interviewers across the United States. She received both a BS in Industrial Distribution and a MS in Quality Management from Eastern Michigan University. She’s focused on using continuous improvement and customer service to drive improvements in patient care and outcomes. Beth serves on the advisory board for EMU’s MSQM program and volunteers with her local service club and food pantry.
Yiting Li, MPH
Yiting received a BS in Neuroscience and a MPH from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining I-MPACT, she worked at the University of Michigan Cancer Center, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, and the Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (KECC). She has worked in data management, statistical analysis, and manuscript writing. Also, Yiting has considerable experience in analyzing hospital discharge datasets and claims datasets such as: Medicare, Medicaid, and Optum Clinformatics. Yiting was also involved in the 2018 United States Renal Data System (USRDS) and CDC CKD Surveillance Projects.
Nkiru Okammor, MS, RN
Prior to joining I-MPACT in 2016, Nkiru has been a nurse since 2003. Her nursing background includes experience in general medicine, pulmonary, telemetry and had worked in different healthcare settings - nursing home, home care and in-patient settings. She worked as a nurse educator; involved in nursing leadership, different patient safety, process and quality improvement initiatives and projects. She brings her experience in nursing, patient care and safety, quality and process improvement, project and data management, and data quality maintenance to the table. She received two associate degrees in Nursing and Science from Medgar Evers College, NY; Bachelor in Nursing from SUNY Downstate, NY and her Masters in Nursing Business and Health System with concentration in quality and patient safety from the University of Michigan.
Ganga Vijayasiri, PhD
Ganga received her PhD (Sociology) from University of Illinois, Chicago where her graduate concentrations included work and labor markets, race and gender inequality, and quantitative methods. She worked as a Senior Research Specialist at UIC for several NIH funded projects focusing on cancer disparities. Ganga joined I-MPACT in September 2018.
Soumya Rangarajan, MD, MPP
Soumya is a Geriatrician and hospitalist who has been on faculty at the University of Michigan since September 2017. Originally a native of Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. Initially planning on a career in public policy, she obtained her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. However, she got pulled back to medicine, and completed her medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and pursued an integrated internal medicine residency and Geriatrics fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Soumya is excited to join the I-MPACT team in 2021 to integrate her interests both in influencing health policy and improving clinical care, particularly for older adults.