Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Dr. Sylvia Trent-Adams is the Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. In this role, she assists the President in developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining strategic initiatives. As HSC's Chief Strategy Officer, Dr. Trent-Adams leads the strategic planning process, focusing on accelerating organization performance through cohesive strategy planning and execution, knowledge management and organizational accountability.
A lifetime public servant, Dr. Trent-Adams began her extensive public health career in 1992 by joining the Commissioned Corps before ultimately retiring in 2020 from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps with the rank of Rear Admiral Upper Half.
Prior to joining HSC, Dr. Trent-Adams served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (PDASH) from January 2019 through August 2020. As the PDASH, she shared responsibility with the Assistant Secretary for Health planning, coordinating, and directing substantive program matters; policy and program development; and determining and setting legislative and program priorities covering the full range of public health activities within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.
Throughout her career, Dr. Trent-Adams has focused on improving access to care for poor and underserved communities. As both a clinician and administrator, she has made a direct impact on building systems of care to improve public health for marginalized populations domestically and internationally. Dr. Trent-Adams continued this work during her time as the Deputy Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps from 2015 to 2018.
As Deputy Surgeon General, Dr. Trent-Adams was a trusted advisor to the Surgeon General, providing support on a variety of critical issues, including efforts to combat the opioid crisis and the operations of the Commissioned Corps.
Prior to serving as Deputy Surgeon General, Dr. Sylvia Trent-Adams was Deputy Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration. Through this role, she helped manage the $2.3 billion Ryan White program, which funds medical care, treatment, referrals and support services for uninsured and underserved people living with HIV disease as well as training for health care professionals.
Dr. Trent-Adams' dedicated service and leadership has been widely recognized, earning numerous accolades and awards. In 2017, Dr. Trent-Adams was awarded the International Red Cross Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor bestowed upon a nurse. Additionally, Dr. Trent-Adams is the recipient of the American Nursing Credentialing Center's HRH Princess Muna Al Hussein Award, the American Academy of Nursing's Civitas Award, the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing's Lois Capps Luminary Policy Award.
Dr. Trent-Adams has been elected as a fellow in several organizations, including the American Academy of Nursing (2014), National Academy of Medicine (2018) and the National Academies of Practice (2018). These many accomplishments speak to her dedicated service, including a Distinguished Service Medal for her sustained leadership, dedication and service at the highest levels while serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Deputy Surgeon General. Dr. Trent-Adams was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her leadership during the Commissioned Corps response to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa and the Surgeon General's Medallion for service acting Surgeon General from April 2017 to September 2017.
Dr. Trent-Adams received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University, a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Trent-Adams was a nurse officer in the U.S. Army and a research nurse at the University of Maryland. She also completed two internships in the U.S. Senate, where she focused on the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities and scope of practice for nurses and psychologists. Her clinical practice was in trauma, oncology, community health, and infectious disease.
Brian D. Leaf
Executive Director, NNLM Region 3
Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Brian Leaf is the Executive Director of NNLM Region 3. He is passionate about outreach and trying to find ways to serve underserved populations through health information. Prior to assuming leadership, he served as the Emerging Technologies Coordinator and, later, as the Community Engagement Coordinator. Brian completed his graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In the past, he held a library faculty appointment at The Ohio State University (OSU). While there, he was awarded the annual Teaching Excellence Award for his work redesigning the library’s information literacy curriculum. Brian also coordinated the OSU Digital Storytelling Program, an interdisciplinary, empathy-based program that provided workshops academic departments, university staff, and students across campus. This work led him to collaborating with the Medical Heritage Library to design a course that helped pre-med students to conduct historical research and tell stories as a part of narrative medicine.
As a graduate research assistant, he worked under Dr. Joanne Marshall on “The value of library and information services in patient care: results of a multisite study,” a replication of the landmark “Rochester study” that demonstrated the positive impact of hospital libraries on clinical care. He was directly involved in early phases of the project, conducting interviews with providers and coding qualitative responses to gain insight into the information-seeking behaviors of providers.
Outside of work, Brian plays drums in the East Fort Worth Community Jazz Band and serves on the Advisory Committee for Fort Worth Bike Sharing.
Executive Director, NNLM Region 4 & National Training Office
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
University of Utah
John Bramble has been part of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) since 2005 when he started out as the DOCLINE and Membership Coordinator and has held nearly every position with the NNLM MidContinental Region since then. Currently, John is serving as the Executive Director for the NNLM Region 4 and National Training Office, which is hosted at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Educationally, John holds a Masters of Library and Information Sciences from Florida State University and a Masters of Biomedical Informatics from the University of Utah. John thrives on leading a team of health information access outreach specialists, who take on this challenging line of work full of successes and challenges.
John is busy working on starting up a new region made up of nine states (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, ND, SO, UT, WY), six of which are new to him and his team. The biggest challenge he and his team are facing now is designing programs designed to meet the health information needs of Region 4’s underrepresented communities and the professionals who serve them.
Kristine M. Alpi, AHIP, FMLA
President, Medical Library Association
University Librarian and Associate Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
Kristine M. Alpi is University Librarian and Associate Professor with a Joint Appointment in the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon. She remains Adjunct Assistant Professor of Population Health & Pathobiology at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Previous leadership positions include Director of the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine at NCSU and Associate Library Director at the rank of Associate Librarian (and Lecturer in Public Health in the Department of Public Health) at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. Alpi holds a Masters of Library Science from Indiana University, a Masters of Public Health from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a PhD in Educational Research & Policy Analysis from NCSU.
A 1997-98 Associate Fellow of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Alpi served as an Educational Collaborator with the National Center for Biotechnology Information, steering committee member of the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce, member of the NLM Planning Panel on Clinical & Public Health Information Systems for the 21st Century, and member of the NLM Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee Study Section from 2011-2015 where she continues as an ad-hoc reviewer and chairs Special Emphasis Panels. She chairs the Education Working Group of the American Medical Informatics Association. A Distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, Alpi taught in the Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education program, previously chaired the Research Section and Public Health/Health Administration Section of MLA, served on the MLA Board of Directors from 2014-2016, and has mentored two MLA Rising Stars. She took office as President of MLA in May 2021 and was also elected as a Fellow of MLA in 2021.
Michelle Kraft, AHIP, FMLA
Medical Library Director
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
The Power and Pitfalls of Hospital Libraries in a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted healthcare systems around the world. Hospitals in the United States were forced to alter operations on a scale not seen for over a century. Information, crucial to fighting the disease was constantly changing and flooding systems at an alarming rate. While some hospital librarians worked from home, others remained in the hospital library, and all pivoted to a new online work dynamic. Michelle Kraft will discuss how she and other hospital librarians leveraged systems to provide the best information services possible and the lessons learned in the process.
Michelle Kraft is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Health System Libraries and former President of the Medical Library Association. Her passion in libraries is electronic resources and user experience and findability.