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    Dr. Miriam Purnell is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration.  She teaches in the areas of drug information, literature evaluation, evidence-based medicine, and scientific writing.  She also precepts students on advanced pharmacy practice experiences and serves as the advisor for the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) student chapter at UMES.  Prior to joining UMES, Dr. Purnell worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 12 years, including 7 years in the field of Drug Information.   She held various roles at Janssen Research Foundation and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals including Specialist, Manager, and Director.   She joined UMES as a founding faculty member in 2009 and also served as the Drug Information Center Director.  Prior to her current role as Chair, she served as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and was responsible for directing and overseeing recruitment, admissions and matriculation of students, and student organization operations.  Dr. Purnell was named Interim Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Administration in Aug 2017 and became permanent Chair in January 2019. She is primarily responsible for overseeing department operations and supervising department staff, managing the department budget, and providing mentorship to the faculty in the areas of teaching, scholarship/research, and service. Additionally, she serves as an active member of the School’s Executive Committee and contributes to the development of School policy and strategic planning.  Her areas of research interest include drug information, predictors of student success, and spirituality in health care.

    Dr. Purnell obtained her B.S. and Doctor of Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.  She completed a Drug Information Residency with the Janssen Research Foundation (Titusville, NJ) and the American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Academic Leadership Fellowship program.  She is a member of the Maryland Pharmacist Association, AACP, and CPFI.

    Dr. Purnell is from the Philadelphia area originally, but has lived in Salisbury since 2003.  She is of Haitian descent and speaks Haitian Creole fluently.  She is married and has one daughter.  In her spare time, Dr. Purnell enjoys traveling with family and reading.  

    Contact Information:

    Dr. Miriam C. Purnell, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration 
    Phone:  (410) 621-3777 
    Office:  Somerset Hall – Suite 109


    Hughes-Halbert, ChanitaDr. Hughes-Halbert is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and AT&T Distinguished Endowed Chair for Cancer Equity at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She is also Associate Dean for Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

    A nationally recognized expert in cancer disparities research and behavioral science, Dr. Hughes-Halbert’s research focuses on understanding barriers to clinical trial participation in underserved communities and developing population-based interventions to reduce disparities in local settings. Her interest in minority health and health disparities is very personal for Dr. Hughes-Halbert as she lost both her mother and an aunt to cancer.

    Dr. Hughes-Halbert is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Control Award, Chair-Elect for the American Association for Cancer Research Minorities in Cancer Research Council, and the MUSC Leadership Fellowship Award. Dr. Hughes-Halbert was the first woman and first African American from South Carolina elected to join the National Academy of Medicine and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles.

    Contact Information:

    Chanita Hughes Halbert, PhD 
    Associate Dean for Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement
    Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Distinguished AT&T Endowed Chair for Cancer Equity, Hollings Cancer Center
    College of Medicine
    Medical University of South Carolina
    Charleston, SC 29425

    Areas of Expertise:  Health Disparities and Inequities, Cancer Health Disparities, Rural, Social Determinants of Health

    Alan MorganRecognized as among the top 100 most influential people in healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine, Alan Morgan serves as Chief Executive Officer for the National Rural Health Association. He has more than 30 years’ experience in health policy at the state and federal level and is one of the nation’s leading experts on rural health policy.

    Mr. Morgan served as a contributing author for the publication, “Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care,” and for the publication, “Rural Populations and Health.” In addition, his health policy articles have been published in: The American Journal of Clinical Medicine, The Journal of Rural Health, The Journal of Cardiovascular Management, The Journal of Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology Review, and in Laboratory Medicine.

    Mr. Morgan served as staff for former US Congressman Dick Nichols and former Kansas Governor Mike Hayden. Additionally, his past experience includes tenures as a health care lobbyist for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the Heart Rhythm Society, and for VHA Inc.  

    He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Kansas, and a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University.

    Contact Information:
    Alan Morgan, MPA
    Chief Executive Officer
    National Rural Health Association
    Washington, DC 20005

    Areas of Expertise:  Rural Health and Hospitals, Rural Health Policy, Federal and State Rural Legislation, Rural Workforce

    Mullins_DanielDr. Mullins is the Professor and Chair of the Pharmaceutical Health Services
    Research Department at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He received his BS in Economics from M.I.T. and his PhD in Economics from Duke University. His research and teaching focus on comparative effectiveness research (CER), patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), pharmacoeconomics, and health disparities research. He directs the University of Maryland PATient-centered Involvement in Evaluating effectiveNess of TreatmentS (PATIENTS) Program, which received a University of Maryland Baltimore Champion of Excellence Award. He has received funding as a Principal Investigator from the NIH/NIA, NIH/NHLBI, AHRQ, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and was the Shared Resources Core Director for the NIH-sponsored University of Maryland Center for Health Disparities Research, Training, and Outreach. He is the Lead for the Community & Collaboration (C&C) Core of the University of Maryland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) and the co-Lead of the C&C Core for the Johns Hopkins University’s CTSA.

    In addition to his work on federal grants, Professor Mullins is co-Editor-in-Chief for Value in Health and is author/co-author of more than 225 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on pharmacoeconomics, outcomes research, and pharmaceutical policy and health disparities research in journals such as The American Journal of Managed Care, The American Journal of Public Health, Cancer, Chest, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, JAMA, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Pharmacoeconomics, and Social Science & Medicine. He has received an Outstanding Service Award from the Drug Information Association (DIA) and two Service Awards from the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). In 2007, he received the Dr. Patricia Sokolove Outstanding Mentor Award from the University of Maryland Baltimore campus-wide Graduate Student Association. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Dr. Daniel D. Savage Memorial Science Award, the Association of Black Cardiologists’ most prestigious annual award. Also in 2013, he was awarded a University System of Maryland Wilson H. Elkins Professorship. In 2014, he and Dr. Robin Newhouse were named co-researchers of the year for the University of Maryland Baltimore campus. In 2017, he received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Diversity Award for the U Maryland
    Baltimore campus and the ISPOR Marilyn Dix Smith Leadership Award.

    Contact Information:

    C. Daniel Mullins, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Pharmacy
    Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Department
    Baltimore, MD 21201

    Areas of Expertise: Bidirectional Community Engagement, Patient Centered Outcomes Research, Urban and Rural Health Inequities and Social Determinants

    Dr. Yen Dang is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy. She earned her pharmacy degree at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and completed two years of residency training at Temple University School of Pharmacy. She holds certifications in tobacco cessation from the University of Pennsylvania, public health at the University of Maryland College Park, and leadership and management from Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves as the Director of Global Health where she facilities international exchange programs and medical missions for students and faculty to build on their humanitarian efforts.

    Her pharmacy journey began by creating programs that focused on management, screening, and health education for low-income, uninsured minorities to reduce mortality from preventable diseases. Since 2014, Dr. Dang has created two pharmacotherapy clinics at Chesapeake Healthcare in Princess Anne and Pocomoke, Maryland. She manages complex patients with chronic disease states and provides services free-of-charge to a low-income population. She also mentors pharmacy students and residents on rotations to build their patient care skills in medically underserved communities. 

    Additionally, she has collaborated with local health departments to develop screening, treatment, and referral programs for patients with chronic diseases across Maryland. Dr. Dang has worked on initiatives aimed at reducing health disparities in hypertension, diabetes, tobacco and opioid dependence on the Eastern Shore. Dr. Dang is also active with policy and legislation among the health agencies in the State of Maryland. She was appointed to serve on the Statewide Advisory Commission on Immunizations, the Maryland Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and the SARS CoV-2 Vaccine Technical Advisory Group where she makes recommendations that impact the health and safety of the public at large. She is an active member of Maryland Pharmacist Association (MPhA) and the Federation for International Pharmacists (FIP). Dr. She was recognized by The Daily Record as “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” and “Maryland’s Leading 50 Women”.

    Contact Information:
    Yen Dang, PharmD, CTTS-M
    Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Global Health
    Phone: (410) 651-8169

    Dr. Nkem NonyelDr. Nonyel is an Assistant Professor with a clinical practice focus in Ambulatory Care at Peninsula Regional Medical Group, Salisbury, Maryland where she is developing, implementing, and managing a model ambulatory care clinical pharmacy services within a primary care family practice. She worked as a clinical pharmacist at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Maryland where she completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency. Prior to entering the pharmacy profession, Dr. Nonyel practiced as a Licensed Practical Nurse in both acute and sub-acute care settings, and in pediatric home care. She is the Student Organization Director for UMES SOP, and the faculty advisor for both the UMES chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). She is also the UMES School of Pharmacy Faculty Co-Liaison for American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and the UMES Faculty Liaison to the District of Columbia College of Clinical Pharmacy (DC-CCP). Dr. Nonyel is very passionate about the pharmacy profession, mentoring current and prospective PharmD students, and she loves to travel.

    Dr. Nonyel earned a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health (MPH) degree (Global Health Concentration) from the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. Prior to entering the pharmacy profession, Dr. Nonyel was a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN, University of District of Columbia), and practiced in both acute and sub-acute care settings, and in pediatric home care. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics/Education from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

    Dr. Nonyel holds several professional pharmacy leadership positions at the local, regional, state, and national levels including: Secretary of Knowledge Management for the Health Disparities and Cultural Competence Special Interest Group (2019-2021) of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP); Co-Chair, Mentorship Committee (2019-2020) of the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA); Zone 1 Director (2018-2020) of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA); Chair of Organization Affairs (2019-2020), Pharmacist Chair (2017-2018), and Chair of Public Relations/Public Health Committee (2016-2018) of the Maryland Pharmacy Coalition (MPC); past President (2017-2019) of Maryland Pharmaceutical Society (MPhS).

    Her scholarship interests include Public Health & Global Health (Medication Safety, Population Health, and Determinants of Health), Health Disparities, Cultural Competency & Diversity, and Professional/Leadership Development. Besides teaching in the Pharmacotherapy and Medication Management courses, Dr. Nonyel developed and teaches a Medication Safety elective course. She also teaches in the Advanced Metabolism and Public Health for Pharmacist courses.

    Contact Information:

    Dr. Nkem P. Nonyel, Assistant Professor and Director of Student Organizations, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration
    Phone: (410) 621-2077
    Office:  1041 Hazel Hall

    Dr. Hoai-An Truong - PictureDr. Hoai-An Truong has been public health pharmacist, educator and leader for about fifteen years. He provided patient-centered care in interprofessional clinics to optimize medication use and health outcomes, as well as developed and implemented population-based programs to improve community health. He has served as coordinator and preceptor for pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and public health students on nine public health and medical missions to Haiti, Puerto Rico, South Africa and Vietnam.

    Currently professor and director of public health at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Dr. Truong was founding chair of the Eastern Shore Collaborative for Interprofessional Education (ESCIPE), an interprofessional, inter-institutional initiative with Salisbury University. Previously, he was founding chair of the department of pharmacy practice at West Coast University School of Pharmacy, founding assistant dean for professional affairs at UMES, and assistant then acting executive director of experiential learning program at University of Maryland Baltimore. As a practitioner-educator, he provided medication management to improve healthcare access for underserved populations in interprofessional clinics of the Primary Care Coalition. The team received a Life-saving Patient Safety Award from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and was featured in Pharmacy Today magazine in 2012. He is also a trainer for the American Pharmacists Association’s medication therapy management certificate program and trained over 600 pharmacists. 

    Dr. Truong published over twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presented at multiple national and international conferences. He is co-editor and co-author of a book, The Pharmacist in Public Health: Education, Application, and Opportunities, published by the American Pharmacists Association in 2010. He is the current Chair of the Pharmacy Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and past chair of the Public Health Special Interest Group of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). He is past president of the Maryland Public Health Association, past president of the Maryland Pharmacists Association, and past president of the Alumni Association of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Hoai-An received the Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award from the U.S. Public Health Service, Excellence in Innovation Award from the Maryland Pharmacists Association, and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice.

    Contact Information:

    Dr. Hoai-An Truong, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, FNAP, Professor and Director of Public Health, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration
    Phone: (410) 651-8975
    Office: Somerset Hall – Suite 304


    Ms. Pam Douglas

    Contact Information:

    Ms. Pamela Douglas, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Dean, School of Pharmacy & Health Professions
    Phone: (410) 651-8327
    Office: Somerset Hall – Suite 121