Lisa Akers

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    • Title:Program Chair for the Master of Arts Onl
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My Expertise

    My Expertise

      Area(s) of expertise: Program Chair for the Master of Arts Onl
      Summary of expertise:
      Dr. Lisa H. Akers, Ph.D., RDN, IBCLC, RLC, FAND, is the Program Chair for the Master of Arts Online Program Health & Wellness and Bachelor of Science Maternal & Child Health Program at Union Institute & University. She is excited to facilitate the learning of our future citizens and healthcare providers.
      White paper/research:
      National Invited Presentations
      Ready-to-Use Materials for Counseling Pregnant Women on Breastfeeding Plus Strategies
      for Integration (Facilitator), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food and Nutrition
      Conference and Expo, October 2017, Chicago, IL

      State Invited Presentations
      Virginia Breastfeeding Data, Richmond Breastfeeding Commission, May 2013, Richmond, VA
      Breastfeeding and Obesity Prevention, Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, April 2013, Richmond, VA
      Virginia’s Breastfeeding Agenda, April 2012, Virginia Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics, Virginia Beach, VA
      Virginia Department of Health’s Breastfeeding Efforts, March 2012, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Richmond, VA
      National Maternal and Child Health Agenda, May 2011, Virginia Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics, Charlottesville, VA
      Weight of the State, October 2011, Richmond, VA
      Guest Lectures
      Breastfeeding Essentials for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, University of Virginia Dietetic Internship, May 2015-current, Charlottesville, VA
      Breastfeeding Essentials, University of Virginia Dietetic Internship, March 2011-2014, Charlottesville, VA
      Breastfeeding Essentials for Lifecycle Nutrition, James Madison University, Dietetic Program, February 2005-2015, Harrisonburg, VA
      State Breastfeeding Agenda, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Dietetic Internship, January 2013-2015, Blacksburg, VA
      Greater Prince William Breastfeeding Coalition, Breastfeeding in Virginia, January 2015, Manassas, VA
      Breastfeeding Essentials for the Physician’s Assistant, Shenandoah University, October 2014, Winchester, VA
      Breastfeeding the Special Needs Infant, James Madison University, Occupational Therapy Program, January, 2014, Harrisonburg, VA
      Maternal and Infant Nutrition, Nutrition for Wellness, April 2011, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

      Books/articles published:
      Refereed Publications
      Akers, L, Thompson, J., Sloan, M., & Ford, K. (2018). Organizational factors associated with quality perinatal care. The Health Care Manager, 38(1), 61-70.

      Kellams A, Savla J, Akers L, Eberly T, Boutsalis G, Sriraman N. The Impact of a Physician Performance Improvement Project for Maintenance of Certification on an Important Clinical Outcome: Exclusive Breastfeeding. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 2014; 34(S1):S30-31.

      L Hamlett, T Wagner, P Brevard. Reasons for breastfeeding cessation by WIC participants in a Virginia health district. JADA. 2004; Suppl 2:61.

      Publications
      Co-author, United States Breastfeeding Committee. Statement on marketing of human milk substitutes. 2011. http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/LinkClick.aspx?link=Position-Statements%2fMarketing-Subs-Statement-2011-USBC.pdf&tabid=227&mid=587

      Co-author, United States Breastfeeding Committee. Statement on breastfeeding as a critical strategy for obesity prevention. 2010. http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/LinkClick.aspx?link=Position-Statements%2fObesity-Statement-Rev-2010-USBC.pdf&tabid=227&mid=587

      Co-author, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Evidence analysis library –Breastfeeding evidence analysis project. 2008-2009. http://andevidencelibrary.com/topic.cfm?cat=3579



      Oral Abstracts
      L Akers, M Sloan. The Reciprocating Effect of Nonprofit Hospital Community Development. Presented at the Association of for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. Washington, DC. 2016.

      L Akers, M Pattie. Improving Performance Standards: The Potential Impact of Ethical Leadership and Accreditation. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. 2014.

      T Eberly, A Kellams, T Savla, L Akers, N Sriraman, G Boutsalis. The effects of a web-based performance improvement initiative on breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity. Forum on Organizational Quality Improvement: Fostering Best Practices and Research in Portfolio Programs and MOC. American Board of Medical Specialties, Chicago, IL. 2014

      T Eberly, A Kellams, T Savla, L Akers, N Sriraman, G Boutsalis. The Impact of a Performance Improvement Project on an Important Clinical Outcome: Exclusive Breastfeeding. Presented at the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses Annual Convention. Orlando, FL. 2014.

      A Kellams, N Sriraman, T Eberly, L Akers, S Boyd, G Boutsalis. The effects of a physician-centered web-based performance improvement initiative on breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity. Presented at the 17th International Annual Meeting of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Chicago, IL. 2012.

      Awards/associations/memberships:
      Excellence in Practice in Women’s Health Award, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group
      Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND), March 2016
      International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), ID# 103-20092
      Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), ID# 896358

      Prior media experience:
      WRIC (NBC) Medical Special Report, May 16, 2011
      Subject: Risks, benefits, and regulation of donor human milk

      Comcast & Cox Cable Video On Demand, June 2007-September 2008
      Subject: Dispelling the myths of breastfeeding

      WRIC (NBC) Noon News, November 7, 2007
      Subject: Benefits of breastfeeding

      WXIS, WEMB, WJCM, August 2007
      Subject: Benefits and public health goals related to breastfeeding

      Radio One Studios, Clear Channel Radio, July 2007
      Subject: Benefits and public health goals related to breastfeeding
      WPER Radio, March 2007-June 2007
      Subject: Weekly Health & Nutrition Tip

      WTVR (CBS) Virginia This Morning Talk Show, February 15, 2007
      Subject: Benefits and public health goals related to breastfeeding

      Educational background:
      James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, Doctor of Philosophy, May 2017
      Dissertation Title: Organizational Factors Associated with Perinatal Quality
      James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, Master of Science in Dietetics, August 2004
      James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, May 2000
      Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, VA, Associates in Science, May 1998
      References:
      Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, President, Union Institute & University
      Interests:
      Educating and training future RDNs and IBCLCs.

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