PRESENTER: MELANIE MITROS, VITALYST HEALTH FOUNDATION
Description: Mobile Integrated Healthcare – Community Paramedicine in short – is the use of paramedics outside their customary emergency response and transport roles in ways that facilitate more appropriate use of emergency care resources. Successful community paramedicine programs focus on efficiency and effectiveness in connecting people with timely and appropriate levels of care.
Melanie Mitros, PhD, Director, Strategic Community Partnerships, Vitalyst Health Foundation
In her role, Melanie works with coalitions and community boards identifying timely and relevant topics and establishing strategic alliances for effective change initiatives. - Including one of the projects listed below.
Melanie is the lead staff for Vitalyst Health Foundation’s Innovation Grants and Medical Assistance Program where she oversees the application, evaluation and engagement processes. In her two years at Vitalyst, Melanie has championed implementation of Learning Sessions for funded partners as well as a continued evolution of their grantmaking practices.
Formerly, as the founding Director of the Arizona Living Well Institute, she engaged public and private partners to build a statewide infrastructure for effective promotion and delivery of evidence-based health promotion programs.
She holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Physical Activity, Nutrition & Wellness where her research focused on translational strategies to implement community-based falls prevention programs. Melanie also holds a M.S. from Wake Forest University in Health & Exercise Science, and B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University in Athletic Training.