Founder & Chairman of the Board
President & Chief Executive Officer
Chief Medical Advisor
Chief Learning Officer
Subject Matter Expert & Medical Advisor
Mildred “Millie” Freeman has long been a stalwart within the healthcare community.
Before founding the Health Education Network in 2002, Millie was instrumental in
developing and implementing far-reaching healthcare initiatives at our nation’s
Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She has extensive experience partnering
with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of Minority Health,
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the D.C. Department of Health.
She is a valuable asset to the Health Education Network and will serve as its Founder and Chairman of the Board.
Stephen L. Reese, MPA, MS, is a health care professional with over 20 years’ experience
in the behavioral health field. Having designed, implemented, monitored, evaluated and
assessed several governmental and nongovernmental programs, including programs for the
United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse Mental Health
Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Center for Substance Abuse
Prevention, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the
District of Columbia Department of Health, he is uniquely qualified to develop and provide
excellent training and technical assistance services designed to increase positive health outcomes.
Dr. Dennis comes to the Health Education Network after having an illustrious medical career.
He is the past Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and Associate Professor of Neurological
Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital where he
served for 23 years and the immediate past Chief of Neurosurgery Baton Rouge General Hospital.
Dr. Dennis is currently the president of the Neurosurgery Associates of Louisiana. Dr. Dennis
is a Past President of the National Medical Association (NMA), a professional and scientific
organization representing the interests of more than 25,000 African American physicians.
Shelby Byrd comes to the Health Education Network after years honing her training, facilitation,
and content development skills. In addition to her experience working with the Substance Abuse
Mental Health Services Administration, Shelby is also a dynamic learning and talent development
professional with more than 10 years experience designing and implementing blended learning solutions.
She has excellent facilitation skills in both face-to-face and virtual classroom environments,
with significant experience developing self-paced online training. Combined with her experience
as a successful artist of stage and scene, Shelby ensures that our products are informative, as well as, entertaining.
During his period as Chairman of a large tertiary care emergency department, Dr. Roy championed a reduction in left without being seen by nearly 50 percent through creation of an innovative front-end process. His team established a multidisciplinary process that reduced utilization of CT scans by 30 percent. They also reduced patients admitted for chest pain and gastroenteritis, which led to a significant reduction in hospital readmissions. Dr. Roy and his department reduced Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) use by 90 percent while exploring alternatives to opioid pain management, which included nitrous oxide, ketamine and other novel analgesics. At the same time, Dr. Roy pioneered an opioid reversal agent prescription program with close outpatient follow up.
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