Virtual Series Events


About Captain Christopher Bersani:


Captain Christopher Bersani is a Clinical Health Psychologist and Neuropsychologist by training and currently serves a Deputy Regional Administrator and the National Lead for Behavioral Health for the Office of Regional Operations of the Health Resources Services Administration. Prior to taking his current assignment, Captain Bersani worked for 6 years for the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons as Head of the Health Psychology Department at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, MA. Captain Bersani also served over 6 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy (Medical Service Corps).

Captain Bersani received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Vermont (1989) and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago (1995). In 2002, Captain Bersani achieved diplomate status with the American Board of Professional Psychology. He completed Post-Doctoral training in Neuropsychology in 2007.

Captain Bersani has spent the last 14 years working for HRSA’s Office of Regional Operations where, in addition to providing regional oversight for HRSA grants and programs, he has been the regional and national leader for behavioral health activities and programs for HRSA’s regional offices.



Event Description

This interactive webinar is designed to help rural audiences enduring medical and social isolation, stay healthy, and connected during these unprecedented times.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basis of wellness, specifically during times of isolation and restrictions
  • Recognize signs of stress in ourselves and others
  • Review safe and sustainable strategies to improve self-care, enhance wellness, and manage stress
  • Gain tools and resources to address social isolation and improve fitness



Registration is now closed.


Recording & Materials:

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About Tanya Lord:


When tragedy strikes an individual, it is common for the impact to be life altering. It was for Tanya, a special education teacher turned stay at homemom when her son, Noah, had a devastating healthcare experience. This fired her desire to improve patient safety, quality and the patient experience. Returning to school, she currently holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of New Hampshire and a Doctorate in Clinical and Population Health Research from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. As a graduate student, Tanya focused on patient safety research, learned improvement science and research methods while working with many experts in these fields. However, there always seemed to be something missing from the research and improvement initiatives, the voice and experiences of patients. Combining her expertise in Quality Improvement and a passion for including all healthcare stakeholders, Tanya is the Director of Patient and Family Engagement at the Foundation for Healthy Communities in Concord, NH. Tanya works with all NH hospitals as they partner with patient and families to improve care. Tanya was formally PFE Subject Matter Expert with the AHA HRET HIIN project that works with 36 hospital associations and their hospitals. She is a sought‐after national consultant, workshop and keynote presenter. Tanya’s passion, initiated by tragedy, is sustained by hope for a safer healthcare system.


Event Description

This presentation will provide participants with a background for understanding whole-person care. Her presentation will focus on understanding how biases impact the ability to engage in partnerships of care. She will discuss the concepts to reduce stigmatizing behavior toward patients, families and co-workers and engage the audience in developing personal and professional humility as it relates to learning about and caring for patients and families.



Registration is now available! Please CLICK HERE to register. As of October 20th, 2020 these events will be open and free to all. Deadline for registration to this event is November 1st - 11:59PM EST.

Further Event Announcements Coming Soon!

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