Lyndee Knox, PhD-President
Lyndee Knox, PhD is founding director of LA Net, a primary care practice based research and resource network in LA County. She worked as a clinical psychologist for 12 years in health care and school environments in Texas; and was an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Southern California for 10 years.
LA Net is a primary care practice-based research network that supports practice based, clinician led research, evidence translation and practice improvement transformation in the safety net. Twenty-four organizations, mainly Federally Qualified Health Centers, currently participate in LA Net, representing 116 practice sites and delivering more than 1.2 million patient visits a year. As part of its work, LA Net provides practice facilitators to safety net practices to support quality improvement, research and evidence translation.
Most recently, Dr. Knox and LA Net partnered with Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) to produce Developing and Running a Primary Care Practice Facilitation Program: A How to Guide for AHRQ. The Manual is based on the experiences of more than 30 experts in practice facilitation from the U.S. and Canada.
Other projects include creation of training program for practice facilitators to support PCMH and Care Model transformation, and leading a national learning forum for groups interested in starting a practice facilitation program for AHRQ in collaboration with MPR .
LA Net is also in the process of adding Project ECHO to its programs. ECHO is a virtual grand rounds program where specialists mentor and support PCPs in managing complex conditions in the PC environment.
In addition to her work with practice improvement, Dr. Knox is an expert in community health workers interventions and served as Co-Director for the CDC-funded Southern California Center for Academic Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention for 10 years.
Dr. Knox is the author/editor of 3 books and manuals in addition to the How to Guide including– Connecting the Dots to Prevent Youth Violence: A Training and Outreach Guide for Health Care Providers published by the American Medical Association, Beyond Suppression: Global Perspectives on Youth Violence published by Praeger Press; and Violence is Preventable: A best practices guide for launching and sustaining a hospital-based program to break the cycle of violence published by YouthAlive!
Dr. Knox is a former member of the National PBRN Advisory Group and a member of the Federation of Practice-Based Research Networks Steering Committee and serves as a director for the National Health Foundation (NHF), a research organization closely affiliated with the Hospital Association of Southern California.
John A. Kotick, JD-Secretary/Treasurer
For over 35 years Mr. Kotick has brought leadership, creativity and integrity to the nonprofit sector in Greater Los Angeles serving in such capacities as C.E.O. of Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles, Vice President for Community Programs of the American Heart Association Greater Los Angeles Affiliate and Chief Administrative Officer for Outpatient Clinics – Orthopaedic Hospital, Los Angeles. Kotick has contributed to health care policy including being part of the writing team for the “Torres-Felando Long Term Care Reform Act” and having represented the Center for Health Care Rights in collaboration with other advocacy organizations regarding the implementation of the managed care regulatory framework in California. A graduate of the University of Southern California with a J.D. from the Gould School of Law and B.A. degree in political science, Kotick lives in Los Angeles, California.
Grace Floutsis, MD-Director
Grace Floutsis, M.D.-Director-is the Chief Medical Officer of Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (CHAP), a Federally Qualified Health Center serving Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley with three clinical sites serving more than 14,000 individuals.
Prior to that for 12 years Dr. Floutsis served as the Medical Director of Clinica Msr. Oscar A. Romero, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center serving the Pico-Union/Westlake area of Los Angeles and East Los Angeles.
Dr. Floutsis received her B.S. in Biology from UCLA in 1986 and her Medical Doctorate from University of California, Irvine in 1990. She completed a residency in Family Practice in Contra Costa County Department of Health Services in 1993. She is committed to providing quality health care to underserved populations and has focused on reducing health disparities through innovative disease management programs and enhancing delivery systems within safety net clinics.
Dr. Floutsis served as Chairperson of the Clinical Advisory Group of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles in 2007 and is currently a member of this group. She served on the Board of Directors of the Western Clinician Network. She is on the Advisory Board of L.A. Net, a Community Health Resource Network engaged in Quality Improvement work to reduce health disparities. In 2008, Dr. Floutsis completed the California Healthcare Foundation Leadership Program.
Rhea Nandi Stewart-Director
Rhea Nandi Stewart-Director-Earned her BA at UC Santa Barbara in Political Science with a Minor in Japanese, and her MA in Organizational Behavior-Negotiation and Conflict resolution. Ms. Stewart has worked in the Corrugated Packaging business since 1996, Box USA/International Paper (1997-2009), and is currently at Packaging Corporation of America. Her area of expertise is incorporation of several locations and execution of complicated transactions. Her specialties are supply chain support, inventory control and over all cost reduction. Ms. Stewart is responsible for 11 million dollars in sales. The first generation child of parents who immigrated from Kolkata, India in the early seventies, Ms. Stewart is married, and has a son and daughter.