Stephanie Kiser

Director of Rural Health and Wellness Clinical Assistant Professor

Stephanie Kiser became a lieutenant JG in 1992, commissioned with the U.S. Public Health Service, serving two years with Indian Health Services in Cherokee, North Carolina. In 1994, she joined the pharmacy team at Mission Health in Asheville, North Carolina. Her roles at Mission included serving as an adult medicine inpatient pharmacist and disease management care provider in the inaugural group of pharmacists for the Asheville Project. Working as a volunteer with the ABCCM Free Clinic and subsequent development and implementation of Mission’s Medication Assistance Program, she continued her focus on the underserved and community based solutions for health-care needs.

Kiser has worked with pharmacy students and residents throughout her career at Mission, serving as a preceptor for UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and recognized as a preceptor of the year in 2003. She was co-director of Mission’s PGY1 – Ambulatory Care from 2005 to 2008.

In recent years at Mission, Kiser was the executive director of community health and benefit. This multidisciplinary division included local provider operations for the Asheville Project, known as MyHealthyLife® at Mission, a multidisciplinary team of educators and clinicians, outpatient clinical pharmacy services, retail pharmacy services, an occupational health clinic and community benefit programs. Recognizing the need for a more prevention focused approach within MyHealthyLife ® disease management, Kiser led the development and implementation of Mission’s Corporate Wellness program. The program launched in 2011 achieving an enrollment of over 5,000 Mission employees. Early results have indicated a positive impact on health-care utilization and cost.

Research

Kiser is interested in disease prevention and management, improving health-care quality and access for rural communities, cultural competence in health care, health literacy, integrated models of care, serving underserved and high risk patients, risk stratification-based care, population health management,and collective impact as a framework for community health improvement.

Publications

2011

  • Finley P, Bluml B, Bunting B, Kiser SN.  Clinical and economic outcomes of a pilot project examining pharmacist-focused collaborative care treatment for depression.  J Amer Pharm Assoc. Jan/Feb 2011; 51(1):40.

Presentations

International and National Presentations

  • Kiser S, Arledge M.  Innovative Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Partnerships.  Presented at the Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Improvement Training:  Advancing Performance in Agencies, Systems and Communities.  Annual conference, April 2014, Atlanta, GA.
  • Kiser S, Gates H, Arledge M.  A Regional Approach to Community Health Assessment and Planning.  Presented at the Association for Community Health Improvement.  Annual conference, March 2013, St. Louis, MS.

Kiser S, Person MC.  Benefits Impact of Disease Management and Wellness Programs in a Hospital Health Plan.  Presented at the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) Health and Productivity Forum.  Annual meeting, February 2012, San Francisco, CA.

State and Local Presentations

  • Kiser S, Gates H, Shepard J.   Creating a Healthy Impact in WNC.  A Regional Approach to Community Health Assessment and Planning.  Presented at the NC Association of Local Health Directors Conference.   January 24, 2013, Raleigh, NC.
  • Kiser S. Where are we and where are we going. Presented at the Asheville Project and Beyond: A Next Generation of Health and Wellness Initiatives; January 14-16, 2009; Asheville, NC.
  • UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • B.S. Pharmacy 1992
  • Registered Pharmacist