Promoting and protecting the health and safety of all Idahoans

What is the Diabetes Alliance of Idaho?

The Diabetes Alliance of Idaho (DAI) is an independent, volunteer organization consisting of individuals and agencies dedicated to the prevention and reduction of the personal and public impact of diabetes in Idaho’s communities.  The DAI works together to improve access to quality health care, increase awareness and support through education, and reduce diabetes complications for those challenged with diabetes in Idaho. The DAI includes representatives from the general public, local health departments, universities, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and a variety of community-based, voluntary, health and professional organizations. Membership is open to individuals and organizations with an interest in diabetes prevention and care.  

DAI Executive Board Members

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Linda Mac Vicar, RN Chair Job Description

Linda is a Clinical Quality Consultant for
Optum, dedicated to United HealthCare Medicare Advantage plans.

Linda’s clinical experience included Intensive Care, Cardiac Care, Emergency Room, and Outpatient Surgery. Linda has a broad background in Medical Care Coordination, Legal Consulting, Clinical Quality, Performance Improvement, Project Management and Practice Transformation.  Her experience includes work with multiple healthcare stakeholders, such as Provider groups, Insurance companies in National and International medical coverage, Worker’s Compensation, and Medicare Advantage plans, and CMS contracted Quality Improvement Organizations work for multiple Midwestern states. Linda has a passion for patient safety, clinical quality, performance improvement, and facilitating collaboration with use of data and technology for disease prevention, chronic medical condition management, and population health.  Linda’s current work is provider education, engagement and practice transformation facilitation to support Medicare Advantage STARS performance incentive programs in preparation for CMS Value Based reimbursement. Linda provides project management and performance improvement support and training to practices promoting a sustainable practice managed care model for meeting the changing healthcare culture and delivery system.

Melissa Dilley MHS, CHES, CCP  Vice-Chair Job Description 

Melissa Dilley is the State Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP) Manager at Central District Health Department (CDHD). As the SHIP Manager for Region 4, Melissa provides support for Idaho’s healthcare transformation efforts through the facilitation of a regional collaborative stakeholder group, with representation from patient centered medical homes (PCMHs) and the medical health neighborhood to promote connection and learning, sharing of best practices and peer support to improve population health within four county region served by CDHD.  She brings expertise in PCMH transformation from her years as an employee of Providence Health & Services in Portland, OR, including health literacy, chronic disease management, workflow assessment and redesign, health education and leadership engagement. Melissa also coordinates with regional healthcare stakeholders and community partners to develop the medical-health neighborhood, provides connections and support to both transforming PCMH clinics and other service providers in the region to improve the lives of patients. Melissa also holds a Master’s Degree in Health Science (MHS) in Health Promotion from Boise State University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). 


Mark Siemon,Ph.D.,RN,APHN-BC,CPH

Secretary Job Description

Mark is a public health nurse consultant. He graduated from
Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and started his nursing career as a disease intervention specialist and nurse epidemiologist with Central District Health Department in Boise. He worked with Native American communities in northeastern Arizona and central New Mexico as a public health nurse and Director of the Pueblo of San Felipe Health Department. He completed a dual master degree in public health and community health nursing at the University of New Mexico. He was awarded a Fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico, where he completed his PhD in Nursing with an emphasis in health policy. He has national certifications in public health nursing (APHN-BC) and public health (CPH), and he has a strong interest in primary prevention of disease and health equity. 

Erin Bruce, LSW  Treasurer Job Description 

Erin Bruce is a licensed social worker and has spent the
last decade working with children and families; promoting healthy behaviors. She has provided case management for families within the child welfare system,  has offered care coordination for children with special health care needs, and has provided sexual abuse prevention training as a Stewards of Children Facilitator.  In 2012, Erin shifted focus a bit to include working on national and local initiatives related to Patient Centered Medical Home transformation and Quality Improvement. As a manager and quality improvement specialist for a national project focusing on PCMH and structured healthcare Quality Improvement projects, Erin worked closely with providers and clinic staff to help drive QI efforts aimed and improved health outcomes for children and families. Erin now serves as the Health Program Manager for the Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke Programs with the Idaho Division of Public Health where she works collaboratively with local health districts and health systems on chronic disease prevention and management. 

Ashley Rundle, CHES Liaison Job Description 

Ashley Rundle works for the Idaho Division of Public Health as a Health Program Specialist for the Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs. Ashley graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Education and Promotion. Ashley has lived in Idaho most of her life and has a passion for educating her community. She has a strong interest in disease prevention and the implementation of behavior change programs. Her current work includes serving on the board of the Diabetes Alliance, serving as the Idaho Diabetes Prevention Program state coordinator, and the Idaho Public Health Association. Ashley works collaboratively with peers to development, coordinate and facilitate statewide efforts around Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, and Heart Disease and Stroke prevention and control. Ashley also assists with programmatic work such as reviewing, analyzing and interpreting health data for planning and improvement of these health programs.  

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