As an RWJF Safety Net Value Champions Fellow, I am being supported to engage providers in reducing overuse in healthcare. At Tri-Cities Community Health, an FQHC in Pasco, Washington, I am tackling unnecessary prescribing of over-the-counter medications for common cold and upper respiratory infections in children from birth to 13 years old. I chose this focus due to the lack of proven effectiveness of these medications, and their potential for harm, both physically for the child and financially for the family. I’m following the data around URI visits closely in my clinic, completing chart audits, and working to engage providers in this important work.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Her professional nursing experience includes the neonatal intensive care unit, the pediatric intensive care unit, cardiology, school-based nursing and most recently, primary pediatric care. In 2017 she moved to Washington state for her first position as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She currently works with Tri-Cities Community Health, an FQHC, in Pasco, Washington. Her most recent contributions to her community include developing and running a small autism clinic within her primary care practice, serving on multiple quality improvement projects, including practice transformation strategies, increasing immunization rates and various committees that are committed to accurate data reporting for quality metrics. Ms. Vossenkemer is an advocate for excellent pediatric care across all service lines that come into contact with children, and often offers lectures/presentations to her peers on evidence-based medicine in pediatrics. She has the drive and desire to play an active role in the health journey of the children in her community and welcomes the challenges that her particular patient population faces.