Health Promotion Committee

The PAR Health Promotion Committee focuses on the wellness and mitigation of health risks for all people in the ID/A system.  The committee discusses best practices in health care supports for individuals receiving services. The committee generates solutions to issues unique to nurses, healthcare directors, and organizations supporting individuals with complex medical needs. The Committee works with ODP and other stakeholders to develop recommendations on policies, rates, and regulations associated with healthcare supports in the ID/A system.

Janice Knowlton, RN, Co-Chair

Vice President of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities 
Access Services
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Janice began working in the field of Intellectual Disabilities in 2002 after graduating from Arcadia University with a BA in Psychology. Janice has worked for Access Services since 2004 in a variety of roles, and currently hold the position of Vice President of Intellectual Disability and Autism Services. During her tenure, she has worked across several of programs (residential and non-residential) offering ODP services. In 2009 Janice obtained her license as a Registered Nurse and worked for many years in a PRN role for a skilled nursing facility in their geriatric psychiatric unit. Janice also had the opportunity to fill the role of Health Services Director at Access for several years. "I am thankful to have both the education and experience in these areas as it allows me a unique opportunity to blend my understanding of programs and regulations with healthcare needs in an effort to improve quality compliance, overall health, and achievement of individual outcomes."

Danielle Block, H.H.A., RN, Co-Chair

Senior Director of Healthcare Services
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Dani came to Melmark in 2016 as the Director of Healthcare Services and was promoted to the Senior Director of Health Care Services in 2018. Dani has over 25 years of nursing experience in acute care hospital settings. Prior to joining Melmark, Dani worked in the Einstein Health Network where she served as a Clinical Manager for Critical Care in 2009 and was promoted to Critical Care Manager in 2012.Dani earned her RN from Roxborough Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and her BSN and MBA at Eastern University. “Melmark is a wonderful organization, and I am very happy to be part of such an outstanding team,” Dani says. “The nursing team will continue to provide the highest quality care for all clients we serve to fulfill Melmark’s mission and vision. Melmark’s clients have touched my heart in more ways than I could ever have imagined.”