Dr. Tameka Hines brings vast expertise, knowledge, and a desire for innovation that supports students first as SMART’s Clinical Operations Manager & SMART Clinical Director for Alabama. Her administrative experience as Coordinator of School Nurses for Birmingham City Schools, combined with her educational perspective as a nursing instructor, as well as her clinical experience in both nursing management and hands-on caregiving, all comprise the essential expertise to help develop, implement, and promote the integration of the SMART Model within school districts across the country.
Tameka will work closely with GGC CEO Melanie Ginn, Director of SMART Clinical Operations, Yolima Moncada (DNP, FNP, APRN-BC), SMART Senior Clinical Integrative Health Care Advisor, Mary Crang (DNP-FNP-BC, Ed.S.), and SMART Clinical Operations Coordinator, Savannah Anderson, BPH, on the adaption of SMART to support comprehensive, proactive, integrated health care as critical to academic achievement.
Tameka will provide expertise and resources to maintain and continuously improve the SMART Model’s protocols and outcomes through training, professional development, and providing data analysis and compliance functions to the site-based SMART Transformation Teams. “I am passionate about promoting health and wellness as a catalyst for improving student achievement and academic success. It is my goal to support SMART as a viable and sustainable school-based intervention to remove educational barriers while changing communities one school at a time,” she says.
Her focus will be to actively edify and inform the cultural shift required to navigate the adaption of traditional primary care policies, procedures, and approaches deploying Active Access to deliver Active Care to optimize the school setting and educational purpose in which the Model is delivered. Tameka’s role will emphasize meeting Whole Child needs and raising patients’/students’ and their families’ levels of health literacy, self-care, self-advocacy, and capacity to engage in preventive primary health care strategies to support academic goals and better health as adults.
Tameka began her career as an LPN directly implementing plans of care with clients at the Golden Living Centers nursing homes of Alabama where she transitioned into the role of Registered Nurse Unit Manager and eventually Director of Nursing Services. She then pivoted to education as a Registered Nurse for the Bessemer Board of Education in Alabama, working with the schools’ health management teams and simultaneously working as a nursing instructor for Brown Mackie College and ITT Technical Institute. Since 2017 she has been the Coordinator of School Nurses for Birmingham City Schools, on behalf of which she attended the 2019 SMART Symposium and Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C., as an enthusiastic proponent of the SMART Model.
Tameka holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice, all from Jacksonville State University, Anniston, Alabama.