Gail Denkins, RN, BS
With over 30 years of nursing experience, Gail Denkins is an energetic leader with a passion for public health initiatives that serve to improve the health and well-being of all populations.
Gail is an advocate for citizens and the communities that serve them. Skilled in the facilitation and education of healthcare providers, Gail strives to understand the challenges and barriers her clients face and seeks to discover solutions that obtain consensus.
Gail joined HMA from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) where she served as the HIV clinical care coordination nurse consultant. She provided guidance to public and private agencies in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative programs designed to improve the coordination of HIV healthcare services within provider networks. Serving as an expert resource in the development of policies and standards of clinical HIV care, Gail assisted the state agencies, which included clinics and community-based organizations, to plan and implement work plans that led to extended funding of approximately $10 million.
During her tenure with MDHHS, the agency achieved many accomplishments, including implementing a telemedicine program; integrating cohort review and care management accountability systems; forming partnerships between regional healthcare entities and HIV community-based organizations; and developing HIV nursing workshops. Additionally, a partnership with Ferris State University School of Pharmacy resulted in patient navigators responding to clients at pharmacies within 30 minutes of a positive screen to ensure linkage to care.
Gail established the MDHHS-sponsored Michigan HIV Nurse Network. This HIV Nurse Network provided mentorship, education, and networking through meetings and social media outlets. The network hosted the Michigan Clinical Nursing Conference for HIV and STD Care with over 160 clinic and public health nurses attending.
With the Michigan Department of Community Health, Gail served as the MRSA/C. diff. prevention initiative coordinator in the Surveillance for Healthcare Associated Resistant Pathogens (SHARP) unit. She oversaw training and education for acute and long-term care and formed an advisory panel, which consisted of infection prevention specialists from acute and long-term care facilities.
Throughout her career, Gail has served in a variety of operational, clinical, and nursing roles throughout Michigan. She served as director of the Southern Michigan Diabetes Outreach Network, chief operating officer for an Area Agency on Aging, director of prevention at Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Health Agency, and tuberculosis nurse consultant at the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Gail has been a registered nurse since 1980 and received her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration at Spring Arbor University. Gail also completed training as a CMS healthcare surveyor for the state of Michigan.
Gail lives with her husband and two dogs Lucy the lab and Jake the beagle. She has four adult children and eight grandchildren. In her free time, Gail enjoys quilting and paper craft, and spending long weekends at her log cabin in northern Michigan.