Past Fellows List

Between 1999 and 2007, the IMAP Physician Advocacy Fellowship program supported the following doctors as they developed or enhanced their advocacy skills by implementing a project in partnership with an advocacy organization. Their diverse projects addressed issues including Medicaid coverage and enrollment, health care access, pediatric oral health, prison health care, and more.

 

 

Scott A Allen MD

Scott A. Allen, MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine

University of California, Riverside

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2005

Dr. Allen is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside and the founder and Medical Director of the Access Clinic, a primary care medical home for adults with developmental disabilities. Previously, he was the Medical Director for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. During his years in corrections, he helped to establish a standard for hepatitis C evaluation and treatment in prisons. He continues to be involved as a court expert in litigation involving hepatitis care for the incarcerated population.
For his fellowship project, Dr. Allen worked with Physicians for Human Rights to mobilize the medical community to speak out against the practice of torture by US forces and to help the define the limits of medical professionals' role in and around such acts. Since concluding his fellowship, he has continued to work with PHR on the Campaign against Torture, focusing on rallying the medical community against both torture in general and medical complicity in particular.

Since concluding his fellowship, Dr. Allen co-founded and now co-directs the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at The Miriam Hospital, Brown University. He has also been the lead medical author of three reports by Physicians for Human Rights dealing with torture: "Leave No Marks: Enhanced Interrogations and the Risk of Criminality," and "Aiding Torture: Health Professionals’ Ethics and Human Rights Violations Demonstrated in the May 2004 CIA Inspector General’s Report" and “Experiments in Torture.”He also co-authored a chapter on hunger strikes in Interrogations, Forced Feedings, and the Role of Health Professionals and served as a Task Force member for the IMAP report “Ethics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War on Terror.”

George L. Askew, MD 

Deputy Commissioner

New York City Department of Health

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2000

George L. Askew is Deputy Commissioner of Health in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. There he is responsible for overseeing and managing the Division of Family and Child Health (DFCH). The mission of the DFCH is to promote health, prevent disease and advance health equity among New York City families and children. Prior to this he was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the first Chief Medical Officer for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In that role he provided expert advice and consultation to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on plans, programs, policies, and initiatives that addressed the health needs and strengths of children and families facing significant social, health, and economic challenges. This included: Affordable Care Act outreach and education, health of victims and survivors of human trafficking, early childhood health and development, and more.

Dr. Askew has a longstanding history of innovative work in child and family advocacy and executive leadership. He is a former Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood Health and Development in ACF, where his role was leading and supervising a team of staff working on inter-departmental health-related early childhood initiatives. Prior to joining HHS he was Deputy CEO and Chief Development Officer for Voices for America’s Children, Founder of Docs For Tots, and former CEO and President of Jumpstart for Young Children.

Because of his initiative, vision, and national impact, in 2005 Dr. Askew was named an Ashoka International Fellow. He was recognized as a national and global leader for his efforts to link health professionals with early childhood advocacy, embodying the ideals of civic engagement and creative solution-building nurtured by the international fellowship program. Ashoka identifies and supports social entrepreneurs as they catalyze change in their societies.

As a Physician Advocacy Fellow, Dr. Askew was engaged in developing messaging about Infant Mental Health that would resonate with and influence policymakers. He later in his fellowship would found Docs For Tots, a child advocacy organization designed to engage a nationwide network of doctors in social justice advocacy for babies, infants, toddlers, and their families beyond their clinical practice walls. Docs For Tots will celebrate its 15 year anniversary in the Spring of 2018.

Oxiris Barbot MD

Oxiris Barbot, MD

Commissioner of Health

Baltimore City Health Department

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2000

Oxiris Barbot, M.D., was appointed Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City on July 7, 2010, by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. As Commissioner, her priorities include maximizing community engagement, promoting health equity and fostering innovation. She has streamlined the Department’s organizational structure to support work addressing social determinants of health. She has testified before City Council on health disparities, as well as the importance of expanding physical education in Baltimore schools to help address the explosion of childhood obesity. Under her leadership, the Department has expanded the Virtual Supermarket, one of its innovative strategies for increasing access to healthy foods for those living in food deserts. Dr. Barbot also banned the sale of caffeinated alcoholic beverages within Baltimore City limits. In the spring of 2011, she unveiled Healthy Baltimore 2015, a comprehensive health policy agenda that articulates 10 priority areas and leading indicators for action. This plan highlights areas where the largest impact can be made on reducing morbidity and mortality while improving quality of life for all Baltimoreans. Dr. Barbot chairs Baltimore City’s Cross-Agency Health Taskforce.

Dr. Barbot received her bachelor’s from Yale University and holds a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She completed her residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.. Dr. Barbot has published several articles and has presented on topics including H1N1 response, school health and health coverage for Latinos. Dr. Barbot previously served as medical director of the Office of School Health at the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Department of Education where she implemented an electronic health record for the City’s 1.1 million public school students. In 2010, Dr. Barbot received the Hispanic Health Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Medical Association.

Heidi Behforouz MD

Heidi Behforouz, MD

Attending Physician

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2001

Organization:

Partners in Health

Dr. Behforouz is an attending internist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is currently Executive Director of the Prevention and Access to Care and Treatment (PACT) project in Boston, Massachusetts. Sponsored by Partners in Health and the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, this program employs community health workers (CHWs) to advocate for the health and well-being of inner city residents infected with HIV and other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, and mental illness.

During her IMAP fellowship, Dr. Behforouz developed the PACT care model that has since been cited as an innovative "best practice" by both Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). Early data demonstrated improved patient outcomes at reduced cost to Medicaid, suggesting a role for CHWs in primary care transformation. As Medical Director of the Network Health Alliance, Dr. Behforouz has partnered with Bob Master's Commonwealth Care Alliance program to create a community-based intervention to complement the work of clinic-based providers and improve health outcomes and utilization patterns among high-risk Medicaid patients across the state of Massachusetts. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has adopted the PACT model of care and is hiring CHWs as care coordinators in more than twenty-five public clinics and hospitals serving HIV/AIDS patients in New York City. Dr. Behforouz is a strong advocate for the integration of CHWs into the health care delivery system and enjoys teaching and mentoring students in Social Medicine and health advocacy.

Abraham B. Bergman, MD 

Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics

University of Washington

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2001

Dr. Bergman returned to his home town of Seattle in 1964 to join the the pediatric faculty of the University of Washington. He has been blessed to work at two wonderful hospitals, both committed to serving the underserved: Seattle Children's for 20 years, and Harborview for 30 years. His "specialty" has been the practice of "political medicine," employing the political process to improve health, at the local, state, and federal levels.

For his Physician Advocacy Fellowship, he created a managed health care program for Washington State children in foster care. It took over 10 years, but in 2014 Apple Health Care Connections came into being - serving over 20,000 clients, including children who are in foster care who are receiving adoption support, and those under 26 who have aged out of foster care.

He has continued his advocacy work as a Founding Board Chair of Seattle Children's PlayGarden, an inclusive facility for children with disabilities. To his knowledge, it is the only program of its kind in the country located in a public park. He is also citizen lobbyist promoting the creation of supportive housing units for individuals with chronic mental illness.

Gene Bishop, MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine (Retired)

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2001

Graduating from college in 1968, Dr. Bishop was not a scientist and thought nothing about a career in medicine. However, the feminist movement and, in particular, the women’s health movement, drew her in. In 1971 she helped found a free clinic serving women and children in Somerville, Massachusetts – at that time an un-gentrified working class community. She applied to medical school and attended SUNY Stony Brook in its pioneer days; she trained in primary care internal medicine at Cambridge Hospital, and she practiced primary care, with an emphasis on women’s health, in Philadelphia for over 30 years. Dr. Bishop taught outpatient medicine to residents as part of her job at Pennsylvania Hospital. Following her fellowship, she continued to work part-time as the physician advisor to the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, and she served for 15 years on the Pennsylvania Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. She was on the board of a local women’s health center that provided abortion services. She has been a lifelong (as long as it’s life) member of Physicians for a National Health Program. In her retirement, she continues to teach Penn medical students in a “doctoring” course. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Andrew Stone, MD. She has one adult daughter who works in theater. 

For her Physician Advocacy Fellowship, Dr. Bishop looked at access to pharmaceuticals in Medicaid managed care in Pennsylvania. The goal of her fellowship project was to identify and reduce the limitations on access to effective health care imposed by the mandatory Medicaid managed care program in Pennsylvania, with a particular focus on the impediments which restricted formularies and prior authorization requirements pose to special needs populations. By collecting cases from the PHLP helpline, sentinel physician practices, and sentinel pharmacies, she was able to demonstrate that managed care companies were out of compliance with Medicaid rules and their contracts. She and her colleagues successfully advocated for the state to improve the monitoring of the contracts. The work, which, although old, still has lessons for formulary policy, was later published by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and is available at here.

In retirement, Dr. Bishop invented the title of physician consultant to community organizations. She worked with several community health advocacy organizations to prepare white papers, or simply to consult informally on issues of concern. She remains a dedicated advocate of single payer national health insurance and appears on panels on health care reform representing the single payer perspective. Dr. Bishop uses the excellent skills training from her fellowship to write letters-to-the-editor and op eds, and to give public testimony, on issues ranging from health care access to the Philadelphia sweetened beverage tax. She taught a course, as an adjunct, on advocacy and activism in public health until the course became established and was given to a full time faculty member. She is currently learning Spanish and volunteers one day at a week as a clinician at a clinic that exclusively serves the undocumented in Philadelphia. She tries to lend her voice when and where it is needed, on issues of health care access, reproductive rights, racism and inequality, and other pressing issues of our current era.

David Buchanan MD

David Buchanan, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Erie Family Health Center

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2003

Organization:

Interfaith House

Dr. Buchanan is the Chief Medical Officer of the Erie Family Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Chicago with nine locations and over fifty providers. He is also an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University. The goal of his fellowship project was to establish Medicaid reimbursement for organizations providing respite services to ill or injured homeless people within Illinois.

Since completing his fellowship, Dr. Buchanan helped organize the Stroger Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital) Medical Staff in a campaign to stop funding cuts for the hospital. The end result was that Cook County raised their sales tax and also set up an independent board to manage the county health system. He has also published two articles, one in the Journal of the American Medical Association and one in The American Journal of Public Health, pertaining to a housing study with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Since the study’s publication, Dr. Buchanan’s findings have been mentioned repeatedly in the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary’s speeches.

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Neil Calman, MD, FAAFP

President and Chief Executive Officer

The Institute for Family Health

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Grant Year:

2008

Dr. Neil Calman began his work as a physician advocate in medical school by reporting unethical and dangerous experiments performed on African-American women. When his complaints were ignored, he involved the press; the experiments were stopped, and he was asked to serve on the newly created human experimentation committee.

Dr. Calman is the president and co-founder of the Institute for Family Health. Under his leadership, the organization delivered more than 450,000 primary care, mental health and dental visits to more than 92,000 individuals in 2013. Dr. Calman also directed the formation of Bronx Health REACH in 1999, a coalition of 70 organizations dedicated to eliminating the impact of racial disparities on health outcome. Among its many activities, Bronx Health REACH brought more than 500 Bronx residents to Albany to educate 92 legislators about racial disparities in the health care system.

Neil Calman, M.D., is a Board Certified family physician who has been practicing in the Bronx and Manhattan for the past 30 years. He is president and a co-founder of the Institute for Family Health. Since 1983 Dr. Calman has led the Institute in developing family health centers in the Bronx and Manhattan, and in establishing training programs that have graduated more than 200 new family doctors with the special skills needed to take care of people in medically underserved communities. Under his leadership, the Institute for Family Health has grown to include more than 100 family physicians, family nurse practitioners, family practice residents and social workers who practice in 19 full time centers, including six in Ulster and Dutchess counties, and eight sites which care for people who are homeless.

Dr. Calman has a long history of public service. He has served on many government commissions, including Governor Cuomo’s Health Care Advisory Board, the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education where he is Chair of the Health Reform and Finance Subcommittee. His is also Chair of the Clinical Committee of the Community Health Care Association of New York State. Dr. Calman is the recipient of three National awards for his work in Public Health: the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Community Health Leadership Award, the American Academy of Family Physicians' Public Health Award and the Pew Charitable Trusts' Primary Care Achievement Award. His work has been documented in three book chapters, Big Doctoring in America: Profiles in Primary Care by Fitzhugh Mullen, MD, To Give Their Gifts: Health, Community and Democracy by Richard A. Couto, and Caring for America by John R. Stanard.
Since 1999, Dr. Calman has led a project designed to eliminate racial and ethnic differences in health outcomes in the Bronx, funded by the Centers for Disease Control from 1999 to 2013. He is widely published on issues related to race and health policy, including Out of the Shadow (Health Affairs) Making Health Equality a Reality: The Bronx Takes Action (Health Affairs) and Separate and Unequal Care in New York City (Journal of Health Care Law and Policy.)

Dr. Calman is committed to the use of health information technology to improve health outcomes in underserved communities. In 2006, he received the prestigious Physician’s Information Technology Leadership Award, presented annually by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and in 2007, the he accepted the Davies Public Health Award on behalf of the Institute. In June 2008, the Institute for Family Health was awarded a New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Award for Excellent Use of Technology and Focus on Mission. Dr. Calman served on the executive committee of the citywide Primary Care Health Information Consortium, and on the New York State Department of Health’s Information Technology Stakeholder Group Planning Committee. From 2009 to 2014, he served on the National Health Information Policy Panel, and has published a chapter titled Electronic Health Records: The Use of Technology to Eliminate Racial Disparities in Health Outcomes (Medical Informatics: An Executive Primer).

In 2011, the Institute became one of the first Teaching Health Centers in the country, and initiated a family medicine residency program at its brand new Family Health Center of Harlem. In 2012, the Institute partnered with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to establish a Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, chaired by Dr. Calman.

Alice Huan-Mei Chen, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer, San Francisco Health Network

Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2002

Dr. Alice Chen is the chief medical officer and deputy director for the San Francisco Health Network, and professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco. As chief medical officer and deputy director, Dr. Chen is responsible for providing clinical and operational leadership, vision, and direction for the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s $1.7 billion a year delivery system.

A practicing primary care internist, Dr. Chen previously spent a decade at Zuckerberg San Francisco General in a variety of roles, including chief integration officer and director of eReferral. Prior to that, Dr. Chen worked in community health, health policy, and philanthropy with a focus on the underserved.

She has served on the board of several nonprofits, including currently Health Access Foundation, the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation and the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians.

Dr. Chen is a graduate of Yale University, Stanford University Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health, and is an alumna of the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, the Soros Physician Advocacy Fellowship, the California HealthCare Foundation Leadership Program and the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship.

For her Physician Advocacy Fellowship, Dr. Chen worked in partnership with the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum in San Francisco to improve access and quality of care for limited English proficient individuals and communities across California.

Esther K. Chung MD MPH

Esther K. Chung, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics

Jefferson Medical College and Nemours

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2007

Organization:

Maternity Care Coalition

Dr. Chung is Professor of Pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, and in the Division of General Pediatrics at Jefferson and the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children/Nemours in Wilmington, Delaware. She is also Director of Advocacy and Community Partnerships for the pediatric residency program, and Director of JeffSTARS, an advocacy curriculum for medical students and residents. She is involved in a number of projects that include advocacy education, campus-community partnerships, and maternal-child health research focusing on families living in poverty. In addition, she is Editor-in-Chief for Visual Diagnosis and Treatment in Pediatrics, with a 3rd edition in progress, and Associate Editor for the first 6 editions of The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. As an academic generalist, she provides clinical care and teaches medical students and residents in a busy, primary care practice and at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Newborn Nursery, where she serves as the Medical Director.

The goal of Dr. Chung's fellowship project was to reduce barriers to breastfeeding for all women in Southeastern Pennsylvania, particularly low-income, working women. Propelled by the voices of the women in the community, she focused on developing, improving and increasing breastfeeding policies in hospitals, in workplaces, and related to Medicaid. Since completing her fellowship, Dr. Chung has received The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP) Special Achievement Award. She also received The Physician of the Year Award from the Professional Resource Organization for Lactation Consultants in recognition of the work that she did during her fellowship to promote and support breastfeeding in the workplace, in hospital settings and among low-income women. These awards signify the tireless efforts of advocates at Maternity Care Coalition who worked collaboratively to promote and support breastfeeding. In 2011, she delivered a Plenary Session, "Raising the Bar while Leveling the Playing Field: Perspectives of a Physician Advocate," at the International Lactation Consultants Association's annual meeting in San Diego, which was attended by over 1000 professionals. She now serves on the Philadelphia Multihospital Breastfeeding Taskforce.

Areas of expertise other than breastfeeding advocacy include maternal child health, adverse childhood experiences, social determinants of health, and children living in poverty. At the state level, she is an Executive Board member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. At the national level, Dr. Chung is an active member of the BORN (Better Outcomes Through Research for Newborns) Network Research Committee, Co-Chair of the Academic Pediatric Association’s (APA’s) Newborn Nursery Special Interest Group, and Co-Chair of the Provider-Patient Workgroup under the Healthcare Delivery Committee of the APA’s Taskforce on Childhood Poverty.

Theodore Corbin MD MPP

Theodore Corbin, MD, MPP

Assistant Professor

Drexel University School of Medicine

Specialty:

Emergency Medicine

Grant Year:

2005

Dr. Corbin is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Drexel University School of Medicine. For his fellowship, he partnered with the Philadelphia Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility to develop and maintain a trauma-informed approach to youth violence prevention, and to improve access to quality care for victims of youth violence.

Robert Crittenden MD

Robert Crittenden, MD

Professor

University of Washington School of Medicine

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Grant Year:

2002

Dr. Crittenden works as Senior Health Policy Advisor to the governor of the state of Washington.  He oversees the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the state, advises the governor and leads the health related agencies in the sub-cabinet.  After coming on board, the state passed Medicaid expansion, rolled out one of the best exchanges in the country, enrolled over 600,000 people and drove the uninsurance rate in the state down by 6% (as of 2014).  He also leads the state’s efforts to improve the delivery of care, improve the health of the public and decrease health care costs.

Dr. Crittenden worked as a family physician in Central and Southeast Seattle with urban, underserved patients for 38 years. His fellowship project built on the upswing in concern for access and the costs of health care and focused on ensuring that the people of the state can access health coverage and health services and that the safety net expands and is available for people in need of it.


On completing his fellowship, Dr. Crittenden developed the Herndon Alliance, which was the main national coalition focusing on messaging for groups working on reform. It was a 200 organization coalition that was involved in all of the health care messaging battles over eight years – four before passage, and four after focused on making the reforms permanent. The coalition developed the case for positive messaging for including and encouraging the majority of voters to support health reform and the response to the opposition critiques. 

Michele David, MD, MBA, MPH, FACP

Chief of Quality and Safety

MIT Medical 

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2006

Organization:

Health Care for All

Dr. David is a skilled primary care clinician and public health practitioner with proven leadership experience and a commitment to system support to improve clinical health outcomes for patients. Dr. David is Chief of Quality and Safety at MIT Medical. She was an Associate Professor of Medicine at the BU School of Medicine, Co-Director of the Haitian Health Institute at Boston Medical Center and Director of Community Health Programs at Boston University, Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. She has focused her career on addressing issues of health disparities and cross-cultural medicine. She has conducted educational campaigns on diverse health topics. Dr. David has participated in the development on a cultural competence curriculum. Throughout her career, Dr. David has also taught medical students, residents in training, graduate students and has mentored junior faculty. Dr. David has been the recipient of several awards including the Massachusetts Health and Human Services William A. Hinton Award in recognition of her commitment to public health, especially the improvement of health care for communities of color in 2010 and a leadership Award in 2012 from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In 2014, Dr. David won a “Patient Safety Award” from Atrius Health. She was named "Boston Super Doctor" thrice. Dr. David has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. Dr. David had partnered with Health Care For All to work on Legislative measures to reduce racial and ethnic health care disparities in MA as an IMAP Physician Advocacy Fellow. Dr. David is a member of the Massachusetts Public Health Council, the policy arm of the Massachusetts DPH appointed by Governor of the Commonwealth in 2007. In addition to her work as a physician, Dr. David is a creator of fine art quilts for which she has won many awards.

The goal of Dr. David’s Physician Advocacy fellowship was to advocate on the issue of racial and ethnic disparities in health care in Massachusetts. Dr. David co-chaired for 2 years the Disparities Action Network (DAN) a coalition of 75+ organizations advocating for the elimination health disparities and promoting health equity. The DAN worked to keep health care disparities at the forefront of debate and policy creation when health reform was debated by the Massachusetts legislature and executive branch. The DAN worked to influence the legislative process in the development and enactment of Chapter 58, An Act Providing Access to Affordable, Quality, Accountable Health Care of 2006, the model legislation for the national Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. One provision in Chapter 58 established a Health Disparities Council. In 2009, the DAN filed with 30 legislative sponsors its bill an Act Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in the Commonwealth, calling for establishing an Office of Health Equity; a community grants program; collection and reporting of racial and ethnic data by health providers; support for community health workers; funding for community based participatory research; health literacy; workforce development; environmental justice; and chronic disease management programs.

She continues her advocacy work as a member of Public Health Council, the policy arm of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The Public Health Council (PHC) has had an important role in public health since it was established by legislation in the nineteenth century. Among the PHC's responsibilities are:

* Promulgation of most regulations

* Approval of Determination of Need (DoN) applications

* Advising the Department on major policy decisions, at the discretion of the Commissioner

* Granting the Commissioner authority to take necessary actions to protect the public health upon a declaration of a public health emergency by the Governor.

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Anne Davis, MD

Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Columbia University Medical Center

Specialty:

Gynecology

Grant Year:

2011

Dr. Davis is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center. She practices gynecology with an emphasis on abortion and contraception, especially for women with complex medical problems, serves as the Family Planning Fellowship Director and conducts research in contraception and abortion. She recently was awarded a grant by the Society of Family Planning for research and Mentorship (2014-2015).

Dr. Davis has been an active advocate for comprehensive reproductive health for more than a decade. She served on the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH) for six years and became their first consulting Medical Director in 2011. Her advocacy activities with PRH include lobbying in Albany and Washington DC, writing numerous letters to the editor, authoring testimony, assisting with amicus briefs and speaking about reproductive health on major news media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, NPR and AP. Dr. Davis is a strong supporter of abortion rights and access to contraception and mentors many young physicians interested in reproductive health advocacy.

Dr. Anne Davis attended Cornell University and received a BA in psychology in 1988. She obtained an MD from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1993 followed by a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington completed in 1997. She was the first to complete a Fellowship in Family Planning and Research at Columbia University from 1997 to 1999 and received a Masters in Public Health in 2001 form the Columbia Mailman School of Public health.

Mark Earnest MD PhD

Mark Earnest, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine

University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2002

The goal of his fellowship project was to find and articulate compelling and provocative stories that illustrated the dilemmas of inadequate access to medical care, to present those stories to the communities of Colorado through print and broadcast media, and direct presentations to community stakeholders, in order to increase public awareness and create a grassroots political base for policy changes advocated by the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved.

Since completing his fellowship, Dr. Earnest led the creation of the LEADS (Leadership Education Advocacy Scholarship) Program, a leadership and advocacy track within the school of medicine. Approximately one sixth of every class has participated in the LEADS coursework and 10% of the students have completed all elements of the track. A key feature of the track is an 8-week service-learning project that involves a partnership between faculty, students and an organization in the community for successful completion. The program serves as a nexus between the campus and the community. Through this program, LEADS faculty and students, in partnership with individuals and agencies in the community have contributed to a broad variety of efforts to improve the health of Coloradans. The LEADS program also runs an ongoing seminar series for the whole campus that features “hot topics” and highlights the efforts of leaders to address the issues raised in the seminar series.

Dr. Earnest is also the Director of Interprofessional Education at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus. In that role, he oversees the development of the interprofessional education program which trains all health professions students for competencies in interprofessional collaboration.  He serves on the Board of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative and the World Coordinating Committee for Interprofessional Education as well as several formal and informal workforce policy groups.  In July 2014, he was appointed interim head of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado.  

Steven G. Federico, MD

Director, General Pediatrics and School and Community Programs, Denver Health

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2006

Dr. Federico has been a practicing pediatrician at Denver Health since 2002. He is the Director of General Pediatrics and School and Community Programs at Denver Health and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Arizona. He completed his training in Pediatrics and a Primary Care Research Fellowship at the University of Colorado and a Physician Advocacy Fellowship through the Institute for Medicine as a Profession. He has presented and published in the areas of serving underserved children, school-based health, improving child health coverage, physician advocacy and child health policy. His passion for improved and equitable child health is fueled by his ongoing experiences as a clinician. He is a primary care physician in a community health center, school-based clinics and as an inpatient attending. In his role as medical director, he oversees 3 community health centers and 17 school-based clinics that provide comprehensive physical and mental health to 60,000 children a year. These clinics also assist eligible families obtain Medicaid and other coverage plans. Additionally, the School and Community Programs division provides: dental sealants and screenings, coordinate health services for children in Head-Start, Nurse Family Partnership, WIC, and Medicaid/CHP+ outreach and enrollment.

Dr. Federico's advocacy work has focused on eliminating the barriers to adequate health coverage faced by children and families. His primary goal has been to improve the enrollment of eligible children in Denver onto Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Through the Colorado Children's Campaign and a multi-stakeholder coalition was built to improve statewide barriers to enrolling eligible children and families. He is grateful to the All Kids Covered Coalition and Denver Public Schools for the partnership, mentorship and advocacy to improve the lives of children in Colorado.

He considers himself an advocate for all children but has focused specifically on the underserved and children in poverty. He is a native Spanish-speaker which affords him additional insight into the lives of the multi-cultural families he cares for. He continues to work on improving health policy efforts that promote universal coverage and equitable care to all children.

Kathleen Figaro MD MS

Kathleen Figaro, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Vanderbilt University

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2007

Dr. Figaro is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University and a physician at the Nashville Veterans’ Administration. For her fellowship, she collaborated with the Tennessee Justice Center to respond to the massive disenrollment of many of Tennessee’s most vulnerable patients from TennCare, the state-funded Medicaid program. She developed a new Clinical Advocacy Network where she built a coalition of physician advocates and grassroots organizations to respond to the crisis, and worked to increase both access to health coverage and the quality of care for chronically ill Tennesseans.

Michael Fine MD

Michael Fine, MD

Physician-in-Chief

Department of Family Community Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Grant Year:

2000

Dr. Fine is a family physician who divides his time between practices in urban Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and rural Scituate, Rhode Island. For his fellowship, he worked with the Rhode Island American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) to establish the Center for Occupational Health of Rhode Island and collaborated with the Scituate Health Plan Committee to design the financing and service-delivery infrastructure of the Scituate Health Plan, one of the first population-based primary care plans in the US.

Patricia J Flanagan MD

Patricia J. Flanagan, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

Brown University

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2003

Organization:

RI KIDSCOUNT

Dr. Flanagan is Professor of Pediatrics on the Teacher-Scholar Track at Brown University and Chief of Clinical Affairs at Hasbro Children's Hospital. During her fellowship, she worked with RI KIDSCOUNT (a children's policy organization that uses research and data to drive policy initiatives). The goal of her project was to engage multiple stakeholders in policy setting to develop and finance an integrated, comprehensive approach to expanding opportunities and improving quality of care for Rhode Island's most disadvantaged infants and toddlers (birth to age three).

Since completing her fellowship, she has established a required one month rotation for Pediatric Interns at Rhode Island Hospital called "Child Health in the Community,” and started a Scholarly Concentration in Advocacy and Activism for undergraduate medical students. She is currently working on transforming a statewide coalition on teen pregnancy into a staffed statewide organization for the prevention of teen pregnancy, an organization called "Blue Line-Preventing Teen Pregnancies and Empowering Young Families.

Kenneth L Fox MD

Kenneth L. Fox, MD

Staff Physician

Erie Family Health Center

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

1999

Organization:

Partners in Health

Dr. Fox is a Staff Physician at Erie Family Health Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. During his Fellowship, he was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine.

For his fellowship project, Dr. Fox identified and trained a group of urban minority youth for leadership roles in violence prevention and human rights in collaboration with Partners in Health and collaborated with Physicians for Human Rights to advocate for better health care for individuals in the juvenile justice system.

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Deborah A. Frank, MD

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2010

Organization:

Children's Health Watch

Dr. Frank, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, founded Children’s Health Watch in 1998 (formerly Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program, C-SNAP). With colleagues across the country she is one of the principal investigators of this ongoing effort to produce non-partisan, original and policy-relevant research on health of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, whose needs are often not promptly identified in government research programs. Children’s Health Watch works to improve young children’s nutrition, health, and development by informing policies that could address and alleviate their families’ economic hardships.  She has received NIH evaluate the long term outcomes of children with and without intrauterine exposure to cocaine and other substances.

Cited as a respected authority in her fields, Dr. Frank has frequently given testimony to state and federal legislative committees on   the growing problem of hunger and associated hardships in the United States and its effects on our youngest children. She has recently been nominated   by Leader Nancy Pelosi to the newly established National Commission on Hunger.

In 2010 Dr. Frank received the Massachusetts Health Council Outstanding Leadership Award and the Physician Advocacy Merit Award from the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University. In 2011 she became the inaugural incumbent of a newly established   Pediatric Professorship in Child Health and Well Being at Boston University School of Medicine

She received the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps’ Embracing the Legacy Award on June 3, 2014, 2014   American Medical Association Dr. Debasish Mridha Spirit of Medicine Award on June 6, 2014, and the Congressional Hunger Center’s Bill Emerson and Mickey Leland Award on June  24, 2014.

Jessie M. Gaeta MD

Jessie M. Gaeta, MD

Internist

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2005

Dr. Gaeta is an internist with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, providing primary care in area shelters, including Saint Francis House, where she is currently Medical Director, and Father Bill's Place. For her fellowship, she worked with the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance to advocate for and develop statewide Housing First programs that are tailored to the needs of chronically homeless persons. This work entailed raising public awareness of the public health implications of homelessness and the cost-effectiveness of a supportive Housing First approach, convincing state lawmakers to appropriate resources through the budget for this model, and designing a pilot Housing First model that is targeted to improve health outcomes.

Mike Gittelman, MD, FAAP

Professor, Clinical Pediatrics

Division of Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Specialty:

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Grant Year:

2010

Mike Gittelman, MD, FAAP, is a pediatric emergency room physician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University Of Cincinnati School Of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate work at Swarthmore College and his medical school training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA and a fellowship in Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Prior to their formation of a Council, he served as the Chairperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention. He is a Board Member and President-elect of the AAP’s Ohio Chapter, and he is a Co-Director of the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. His area of research expertise has been to study the impact of screening and counseling families about injury risk, in the office and ED setting, in an attempt to promote safer behaviors and prevent future injuries. With the Ohio Chapter of the AAP, he has developed a state-wide bicycle helmet intervention, a gun safety program in the pediatric office setting and an injury QI program for practicing pediatricians. He has published his efforts involving educating residents about injury prevention, working with high-risk communities in an effort to reduce pediatric injuries, and his risk prevention counseling research in peer-reviewed journals.

For his Physician Advocacy Fellowship, Dr. Gittelman advocated to prevent injuries to children. He concentrated his efforts through many interventions, including developing safe communities for children to play and to reduce injuries, educating families and pediatric providers to counsel families, providing families with proven safety equipment, and advocating for legislation to keep children safe. His efforts over the past 20 years have helped to reduce a significant number of injuries to children.

Since the Physician Advocacy Fellowship, he has continued his involvement in advocacy at the patient, community and legislative levels. He recently developed injury screening tools for pediatric providers to screen families for injury risk and provide practitioners with tailored messaging. These efforts have shown that families change their behaviors as a result of this counseling. He has educated pediatric trainees on advocacy and injury prevention in the Injury and Advocacy Course he started in 1997. He continues to work with high-risk communities to prevent firearm injuries and sleep-related deaths. Also, he continues to advocate with state and national legislators to adopt laws, such as booster seats, bicycle helmets, firearm storage, in order to insure children will be safer and sustain fewer injuries.

Marji Gold MD

Marji Gold, MD

Professor of Family and Social Medicine

Montefiore Medical Center

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Grant Year:

2000

Dr. Gold is a Professor of Family and Social Medicine and the Director of the Center for Reproductive Health in Family Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. For her fellowship project, she worked with NARAL New York in order to increase women's access to abortion and emergency contraception by integrating training in first trimester abortions and emergency contraception into family medical residency programs.

After completing her fellowship, Dr. Gold became Director of the Center for Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine (RHEDI) in 2004. She has worked successfully to fund 20 family medicine residency programs, each now training 8-13 residents a year in comprehensive first trimester abortion care. She also directed a RHEDI initiative to enhance and expand family medicine residents’ experience with IUD insertion. As a result, the rate of IUD insertions has increased dramatically, and thus women’s access to IUDs has also increased. Since 2008, she has been involved in a project sponsored by the NYC Department of Health to increase contraceptive adherence by teens in school-based health centers (SBHC). This program includes in-service training of all staff in the SBHCs and a referral site so that the SBHC staff can refer teens who want IUDs to Dr. Gold’s primary care clinic. The interest and uptake of this safe and effective method has increased and hopefully will play a role in decreasing unwanted teen pregnancy.

Robert L Goodman MD

Robert L. Goodman, MD

Founder and Director, No Free Lunch

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2001

Dr. Goodman is a general internist practicing in New York City. For his fellowship, he worked with Public Citizen's Health Research Group in Washington, DC and the Center for Medical Consumers in New York, NY to minimize the influence of commercial interests, especially those of the pharmaceutical industry, in medical education and training.

Dr. Goodman founded and currently directs No Free Lunch (nofreelunch.org) a non-profit organization that works to promote clinical practices that are not influenced by pharmaceutical promotion.

Jeffrey Kaczorowski MD

Jeffrey Kaczorowski MD,

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

University of Rochester

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2004

Organization:

The Children's Agenda

Jeffrey Kaczorowski, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. For his fellowship project, he worked with The Children's Agenda, a local advocacy organization that promotes research–based change for the health and well-being of children in the greater Rochester community, in order to advocate for a nurse visitation program to prevent child abuse in Rochester, NY.

After completing his fellowship, Dr. Kaczorowski became the part-time Executive Director of The Children's Agenda. His other recent accomplishments include championing and catalyzing the Rochester community to initiate the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program. NFP has grown steadily since its inception in 2005 and is now serving 300 families in the Rochester community. Funding for the program over the past four years has grown from $300,000 per year to over $1.2 million per year. Dr. Kaczorowski has also led national efforts to train pediatrics residents in community health and advocacy as principal investigator and director of the American Academy of Pediatrics Community Pediatrics Training Initiative. Finally, he has led advocacy efforts that caused an increased public investment of $9 million in 2009 to allow 1,000 children of working, poor parents access to child care in Rochester/Monroe County.

Jennifer Kasper MD MPH

Jennifer Kasper, MD, MPH

Instructor in Pediatrics

Harvard Medical School

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2000

Dr. Kasper is on faculty at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, in the Division of Pediatric Global Health. She is also on the Board of Doctors of Global Health. The goal of her fellowship project was to engage in research on the health and well being of poor children in immigrant families in the United States in the context of federal and state hunger and welfare policy, and link the criteria contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with community-based educational initiatives and advocacy.

Since completing her fellowship, she has created a curriculum and overseas clinical experiences for residents, taught medical students through the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and mentored medicine and pediatric residents who are creating a handbook for use by residents and local health professionals overseas. She recently completed a book chapter on Doctors for Global Health’s work Applying Liberation Medicine and Accompanying Communities’ Struggles toward Health and Social Justice for U.S. Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home (in press). She also recently participated in the WHO’s Consultative Meeting, where she helped write new guidelines for the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.

Allen S. Keller MD

Allen S. Keller MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

New York University School of Medicine

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2000

Organization:

Human Rights First

Dr. Allen Keller is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. For his fellowship, Dr. Keller worked with Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights). He conducted a ground-breaking study, in collaboration with Physicians for Human Rights, documenting mistreatment and poor health, particularly mental health, of asylum seekers in U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) detention. He also participated in a number of training initiatives for health professionals and attorneys working with asylum seekers.

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David Keller, MD

Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Strategy and Transformation

Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2006

Organization:

Health Law Advocates

David M. Keller, MD is Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Strategy and Transformation in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado. There, he leads initiatives to provide comprehensive high-value care to children in Colorado and throughout the Mountain West Region. He is also Chair of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations. Prior to moving to Colorado, Dr. Keller spent 22 years on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, where he practiced primary care pediatrics, initiated novel community-based programs and served as an Associate Medical Director for Medicaid in Massachusetts. He was a Physician Advocacy Fellow with Health Law Advocates in Boston MA from 2006-8 and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in Washington DC from 2009-10. He was President of the Academic Pediatric Association from 2013-4. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, trained in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and served in the National Health Service Corps in Rockford IL.

For his Physician Advocacy Fellowship, he worked with Health Law Advocates and the Worcester Mental Health Network to improve the systems of care available to care for children with mental illness in Massachusetts through the Children’s Mental Health Campaign and the implementation of the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative. During that time, he and his colleagues:

1) Created a forum where the mental health agencies in Worcester can collaborate to build better systems of care

2) Wrote about the mental health system in newspapers, newsletter, oral and written testimony and on his blog, Rosie D and Me.

3) Collaborated with the plaintiff and defendants in the Rose D case to ensure the development of high quality services for children with serious emotional disturbances.

4) Worked with HLA on the evaluation of the Mental Health Guardian Ad Litum Project.

5) Worked with the legislature to pass Yolanda’s law, the Omnibus Children’s Mental Health act of 2008.

6) Made presentations on the CBHI to a foundations in Buffalo, a children’s hospital in New York City and to a group of primary care physicians in Massachusetts.

He has continued his advocacy work as Chair of the Board of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations, which facilitates cooperation between the seven leading academic pediatric organizations in Washington. He also serves on the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is currently focused on assuring the survival of CHIP and Medicaid as the current US government attempts to "repeal and replace" both programs. He serves on a number of committees, including Health Impact on Lives Subcommittee of the Program Improvement Advisory Committee of the Colorado Accountable Care Collaborative, the Health Information Technology Workgroup for the implementation of the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) Award and the Physician Advisory Board of Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC), Colorado’s all-payer claims database. In all of these efforts, he works to ensure that children are not forgotten as the payers and provider rush to change the current adult focused health care system.

David M. Krol MD MPH FAAP

David M. Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP 

Medical Director

New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health at Rutgers University

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2002

Dr. David Krol, a pediatrician, is the Medical Director of the New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health at Rutgers University. Prior to joining Rutgers, David was a senior program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A recognized leader in children’s oral health, Dr. Krol has served on many expert panels, advisory groups, and taskforces including the 2011 Institute of Medicine Committee on Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations. He currently serves as the chair of the Section on Oral Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Krol received a BA from the University of Toledo. Drafted by the Minnesota Twins, he played professional baseball for three years. Krol received his MD from Yale University School of Medicine and completed a residency in pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland. He received an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health.

For his Physician Advocacy Fellowship, Dr. Krol worked to improve the oral health of low income and minority children by translating policymaker awareness into action and engaging pediatricians and family practitioners in advocating for children's oral health. This involved developing and promoting a model for the interface between primary care medicine and primary care dentistry for low income children. It also involved educating physicians about the importance of children's oral health and advocating for increasing the level of oral-health education in medical education and improving the oral-health skills of practicing pediatricians and other non-dental health professionals. In addition, Dr. Krol created and instituted specific opportunities to engage pediatricians and family practitioners to advocate for Medicaid Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) dental program improvements.

Dr. Krol continues to be very active on the local, state, and national level in oral health. He serves as the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Oral Health and works closely in his advocacy efforts with groups such as the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health, and many others. He is also constantly advocating locally and nationally via the AAP in many other ways.

Robert J. Master MD

Robert J. Master MD

Associate Professor

Boston University School of Public Health

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2003

Bob Master is a practicing physician, board-certified in Internal Medicine with over twenty-five years of experience in the clinical management of patients with advanced chronic illness and disability. For his fellowship, he worked with Community Catalyst to develop a state-wide consumer-governed health plan that is focused on the needs of vulnerable populations such as frail elders and children with special health care needs.

Eduardo R. Ochoa, Jr., MD

Eduardo R. Ochoa, Jr., MD

Assistant Professor, Maternal and Child Health

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2000

Dr. Ochoa is a pediatrician and an expert in reaching out to the Latino community. He is the Assistant Dean for Minority Affairs and an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health. For his fellowship project, he worked with Arkansas Advocates for Children to assess the needs for access to health care, disease prevention, health promotion and health education among Hispanic families in Arkansas, with special emphasis on children and to set the stage for long-term solution to the challenges posed to public health by the newest arrivals to our state.

Since completing his fellowship, Dr. Ochoa was elected President of Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2007. He also recently established ties with a state commission to launch state-based health disparities research that led to two major studies and reports on the state of health disparities in Arkansas. Some of this work was published in a fall 2009 supplement to Pediatrics.

Jerome A. Paulson

Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP

Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and of Environmental & Occupational Health

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2001

Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and Emeritus Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health at the George Washington University Schools of Medicine and of Public Health. He is a consultant to the American Academy of Pediatrics serving as the Medical Director for the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units – East and the Medical Director for the AAP Initiative on Climate Change and Health. He is also a consultant to others on issues related to children’s health and the environment. Dr. Paulson is a past chair the executive committee of the Council on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served on the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee for the US EPA. In 2004 he was a Dozor Visiting Professor at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel. He was a recipient of a Soros Advocacy Fellowship for Physicians from the Open Society Institute and worked with the Children’s Environmental Health Network, and has also served as a special assistant to the director of the National Center on Environmental Health of the CDC working on children’s environmental health issues. Dr. Paulson received a bachelors degree in biochemistry with honors and with general honors from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. He received an MD degree from Duke University in Durham, NC. He did his pediatric residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals and Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He also completed a fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics at Sinai Hospital.

For his fellowship project, Dr Paulson worked in Washington, DC with the Children's Environmental Health Network to increase opportunities for scientific and medical professionals to become actively engaged in children's environmental health policy advocacy at the state and federal level. During that time, he organized the first national meeting on ethical issues in children’s environmental health. The meeting resulted in multiple publications appearing in Environmental Health Perspectives. Two of those publications were authored or co-authored by Dr Paulson:

Lanphear BP, Paulson JA. Beirne S, Trials and Tribulations of Protecting Children from Environmental Hazards. Environmental Health Perspectives 2006.114:1609-1612 Paulson JA.

An Exploration of Ethical Issues in Research in Children’s Health and the Environment. Environmental Health Perspectives 2006.114:1603-1608

Dr. Paulson is a past chair the executive committee of the Council on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served on the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee for the US EPA. He has testified before local, state and federal entities on numerous children's environmental health issues. He has supported the development of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health and Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action. He has been on the steering committees for numerous national and international meetings on children's health and the environment.

Monica E. Peek MD MPH

Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

University of Chicago

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2001

Dr. Peek is a general internist with interests and experience in public health initiatives and research. Her focus has been on the access of medically underserved populations to comprehensive health care, and the empowerment of African-American patients within the health care system. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago and an attending physician at John Stroger Hospital (formerly Cook County Hospital).

For her fellowship, Dr. Peek worked in Chicago with the Breast Cancer Awareness and Advocacy Project of Chicagoland Y-Me to develop advocacy skills among uninsured, low-income women of color who have historically not accessed routine preventive health care including breast cancer screening services.

Katie Plax MD

Katie Plax, MD

Pediatrician

St. Louis Children's Hospital Adolescent Center

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2001

Dr. Plax is a pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital Adolescent Center. Her fellowship project used a faith-based organizing approach to assure quality accessible healthcare for all people in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. By working with Metropolitan Congregations United, she developed and ensured the success of the Kids Can't Wait campaign, a collaborative community organizing effort to make it easier for children to enroll in Medicaid in the state of Missouri.

After completing her fellowship, she joined the Center on Medicine as a Profession Physician Advocacy Fellowship Advisory Board in August 2005. She has recently played a role in opening a new youth center in St. Louis that relies on partnership with many local, state and federal agencies in addition to community partners. This effort required raising millions of dollars and working with political leaders to support the plan. She has also been involved in improving care to youth in foster care and was recently appointed to a state committee on this issue.

Kyran Quinlan MD MPH

Kyran Quinlan, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

The University of Chicago

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2007

Dr. Quinlan is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. As a fellow from 2007-2009, he worked with the Active Transportation Alliance to empower impoverished Chicago communities to make their streets safer for pedestrians. He continues to work with residents in Woodlawn, a community in the South Side, to install effective "traffic calming" measures in an identified pedestrian "hot spot," and is expanding his efforts to improve pedestrian safety in low-income areas throughout the city.

Since completing his fellowship, Dr. Quinlan has received Safe Routes to School funding for changing the streets and implementing traffic calming around the school targeted by his fellowship. He has also been active as the Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council for Chicago, and is working on bringing greater involvement and engagement with low income communities. He also contributed to the recently published American Academy of Pediatrics' Pedestrian Policy Statement by recommending an increased focus on low income communities, including prioritization of Safe Routes to School funds.

Josiah Rich MD MPH

Josiah Rich, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine and Community Health

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2004

Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine and Community Health at Brown Medical School and Attending Physician at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island since 1994. He is a practicing internist and an infectious disease specialist. He provides medical care both at The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center and at the Rhode Island State Correctional Facility where he provides infectious disease sub-specialty care. Dr. Rich's research is on the overlap between infectious diseases and illicit substance use. He is the Principal or Co-investigator on several research grants involving the treatment and prevention of HIV infection. Dr. Rich has advocated for public health policy changes to improve the health of people with addiction, including improving legal access to sterile syringes and increasing drug treatment for incarcerated populations.

He is Director and Co-Founder, along with Dr. Scott Allen, of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center, www.prisonerhealth.org, and has worked in the correctional setting doing research and providing clinical care for over seventeen years. He has also advocated for appropriate public health policy changes to improve the health of marginalized populations and, in particular, incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and addicted populations. Dr Rich has extensive expertise in the care and prevention of disease in addicted and incarcerated individuals and his understanding of the importance of strong linkages between the correctional and substance abuse treatment systems. For the past 17 years, he has had a weekly clinic at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections caring for prisoners with HIV infection. 

Deborah Ann Richter MD

Deborah Ann Richter, MD

Family Physician

Cambridge Health Center

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Grant Year:

2003

Dr. Richter practices family medicine in rural Vermont. The goal of her fellowship project was to educate the business community about the benefits and direct cost savings of establishing a universal health care system for the state of Vermont.

After completing her fellowship, Dr. Richter co-authored At the Crossroads:The Future of Health Care in Vermont (2005) which became the basis for the 2005 health care legislation that was passed by the House and Senate. Unfortunately, it was vetoed by Vermont’s Governor. She also co-authored Gridlock: The Unhealthy Politics of Health Care in Vermont (2009). She has also testified in the legislature dozens of times, given over 400 talks to various business, medical and advocacy organizations around the state. The most recent development has been the website for Vermont Health Care for All - http://www.vermontforsinglepayer.org

Michael Rowland MD MPH

Michael Rowland, MD, MPH

Medical Director

Maine Migrant Health Program

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Grant Year:

2006

Dr. Michael Rowland is Medical Director of the Maine Migrant Health Program in Augusta, Maine, as well as the Medical Director and founder of Swift River Occupational Health, and the Medical Director at the NewPage Paper Mill. For his fellowship, he worked with the Maine Migrant Health Program to improve working conditions for migrant and seasonal farmworkers through safety intervention, education, and policy change.

Megan Sandel MD MPH

Megan Sandel, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Boston University School of Medicine

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2002

Dr. Sandel is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. Her fellowship project had three main goals for its work with the Committee for Boston Public Housing: create enhanced transfer screening criteria and procedures to reasonably accommodate tenants with health emergencies; develop recommendations and guidelines regarding the Boston Housing Authority's approach to maintenance and repairs; and provide education and advocacy to residents to empower them to create a healthy home.

Since completing her fellowship, Dr. Sandel has developed the Breathe Easy at Home program which partners with Boston Inspectional Services and the Boston Public Health Commission to improve housing code compliance for city residents with asthma. Doctors can now refer families directly from their office to get housing code inspections and receive email updates from results of the inspections. This program won an Environmental Protection Agency National Environmental Leadership in Asthma Award. Dr. Sandel is also currently the Medical Director of the National Center for Medical Legal Partnership. Now in almost 80 partnerships serving close to 200 hospitals and community health centers, the Medical Legal Partnership effectively addresses legal needs in the health care setting.

Dean Schillinger MD

Dean Schillinger, MD

Professor of Medicine

University of California at San Francisco

Specialty:

Primary Care

Grant Year:

2002

Organization:

California Literacy

Dean Schillinger, M.D. is Professor of Medicine in Residence at the University of California San Francisco, and Chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). He is a practicing primary care physician at SFGH, an urban public hospital, where he sees patients, teaches in the primary care residency program, and conducts research. In his prior administrative roles, he has directed the Medi-Cal managed care clinic at SFGH, the General Medicine Clinic at SFGH, and has been the Director of Clinical Operations for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Schillinger also serves as Chief of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program for the California Department of Public Health.

Author of over 130 scientific manuscripts, Dr. Schillinger carries out research related to healthcare for vulnerable populations, and is an internationally recognized expert in health communication science. His work focuses on literacy, health communication, and chronic disease prevention and management. He has carried out a number of studies exploring the impact of limited health literacy on the care of patients with diabetes and heart disease and has developed and evaluated communication programs tailored to the literacy and language needs of patients with chronic disease. In 2000, he completed an Open Society Institute Advocacy Fellowship working with California Literacy, Inc., a non-profit educational organization that helps people gain literacy skills, to advance the California Health Literacy Initiative.

Janet Shalwitz MD

Janet Shalwitz, MD

Director of Health Policy

Coleman Advocates

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2001

Organization:

Coleman Advocates

Dr. Shalwitz is the Director of Healthy Policy for Coleman Advocates, a prominent San Francisco child advocacy organization and the Director of the Adolescent Health Working Group (AHWG), a community collaborative committed to improving adolescents' access to quality health programs and services. For her fellowship, she worked with The Adolescent Health Working Group was to increase young people's access to youth-oriented and culturally competent health services. She also worked with medical providers and students/trainees throughout California to increase awareness of and adherence to adolescent consent and confidentiality laws, and to significantly improve their communication and clinical practice skills with youth.

Kirk L. Smith MD PhD

Kirk L. Smith, MD, Ph.D.

Arnold P. Gold Associate Professor of Medicine

University of Texas

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Grant Year:

2004

Dr. Smith is the Arnold P. Gold Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Texas. For his project, he collaborated with Proyecto Digna, Inc., an advocacy organization based in Cameron Park, Texas, in order to mobilize the community through an advocacy program that included the following elements: identifying salient health-care needs, identifying public health programs and policies relevant to these needs, identifying specific barriers to access, communicating to the public (and the public's representatives) factors impeding healthcare access, and implementing proposals to remove barriers and maximize health-care resources for the community.

Since completing his fellowship, Dr. Smith has acquired funding from the University of Texas system to establish a multi-institutional medical school curriculum based upon the Community Service Learning used by the Frontera de Salud student volunteer program. In 2009, he received six million dollars from the Texas legislature in support of his community-based chronic disease prevention and control programs focused on underserved communities. Over the last two years, the Frontera program expanded to include service sites throughout Galveston, Bexar, Cameron, Nueces, and Webb Counties, with new chapters and affiliates at University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston joining the established chapters in Galveston and San Antonio and the addition of nursing and health professions student volunteers. In 2009, he also established a formal affiliation with the Peking Health Science Center Institute for the Medical Humanities and China-US Center for Medical Professionalism in Beijing.

Michelle Terry MD

Michelle Terry, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

University of Washington School of Medicine

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Grant Year:

2005

Organization:

The Children's Alliance

Dr. Terry is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. For her fellowship, she worked with the Children's Alliance to advocate for a system whereby all the mothers of infants in King County, Washington will be enrolled in maternity support services and will receive home visits by public health nurses.

Since completing her fellowship, Dr. Terry has served as a Medical Consultant to Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in order to improve quality of medical care and medical services for children in foster care. She has also developed a structure for nurse care coordinators at Seattle Children's Hospital to notify appropriate regional medical consultant at DSHS about hospitalization of child in state care. In this way, medical consultants can initiate conversation with a child's social worker regarding the child's ongoing medical needs. Dr. Terry also chairs African-American Mentoring Network at University of Washington School of Medicine, which links community physicians to African-American medical students to support their activities with the Student National Medical Association.

Kenneth Thompson MD

Kenneth Thompson, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Specialty:

Psychiatry

Grant Year:

2000

Dr. Thompson is a community psychiatrist with extensive experience in organizing and providing psychiatric services to populations in distressed communities. These include developing and implementing services for homeless persons, persons living in public housing projects, racial and ethnic minority communities, persons with HIV, AIDS, persons with severe psychiatric disabilities, persons with addictions, and persons and communities exposed to severe traumas. His fellowship project focused on the health inequities that exist in Allegheny County and the surrounding region, with the goal of eliminating them with assistance from the health-care industry and other resources. Dr. Thompson gathered relevant data, met with community leaders, and organized community conferences as well as networks of clinicians and community members.

Since completing his fellowship, Dr. Thompson has served as the Medical Director of the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the past two and a half years. His efforts at DHHS have included co-chairing the Federal Workgroup on Primary Care/Mental Health Integration, developing a program to educate psychiatrists and other professionals in recovery oriented practices and promoting a public health approach to mental health issues.

Jacqueline Tulsky MD

Jacqueline Tulsky, MD

Professor of Medicine

University of California at San Francisco

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Grant Year:

2002

Organization:

Centerforce, Inc.

Dr. Tulsky is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and a general internist at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Positive Health Program with an expertise in the care of persons with HIV/AIDS infection.

The goal of Dr. Tulsky’s project with Centerforce was to identify and address barriers to continuity of medical care for persons in the criminal justice system. During her fellowship, she taught inmates at various California prisons as part of the Centerforce programs on health promotion, expanded a Prisoner Health Elective for University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) medical, nursing and pharmacy students, and was invited to provide technical assistance regarding the delivery of health care to inmates in California State Prisons before the Joint Legislative Audit Committee of the California Legislature.

Aaron Wernham MD MS

Aaron Wernham, MD, MS

Project Director

The Health Impact Project, The Pew Health Group

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Grant Year:

2006

For Dr. Wernham’s fellowship, he worked with the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council to advocate for a more rigorous and attentive approach to human health in the regulatory process for oil development on Alaska's North Slope. The project worked to strengthen the Inupiat community’s voice in industrial development planning in order to protect their health, community well-being, and cultural integrity. As a fellow, Dr. Wernham advocated for the inclusion of a comprehensive health impact assessment (HIA) in the federal environmental impact statement (EIS) permitting process for oil and gas developments near Alaska Native communities. Through close collaboration with Alaska Native organizations, he drafted the first HIAs ever included in a federal EIS. These HIAs resulted in important new protections for Alaska Native communities lying close to oil and gas development. He also initiated and directed a joint state-tribal-federal working group on HIA that developed guidance for incorporating HIA into the EIS process. This working group, with membership including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Minerals Management Service, state environmental regulatory agencies, and state and tribal health agencies, continues to work today to better evaluate and address the health impacts of large projects on Alaska’s rural communities. Through his fellowship work, Dr. Wernham has become an expert in applying HIA as a tool to promote meaningful policy changes that promote health, and have had the opportunity to give lectures, trainings, and technical assistance to a wide range of agencies and organizations across the United States interested in developing healthy public policy.

Because of the work he began in his fellowship project, Dr. Wernham was invited by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts to direct a new national center to promote and support the use of Health Impact Assessments throughout the United States.

Robert J. Winn MD

Robert J. Winn, MD

Instructor

Jefferson Medical College

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Grant Year:

2004

Dr. Winn is an instructor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. For his fellowship, he worked with The Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights to address health disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in Philadelphia.

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