Oct 23 2013
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RWJF Milestones, October 2013

The following are among the many honors received recently by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) leaders, scholars, fellows, grantees and alumni:

Patrick Conway, MD, an alumnus of the RWJF Clinical Scholars program, has been named deputy administrator for innovation and quality at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Conway will continue to serve as the CMS chief medical officer and director of the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality.

President Barack Obama has named John Friedman, PhD, to the National Economic Council as a special assistant to the president for economic policy. Friedman is an assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he has worked on a wide range of topics, including taxation, health care, and education. He is an RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research alumnus.

Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, an alumna of the Clinical Scholars program, became the new chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and assistant dean for teaching and research on women’s health at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University on September 1. She was also named chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and executive chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Care New England.

Nancy Shendell-Falik, MA, RN, an alumna of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program, has been named chief operating officer and senior vice president/chief nursing officer for Baystate Medical Center, a new dual leadership position.

Martin C. Were, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, is leading a new mobile health project funded by a Medtronic Foundation grant. The grant will fund the development, implementation, and evaluation of a secure, smartphone-based mobile platform to facilitate treatment of noncommunicable diseases in Kenya. Were is an alumnus of the RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program.

Clinical Scholars alumnus Grayson Norquist, MD, MSPH, was named chair of the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Shirley Chater, PhD, RN, FAAN, the long-serving and recently retired national advisory committee chair of the Executive Nurse Fellows program, accepted the Diane F. Cooper Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nurse.com Nursing Excellence GEM Awards in August.

Selwyn M. Vickers, MD, an alumnus of the RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, has been named the next senior vice president for medicine and dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

Asthmapolis, the mobile health sensor for asthma and COPD developed by David Van Sickle, PhD, MA, an RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumnus, will be offered by Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers as part of its respiratory health management program. The Asthmapolis snap-on sensor attaches to an inhaler and syncs wirelessly with a smart phone to create a mobile asthma diary.  Read more about Van Sickle’s work and see his Q&A with the RWJF Human Capital Blog.

Jason Corburn, PhD, also an alumnus of the Health & Society Scholars program, has been awarded the United Nations Association of the East Bay's Global Citizen Award for his work improving water, sanitation, and public health in the urban informal settlements of Nairobi, Kenya.

RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Adejoke Ayoola, PhD, RN, was selected to participate in the Calvin College Faculty Lectureship Award Series. Ayoola will give a college-wide presentation on her RWJF-funded research on reproductive knowledge education.

Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN, received a Health Resources and Services Administration, Advanced Nursing Education Program, three-year, $1.1 million grant for “Interprofessional Care of Older Adults.” This initiative will foster communication and collaboration between physicians and nurse practitioners with a focus on transitional care handoffs of patients with multiple chronic conditions.

RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research recipient Richard Kronick, PhD, will become the new director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, under the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS). Kronick joined HHS in January 2010 as deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation and oversaw the Office of Health Policy.

Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, was awarded a 2013 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.  The purpose of the award is to recognize a faculty member who systematically investigates questions related to student learning and the conditions under which it occurs in order to improve outcomes. Jeffries is an Executive Nurse Fellows program alumna.

Executive Nurse Fellow Marni Storey, BSN, MS, has been named public health division manager for Washington County, Oregon’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Martha Dawson, MSN, BSN, RN, FACHE, also an alumna of the Executive Nurse Fellows program and an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health, Outcomes and Systems at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has been elected secretary of the board of directors of the National Black Nurses Association.

Drexel University School of Public Health has named Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, its new dean. She will begin her term in February 2014. Diez Roux currently chairs the Department of Epidemiology and heads two distinguished research and training centers. Roux is the University of Michigan site director for the Health & Society Scholars program.  

Natasha Dow Schüll, PhD, MA, received the 2013 Sharon Stephens First Book Prize for her book Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas. The prize is awarded bi-annually for a junior scholar’s first book and recognizes work that speaks to contemporary social issues with relevance beyond the discipline and beyond the academy.  Schüll, a Health & Society Scholars alumna, is an associate professor of science, technology, and society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read more about her book.

GetWellNetwork, Inc. will welcome Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, to its executive team as chief clinical/nursing officer in January 2014. As chief nursing officer, Drenkard, an alumna of the Executive Nurse Fellows program, will lead the development of a nursing model around patient engagement, as well as study and design new ways to assess and improve patient activation through clinical practice and technology solutions across all care settings.  Drenkard is executive director of the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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