Apr 2 2014
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RWJF Milestones, April 2014

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

Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF’s senior advisor for nursing and director of its Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, has been named co-chair of the newly formed External Nurse Advisory Board (ENAB) for the Center for Nursing Advancement (CFNA) at UnitedHealth Group. The goal of the ENAB is to “inform, create and evolve nursing best practices, and advance the nursing profession.”

Angelina Jolie has signed on as executive producer of Difret, a film by RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumna Mehret Mandefro, MD, MSc, AB. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award, then went on to receive the Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. The film tells the story of a young Ethiopian girl who challenges the tradition of “telefa,” the practice of abduction in marriage, usually of young girls. Read more about Mandefro’s film.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has voted Juliann Sebastian, PhD, MSN, its president-elect. Sebastian, an RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna, is dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. She will serve as president of AACN from 2016 to 2018. The organization represents more than 740 nursing schools nationwide.

RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research alumna Jacqueline Stevens, PhD, has been named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow for the Humanities. Her fellowship is in U.S. History.

Sue Birch, MBA, BSN, RN, is the recipient of the American Medical Association’s Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service for her work as executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. The award recognizes the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna for her achievements in reforming the state’s Medicaid system.

RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Karin Reuter-Rice, PhD, MSN, CPNP-AC, has been named the 2013 Researcher of the Year by the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Reuter-Rice is a pediatric acute care nurse practitioner, and an assistant professor at the Duke University School of Nursing.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar alumna Allison Aiello, PhD, MS, has accepted a position as professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Angela Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN, is one of several Emory University-affiliated nurses to be honored at the 2013 Georgia Nurse of the Year Awards, sponsored by the state’s March of Dimes chapter in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia. Amar is an associate professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory and an RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar alumna. The awards recognize nurses who demonstrate exceptional patient care, compassion, and service.

Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program alumnus Chester Brown, MD, PhD, together with colleagues from the Baylor College of Medicine, has launched the Collaborative African Genomics Network (CAfGEN). The network will study genetic factors that influence HIV and HIV-TB infection in sub-Saharan African children, while also working to establish sustainable genomics technology, expertise, and capacity in Africa.

RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research alumni Christopher “Kitt” Carpenter, PhD, and John Cawley, PhD, MA, along with Kosali Simon, PhD, a member of the program’s National Advisory Committee (NAC), have been named to the editorial board of a new journal, The American Journal of Health Economics, set to publish its first issue in the first quarter of 2015. Cawley is also a member of the program’s NAC.

Three past recipients of RWJF Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research have been appointed to the 2014 Congressional Budget Office Panel of Health Advisers:  Amy Finkelstein,  PhD, MPhil, David Meltzer, MD, PhD, and James Robinson, PhD. They will share their expertise of cutting-edge research and the latest developments in health care delivery and financing.

RWJF Investigator Award recipient Joseph Fins, MD, MACP, has been elected as "an Academico de Honor" of the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain.

Prairie Business Magazine in Grand Forks, North Dakota, has named RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Jill Fuller, PhD, RN, to its inaugural list of the top 25 women in business in the Northern Plains. Fuller is CEO of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.

RWJF Clinical Scholar Lauren Hughes, MD, MPH, has been appointed to serve a one-year term on the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission of Governmental Advocacy.

Carolyn Montoya, PhD, CPNP, alumna of the RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico, has received the 2014 Carol A. Lindeman Award for a New Researcher from the Western Institute of Nursing for her study, Children's Self-Perception of Weight. Montoya was also the second Fellow at the RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico to complete her PhD.

The New York Times has named RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research alumnus Brendan Nyhan, PhD, as a contributor to its still-to-launch data-driven politics and policy website venture.

Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, RN, CRNP, an assistant professor and deputy director of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), School of Nursing's Office of Global Health, has been given the Outstanding UMB Faculty Award. The honor recognizes her 20 years of work focused on health disparities and cultural competency, particularly with respect to the care of newborns. Ogbolu is an RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar.

RWJF/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinical Scholar Mitesh Patel, MD, MPH, has been selected as a National Finalist for the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Competition, for his project, “Using Default Options to Improve Health Care Value by Reducing the Use of Brand Name Medications with Existing Generic Equivalents.”

RWJF Clinical Scholars alumna Maureen Phipps has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force by the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The Task Force aims to improve clinical preventive care for all Americans.

Two past recipients of RWJF Investigator Awards, Harold Pollack, PhD, MPP, and Suzanne Mettler, PhD, have been elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance. Academy members are recognized for their expertise in one of several areas, and for their contributions to improving the quality of research, administration, or policy-making in those areas.

RWJF/VA Clinical Scholar Chileshe Nkonde-Price, MD, has been given the American Heart Association’s Minority Clinical Cardiology Award for her work on cardiovascular disease in African American women.

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumnus Elias Provencio-Vasquez, PhD, RN, FAAN, is one of several recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges. A graduate of GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Vasquez was the first Hispanic male in the United States to earn a doctoral degree in nursing. He is now the dean of University of Texas, El Paso School of Nursing.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar alumna Kristi Pullen has accepted a staff scientist position at the Chicago offices of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy organization.

RWJF/VA Clinical Scholar Kori Sauser, MD, has received an International Stroke Conference 2014 Travel Award for Junior Investigators, to present her work on emergent brain imaging patterns for acute ischemic stroke patients in Veterans Health Administration medical centers. The research was co-conducted with colleagues including RWJF Clinical Scholars alumni Rodney Hayward, MD, and Dawn M. Bravata, MD.

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