Project L/EARN
Zupenda Davis, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, (’94) has been selected for the Red Ribbon “Community Leader” Award from the University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research Community Advisory Board. Davis is assistant professor and director of the bachelor of science in public health program at La Salle University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

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Clinical Scholars
Mahshid Abir, MD, MSc, (’09) started an assistant professor position in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan in October. She continues to serve as an affiliated adjunct with the RAND Corporation.

Program alumnus and site co-director Matt Davis, MD, MPP, (’98) was promoted to professor of pediatrics and professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and to professor of public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He was previously an associate professor at both schools.

Katy Gold, MD, MSW, MS, (’05) was selected as the James C. Puffer, MD/American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Fellow for the class of 2013 Institute of Medicine Anniversary Fellows.

Kavita Patel, MD, (’03) an alumna of the Clinical Scholars program who worked on the Affordable Care Act as a senior advisor to White House aide Valerie Jarrett, was a guest on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” to discuss the rollout of the health care reform law’s online marketplaces.

Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
Alumnus Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH, (’09) was awarded the Harry Hind Distinguished Professorship by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) department of bioengineering and therapeutic sciences for his role as director of the Center for Genes, Environments & Health. The professorship was endowed in the School of Pharmacy in honor of Harry W. Hind, a pharmacist and inventor who graduated from the UC School of Pharmacy, a predecessor of the UCSF School of Pharmacy.

Alumnus Ayotunde Dokun, MD, PhD, (’09) was awarded the Jay D. Coffman Early Career Investigator Award by the Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease of the American Heart Association.

Executive Nurse Fellows
Kathy Apple, MS, BSN, RN, FAAN, (’06) CEO of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, received the 2013 Ben Shimberg Public Service Award from the Citizen's Advocacy Center (CAC). She also delivered the Ben Shimberg Memorial Lecture during the CAC annual meeting in Seattle. Apple was awarded this honor “for promoting best practices in nursing regulation and motivating boards of nursing to regularly evaluate and improve their performance as protectors of the public interest.”

Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, (’03) will join GetWellNetwork’s executive team as chief clinical/nursing officer in January 2014. Drenkard will lead the development of a nursing model around patient engagement, and will study and design new ways to assess and improve patient activation through clinical practice and technology solutions across all care settings. This role effectively blends her experience in nursing credentialing, her research interest in human caring models, and her expertise from the RWJF Quality and Safety Education for Nurses initiative.

Margaret Franckhauser, MS, MPH, RN, (’04) was on the cover of Business NH (New Hampshire) magazine in October. She is CEO of Central New Hampshire Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) & Hospice, which was featured on the inaugural list of New Hampshire’s top women-led nonprofits.

Pamela Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, (’11) professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, has been named the first vice provost for digital initiatives at the university. Jeffries is nationally known for her research and work developing simulations in online teaching and learning. She will lead the university’s efforts to use digital technology in education, both online and in classrooms.

Wanda Montalvo, RN, MSN, ANP, (’04) a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar, was featured on the Jonas Center Spotlight for her work researching how new nursing leaders are identified and trained. As a current PhD candidate at Columbia University, Montalvo has conducted two studies that will be presented this year at the University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute Conference and the American Academy of Nursing Annual Conference.

Cheri Rinehart, BSN, RN, (’04) is president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers. Her group was one of five in the state to receive a federal grant to help people navigate the website. The effort will involve utilizing the network of more than 200 community health center sites across the state. The grants are specifically intended to train “navigators,” independent from insurance companies, to assist people.

Marni Storey, MS, BSN, RN, (’13) has been named public health division manager for the Washington County, Ore., Department of Health and Human Services. Storey has been working for Clark County’s public health department since June 1999 and has held various positions, including clinical services and communicable disease program manager. In July 2011, Storey was named deputy director for Clark County Public Health and became interim public health director in April.

Linnea Windel, MSN, RN, (’08) president and CEO of VNA Health Care, received the Danny K. Davis Achievement Award, one of the Illinois Primary Health Care Association’s Awards of Excellence. She received the award for her leadership and service to the community health center movement and for furthering health care access for those in need.

New Connections
New Connections grantee Cindy A. Crusto, PhD, (’11) was accepted into the Public Voices Fellowship Program at Yale University. The fellowship is an opportunity for women and underrepresented minority scholars to work with top journalists, with the ultimate goal of having the scholars become thought leaders in their fields of academia and for larger public debates.

Active Living Research-New Connections alumna Janice Johnson Dias, PhD, (’08) was promoted to associate professor with tenure at City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

New Connections grantee Erualdo Gonzalez, PhD, (’11) was promoted to associate professor with tenure at California State University, Fullerton.

New Connections alumnus Raphael Travis, DrPH, (’08) was promoted to associate professor with tenure at Texas State University School of Social Work.

New Connections grantee Ingrid Adams, PhD, (’13) received a promotion to associate professor with tenure at the University of Kentucky.

Scholars in Health Policy Research
Sheldon Fields, PhD, RN, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, (’09) a Health Policy Fellow alumnus and assistant dean of the Florida International University College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been appointed co-chair for a national HIV prevention study aimed at black men who have sex with men (BMSM). The study will follow a group of HIV-negative BMSM in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Chapel Hill, N.C., in their daily use of an antiretroviral drug to reduce the risk of contracting HIV.