Programs' Progress

    • October 25, 2012

Health Policy Fellows Releases Call for Applications
The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program is now accepting applications for 2013–2014 fellows. The application deadline is November 7, 2013, at 3 p.m. (ET). The program provides the nation’s most comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics in Washington, D.C. Each year, fellows are chosen through a highly competitive selection process. The selected fellows leave their academic settings and professional practices to spend a year in the nation’s capital. A three-month orientation program is followed by a nine-month assignment in which fellows work in either a congressional office or the executive branch. Work assignments are supplemented throughout the year with health policy leadership development activities and media training.

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Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College Announces New 2012 Health Policy Fellows
The RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College announced the addition of two new doctoral fellows to its Health Policy Fellows Program: Salama S. Freed, pursuing a PhD with the department of economics at Vanderbilt University, and Gabriela M. León, pursuing a PhD with the department of sociology at Vanderbilt University. As part of the doctoral fellowship program, the fellows will earn a doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University; will participate in additional coursework, seminars, and research activities at Meharry Medical College; and will receive five years of funding support including paid tuition, a $32,000 annual stipend, and health insurance.

Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College Welcomes Fall 2012 Cohort of Health Policy Scholars
Twelve Meharry students from the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Graduate Studies & Research were selected from a stellar pool of applicants: Italo Brown, MPH; Timothy D. Guinn; Eddie Hackler, III; DeMarquis O. Loyd; Maria C. Mejia de Grubb, MD, MPH; Vanessa C. Nwaozo; Irwine Sainvil, MS; Rachel G. Smith; Nefertari Terrill-Jones; Rebbie S. Timmons; Shanele C. Williams; and Nadia Winston. The new Scholars will participate in coursework, seminars, and research activities leading to the completion of a Certificate in Health Policy to be awarded in conjunction with the student’s declared academic program degree.

Jonathan Metzl Visits Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College to Lecture on Schizophrenia and Race
The Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College recently launched its inaugural Meharry-Vanderbilt Health Policy Partnership Lecture, a yearly event featuring speakers in the field of health policy studies at Meharry and Vanderbilt University. The inaugural lecture, “The Protest Psychosis: Race, Politics, and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia,” was presented by Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD, the Frederick B. Rentschler II Chair of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society and director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt. Metzl writes about the racialization of schizophrenia and how anxieties about race continue to impact doctor-patient interactions. Next year, a Meharry faculty member will conduct the lecture on Vanderbilt’s campus.

Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Holds Annual Meeting
The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program held its annual meeting October 3–5 in Las Vegas. During the meeting, the program recognized its outgoing scholars, who delivered departing remarks during graduation activities. Graduating scholars include Allison Bryant Mantha, MD, MPH; Macarthur Charles, MD, PhD; Yonas Geda, MD, MSc; Ana Krieger, MD, MPH; Erica Marsh, MD, MSCI; Eboni Price-Haywood, MD, MPH; David Price, MD, PhD; Alfredo Quinones Hinojosa, MD; Seth Rivera, MD, PhD; John Stewart, MD; Aletha Akers, MD, MPH; Rhonda Bentley-Lewis, MD, MBA, MMSc; Alexandre Carter, MD, PhD; Ayotunde Dokun, MD, PhD; O. Kenrik Dura, MD; Hatim Hassan, MD, PhD; Jose Pineda Sota, MD; Kim Rhoads, MD, MPH; Uchechukwu Sampson, MBBS, MSc, MPH; Allyson Spence, MD, PhD; and Joseph Ravenell, MD, MS.

New Connections Attends 2012 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
New Connections had an active presence at the 2012 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Denver. Deputy Director Edith Arrington, PhD, presented case studies of the program’s grantees and alumni in a session for the Minority Fellowship Program, titled “New Connections: Multiple Pathways to Success.” The program also co-sponsored receptions with the Association of Black Sociologists, the Section on Medical Sociology, and the Minority Fellowship Program, where program staff members, including Project Coordinator Mohamed Jalloh, discussed the program with a diverse group of attendees. Visit New Connections’ Facebook page to get program updates, view event photos, and connect with diverse researchers in health and health care.

New Connections Featured in RWJF Diversity Matters Podcast Series
National Program Director Gerri Spilka, MA, and Deputy Program Director Edith Arrington, PhD, highlighted how the program is supporting diverse researchers and evaluators from underrepresented groups whose work centers on health and health care. They further discussed the program’s outreach strategies that have led to the successful recruitment of diverse, underrepresented scholars working in the various RWJF programming areas. Click here to listen to the full podcast stream.

RWJF Announces 2012 Community Health Leaders
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2012 Community Health Leaders Award. The award honors exceptional men and women who have overcome significant obstacles to tackle some of the most challenging health and health care problems facing their communities.

The 2012 Community Health Leaders:

  • Kay Branch, MSW, of Anchorage, Alaska, provides culturally appropriate care to Alaska Native elders.
  • Fred Brason of Wilkes County, N.C., leads a community initiative to reduce opioid abuse.
  • Deborah Bryant, PhD, of Charleston, S.C., leads an outreach program to prevent and treat cancer among underserved populations.
  • Beth Farmer, MSW, of Seattle, leads an initiative to connect refugees with mental health services.
  • Amy Johnson, JD, of Little Rock, Ark., founded a clinic that provides free health care to the working poor.
  • Ify Nwabukwu, of Silver Spring, Md., leads an initiative to prevent and treat cancer among African immigrants.
  • Cristina Perez, MA, of Philadelphia, provides support services to Latino victims of sexual violence.
  • Marlom Portillo of Los Angeles, advocates for safe working conditions for Latino workers.
  • Darleen Reveille, RN, of Garfield, N.J., works to prevent childhood obesity.
  • Kathi Toepel, of Sonora, Calif., provides support services to elderly rural residents.

RWJF Announces 2012–2013 Health Policy Fellows
Eight exceptional health leaders with a range of experience and expertise in fields ranging from radiology to nursing have been selected as this year’s RWJF Health Policy Fellows. The fellows will utilize their academic, public health, clinical, and community-based experience to provide health policy leadership on Capitol Hill.

The 2012–2013 fellows include the following: Barbara Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN associate professor at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing and director of the Office of Community Partnerships and Cancer Health Disparities at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, Albuquerque; Karen B. Domino, MD, MPH, professor and vice chair for clinical research in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and adjunct professor for neurological surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle; Bruce Edgren, PharmD, RPh, associate professor and chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, Conn.; Stephen Ferrara, MD, Commander and chief of interventional radiology in the Department of Radiology with the U.S. Navy; Andrew Gettinger, MD, associate dean for clinical informatics and professor at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H.; Harry J. Heiman, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and director of health policy at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Atlanta; Peter Sokolove, MPA, MBA, FACS, assistant professor of surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., and a commander with the U.S. Navy Medical Corps; and Hassan Tetteh, MD, MPA, MBA, U.S. Navy Commander and assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

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