New Connections Welcomes Its Seventh Cohort
The New Connections national program office hosted a new grantee meeting at the Foundation to welcome the new cohort of grantees on April 10, 2013.

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Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College Announces 2013 Graduates
The RWJF Center for Health Policy is proud to announce the 2013 graduates of the Health Policy Scholars program who will be honored during Meharry Medical College’s 138th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18. The following is a list of graduates and their plans after graduation: Kevin Blythe, MD, MSPH, will be a resident at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University Hospital’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program, based in Washington, D.C.; Ashley Huderson, PhD, will be a tumor biology postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University in the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; Brandon Morgan, DDS, will attend Howard University’s Orthodontic Postdoctoral Dental Program; Lamercie Saint Hilaire, MD, will be a family medicine resident at top-ranked University of California-San Francisco Medical Center; Rebbie S. Timmons, MSPH, will be an administrative intern for St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., which is sponsored by the Agenda 21 program of the Tennessee Hospital Association; Nadia Winston, MSPH, will intern at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and conduct research for Vanderbilt University’s Be Heart Smart program.

Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College Selects Scholars and Fellows for Summer Externships
Health Policy Fellows and Scholars will gain valuable health policy experience training at the nation’s leading health policy organizations, academic research institutions, and governmental agencies. Seven students round out this year’s selection of fellows and scholars chosen to participate in the Summer Externship Program: Timothy Guinn, 2012 Scholar, RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.; Eddie Hackler, 2012 Scholar, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.; Taylor Hargrove, 2011 Fellow, attending the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research—June 17–21—sponsored by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Ballington Kinlock, 2011 Scholar, RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.; Daniel S. Tello, 2011 Fellow, attending the 2013 Research Design for Causal Inference Main Workshop—June 24–28—at Northwestern University in Chicago; Adrian Ware, 2011 Scholar, RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.; and Nadia Winston, MSPH, 2012 Scholar, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Health & Society Scholars Selects Twelve New Scholars
The Health & Society Scholars program has selected 12 new scholars who will look beyond the traditional explanations of health care and biology to examine how social factors impact the population’s health. The Health & Society Scholars program’s 2013–2015 participants are Parissa Jahromi Ballard, PhD; Natalie Brito, PhD; Merlin Chowkwanyun, PhD; Sarah K. Cowan, PhD; Lindsay Till Hoyt, PhD; Adam Lippert, PhD; Katherine A. Mason, PhD; Keely A. Muscatell, PhD; Tova Neugut, PhD; Selena Ortiz, PhD; Jayanti Owens, PhD; and Jessica A. Williams, PhD.