Health Policy Fellows Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary
The Health Policy Fellows program launched the celebration of its 40th anniversary at an alumni event on Oct. 22. More than 70 alums attended this special event, which featured a health policy educational panel on workforce; an exchange about the experiences and achievements shared by the most recent class of fellows; a skit performance by the incoming class; and special presentations by Marion Ein Lewin, former fellowship director (1985–2001), and Michael Painter, senior program officer at RWJF. To commemorate its 40th anniversary, the Health Policy Fellows program created a new infographic entitled “40 Years of Preparing Leaders.” The infographic serves as a summary of the program and collectively profiles alumni through the years. It was intended as a “quick capture” of the program for prospective fellows who might be interested in re-energizing their profession. The national program office (NPO) will wrap up the celebration at next year’s alumni event with a video, flip book, memorabilia, and more in conjunction with the Foundation.

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Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College Announces New Cohort
A new cohort of 10 scholars has been selected for the 2013–2014 health policy certificate program. They will take health policy courses, attend seminars and conferences, and participate in summer externships. They are: Scottie A. Bussell, MD, Preventive Medicine Resident; Rachel M. Cooper, MSPH, School of Medicine; Christian O. Davillier, MPH, School of Dentistry; Kelly Harris, MS, School of Graduate Studies and Research; Peyton K. Harris, School of Dentistry; Cheryl C. Onwu, School of Graduate Studies and Research; Samuel T. Pellom, School of Graduate Studies and Research; Minoo Sarkarati, School of Medicine; Ciera J. Scales, School of Dentistry; Jamar Slocum, School of Medicine.

Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute (NLI) Awards 10 Grants
NLI has awarded grants to 10 projects dedicated to increasing dental school recruitment and retention of low-income and underrepresented minority students. The grants will support projects at the following schools: University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine; Indiana University School of Dentistry; University of Louisville School of Dentistry; University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry; Ohio State University College of Dentistry; Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health; Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry; Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine; and Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.

Introducing the LEAP Project
The Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (the LEAP Project) is a new RWJF program designed to identify innovative practices that make primary care more efficient and effective, and improve overall patient outcomes and satisfaction. LEAP, a collaborative effort between RWJF and the Group Health Research Institute, has identified 30 exemplar primary care practices from across the country, and has conducted site visits to each to better understand their creative approaches to the delivery of primary care. A key feature of the LEAP Project has also been the development of a “Learning Community,” composed of primary care experts from the exemplar clinic sites. The Learning Community held its inaugural meeting in Seattle on October 23–25. The meeting was an opportunity for leaders from all 30 sites to share ways in which they are enhancing the roles of health professionals and other staff to improve access to care, diminish health disparities, and improve population health. In addition, the LEAP team has identified a select group of “Emerging Experts” drawn from within the exemplar sites, who have distinguished themselves through their creativity, initiative, and excitement for innovation in primary care delivery.

Following the meeting, the LEAP program team will work to develop a series of webinars featuring stories from the field, as well as guidance on how these workforce models can be replicated and adopted nationwide.

New Connections Hosts 7th Annual Research and Coaching Clinic
New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming hosted its 7th Annual Research and Coaching Clinic in Boston on November 1–2, 2013. Selected scholars came together to discuss NIH grant proposal writing and research management strategies. Scholars received guidance and tips from Margarita Alegria, PhD, Benjamin Cook, PhD, Helena Wang from the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research, and Cheryl Boyce, PhD, from the National Institutes of Health.