Executive Nurse Fellows
Juliann Sebastian, PhD, MSN, (’98) was elected president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and will serve a two-year term from 2016 to 2018. The AACN represents more than 740 nursing schools nationwide.

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Clinical Scholars
Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS, (’11) and Katherine Auger, MD, MSc, (’11) were awarded the AcademyHealth Presidential Scholarship for New Health Services Researchers.

Terrence Steyer, MD, (’98) was appointed chair of the department of family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Eliana Perrin, MD, MPH, (’00) was appointed the University of North Carolina’s new associate vice chancellor for research.

Leora Horwitz, MD, MHS, (’04) from Yale University School of Medicine, received the 2014 New England Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Clinician Investigator Award.

Matthew O’Brien, MD, (’07) received the 2014 Mid-Atlantic SGIM Advocacy and Community Service Award.

David Schwartz, MD, (’85) received the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Annual Award for significant and unique contributions in science and medicine.

Executive Nurse Fellows
Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, (’05) Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair for Values-Based Health Care at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, was honored with the 2014 College of Health and Human Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award from Northern Illinois University, where she received her master’s degree in nursing.

Joyce Batcheller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, (’05) was named president of CNO Solutions.

Sue Birch, MBA, BSN, RN, (’02) executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, is the recipient of the American Medical Association’s Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service for her work reforming the state’s Medicaid system.

Ann Cary, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN, A-CCC, (’08) was re-elected to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing board of directors. She will serve a second two-year term.

Jody Chrastek, DNP, RN, CHPN, (’05) was named the Pediatric Advanced Complex Care Team coordinator for University of Minnesota Health.

Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FAAN, (’99) was elected to the American Hospital Association Maternal and Child Governing Council. She will serve from 2014 to 2017.

Jill Fuller, PhD, RN, (’02) president and CEO of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, was named to Prairie Business Magazine’s inaugural list of the top 25 women in business in the Northern Plains.

Susan Fetsch, PhD, MS, BSN, (’06) was appointed to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Futures Task Force, which is working to identify recommendations regarding potential new efforts that can be implemented to support the mission of the organization and assure support for the development of a nursing workforce.

Angela Green, PhD, MSN, BSN, (’13) was named vice president of performance improvement at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Janet Krejci, PhD, RN, (’08) dean of the Mennonite College of Nursing, was named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Illinois State University, effective July 1. She will serve until the next provost is appointed.

Jerry Mansfield, PhD, RN, (’05) was selected as one of 100 Alumni Transformers in Nursing & Healthcare by the Ohio State University College of Nursing during its centennial year. This recognition commemorates alumni of the college who have deeply impacted the profession of nursing and the health care system.

Mary Newell, PhD, RN, NCSN, (’06) was selected as one of “16 Leaders to Learn From” in 2014 by Education Week.

Ann O’Brien, MSN, RN, (’11) was elected to the National Quality Forum, Patient Safety Committee. She will serve a three-year term.

Elias Provencio-Vasquez, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, (’09) dean of the University of Texas, El Paso School of Nursing, was honored with a 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges. In 1992, Provencio-Vasquez was the first Hispanic male in the United States to earn a doctoral degree in nursing.

Elizabeth Speakman, EdD, RN, CDE, ANEF, (’12) was inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow into the National Academies of Practice. She was also elected to the National League for Nursing Strategic Steering Committee.

Beth Ann Swan, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, (’07) was selected as a member of the Care Coordination Steering Committee for the Care Coordination Measure Endorsement Maintenance, National Quality Forum. She was also chosen as co-lead for the Choosing Wisely Initiative of the American Academy of Nursing.

Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, (’95) was awarded the James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine from the American College of Physicians.

Emery Brown, MD, PhD, (’91) was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Brown was previously elected to the Institute of Medicine and is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award.

Health & Society Scholars
Allison Aiello, PhD, MS, (’03) has accepted a position as professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Kristi Pullen, PhD, (’06) has accepted a staff scientist position at the Chicago offices of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy organization.

Sabrina McCormick, PhD, MA, (’07) served as an associate producer and producer on “Years of Living Dangerously,” a new Showtime documentary series exploring the human impact of climate change.

Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research
Amy Finkelstein, PhD, MPhil, (’03); David Meltzer, MD, PhD, (’07); and James Robinson, PhD, MPH, (’93) were appointed to the 2014 Congressional Budget Office Panel of Health Advisers.

Joseph Fins, MD, MACP, (’06) has been elected as “an Academico de Honor” of the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain.

Frank Sloan, PhD, (’03); Martin Gaynor, PhD, (’94); Deborah Haas-Wilson, PhD, (’94); Thomas McGuire, PhD, (’93); and John Cawley, PhD, (’13) are on the editorial board of a new journal, the American Journal of Health Economics.

Harold Pollack, PhD, MPP, (’11) and Suzanne Mettler, PhD, (’11) have been elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance.

James Perrin, MD, (’97) was named president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, taking office on January 1, 2014, for a one-year term.

New Connections
Keith Elder, PhD, (’09) was recently promoted to full professor at Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice.

Active Living Research alumnus Kevin Nadal, PhD, (’10) is president-elect of the Asian American Psychological Association.

Cindy Crusto, PhD, (’13) authored a blog post for Insights, the blog of the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, which provides technical assistance to New Connections. The post is about her experience as a female researcher of color.

Nurse Faculty Scholars
Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP, (’13) an assistant professor and deputy director of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), School of Nursing’s Office of Global Health, was awarded 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.

Karin Reuter-Rice, PhD, CPNP-AC, FCCM, (’13) was named the 2013 Researcher of the Year by the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College
Health Policy Scholars Shine at SNMA Conference in Washington, D.C.
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) on April 16–20, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Health Policy Scholars Tulani Washington-Plaskett, MS, (’11) and Christopher Watson, MPH, (’11) earned top honors for their community outreach project, “Into the Streets: Community Health Outreach in Barbershops and Beauty Shops.” Read more.

Graduating Scholars Match With Residency Programs on National Match Day
Congratulations to three of Health Policy’s graduating scholars as they continue on their journeys to becoming physicians. On May 17, 2014, fourth-year medical students Cheryl Chun, MA, MS, (’11); Letitia Lyons, MS, (’11); and Roxanne Rich (’11) will graduate with a doctor of medicine degree and move on to residency programs across the country. Chun will enter a pediatric residency program at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., specializing in its Community Health Track, which integrates health policy and public health into treating underserved patients. Lyons will do her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Rich will relocate to Indianapolis, Ind., to enter the pediatric residency program at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Fellows and Scholars Selected for Nationwide Summer Externships
Eight Health Policy fellows and scholars were chosen to participate in summer externships at some of the nation’s top health policy organizations and institutions. Over the course of eight weeks, these students will gain real-world research skills and will have the opportunity to see health policy in action. Cheryl Onwu (’13); Damien Cuffie, MPH, (’12); Ballington Kinlock (’11); Kanetha Wilson (’11); and Erika Leslie (’11) will spend their summer in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Disparities Solutions, led by the center’s National Advisory Board Chair Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD. Timothy Guinn (’12) and Kelly Harris, MS, (’13) will be located in Bethesda, Md., at the National Institutes of Health. Rachel Cooper, MSPH, (’13) will be an extern at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico
Carolyn Montoya, PhD, CPNP, (’13) 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.

Scholars in Health Policy Research
Michael Greenstone, PhD, (’98) was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Kitt Carpenter, PhD, (’02); John Cawley, PhD, MA, (NAC, ’99); and Kosali Simon, PhD, (NAC) are on the editorial board of a new journal—the American Journal of Health Economics