Winter 2011
From the Director | Updates All Around
What's New | 2011-2012 Fellows, Save the Date: Alumni Retreat on October 13-14, 2012, Volunteers Needed for 2012 Lifetime Achievement AwardSelection Committee, Chris Erickson 
Job Notice | Current Opportunities 
Where are they now? | Find out what your colleagues have been doing!

Marie Michnich, DrPH

Marie E. Michnich,
Director

Updates All Around
As the year ends and I take stock of the most notable events of 2011, I am struck by so many dramatic contrasts. This past year brings to mind those famous lines from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities:

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us”

There can be no denying the dismal news on the economic front-- both at home and abroad, the painfully high degree of partisanship that has crippled our government, frightening levels of geopolitical conflict-- with our nation having been engaged in war on two fronts, persistent rates of high unemployment accompanied by homelessness and hunger, mounting federal deficits, and irrefutable evidence that the nation’s health care system is in desperate need of reform with anything but consensus on how to get there.  Sadly for us, this fellowship program lost our wonderful Board Chair when Dr. Jim Mongan lost his battle with cancer.

Yet we remain a resilient nation, one that cherishes and preserves our freedoms and openly debates the wide ranging views and beliefs of this richly diverse society. Troops are returning home from the conflict in Iraq, we see daily reports of the generousness of strangers and the tireless efforts of so many to help those in need. Anyone associated with this fellowship program has seen firsthand the amazing quality, commitment and dedication of our public servants, who are, all too often, unsung heroes.

And we are a resilient program as well. For almost four decades we have enjoyed the incredible support of both the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine.  The year was full of great moments, including exciting state site visits to New Mexico and Maryland. Plus the Fall alumni gathering was simply terrific. To top it all off, just last week, the Advisory Board welcomed the new Chair of the Advisory Board, Gail Warden, President Emeritus of the Henry Ford Health System. Our 39th class of fellows is eagerly beginning their fabulous work assignments. In an unusual turn of events, one of the Class of 2011-2012, Dr. Hassan Tetteh, was unexpectedly deployed to Afghanistan but I am pleased to report that he is scheduled to return home by the end of the year and will join the Class of 2012-2013. I am also happy to report that the quality and number of applicants for next year’s class is outstanding.

With the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming Presidential and Congressional elections next year and the challenges to the Affordable Care Act and health reform, no one can predict the challenges that will face our next cohort of fellows, but I can predict that we will have an outstanding class of fellows who will be well prepared to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

Jovett, Yumi, and I wish everyone Happy Holidays and a happy and prosperous 2012.

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Class of 2011-2012

2011-2012 RWJF Health Policy Fellows
The National Program Office is pleased to introduce the Class of 2011-2012 fellows to the community of alumni and friends.  The fellows are:

  • Nancy Dunlap, MD, PhD
  • Liana Orsolini-Hain, PhD, RN
  • Arun Patel, MD, JD
  • Carole Pratt, DDS
  • David Sklar, MD

Read more about the fellows.

U.S. Capitol Building

Save the Date: Alumni Retreat on October 13-14, 2012
The 2012 Alumni Retreat will be held on Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 2012in Washington, DC. It will be in conjunction with the Institute of Medicine’s Annual Meeting on Monday, October 15, 2012. Below outlines the overall tentative schedule for the events.

Alumni Retreat
   Saturday, October 13, 2012
      12:00-5:00PM
   Location TBD
   Optional: Dinner, Capitol Steps

   Sunday, October 14, 2012
      9:00AM-4:30PM
   Location TBD

IOM Annual Meeting
   Monday, October 15, 2012
      8:00AM-5:30PM followed by reception
   Location TBD

Be sure to mark your calendar!

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Uncle Sam Call for Volunteers

Volunteers Needed: 2012 Lifetime Achievement AwardSelection Committee
The RWJF Health Policy Fellows Lifetime Achievement Award will be conferred at the Alumni Retreat in October, 2012. The award process will be organized and chaired by an alumnus and four additional alumni volunteers, who are representative of the long history of the program.

We are seeking one volunteer from each decade to serve on the selection committee. If you are interested, please contact us atinfo@healthpolicyfellows.org. Note that if you serve on the committee, you may not also sponsor a nominee.

 

Chris Erickson, PhD

Chris Erickson
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Chris Erickson (’04-’05) after a long illness. Chris was Associate Professor of Counseling at The George Washington University.

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Jobs

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
RWJF is seeking to fill various program level positions and is asking your help in targeting appropriate applicants.  If you know anyone that would be a good fit and interested in any of these opportunities, please pass this information on to them. A full listing can be found by visiting the job opportunities section of RWJF's website at http://www.rwjf.org/about/joblisting.jsp.

 

Northeastern University
A number of faculty positions are available at Northeastern University. As Dr. Hortensia Amaro- an IOM member and Director of Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University- indicates, these faculty openings are mostly in the areas of social determinants of health and health equity, urban and population health (announcement forthcoming), and sustainable cities. For more details, please read the full list of faculty positions.

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Reginald Alston

Reginald Alston
Reginald Alston (’08-’09) was appointed as Associate Chancellor for Academic and Faculty Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In this role, Reggie serves as the chief executive officer of the campus, in charge of all academic programs, financial matters, and campus policies and priorities. He advises the Chancellor on faculty and academic affairs, including assisting with the strategic plan and annual report of campus goals. Reggie also serves as the Chancellor’s liaison to the Academic Senate, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Association of Public Land-Grant Universities, and various other stakeholders and caucuses.

 

David Altman
David Altman (’92-’93) shares that his Rocke-baby son (born during his fellowship year when he was working for Senator Rockefeller) has just graduated from high school and is starting this fall at NYU. He also earned the rank of Eagle Scout this spring. David says that they can attribute his success to “being born during the initial efforts at national health care reform (1993).”

Richard Bucciarelli

Richard Bucciarelli
Richard Bucciarelli (’90-’91) was appointed to chair the Public Policy Council of the Pediatric Academic Societies. A Pediatric Accountable Care Organization for Children with Special Needs- which Rick developed and directed- will receive the Fred Graham Award for Innovation in Improving Community Health from the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

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Doug Campos-Outcalt

Doug Campos-Outcalt
Doug Campos-Outcalt (’01-’02) has been appointed to a four-year term on the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices at the CDC. Doug has also been named the chair of the new Department of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine for the College of Medicine - Phoenix. Read the announcement.

Kenneth Chance

Kenneth Chance
Kenneth Chance (’91-’92) received the “Appreciation and Recognition of Commitment Award” from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine on June 21, 2011.


Robert Crittenden
Robert Crittenden (’87-’88) just finished work on impact of preventive benefits on women's attitudes and support for the ACA, including most effective approaches to communicating with women and men about the recent changes. This− on top of work done on communicating with the general public, physicians, and nurses and work focusing on communicating community prevention and the structural changes they are going through− round out the intellectual work they have done over the past months. Bob notes that we need “more organizing and advocacy for important changes.”

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Peter Dans
Peter Dans (’76-’77) is fully retired after 14 years of part-time work with a Pharmacy Benefit Management company that had four iterations in that time ending in CVS/Caremark. His work focused on trying to minimize adverse drug reactions and overutilization of medications in the elderly beneficiaries of their client the UMWA Health and Retirement Funds. Peter, however, is still the faculty councilor for the Johns Hopkins chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and continues to write the Physician at the Movies column for their quarterly journal, The Pharos.

Peter just sent off to the printer "Colette's Story" about his wife who passed away due to breast cancer in October 2004. His latest book, Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners, sold out its hardcover edition, and a paperback has been issued at half the price. And the book, Life on the Lower East Side, is in its third printing. Peter and his co-author Rebecca Lepkoff were at the Alpers Jewish Community Center in Miami for an exhibition of Rebecca's vintage 1930s and 1940s Lower East Side photographs in October. Although she is now 95, she has “more stamina than I,” Peter notes.

At the insistence of his "kids," Peter got a website but still has no cell phone.

Thomas Denny
Thomas Denny (’02-’03) was made a member of the Health Sector Advisory Council (HSAC) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in a meeting with Stu Altman and Bill Gradison.

Dan Derksen

Daniel Derksen
Governor Susana Martinez appointed Daniel Derksen (’07-’08) as the new Director of New Mexico Office of Health Care Reform. Dan notes that the training and practical experience, as well as the expertise of the great people he met during the fellowship, will be “invaluable” in his work.

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Karen Edison

Karen Edison
Karen Edison (’99-’00), director of the University of Missouri Center for Health Policy, is proud to report that the Center’s Missouri Health Information Technology (MoHIT) Regional Assistance Center has been honored again. In July, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology named the Missouri Regional Assistance Center 5th in the nation for meeting its federal milestone and signing up over 1,100 health care providers to begin to use electronic health records (EHRs). To date, Center staff have conducted over a half dozen webinars, hosted events and hit the road to reach rural health providers in order to promote the use of EHRs.

While promoting the efficiency and cost-savings that EHRs can have for health systems and providers, the Assistance Center has also captured the human value. MoHIT staff recently told the moving story of Dr. Tracy Godfrey of Joplin, MO, who was able to get her clinic up and running just three days after the devastating tornado hit the region due to EHRs.

Sheldon Fields

Sheldon Fields
Sheldon Fields (’09-’10) is now the Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs and Health Policy at Florida International University College of Nursing and Health Sciences as of July 1.


Karen Guice
Karen Guice (’96-’97) is now Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for Health Affairs at the Department of Defense.

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Karen Hein

Karen Hein
Karen Hein (’93-’94) is one of five members appointed by Governor Shumlin to the new Green Mountain Care Board. The board is charged with the responsibility of implementing Vermont's visionary Act 48, which in Karen’s words is “not JUST considering a single payer mechanism, but also tackling all of the moving parts of our system including benefits package(s), physician salaries, workforce planning, global health budgeting, plus bringing down health care costs.” She and her husband Ralph will be dual citizens of Jacksonville and Montpelier, Vermont. “Time to get to work,” Karen says. Read the press release. Also read an article on Karen.


Julianne Howell 
Julianne Howell (’02-’03) has left the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She now works as a health policy consultant focusing on new delivery models that improve care coordination, in particular Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), medical homes, and community-based care transitions.

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Jonathan Jaffery

Jonathan Jaffery
Jonathan Jaffery (’10-’11) was accepted into the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Innovation Advisors Program.

 

Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne Johnson
Suzanne Johnson (’02-’03) was elected the 2012 President of the American Psychological Association.


Louis Kazal, Jr.
Louis Kazal, Jr., (’01-’02) was appointed by the Vermont State Legislature to the Green Mountain Care Nominating Committee to identify outstanding candidates for the Governor to select from to fill the five member Green Mountain Care Board. The board will have significant influence on how the landmark Vermont Health Care Reform Law is put into practice. The new health care system (Green Mountain Care) will be publicly financed and provide universal health benefits to Vermont citizens separate from their employment. Lou says that “All eyes will be on Vermont!”

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David Keller

David Keller
David Keller (’09-’10) shares that life after the fellowship remains “interesting.” Since leaving DC last September, he is still at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester teaching and seeing patients. However, David is now working 50% time with the MassHealth Office of Clinical Affairs as an Associate Medical Director, with responsibilities in the Massachusetts Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (as the Faculty lead in team training and as part of the evaluation team), as well as the CHIPRA Medical Home Initiative (co-lead on the evaluation team). He also continues to work on several initiatives related to the integration of children’s mental health services into the Patient Centered Medical Home, including the development of a National Center for Child Psychiatry Access Projects, a program in which he enlisted the help of a fellow alumnus, Rhonda Ozanian (’10-’11), to help develop their strategic plan.

More important than all of that, however, is the good news that both of his sons have graduated college and found real jobs in their fields with “decent health benefits.” According to David, “Life is not only interesting; life is good.”
Arthur Kellermann

Arthur Kellermann
Arthur Kellermann (’06-’07) was promoted to Vice President and Director of RAND Health in January. He also moved to Santa Monica, California.

Kathleen Klink

Kathleen Klink
In August, Kathleen Klink (’07-’08) celebrated one year as Director for the Division of Medicine and Dentistry at the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh (’09-’10) is involved in a collaboration to develop primary care training programs for dental and medical residents in a new Community Health Center in south Louisiana as well as the development of a mobile unit for pre-natal dental care to work in conjunction with a mobile medical clinic. She also has a 50% IPA with HRSA in the Office of Strategic Priorities in the Office of the Administrator. This exciting opportunity to work on health policy at the national level whilst keeping her roots in state and local health activities allows Janet to practice and expand skills developed during her fellowship year.

Janet is also enjoying her first grandchild- a beautiful little girl, Estelle. As Janet puts it, she is “an absolute delight!”
Matthew Levy

Matthew Levy
Matthew Levy (’10-’11) was featured in the Care Mobile story by Angie Goff of NBC4 in Washington, DC. Watch the video.

Joseph Lieberman

Joseph Lieberman
Joseph Lieberman (’88-’89) received the "Chair Award" for his contributions to the organization and lifetime achievements at the Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians on June 18, 2011. Joe says that they “actually give you a beautiful, engraved ‘Captains Chair’! Very nice.”

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Paul Lipkin

Paul Lipkin
Paul Lipkin (’10-’11) was awarded the Arnold J. Capute Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics meeting for his work with children with disabilities. Read the announcement.

Vipul Mankad

Vipul Mankad
As President and CEO of Qualitas Healthcare Solutions, Inc., Vipul Mankad (’03-’04) continues to lead a consulting service for health care institutions in the United States and abroad. Their focuses include strategic planning, sharing regulatory expertise, helping improve physician relationships and productivity, and assisting in revenue cycle and quality improvement. They just completed a benchmarking study at an academic medical center in northeast.

Highlight of today's activities was a private lunch- personally cooked by his wife, Aparna- with Dr. Abdul Kalam, 11th President of India (2002-2007). Dr. Kalam is a physicist and a rocket scientist credited with leading India's into nuclear, missile and space age. As a man of many accomplishments and a beloved President, Vipul and Aparna found him to be a charming, engaging personality. He talked about his vision for India becoming a developed country by 2020; not just by increasing GDP but by increasing overall prosperity, which includes improved quality of life and health. Vipul presented his proposal to improve health education in India, which he hopes will relate to Dr. Kalam’s vision and future events. See a photo of Vipul and Dr. Kalam. See another photo..

Vipul also notes that their grandchildren are growing rapidly; he is trying to not grow older with them without much success!

David Michaels

David Michaels
For David Michaels (’93-’94), his job as Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA continues to be both exciting and rewarding. In terms of news, David has been elected chair of the Executive Committee of the National Toxicology Program. He also has joined the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine as an ex officio member.

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Eugene Rich

Eugene Rich
The book that Eugene Rich (’06-’07) worked on as one of the editors is now in press. Titled Health Care Advocacy: A Guide for Busy Clinicians, it talks about how advocacy works in health policy. One of the chapters that Gene wrote is the one featured on Amazon. Read it now.


Carl Schramm
Carl Schramm (’76-’77) shares that the Kauffman Foundation has been more actively engaged around issues related to technology in health care. As President, he was instrumental along with Steve Case in forming the new group Startup America that the White House announced earlier this year.

Carl’s own research continues around economic growth. The new field that he opened, Expeditionary Economics, is growing fast. In the last year there have been about 20 academic papers developed in the field. The focus of the work is how one gets new economies centered on growth, not merely subsistence, going in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, and other post-conflict/post disaster situations.

The book, Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism, and the Economics of Growth and Prosperity, that Carl wrote a couple of years ago with Will Baumol and Bob Litan is now in 12 languages. Bob Litan and Carl will be publishing a sequel next year from Yale Press entitled Better Capitalism.

Mark Schwartz

Mark Schwartz
Mark Schwartz (’09-’10) published a new study at NYU School of Medicine in theArchives of Internal Medicine, which examined the changes in medical students’ views of internal medicine careers. Read the article (link to PDF) that made a nice splash in the press, including The Wall Street Journal Health Blog, Los Angeles Times, and Newsworks. Mark has another policy paper in the chute on the PC workforce as a bottleneck to the ACA, and another on the SGR debacle. 

Other activities for Mark include giving 10 Grand Rounds and other talks on health reform, physician payment/SGR, and skills for clinician-advocates; joining NYS Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) and have been nominated for national COGME for the fall; leading a new NYU School of Medicine “major” in Health Policy; being Chair-elect of SGIM’s Health Policy Committee; discussing a new position with the American College of Physicians (ACP), Director of a new Division of Quality, which would start part-time as a consultant with the plan to become full-time in a year or two; having the SGIM/Springer book on health policy advocacy for clinicians come out in the summer; and recruiting Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the IOM, to serve as Chair of an Advisory Committee for a NSF grant application that Mark led to develop model curricula in evolutionary science for health professional education.  

Finally, Mark is excited that his son, Zach, is attending the Clark University (Worcester) since the fall!

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Thomas Tsang

Thomas Tsang
Thomas Tsang (’08-’09) is the new Senior Advisor to the Governor for Healthcare Transformation since mid-September. In this role, Tom helps the Governor and the State of Hawaii on developing a strategic plan on implementing provisions of the ACA and how to coordinate State initiatives in improving care for the population and the value of the delivery system.

William Turner

William Turner
William Turner (’07-’08) is currently the Betts Professor of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. He visited London earlier this year where he met with leaders and high level officials in the United Kingdom’s Healthcare system, and participated in a hearing of the British Parliament’s House of Commons Select Committee on Health. Hosted by member of Parliament Rosie Cooper of the Labour Party, William participated with the Select Committee along with other academicians in discussions on reforms currently under review in the British healthcare system. In addition to the members of the House of Commons Select Committee on Health, William met with the UK Public Health Minister, the Chair of the UK Health Protection Agency, the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the President of the Royal College of Physicians, the Director of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, Director of the Wellcome Collection and Trust, and leaders of Chatham House.

William was appointed as a Health Policy Associate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College.

Along with a doctoral student, he has been awarded a $25,000.00 grant from the RWJF. Their project titled, “Difficult Pasts, Uncertain Futures: An Ethnographic Exploration into the Experiences of HIV-Positive Individuals after Their release from Prison” began this fall. William has been also awarded a grant from the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Program. The study titled, “The Wisdom of the Elders: Improving Mental Health Outcomes Through Life Lessons from and for African American Seniors” takes place with their community partner, the city of Murfreesboro beginning this fall.


Danny Wedding
Danny Wedding (’89-’90) is the new Associate Dean for Management and International Programs for the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Danny is based at the San Francisco campus but spends much of his time overseeing CSPP’s programs in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Mexico City. He also edits PsycCRITIQUES: Contemporary Psychology—APA Review of Books for the American Psychological Association, and he is currently working on the 10th edition of Current Psychotherapies and the 5th edition of his medical school textbook Behavior and Medicine.

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Ellen-Marie Whelan

Ellen-Marie Whelan
After over 2.5 years at the Center for American Progress (CAP), Ellen-Marie Whelan (’03-’04) has transitioned to a position at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the newly formed Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). She says that it is “a great opportunity to marry my background as primary care provider, health services researcher, and Hill staffer.” Before leaving the CAP, Ellen-Marie was invited by Leader Pelosi's office to testify on Community Health Centers as Engines of Economic Activity and Job Creation on March 29, 2011. After five years of working in the Senate, it was odd for her to be on the other side of the table– but also “so exhilarating!” And in October, Ellen-Marie was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Margaret Wilmoth

Margaret Wilmoth
Effective January 2012, Margaret Wilmoth (’09-’10) will be the inaugural Dean of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing & Health Professions at the Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.

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