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Winter 2016
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From the Director: The Public Health Workforce and the Clinical Scholars Program
Desmond RunyanThis week we heard that one of our more recent Scholar alums Rebekah Gee (Penn 2009) has been appointed to the position of Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services (by the way, she is looking for an alum interested in the position of Medicaid Medical Director for Louisiana). Looking beyond the remarkable collection of alumni talent that has populated the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other offices of the Department of Health and Human Services (more than 30 Scholars across HRSA, NIH, HHS, and CDC), the Clinical Scholars program has had a remarkable record for alumni being appointed to leadership positions in state and city public health departments and schools of public health. Ed Elhinger (UNC 1979) is the current State Health Commissioner for Minnesota. Mary Bassett (UW 1985) is the current Health Commissioner for the City of New York. Mitch Katz (UCSF 1991) is the Director of Health Services for the County of Los Angeles. Two Scholars who have completed terms as state health director are David Gifford (UCLA 1994) in Rhode Island and Nirav Shah (UCLA 2003) in New York. Judy Zerzan (UW 2006) is the state Chief Medical Officer in Colorado. Matt Davis (Chicago 2000) was the State Medical Officer for Michigan. Mehul Dalal (Yale 2009) serves as the Chronic Disease Director of the Connecticut Health Department. Alton Hart (UW 1999) serves as the Health director for Crater Health District in Virginia. Sarah Kinsman (Penn 1995) is director of Maternal and Child Health for Philadelphia.

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What’s New
2016 Final Annual Meeting – Save the Date

2016 Clinical Scholars Annual MeetingThe final annual meeting will be November 14-17, 2016 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. There will be an alumni call for abstracts released early May 2016 with a deadline at the end of May. Rather than individual alumni presentations it is likely that alumni will be invited to speak on panels around different innovations in health and health care resulting from the work of alumni/scholars. We look forward to having Michigan CSP Co-director Michele Heisler (MICH CSP 00-02) as the meeting planning chair. Each year at the annual meeting we celebrate the lifetime achievement of an alumnus/a via the Annie Lea Shuster invited talk. Is there an alumnus or alumna whom you have looked up to for inspiration and guidance? If so, please let us know (
New RWJF Leadership Programs

The Foundation selected four institutions to serve as National Leadership Program Centers for RJWF’s new boundary-spanning leadership initiatives.  Each institution will co-design and launch a program to train and network groups of leaders in communities across the country who will contribute to building a national Culture of Health.


National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP): Call for Applications 2017-19 Cohort Now Open!

The National Clinician Scholars Program that builds on the legacy of the existing Clinical Scholars program announced its first cohort for 2016-18.  This cohort of physicians and nurses will receive financial support from their institutions, community partner agencies, and other local and national funders. The application cycle for Cohort 2017-19 is now open and applications will be accepted via until March 15, 2016 at 5 P.M. ET. For more information on the new program, eligibility requirements, and application information please access the NCSP website. Any questions can be directed to the NCSP at


Current Scholar Spotlight

This section contains updates from Current Scholars around the country, featuring awards and accomplishments, presentations, publications and press, and life updates.

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Alumni Spotlight
Keep up with former CSP Scholars! See how alumni are advancing health and health care through awards and accomplishments, presentations, publications and press, and life updates.

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