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Keep up with former CSP Scholars! See how alumni are advancing health and health care (hyperlink through start of this sentence) through awards and accomplishments, presentations, publications and press, and life updates.

Alumni Awards and Accomplishments

Elizabeth Barnert (UCLA CSP 12-14) celebrated the signing of California Senate Bill 1322 (CA SB-1322), “Commercial Sex Acts: Minors,” which was signed by Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr. in September 2016. Dr. Barnert’s involvement in the legislation was a result of her policy elective and her subsequent Safe Harbor study completed during her UCLA RWJF CSP fellowship. The bill decriminalizes child victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Eric M. Cheng (UCLA CSP 00-02 VA Scholar) was appointed as Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) for UCLA Health Sciences.  Dr. Cheng will provide both strategic and tactical leadership to UCLA Health technology efforts in support of enterprise medical and physician quality, practice and efficiency objectives. November 2016.

Robert Dittus (UNC CSP 82-84) is the 2016 Herman A. Tyroler Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. This award recognizes contributions and accomplishments of graduates of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health's epidemiology department. 

Reena Duseja (Penn CSP 05-07) is the new Director for the Division of Quality Measurement, Quality Measurement & Value-based Incentives Group at CMS.

Kaytura Felix (JHU CSP 97-99) has joined RWJF as managing director of the Foundation's Leadership for Better Health programs. 

Lawrence Green, MPH, DrPH, DSc (Hon.), professor (retired) at the School of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, received the Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service in Public Health for devoting his career to the bridging of theory and research to planning, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies in public health.

Reshma Gupta (UCLA CSP 14-16 VA Scholar) was announced as the new Medical Director for Quality for the UCLA Faculty Practice Group effective beginning February 2017. The position will be responsible for supporting measurement and improvement programs with a special focus in quality and patient experience.

Jeffrey Hom (Penn CSP 14-16, VA Scholar) accepted a position as a Health Policy Analyst at the City of Philadelphia Department of Health, where his current focus is providing guidance to the Health Commissioner on programs and policies around access to substance abuse treatment and overdose protection. 

Hemal Kanzaria (UCLA CSP 12-14 VA Scholar) received a $1.97M pay-for-performance grant from the San Francisco Health Plan to implement Emergency Department information exchange at San Francisco-based hospitals and promote data transparency on hospital diversion. 

SreyRam Kuy (Yale CSP 07-09 VA Scholar) was selected as a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Sean Lucan (Penn CSP 07-09) was selected by the National Academy of Medicine as 2016 James C. Puffer, MD/American Board of Family Medicine Fellow

Sean Lucan (Penn CSP 07-09) was named a 2016 NAM Fellow

Marcella Nunez-Smith (Yale CSP 04-06) and colleagues were awarded nearly $10 million from the National Institute on Health/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to establish the Yale Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research focused on Precision Medicine.

Marcella Nunez-Smith (Yale CSP 04-06) received the prestigious 2017 national Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine. The award honors an individual who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to cultural diversity in medicine or to improving minority health. 

Carley Riley (Yale CSP 13-15), Brita Roy (Yale CSP 13-15 VA Scholar), Nurit Harari (Yale CSP 11-13), Anita Vashi (Yale CSP 13-15 VA Scholar), and their community partners published, “Preparing for Disaster: a Cross-Sectional Study of Social Connection and Gun Violence” in J Urban Health.

Joseph Ross (Yale CSP 04-06) was named SGIM Mid-Career Mentor of the Year.

Nirav Shah (UCLA CSP 01-03 VA Scholar) and Glenda Wrenn (Penn CSP 08-11) were appointed to the Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030.

David Shulkin (Penn CSP 90-92) has been nominated to head the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Kara Odom Walker (UCLA CSP 07-10) has been nominated to serve as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. 

Robert Wachter (Stanford CSP 88-90 VA Scholar) was appointed new Chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine. 

Glenda Wrenn (Penn CSP 08-11) was appointed to Director of the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research.

Laurie Zephyrin (Johns Hopkins 03-05) has been named Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Health for Community Care. 

Alumni Publications and Press

Mahshid Abir (Mich CSP 09-11) and Brendan Carr (Penn CSP 06-08) co-penned an op-ed in The Hill "Need a doctor now? Solve the acute care crisis." Referenced in article: new Acute Care Research Unit at the University of Michigan. 

Mahshid Abir (Mich CSP 09-11) and current NCSP scholar Margaret Greenwood-Ericksen (Mich NCSP 16-18) co-penned op-ed "Rural America, already hurting, could be most harmed by Trump's promise to repeal Obamacare" in The Conversation.

Alum Jed Barash (Yale CSP 10-12 VA Scholar) and colleagues published, "Cluster of an Unusual Amnestic Syndrome - Massachusetts, 2012-2016" in MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. Their work has also received press coverage including CNN and PBS

Aaron Carroll (Washington CSP 01-03) wrote op-ed, “How Would Republican Plans for Medicaid Block Grants Actually Work?” in NYTimes The Upshot.

Aaron Carroll (Washington CSP 01-03) wrote an NYTimes Upshot piece, "I'm a Doctor. If I Drop Food on the Kitchen Floor, I Still Eat It."

Aaron Carroll (Washington CSP 01-03) publishes piece "It's Easy for Obamacare Critics to Overlook the Merits of Medicaid Expansion" in NYTimes The Upshot.

Alicia Cohen (Mich CSP 14-16), Caroline Richardson (Mich CSP 99-01), Michele Heisler (Mich CSP 00-02), Matthew Davis (Chicago CSP 98-00) and colleagues published study, "Increasing Use of a Healthy Food Incentive: A Waiting Room Intervention Among Low-Income Patients" in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. A piece from MHealth Lab on the researchers' work can be found here

Reshma Gupta (UCLA CSP 14-16 VA Scholar) had an article published by Academic Medicine, a Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, “Swimming Upstream: Creating a Culture of High-Value Care.”

Adrianne Haggins (Michigan CSP 10-12) and colleagues published an article in Academic Medicine, "The Importance of the Premedical Experience in Diversifying the Health Care Workforce." A piece in Med-U covering the researchers' work can be found here. 

Hemal Kanzaria (UCLA CSP 12-14 VA Scholar) and colleagues published, “Should US doctors embrace electronic health records?” in The BMJ.

Carla Keirns (Michigan CSP 06-09) is a contributor in new book, "Understanding Health Inequities and Justice: New Conversations across the Disciplines." UNC Press.

Pooja Mehta (Penn CSP 13-15 VA Scholar), Marcus Bachhuber (Penn CSP 13-15 VA Scholar), and colleagues published study, "Deaths From Unintentional Injury, Homicide, and Suicide During or Within 1 Year of Pregnancy in Philadelphia" in AJPH.

Michelle Moniz (Michigan CSP 13-15), Matthew Davis (Chicago CSP 98-00), Tammy Chang (Michigan CSP 11-13), and colleague publish, "Meaning and Purpose: Refocusing on the Why in Medical Education," in NEJM. 

Craig Pollack (Penn CSP 06-09 VA Scholar), Katrina Armstrong (former Penn CSP Co-Director), and David Grande (Penn CSP Faculty) published, "A View From the Front Line - Physicians' Perspectives on ACA Repeal" in the NEJM.

Greg Sacks (UCLA CSP 13-15), Aaron Dawes (UCLA CSP 13-15 VA Scholar), Bob Brook (JHU CSP 69-72 and UCLA CSP Co-Director), Melinda Maggard-Gibbons (UCLA CSP 02-04 VA Scholar), Clifford Ko (UCLA CSP 99-01) and Marcia Russell (UCLA CSP 04-06) published "Surgeon Perception of Risk and Benefit in the Decision to Operate" in Annals of Surgery.

Jeremiah Schuur (Yale CSP 05-07 VA Scholar) co-authored article "State Regulation of Freestanding Emergency Departments Varies Widely, Affecting Location, Growth and Services Provided," in Health Affairs. 

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