Sustainability Beyond Relief: Bolstering our First Line of Care

Maria S. Gomez, RN, MPH, president and CEO of Mary’s Center, founded the organization in 1988 as a clinic to provide prenatal and postpartum care to Latino women living in DC’s Ward 1. Under Maria’s leadership, Mary’s Center has grown from an initial budget of $250,000, serving 200 participants a year, to an annual budget of $61 million serving nearly 50,000 participants from all over the globe at five medical locations, two senior wellness centers, and a program office throughout DC and Maryland in 2018. Maria is among the strongest leaders in the region. As a testament to her significant commitment to her community, she was selected by the White House as one of the 18 recipients of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor. She is also frequently recognized for her role in the DC metropolitan region’s healthcare system. Prior to establishing Mary’s Center, Maria was a public health nurse at the D.C. Department of Health. She also worked at the Red Cross, where she directed community education programming and disaster services, and at the Visiting Nurses Association. Originally from Colombia, Maria immigrated with her mother at age 13 and attended DC Public Schools. Maria obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. She currently serves as a board member for the DC Primary Care Association, the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. Maria is the recipient of many awards.

Contact: mgomez@maryscenter.org

Ann Greiner, MCP, serves as president and chief executive officer of the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC) where she is focused on defining and implementing an advocacy, research and education agenda that furthers comprehensive, team-based and patient-centered primary care. Ms. Greiner is a well-recognized leader in the quality field and has worked at a number of prestigious national organizations. Prior to joining the PCC in 2017, she served as Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Quality Forum (NQF) where she increased the visibility and influence of NQF on Capitol Hill. She also served as Deputy Director at the National Academies of Medicine, contributing to the Quality Chasm series of reports and related conferences. Ms. Greiner has also held leadership positions at NCQA and the American Board of Internal Medicine. She has a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Contact: agreiner@pcpcc.org

Dora Hughes, MD, MPH, is associate research professor of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, where her work focuses on the intersection of clinical and community health, social determinants of health, health equity, healthcare quality and workforce. Previously, Dr. Hughes was a Senior Policy Advisor at Sidley Austin, where she advised on regulatory and legislative matters in the life science industry. Prior to that, she served for nearly four years in the Obama Administration as Counselor for Science & Public Health to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at HHS. Her areas of responsibility included implementation of public health and FDA-related provisions of the ACA, as well as signature legislation for tobacco, Alzheimer’s and FDA reform. She served in leadership roles for several White House initiatives, including the Childhood Obesity Task Force, President’s Food Safety Working Group, Committee on STEM Education and Let’s Move. Dr. Hughes began her career in health policy as Senior Program Officer at the Commonwealth Fund, and subsequently as Deputy Director for the HELP Committee under Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She then served as the Health Policy Advisor to former Senator Barack Obama. Dr. Hughes received a BS from Washington University, MD from Vanderbilt and MPH from Harvard. She completed internal medicine residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Contact: dhughes@email.gwu.edu

Michelle Morse, M.D., MPH, serves as the deputy commissioner for the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness (CHECW) and inaugural Chief Medical Officer at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH). Dr. Morse is responsible for leading the agency’s work in bridging public health and health care to reduce health inequities, guiding CHECW’s place-based and cross-cutting health equity programs, and serving as a key liaison to clinicians and clinical leaders across New York City. Dr. Morse is an internal medicine and public health doctor who works to achieve health equity through global solidarity, social medicine and anti-racism education, and activism. She is a general internal medicine physician, part-time hospitalist at Kings County Hospital, Co-Founder of EqualHealth, and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. EqualHealth builds critical consciousness and collective action globally, in the pursuit of health equity for all. In 2015 Dr. Morse worked with several EqualHealth partners to found the Social Medicine Consortium (SMC), a global coalition which uses activism and disruptive pedagogy rooted in social medicine to advance health justice. She served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health (PIH) from 2013 to 2016 and now serves on the Board of Directors of PIH. In 2018, Dr. Morse was awarded a Soros Equality Fellowship to launch EqualHealth and the SMC’s global Campaign Against Racism. From September 2019 to January 2021, she served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow in Washington, DC and worked with the Ways and Means Committee, Majority Staff, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Contact: mmorse1@health.nyc.gov

Rebecca Weintraub, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Rebecca is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has led the research and development of the award-winning Cases in Global Health Delivery, a collection of 40 Harvard Business School case studies with Harvard Business Publishing, available online at no cost to the public and taught at over 500 schools of medicine, public health, and business. Since 2008, Rebecca has led GHDonline.org. Her research on value based health care delivery has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Global Fund, World Health Organization, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Rebecca co-founded Jumpstart, the national AmeriCorps program reaching more than 50,000 preschoolers and their communities. She is currently an advisor to the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation investing in health entrepreneurs and is a member of the New England Journal of Medicine’s Perspectives Advisory Board. Rebecca is an associate faculty member at Ariadne Labs. In 2014, the World Economic Forum honored Rebecca as a Young Global Leader and currently is a Health Innovators Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Rebecca graduated from Yale University, Stanford School of Medicine, and completed her medical training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Contact: rebecca@globalhealthdelivery.org


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