ACH Committees
 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Co-Chairs: 
Antoinette Schoenthaler, EdD, NYU School of Medicine

Committee Members:
ACH VP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Denise Davis, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Lindsay Fuzzell, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, Division of Public Health Sciences
Monique Hill, MSW, Medical University of South Carolina
M. Bart Laws, PhD, Brown University School of Public Health
Kara Myers, CNM, MS, University of California, San Francisco
Chris Pearce, PhD, HHS University
Charlene Pope, PhD, MPH, CNM, BSN, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Mustaqeem Siddiqui, MD, MBA, Mayo Clinic Rochester
Marjorie Thomas, BS, MPA, patient safety/risk management professional

About the committee:

The goal of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is to make the ACH a diverse, welcoming, supportive and vibrant organization. It started as a task force in 2015 and transitioned to a standing committee in 2017.  The committee meets monthly and recruits members through an annual open call and application process.

Some of the committee's recent accomplishments include:

  • Improving the quality of the demographic membership information that ACH collects in an effort to gauge our progress in diversifying our organization.
  • Conducting qualitative in-person conversations with ACH event attendees to capture what they feel we are doing well and what we could improve on in our organizational efforts toward diversity.
  • Expanding and updating ACH's online resources related to diversity, health disparities, cultural competency, racism, etc.
  • Communicating inclusiveness and support of those of underrepresented populations who apply to ACH programs, scholarships, and events.
Education Committee
Committee Chairs
Krista Hirschmann, PhD, FACH, Flinders University’s
Lynn O’Neill, MD, Emory University; Atlanta VA Medical Center 
 
Committee Members
Ryan Laponis, MD, University of California, San Francisco 
Bronwyn Wilson, MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine 
Tim Gilligan, MD, Cleveland Clinic
Sally Fortner, MD, University of New Mexico
Julie Crosson, MD, Boston Medical Center/Dorchester House
Michael Marcin, MD, UCSF
Aba Coleman, MD, EdM, Texas Children's Hospital
Gretchen Fuller, MD, Dell Medical School
Darra Kingsley, MD, University of New Mexico
 
About the Committee:
The goal of the Education Committee is to ensure that the ACH is delivering the highest quality, most timely and relevant healthcare communication education both internally to our members and externally to our clients.
 
The committee meets the 4th Wednesday bimonthly, and is comprised of ACH Faculty representatives from all ACH educational programs
(i.e. VP, Internal Education, VP, External Education, FIT co-directors, RCF co-directors, two current ACH FITs, ENRICH Course Director, and Winter Course Director).
ENRICH Committee
Director:
Michael Marcin, MD, UCSF

Committee Members:
Denise Davis, MD, San Francisco VA Medical Center
Auguste Fortin, MD, Yale University
Sally Fortner, MD, University of New Mexico (FIT Rep)
Tim Gilligan, MD, Cleveland Clinic (FIT Rep)
Lynn O'Neill, MD, Emory University (Ex-Officio)
Ryan Laponis, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Bronwyn Wilson, MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine 
Nan Cochran, MD, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth University
Krista Hirschmann, PhD, FACH, ENHANCE, LLC
Ellen Pearlman, MD, Hofstra Northshore-LIJ School of Medicine
Laura Kirk, PA-C, University of California, San Francisco
Kirsten Isgro, PhD, State University of New York
Martha Howell, Baylor Scott & White
 

About the committee:
The purpose of the ENRICH Planning Committee is to ensure that all educational components of the course align with and meet the stated objectives.  This is done through course theme selection, keynote speaker selection, workshop track selection and development, and learning group development.  The committee meets monthly and member recruitment is done via an open call to current FITs and Faculty.

Faculty-in-Training Committee
Co-Directors:
Sally Fortner, MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Tim Gilligan, MD, Cleveland Clinic
 
Committee Members:
Julie Crosson, MD, Boston Medical Center/Dorchester House (Past Co-Director)
Brenda Lovegrove Lepisto, PsyD, Hurley Medical Center
Michael Marcin, MD, UCSF
Carole Tremonti, RN, MBA, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Melissa Times, MD, MS, FACS, FASCRS, MetroHealth Medical Center
Lisa Miller, EdD, RN, CPHQ, Independent Consultant
Jeff Stein, MD, University of Missouri
Lynn O'Neill, MD, Emory University (Ex-Officio)
 
About the Committee:
The purpose of the FIT committee is to improve, grow, and support the ACH's FIT program and its participants.  This includes reviewing and approving applications, advancements, and graduations; providing Guide selection assistance and resources to FITs; and ensuring the highest quality, timely, and relevant training to produce eventual ACH Faculty.  The committee meets monthly and is comprised of only FITs and Faculty.  New members are recruited via an open call to FITs and Faculty.
2020 Healthcare Communication Research Forum Planning Committee

Committee Chair:
Kathy Kieran, MD, Seattle Children's Hospital

Scientific Co-Chairs:
Maija Reblin, PhD, Moffitt Cancer Center
Delesha Carpenter, PhD, MSPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Committee Members:
Judy Chang, MD, MPH, OBGYN, University of Pittsburgh
Richard Bogue, PhD, Courageous Healthcare, Inc. 
Chris Koenig, PhD, San Francisco State University

About the committee:

The purpose of the Forum Planning Committee is to ensure that all educational components of the course align with and meet the stated objectives.  This is done through keynote speaker selection, abstract category selection, the management of the abstract submission, review, selection, and moderation process.  The committee meets monthly and member recruitment is done from suggestions and the guidance of the VP, Research.

Leadership Development Committee

Committee Chair
Judy Chang, MD, MPH, University of Pittsburgh

Committee Members
Nan Cochran, MD, FACH, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth University
Raymond Curry, MD, FACP, FACH, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Denise Davis, MD, FACH, University of California, San Francisco
Russell L. Rothman, MD, MPP, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Marjorie West Thomas, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Rukiya Wongus,  Association of Community Cancer Centers

About the Committee:
The purpose of the LDC is to facilitate the annual ACH Board nominations and election process. In addition, the LDC provides oversight to the ACH Fellowship process. The LDC is chaired by the Immediate Past President (in odd numbered years) or President-Elect (in even numbered years). The LDC is appointed by the Past President/President-Elect as applicable and approved by the current Board. The LDC consists of three sitting Board members (including the Past-President/President-elect and the VP for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion or their designee), two past Board members, and two ACH members who are neither a current nor previous member of the Board.

Research Committee

Committee Chair
Richard J. Bogue, PhD, FACHE, University of Iowa

Committee Members
Jennifer Barton, MD, Portland VA/Oregon Health Sciences University
Delesha Carpenter, PhD, MSPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Judy Chang, MD, MPH, OBGYN, University of Pittsburgh
Glyn Elwyn, BA, MD, MSc, FRCGP, PhD, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Gemmae Fix, PhD, Bedford VA and Department of Public Health, Boston University
Kathy Kieran, MD, Seattle Children's Hospital
Chris Koenig, PhD, San Francisco State University
Maija Reblin, PhD, Moffitt Cancer Center
Russell Rothman, MD, MPP, Vanderbilt University
Som Saha, MD, MPH, Portland VA/Oregon Health Sciences University

About the Committee:
The purpose of the Research Committee is to ensure that the research activities of the ACH are timely and relevant to our members.  This includes management of the Putnam Scholars Program, management of the Engel and Payer Awards, planning activities for the ACH ICCH and Forum conferences, and general oversight related to ACH research goals.   The committee meets monthly and recruits members via an open call.

Patient Engagement Committee

Co-Chairs:
Nan Cochran, MD, FACH, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth University
Martha Hayward, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Committee Members:
Jessica Caron, MEd, Elliot Hospital
Rose Carrion, BSH, Nemours Children’s Health System
Devika Nair, MD MSCI, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Kara Myers, CNM, MS, FACH, University of California San Francisco; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
Krista Hirschmann, PhD, FACH, Flinders University
Kristen Pecanac, PhD, RN, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Aisha O'Mally, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
Kirsten Isgro, PhD, State University of New York

About the Committee:
The purpose of the Patient Engagement Committee is to oversee the integration of patients into the work and activities of the ACH. This includes Identifying strengths, resources and needs of patients, their family members and healthcare professionals, both as unique individuals and in relationship to one another. 
Relationship-centered Communication Facilitators (RCF) Committee

Co-Directors
Ryan Laponis, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Bronwyn Wilson, MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine 

Committee Members
Sally Fortner, MD, University of New Mexico
Tina Foster, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Matt Russell, MD, VA Boston Healthcare
Marilyn Augustine
Mimi Mateo, CNM, North County Health Services
Darryl Woods, MD, Stroger Hospital of Cook County
Peter Lichstien, MD, Wake Forest Baptist Health 

About the Committee:
The purpose of the RCF committee is to improve, grow, and support the ACH's RCF program and its participants.  This includes reviewing and approving applications and certifications; providing RCFs with resources and support; and ensuring the highest quality, timely, and relevant training to produce certified "ACH facilitators." The committee meets monthly and is comprised of only FITs, Faculty, and RCFs.  New members are recruited via an open call to FITs and Faculty.

Finance/Audit/Investment Committee

Raymond Curry, MD, FACP, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Krista Hirschmann, PhD, FACH, ENHANCE, LLC
Carli Zegers, RN, BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center

The Finance Committee is appointed by the President and includes the Board Treasurer, one additional Board member and a third member who may or may not be a member of the Board. The Finance Committee is responsible for providing oversight to the financial obligations of ACH including the annual audit process and the Putnam Fund Endowment investments.

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