ACH Committees
 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Co-Chairs: 
Antoinette Schoenthaler, EdD, NYU School of Medicine
Wendell M. Nakamura, DrOT, OTR/L, University of Puget Sound

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
Brenda Lovegrove Lepisto, PsyD, Hurley Medical Center
Carol Chou, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Craig Roth, MD, Minneapolis VA Medical Center; University of Minnesota
Jan Veesart, MD, University of New Mexico
Krista Hirschmann, PhD, FACH, Flinders University’s
Laura Kirk, PA-C, University of California, San Francisco
Lynn O’Neill, MD, Emory University; Atlanta VA Medical Center 
Ryan Laponis, MD, University of California, San Francisco 
Tim Gilligan, MD, Cleveland Clinic
 
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).
2019 ENRICH Committee
Director:
Brenda Lovegrove Lepisto, PsyD, Hurley Medical Center

Committee Members:
Bob Arnold, MD, University of Pittsburgh
Denise Davis, MD, San Francisco VA Medical Center
Swana de Gijsel, MD, Weill Cornell
Auguste Fortin, MD, Yale University
Sally Fortner, MD, University of New Mexico
Tim Gilligan, MD, Cleveland Clinic
Maysel Kemp White, PhD, Healthcare Quality and Communication Improvement, LLC
Lynn O'Neill, MD, Emory University
Robbie Sherman, MD, The Polyclinic

 

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:
Carol Chou, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Tim Gilligan, MD, Cleveland Clinic
 
Committee Members:
Julie Crosson, MD, Boston Medical Center/Dorchester House (Past Co-Director)
Sally Fortner, MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Tina Foster, MD, MPH, MS, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Brenda Lovegrove Lepisto, PsyD, Hurley Medical Center
Michael Marcin, MD, UCSF
Lynn O'Neill, MD, Emory University (RCF rep)
Jeff Stein, MD, University of Missouri
Lynda Tang, DO, Vancouver Clinic
Barbette Weimer-Elder PhD, RN, Stanford Health Care
 
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.
2019 ICCH Planning Committee

Committee Chair:
Richard Bogue, PhD, FACHE, University of Iowa

Scientific Co-Chairs:
Chris Koenig, PhD, San Francisco State University
Gemmae Fix, PhD, Bedford VA and Boston University’s School of Public Health

Committee Members:
EACH rep: Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten
yEACH rep: Kasey Boehmer, MPH, Mayo Clinic Rochester
IHLA rep: Shonna Yin, MD, NYU School of Medicine
IHLA rep: Richie White, MD, MSc, Mayo Clinic Florida
ISDM rep: Glyn Elwyn, BA, MD, MSc, FRCGP, PhD, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
ISDM rep: Marla Clayman, PhD, MPH, American Institutes for Research
ACH Past President: Auguste Fortin, MD, MPH, MACP, FACH, Yale School of Medicine
Patient Engagement rep: Aisha O'Mally, MS, State University of New York at Buffalo
Patient Engagement rep: Jessica Caron
ACH VP, Research: Judy Chang, MD, MPH, OBGYN, University of Pittsburgh
Health Communications rep: Rick Street, PhD, Texas A&M
Health Communications rep: Kenzie Cameron, PhD, MPH, FACH, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Workshop/Narrative Co-Chair: Tim Gilligan, MD, Cleveland Clinice
Workshop/Narrative Co-Chair: Carma Bylund, PhD, FACH, University of Florida

Journal Working Group

Chair
Devika Nair, MD, MSCI candidate

Committee Members

Richard J. Bogue, PhD, FACHE
Judy Chang, MD, MPH
Lauren Dennelly, MSW, LCSW
Gemmae M. Fix, PhD
Jennifer Freytag, JD, PhD
Shakaib Rehman, MD, SCH, FACP, FACH

Leadership Development Committee

Committee Chair
Jenni Levy, MD, FACH

Committee Members
Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins
Pamela Duke, MD, FACH, Drexel University College of Medicine
Francesca Dwamena, MD, MS, FACP, FACH, Michigan State University Department of Medicine
Milisa Manojlovich, PhD, RN, CCRN, University of Michigan, School of Nursing
Kara Myers, CNM, MS, FACH, University of California San Francisco; Zuckerberg/San Francisco General Hospital
Krista Salazar, Pharm D, PhC, The University of New Mexico

About the Committee:

The LDC is appointed by and chaired by the Past President and approved by the current Board. The LDC consists of three sitting Board members, two past Board members and two ACH members who are neither a current or past board member. The LDC manages the annual nomination and election process of the ACH Board of Directors as well as the review of the ACH Fellow applications.

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, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth University
Meg Gaines, JD, LLM, University of Wisconsin Law School

Committee Members:
Gwen Darien, National Patient Advocate Foundation
Michelle Johnston-Fleece, National Academy of Medicine's Leadership Consortium on Value and Science-Driven Healthcare
Stuart W. Grande, PhD, The Dartmouth Institute
Dicey Scroggins, In My Sister’s Care
Carol Cronin, MSW, Informed Patient Institute
Joanne Disch, RN, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Adena Cohen-Bearak, M.Ed., MPH, Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice, Boston Children's Hospital 
Renee Bergstrom, Ed.D, Mayo Clinic

 
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
Lynn O'Neill, MD, Emory University
Ryan Laponis, MD, University of California, San Francisco 

Committee Members
Sally Fortner, MD, University of New Mexico
Tina Foster, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Suely Grosseman, MSc, PhD, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Laura Kirk, PA-C, University of California, San Francisco
Matt Russell, MD, VA Boston Healthcare
Robbie Sherman, MD, The Polyclinic

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, Flinders University
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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