ACH Committees
 
Diversity Committee

Chair: 
Antoinette Schoenthaler, EdD, NYU School of Medicine

Committee Members:
Denise Davis, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Monique Hill, MSW, Medical University of South Carolina
Kara Myers, CNM, MS, University of California, San Francisco
Wendell M. Nakamura, DrOT, OTR/L, University of Puget Sound
Mustaqeem Siddiqui, MD, MBA, Mayo Clinic Rochester
Marjorie Thomas, BS, MPA, Administrators for the Professions, Inc
Chris Pearce, PhD, HHS University

About the committee:

The goal of the Diversity 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
Danelle Cayea, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
​Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, FACH, VA Medical Center, University of California San Francisco 
Carol Chou, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Julie Crosson, MD, 
Boston Medical Center, Dorchester House
Kara Myers, CNM, MS, FACH, University of California San Francisco; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
Lynn O’Neill, MD, Emory University; Atlanta VA Medical Center 
Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, San Francisco General Hospital

Craig Roth, MD, Minneapolis VA Medical Center; University of Minnesota
FIT rep- TBD
 
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 of each month, 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), as well as a current ACH FIT.
2018 ENRICH Committee
Director:
Tim Gilligan, MD

Committee Members:
Calvin Chou, MD, VA Medical Center/UCSF
Carol Chou, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Denise Davis, MD, San Francisco VA Medical Center
Auguste Fortin, MD, Yale University
Sally Fortner, MD, University of New Mexico
Maysel Kemp White, PhD, Healthcare Quality and Communication Improvement, LLC
Lynn O'Neill, MD, Emory University
Michael Marcin, MD, UCSF
Marla Rowe Gorosh, MD, Henry Ford Health System
Stuart Sprague, PhD, Anderson Family Practice Center
 

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.

DocCom Management Committee

Committee Members:
Auguste Fortin, MD, MPH, FACP, FACH, Yale University School of Medicine
Donna Sandfort, MBA, CRA, Drexel University College of Medicine
Arnold Smolen, PhD, Drexel University College of Medicine
Stephen Aragon, PhD, Winston-Salem State University School of Healthcare Management

Managing Editor:
Barbara Lewis, MBA, The Beryl Institute, Joan's Family Bill of Rights

About the Committee:
The DocCom Management Committee consists of 2 representatives from both parties of the DocCom joint venture- ACH and Drexel University, and the DocCom Managing Editor.  The purpose of the committee is to provide oversight on content development, budgeting, marketing and promotions, and subscription management.  ACH representatives are recruited via an open call to ACH members.

Faculty-in-Training Committee
Co-Directors:
Julie Crosson, MD, Boston Medical Center, Dorchester House
Carol Chou, MD, University of Pennsylvania
 
Committee Members:
Renee Bergstrom, EdD 
Steven Borowsky, MD, MPH, Park Nicollet Clinic
Sally Fortner, MD, 
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Erum Jadoon, MD, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale (FIT rep)
Lynn O'Neill, MD, Emory University (RCF rep)
Marla Rowe Gorosh, MD, Henry Ford Health System
Melissa Times,MD, Metrohelath Medical Center (FIT rep)
 
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.
Finance/Audit/Investment Committee

Raymond Curry, MD, FACP, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Meg Gaines, JD, LLM, University of Wisconsin Law School
David E. Kern, MD, MPH, MACP, FACH, Johns Hopkins University

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.

2019 Winter Course Planning Committee

Co-Directors

Tim Gilligan, MD, MS, Cleveland Clinic
Michael Marcin, MD, UCSF
 
Committee Members
Carol Chou, MD, University of Pennsylvania (FIT co-director rep)
Denise Davis, MD, San Francisco VA Medical Center
Sally Fortner, MD, University of New Mexico
Sumita Kalra, DO, San Mateo Medical Center
Brenda Lovegrove Lepisto, PsyD, Hurley Medical Center/Michigan State University
Kathleen McGrail, MD
Lynn O'Neill, MD, Emory University (RCF co-director rep)
Amy Ship, MD, Atrius Healthcare
 
 
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.

Membership Committee

Vice President of Membership:
Elizabeth Ross, DPT, MMSc, FACH, Duke University School of Medicine

Committee Members: 
Monica Broome, MD, FACP, FACH, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Charlene Pope, PhD, MPH, CNM, BSN, Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing
M. Bart Laws, PhD, Brown University School of Public Health
Lindsay Fuzzell, PhD, Post-Doctoral Research Scholar, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, Division of Public Health Sciences
Chris Pearce, PhD, HHS University
Wendell M. Nakamura, DrOT, OTR/L, University of Puget Sound
 
About the Committee:
The purpose of the Membership Committee is to ensure that all ACH member benefits and offerings are providing value to and meeting the needs of all of our members, and that all members have an opportunity to contribute to and engage in the organization in meaningful ways.
 
The committee meets monthly and recruits members through an open call and application process.
Research Committee

Committee Chair
Chris Koenig, PhD, San Francisco State University

Committee Members
Jennifer Barton, MD, MPH, Portland VA/Oregon Health Sciences University
Richard J. Bogue, PhD, FACHE, University of Iowa

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
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
Kara Myers, CNM, MS, 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.

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