Join Us for Our Next Advocacy Grand Rounds Session

The Doctors for America Health Justice and Equity Impact Area seeks to investigate efforts doctors can make to keep their patients safe when seeking care. Within that effort, it is wildly understood that the presence of law enforcement can negatively affect the delivery of, access to and quality of healthcare. In this session, we will explore mechanisms of confronting law enforcement in healthcare settings and current movements to separate carcerality from care delivery.

This event is FREE for all, but CME is only available to DFA Members.  To become a DFA member, please click here.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Advocacy Grand Rounds: Law Enforcement Presence and Divestment in Hospital Settings (Panel Discussion)

May 12, 2022

Session Speakers

Bekura Shebazz
Christine Goggins

Previous Advocacy Grand Rounds Sessions

Policy Resources & Talking to Legislators

June 10, 2021

Session Speakers

Dr. Arkaprava ‘Arka’ Deb
Dr. Arkaprava ‘Arka’ Deb

Dr. Arkaprava ‘Arka’ Deb, MD, MPH, MPA, isa Co-Chair of DFA’s National Steering Committee on Gun Violence Prevention and will be moderating the conversation. He is Director of Public Psychiatry Education at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and Director of Psychiatric Services at The Door: Adolescent Health Center in New York City.

Dr. Stephanie Kang
Dr. Stephanie Kang

Dr. Stephanie Kang, DrPH, MS, currently serves as the Health Policy Director for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and completed her Doctor of Public Health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As Health Policy Director, she assisted in crafting the Medicare for All legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives and executes legislative actions and political strategy in coalition with several organizations to promote Medicare for All, drug-pricing, and other health policy priorities inside and outside of Congress. Her professional background includes founding and scaling several health equity-centered organizations, conducting quality improvement in health care settings, and working in community-based global health projects.

Matthew Wellington
Matthew Wellington

Matthew Wellington is the Public Health Campaigns Director for U.S. PIRG, a non-profit advocacy group. Wellington has appeared on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC and numerous local TV stations around the country and has been quoted by just about every major U.S. news outlet on health issues. Wellington, who has worked for U.S. PIRG or its state groups for eight years, runs PIRG’s COVID-19 response efforts, as well as campaigns to keep children from getting hooked on tobacco and to end the overuse of antibiotics in meat production, which leads to the growth of deadly antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”

Dismantling Racism in Your Daily Practice

May 13, 2021

Session Speakers

Aletha Maybank
Aletha Maybank

Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH currently serves as the Chief Health Equity Officer and Senior Vice President for the American Medical Association (AMA) where she focuses on embedding health equity across all the work of the AMA and leading the Center for Health Equity. She joined the AMA in April 2019 as their inaugural Chief Health Equity Officer. Dr. Maybank previously served as Founding Director for the Center for Health Equity at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (2014) and the Office of Minority Health in the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (2006). She is a nationally recognized speaker, writer, and advisor on issues related to health equity, the future of medicine, and public health impact.

Kelley Butler
Kelley Butler

This event will be moderated by Kelley Butler, MPH, a 4th year student and soon-to-be graduate of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Hailing from Los Angeles, Kelley has committed herself to serving marginalized communities. She is an active member in various causes dedicated to students and professionals of color, people suffering from substance use disorder and addiction, people experiencing houselessness, and others. On her medical campus, Kelley is known for her work in social justice, health advocacy and initiatives targeted for minoritized students. Kelley completed her Masters of Public Health in Health Policy at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

Introduction to Advocacy Messaging and Framing

April 8, 2021

Session Speakers

Justin Mendoza
Justin Mendoza

Justin Mendoza, MPH is the Advocacy Manager for U.S. Health Care at Partners In Health. Previously, Justin worked on health care priorities with Families USA and Public Citizen to advance health policy priorities, mainly lowering drug prices, expanding health care coverage, and lowering underlying health care costs. He has experience advancing legislation and administrative action at the state and federal level, as well as coalition management and policy analysis. Justin holds a MPH in Health Policy from Yale University and a B.S. in biomedical sciences and neuroscience from Central Michigan University. He also serves as the President of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.

Reshma Ramachandran
Reshma Ramachandran

Reshma Ramachandran, MD, MPP is a National Clinician Scholars Program fellow at the Yale School of Medicine. Prior to this role, Reshma worked as research faculty as part of the Innovation + Design Enabling Access (IDEA) Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she focused on antimicrobial resistance and access to medicines including state drug pricing proposals. Reshma trained in both medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University and in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She completed her family medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Previously, she served as the first PharmFree Fellow with the American Medical Student Association focused on removing the undue influence of pharmaceutical companies on prescribing behavior and medical education. She also currently serves as co-Chair of the National Steering Committee for the Doctors for America Drug Affordability Action Team and as a board member of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) North America.

Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein
Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein

Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein is Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he also serves as Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement and as Director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. He is a former health commissioner of Baltimore, Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. FDA, and health secretary of Maryland. Dr. Sharfstein teaches a class called “Crisis and Response in Public Health Policy and Practice” and is the author of the Public Health Crisis Survival Guide: Leadership and Management in Trying Times (2018) and co-author of The Opioid Epidemic: What Everyone Needs to Know (2019).

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