Class of 2024
Nazleen Bharmal, MD, PhD, MPP
Associate Chief of Community Health & Partnerships
Cleveland Clinic Community Care and Population Health
Nazleen H. Bharmal, MD, PhD, MPP is the Associate Chief of Community Health & Partnerships for Cleveland Clinic Community Care and Population Health. In this role, she works with an interdisciplinary team to implement a community health strategy for Cleveland Clinic focused on health equity, social determinants of health, and partnerships with community stakeholders. Dr. Bharmal practices primary care internal medicine focused on disease prevention and health promotion. She previously was the Director of Science and Policy at the Office of the Surgeon General in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to her time at OSG, she was a clinician-investigator at the RAND Corporation and UCLA Department of Medicine, Division of Health Services and General Internal Medicine with a research focus on health disparities, chronic disease prevention, and social determinants of health using quantitative, qualitative, and community-based participatory research methods.
Nazleen has published in several scientific journals and received awards for her public health research and leadership activities. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School, PhD in health policy and management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and MPP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Karen Orjuela MD, MSCR, FAAN
Vascular Neurologist and Neurohospitalist
University of Colorado
Karen Orjuela is a fellowship-trained vascular neurologist, neurohospitalist, assistant professor and clinical researcher studying acute neurological care and associated outcomes at the University of Colorado. She completed her medical school training at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in her hometown Bogota (Colombia) then, she moved to the United States where she graduated as a neurologist and vascular neurologist from Loyola University of Chicago. She earned a master’s degree in clinical research from the University of South Carolina and began participating in industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated research studies. Noting the lack of representation of minorities in cardiovascular disease research coupled with their overrepresentation in her clinical practice, Dr. Orjuela is actively seeking to address this disparity.
Karen is also the Co-Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Neurology at her institution. She is member of international neurological societies and scientific journal's editorial boards. She is an emerging leader in neurohospitalist education and community-based participatory neurology research.
Amaziah Coleman, MD, FAAAAI, FAAP
Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation (DAIT) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Silver Spring, MD
Amaziah Coleman is a Medical Officer in the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation (DAIT) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to the NIH, Amaziah served as an Attending Physician in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Children’s National Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. Her clinical and research interests have been focused on understanding the health disparities that exist for people living with allergic and immunologic disorders and finding effective ways to improve health outcomes for those communities.
Amaziah received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson, MS). She completed pediatric residency training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/Arkansas Children’s Hospital (Little Rock, AR) and allergy and immunology fellowship training at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (Madison, WI). Amaziah hopes to be an effective voice for advancing health equity in clinical research for marginalized populations.
Class of 2023
Alicia Hardy, LCSW
CEO at OLE Health
Alicia is the CEO of OLE Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides comprehensive primary health care services to 40,000 low-income children, families, and individuals in Napa and Solano Counties. She develops OLE’s strategic priorities and annual budget, ensures the delivery of high-quality services, and participates in advocacy, fundraising, emergency, and disaster response to ensure that all members of the community have access to high-quality care.
Prior to joining OLE in 2009, Alicia worked with vulnerable communities in Peru and Nigeria and co-founded a charter school in the South Bronx. Since being promoted to CEO in 2018, Alicia has expanded OLE Health’s mobile outreach services and opened two additional clinic sites; she continues to look for opportunities to expand access to care for those without a primary health home. She is also positioning the organization to participate in payment reform efforts that will move the system towards value-based care, where reimbursement is directly tied to health outcomes, which allows for greater flexibilities to address social determinants of health.
Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD, FAAFP, DiplABLM
Chief Medical Oﬃcer and Vice President of Health Strategy, Colorado Access
Tamaan K. Osbourne-Roberts, MD, serves as Chief Medical Oﬃcer (CMO) and Vice President of Health Strategy for Colorado Access, a Colorado-based non-profit health plan serving more than one million Medicaid and CHP+ members. Previously, he served as CMO of Colorado Medicaid and concurrently as CMO of Colorado’s All-Payer Claims Database, as well as served as a regional medical director with the value-based care startup Aledade. A former member of the Colorado Public Health Service Corps, he continues to practice clinically, and has spent the majority of his career meeting the needs of underserved low-income Spanish-speaking communities throughout urban and rural Colorado. Additionally, he holds policy development roles with the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians, where he has co-authored policy on support of the Aﬀordable Care Act, excessive use of force in policing, and data infrastructure. He speaks six languages, three fluently.
Dr. Osbourne-Roberts completed his B.A. in English/Biology at Williams College and his M.D. and family medicine residency at the University of Colorado. He enjoys Trinidad Carnival, capoeira, mountaineering, freediving, spearfishing, cooking, and time with his wife and children.
Nia Heard-Garris, MD, MSc, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Attending Physician at Northwestern University/Ann & Robert H. Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Dr. Nia Heard-Garris is a pediatrician and a physician-investigator at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and in the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She examines the influence of social adversities in childhood and resilience on child and adolescent health. She is the founding chair of the Section on Minority Health, Equity, and Inclusion at the American Academy of Pediatrics, boasting 1,000 members. She hopes to combine her knowledge of medicine, science, and policy with her emerging knowledge of business to promote health equity.
Steven Starks, MD, FAPA
Clinical Assistant Professor at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine
Steven is a geriatric psychiatrist and clinical assistant professor at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. His scholarly work addresses racism and inequity in medical education, organized medicine and mental healthcare. He serves the college with roles in admissions, curriculum development and community partnerships and has a steadfast commitment to mental health advocacy and elevating communities that have been marginalized by social and structural factors.
Previously, he had been 2018-2019 Health and Aging Policy Fellow and American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the Office of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and contributed to the design, drafting and rollout of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. He started his early career as a faculty member of the BCM Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorder Center and as a staff physician at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center where he designed programs that integrated mental health practice into home-based care, long-term care and primary care settings to ensure individuals with mental health and substance use disorders received compassionate and effective psychiatric care and treatment.
Class of 2022
Fatimah Loren Dreier (Muhammad)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Fatimah is the Executive Director of HAVI, a healthcare organization that has developed and scaled a model of care, called HVIPs, to treat violently injured patients. The HAVI has a presence in 85 markets in the United States.
Fatimah currently involved in initiatives to support the Biden Administration on healthcare policy, spearheading the securing of over $2B of federal investments as well as reimbursement mechanisms for HVIPs. She has attracted notable supporters of the HAVI, including Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO and Arthur Blank, co-founder of The Home Depot.
Fatimah has appeared in numerous media outlets including CNN, Washington Post, NPR, NY Times, Health Affairs, Politico, AP, and more. She is a psychotherapist by training and a proud Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Clinical and Academic Program Director - Health Equity, UCLA-UCSF ACEs Aware Family Resilience Network
University of California - Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Prior to joining the University of California, Davis, Mikah was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville. In Jacksonville Mikah’s work focused on building a system of care for children and adolescents from marginalized and vulnerable backgrounds. Clinically, Mikah is a primary care pediatrician and medical director for a federally qualified health center. In this role Mikah provides direct patient care and oversees the clinical operations for two pediatric health centers. While in Jacksonville Mikah has led and participated in numerous initiatives aimed at improving the health and well-being of children at the local, state and national level. This work includes quality care initiatives aimed at improving healthcare delivery for youth in the child welfare system, extensive advocacy efforts aimed at improving health and well-being outcomes for youth involved with the justice system and working to establish Jacksonville as a Child Friendly City where all children have an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential.
Class of 2021
Cecilia “Cece” Calhoun, MD, MPHS, MBA
Internal Medicine, Section of Hematology
Pediatrics, Section of Hematology Oncology
Dir. Adult Sickle Cell Program
Smilow Cancer Center
New Haven, Connecticut
Cece Calhoun MD, MPHS, MBA is the Medical Director of the Adult Sickle Cell Program at the Yale Cancer Center. She earned her MD at Wayne State University in her hometown of Detroit, MI. She went on to complete her residency and fellowship training at Michigan State University and Washington University in St. Louis. She conducts health equity research with and for persons with sickle cell disease, who are disproportionality impacted by health and healthcare disparities.
Dr. Calhoun uses mixed methods to find solutions to the educational and healthcare obstacles critical to the longevity of adolescents with sickle cell disease. She has dedicated her career to the design and implementation of evidence-based interventions that promote successful transition from youth to adult care for the sickle cell population. As an NIH funded investigator she collaborates with her hematology colleagues across the nation to use Implementation Science methods to improve outcomes for patients with sickle cell disease throughout their lifespans. She has also worked with the American Society of Hematology as well as the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America to engage in governmental advocacy on the local and federal levels for patients with sickle cell. Her time at Yale SOM was pivotal in developing her interest in optimizing resource allocation within healthcare to address equity.
Deputy Commissioner, Administration and Finance
City of Philadelphia Fire Department
Crystal is the Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Finance for the Philadelphia Fire Department. In her role she oversees human resources, budgeting, procurement, recruitment, training, technical support and several other units in the largest fire department in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She serves on the mayor’s Philadelphia Resilience Project which is responsible to address the opioid crisis and is fortified with the collective impact from involvement with local public health, law enforcement, housing, civic organization leaders, and other city agencies. To enhance the project’s outcomes, she implemented a multidisciplinary mobile team to provide connection to services for people with substance use disorder.
Crystal joined the Philadelphia Fire Department as a paramedic in 1998. She made history as the first African-American female to be promoted to the ranks of Fire Paramedic Captain in 2013 and Fire Paramedic Services Chief in 2016. Crystal graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Studies. She is a member of Leadership Philadelphia’s Core program. Crystal demonstrates her commitment to the Philadelphia community through her work and community service activities.
Dr. Kennetha Gaines, RN, DNP, MBA, MA, PHN, CNL, CLEC
Director of Nursing
Venice Family Clinic—UCLA Health System
Los Angeles, California
Kennetha has a strong background in providing clinical leadership and expertise, focusing on mother and newborn infant care, specifically, with an emphasis on perinatal outcomes for women of color.
Kennetha’s experience includes nursing and management leadership throughout the care spectrum for various metropolitan hospitals and community clinics. Currently, Kennetha is a Director of Nursing at UCLA Health system. She manages four primary care ambulatory clinics, two school-based clinics, and three neighborhood outreach clinics.
Kennetha has expertise in managing comprehensive services including reproductive health, family planning, behavioral health, disease management and prevention. Kennetha believes that nursing has offered her the unique opportunity to integrate community-based experience with a more fundamental science and evidence-based delivery of nursing interventions. Kennetha has demonstrated commitment to serving in communities that are largely underrepresented.
Kennetha holds three masters’ degrees from UCLA in African American Studies, Urban Planning and Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Yale School of Nursing. She also enjoys traveling to new places with her two children and husband.