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Fellows Bios

Class of 2023

Alicia Hardy, LCSW
CEO at OLE Health
Napa, CA

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.
 

Nia Heard-Garris, MD, MSc, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Attending Physician at Northwestern University/Ann & Robert H. Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Chicago, IL  

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.
 

Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD, FAAFP, DiplABLM
Physician at Iora Primary Care
Denver, Colorado

Tamaan K. Osbourne-Roberts, MD, FAAFP, DiplABLM is the founder and principal of Daybreak Healthcare, an executive consulting firm specializing in healthcare media, health data, and health policy. He recently served as the CMO of Colorado’s Health Care Policy and Financing department, the state agency overseeing Colorado’s $9.4 billion Medicaid program, as well as CMO of the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC), the administrator of Colorado’s All Payer Claims Database. Prior to such, he served as a Regional Medical Director at Aledade.

In his clinical career, Tamaan serves as a Team Lead Physician at Iora Primary Care in Denver, Colorado, and maintains academic appointments as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine for the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and as a Clinical Assistant Professor in in the Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy of the Colorado School of Public Health. He is a former member of the Colorado Health Service Corps, having spent his clinical career working as a primary care physician and critical access hospitalist for the underserved in multiple locations throughout rural and urban Colorado.

Through his work with the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), he has spent substantial time shaping national healthcare policy, authoring and co-authoring policy on the Affordable Care Act, health data, excessive use of force in policing, and disputation of ‘excited delirium’ as a valid medical diagnosis. He served as the first president of color, and youngest president (at age 37) in the Colorado Medical Society’s 143-year history, currently serves on the AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health and the AAFP’s Commission on Quality and Practice, previously served on the AMA’s External Advisory Committee on Value-Based Care, and served as a launch stage judge for the Center for Medicare Services AI Health Outcomes Challenge. He speaks five languages (three fluently).

Tamaan completed his B.A. in English and biology at Williams College (where he was awarded the the Stephen H. Tyng Scholarship at matriculation and the William Bradford Turner Citizenship Prize at commencement); he completed his M.D. at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he served as class commencement speaker, returned as graduation keynote speaker in 2019, and where he also completed his family medicine residency training. A first-generation American of Trinidadian parentage, as well as an Air Force brat, he enjoys capoeira, freediving and scuba diving, angling and spearfishing, travel, cooking, and spending time with his wife and children.
 

Steven Starks, MD, FAPA
Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston
Houston, Texas

Steven is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine. He serves the college with roles in education, curriculum development, and community partnerships. A former Health and Aging Policy Fellow/American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, his work aims to address racism and inequity in medical education, organized medicine, and mental health. He earned his medical degree from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and completed psychiatry residency training at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals Residency Program and clinical fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
 

Class of 2022

Fatimah Loren (Muhammad) Dreier
Executive Director
The Health Alliance for Violence
Jersey City, New Jersey  

Fatimah is the Executive Director of the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI), a medical association of hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs), representing over 50 cities in the US and around the world. HVIPs serve victims of gun violence through wraparound trauma-informed care, breaking cycles of retaliatory violence and preventing violent reinjury.  Fatimah’s vision for social change has been shaped by a rich heritage of resilience in the wake of harm: from her father‘s incarceration to her family’s experiences with homelessness. She is fighting for a system that centers racial equity, preventative public health strategies, and trauma-informed care delivery. 

Prior to joining the HAVI, Fatimah was Deputy Director of Equal Justice USA, a national criminal justice reform organization in which she led an award-winning program on community trauma and police-community relations. Fatimah has received numerous honors and distinctions including 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Fellowship. She is a psychotherapist by training and a proud Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Her work for social change has been featured in Health Affairs, WHYY (NPR), PBS, The Trace, The Grio, and Salud America.
 

Mikah Owen
Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics
University of California, Davis
Davis, 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
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology) and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology) at Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital
New Haven, Connecticut

Cece Calhoun MD, MPHS, MBA is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology) and Pediatrics (Hematology-Oncology) at the Yale University School of Medicine. She is also Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Sickle Cell Disease Program at Yale Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital. 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.
 

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 such as cesarean sections, inductions, and breastfeeding rates for low-income women of color.

Kennetha’s experience includes nursing leadership throughout the care spectrum for various metropolitan hospitals and community clinics. Currently, Kennetha is the Director of Nursing at the Venice Family Clinic through the 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 inclluding 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.

Experienced in management leadership alongside a clinical nursing practice, Kennetha actively serves in communities with vulnerable populations. A current doctoral student at the Yale School of Nursing, she also holds three masters’ degrees from the University of California Los Angeles in African American Studies, Urban Planning. and Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Santa Cruz in Politics and Community Studies. Kennetha has demonstrated commitment to serving in communities that are largely underrepresented. She also enjoys spending time with her two young children and supportive husband.
 

Crystal Yates  
Deputy Commissioner, Administration and Finance
City of Philadelphia Fire Department
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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.