GWU Community Health Program

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From: DougRHess at aol.com

Might be of interest to those interested in civil rights and community
health or minority health.

-Doug

From:	"D.Richard Mauery" <rmauery at GWU.EDU>

The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health 
Services  

Celebrates Establishment of the Geiger Gibson Program in Community 
Health  

During the National Association of Community Centers 2004 Policy and
Issues Forum  



WASHINGTON, DC=BEThe George Washington University School of 
Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) Department of Health 
Policy is pleased to announce the establishment of the Geiger Gibson
Program in Community Health. This program honors Drs. H. Jack 
Geiger and
Count Gibson, pioneers in community health practice and tireless 
advocates
for civil and human rights. The Founding of this program was 
celebrated on
Tuesday, March 23 during the opening session of the National 
Association
of Community Health Centers (NACHC) 2004 Policy and Issues Forum. 
The
Program's initial founding donors are NACHC on behalf of all health
centers nationally, health centers throughout Massachusetts and
Mississippi, and from New York City, The William F. Ryan Community 
Health
Center, CenterCare, and The Sunset Park Family Health Center and 
Network. 
Additional founding donors will be announced as they join.  



The Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health has been 
established as a lasting tribute to Drs. Geiger and Gibson, in 
recognition of their efforts to advance the cause of healthcare for all
people and communities. Through education and research, the Geiger 
Gibson
Program aims to develop the next generation of community health 
leaders.
Particular emphasis will be placed on the study of the health center
model, which has gained international recognition for its ability to
provide accessible and high quality primary healthcare in medically
underserved communities.  



"We are deeply moved that the School of Public Health and Health 
Services has been selected as home for this extraordinary program. 
The Geiger Gibson Program is a testament to the enormous 
contribution of two health professionals, who fundamentally altered the
meaning of community health practice," said Ruth J. Katz, Dean and 
Walter
G. Ross Professor of Health Policy, GW School of Public Health and 
Health
Services. "The aims and goals of this Program are integral to the 
mission
of any School of Public Health and Health Services."  



"Geiger and Gibson set the standard for efforts to advance public policy
for medically underserved populations, and in particular, policies aimed
at reducing health and healthcare disparities," said Sara Rosenbaum,
Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Chair of 
the
Department of Health Policy.  



The Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy will be 
directed by Professor Bruce Siegel, a member of the Department of 
Health Policy and Director of Urgent Matters, a national program of the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aimed at strengthening the 
healthcare
safety net in America's communities.  The Program in Health Policy will
consist of the following elements:  



* An academic concentration in Medical Underservice and Minority 
Health Policy for Masters and Doctoral candidates that will combine 
rigorous training in health policy and health services research with
specialized knowledge of minority health policy, civil rights policy and
practice;  

*An annual Visitorship in Community Health Policy, to be awarded to an
individual distinguished in community health practice and health policy
advocacy of behalf of medically underserved communities and 
populations;  

* Health Policy scholarships for Masters and Doctoral students pursuing
research related to health disparities, minority health and medical
underservice;  

*A Minority Health Policy Fellows Program for graduates in law, 
medicine and the healthcare sciences and professions who seek 
advanced training in medical underservice and minority health policy in
Washington, DC;  

*A Community Health Policy Archives that will serve as a national 
repository for documents and materials related to both the health 
centers movement as a whole, as well as individual health centers; and  

*An Endowed Chair in Community Health Policy and Medically 
Underserved Populations.  

More information about the new SPHHS Geiger Gibson Program in 
Community Health, along with a list of its founding donors and 
information about how to make a contribution, can be found at its 
website, http://www.gwhealthpolicy.org/ggprogram/index.html.  




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