ACH Committees

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Dive into a world of collaboration, expertise, and innovation as you explore the diverse range of committees driving our mission forward.

Whether you're passionate about advocacy, keen on professional development, or eager to shape the future of our industry, there's a committee waiting for you. Join forces with like-minded peers, lend your unique talents, and be at the forefront of change.

Together, we're shaping the narrative, tackling challenges head-on, and building a brighter future for our members and the industry as a whole.

President
Timothy Gilligan, MD, MS, FACH

President-Elect
Vacant

Treasurer
Vacant 

Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Denise Davis, MD, FACH 

Vice President, External Education
Laura Kirk, MSPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, FACH 

Vice President, Internal Education
Lynn O'Neill, MD, FAAHPM 

Vice President, Patient Partnership
Tara Bristol Rouse, MA, CPHQ, CPXP, BCPA, CPPS

Vice President, Research
Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH

Past President
Vacant 

Executive Director (ex officio)
Nick Ruffin, CAE

About the Committee:
The ACH Executive Committee is a small group of the elected ACH board members comprised of the Officers and the Vice Presidents of the organization.  Its main purpose is to facilitate decision-making between board meetings or in urgent and crisis circumstances. The Executive Committee has the power to act on behalf of the full board and is a steering committee for the board. It prioritizes issues for the full board to address, is responsible for overseeing board policies, and must ensure good governance practices. The Executive Committee meets monthly.

Committee Chair
Timothy Gilligan, MD, MS, FACH, Cleveland Clinic

Committee Members
Carol Chou, MD, FACH, University of Pennsylvania
Yuriko de la Cruz, MPH, National Association of Community Health Centers
Kirsten Isgro, PhD, State University of New York
Shakaib Rehman, MD, CSH, FACP, FACH, University of Arizona
Craig Roth, MD, FACH, University of Minnesota
Veronica Victorian, PA-C, DMSc., Texas Children's Hospital

About the Committee:
The purpose of the LDC is to facilitate the annual ACH Board nominations and election process. In addition, the LDC provides oversight to the ACH Fellowship process. The LDC is chaired by the Immediate Past President (in odd numbered years) or President-Elect (in even numbered years). The LDC is appointed by the Past President/President-Elect as applicable and approved by the current Board. The LDC consists of three sitting Board members (including the Past-President/President-elect and the VP for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion or their designee), two past Board members, and two ACH members who are neither a current nor previous member of the Board.

Committee Members:
Luis Ramon Torres Torija Arguelles, MD, MBA, Hospital Español
Yuriko de la Cruz, MPH, National Association of Community Health Centers
Denise L. Davis, MD, University of California San Francisco
Amy Goh, CNM, Boston Medical Center
Marla Rowe Gorosh, MD FACH, Henry Ford Health System
Kathleen McGrail, MD, HealthCare for the Homeless
Mimi Mateo, CNM, MSN, CDE, TrueCare 
Kistein Monkhouse, MPA, Professional Patient Partner, ACH
Cyril Onwuelazu Uteh, BSc, MSc, MPH, Maastricht University 
David Ryamukuru, University of Michigan
Mitali Sengupta, University of Engineering and Management, Kolkata

About the committee:

The ACH Board of Directors has committed to applying an equity and anti-oppression lens to all committee work, instead of having a separate and siloed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee.

The charge to the DEICC is to provide expert coaching and mentoring with a DEI lens to the other ACH Committee Chairs and members on best practices for equity and inclusion including but not limited to racial/ethnic equity, gender and sexual orientation equity, and equity across ability differences.

Members of the DEICC possess a high degree of skill and experience in working to address, promote and remediate for interpersonal equity with individuals and groups, and experience in successfully advocating for equity and inclusion in organizations.

DEICC members are assigned to an ACH Committee (Education Committee, Winter Course Planning Committee, ENRICH planning Committee, Research Forum/ICCH Planning Committee, Leadership Development Committee and Research Committee) and will attend those meetings regularly. Additionally, DEICC members will meet quarterly as a committee (and additionally as needed) for peer consultation and support. Recommendations and evaluation of DEI interventions will be presented regularly to the Board.

Committee Chairs
Laura Kirk MSPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, FACH, UT Southwestern Medical Center 
Lynn O’Neill, MD, Emory University; Atlanta VA Medical Center 

Committee Members
Carol Chou, MD, FACH, University of Pennsylvania 
Shai Gavi, DO, MS, MPH, Morristown Medical Center 
Sandi Moutsios, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Lynda Tang, DO, Vancouver Clinic
Marla Rowe Gorosh, MD, FACH, Henry Ford Health System
Ellen Pearlman, MD, FACH, Hofstra Northshore-LIJ School of Medicine
Luis Ramon Torres TorijaHospital Español of Mexico
Bronwyn Wilson, MD, MS, MPH, FACH, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

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 bimonthly, 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, two current ACH FITs, ENRICH Course Director, and Winter Course Director).

Co-Directors:

Andrea Card, MD, MPH, Weill Cornell Medicine  
Annie Harvey, RN, BSN, Zuckerberg San Francisco General 
Lynn O’Neill, MD, Emory University

Committee Members:

Laura Brachman, MD, Emory University 
Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, FACH, University of California, San Francisco
Carol Chou, MD, FACH, University of Pennsylvania 
Aba Coleman, MD, EdM, Texas Children's Hospital
Denise Davis, MD, University of California San Francisco
Tina Foster, MD, MPH, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Cynthia George, MSN, FNP, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Tim Gilligan, MD, Cleveland Clinic
Martha Howell, EdD, Baylor Scott & White
Laura Kirk MSPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, FACH, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Mimi Mateo, CNM, TrueCare
Ellen Pearlman, MD, FACH, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Tara Rouse, MA, CPHQ, CPXP, BCPA,  
Lynda Tang, DO, The Vancouver Clinic
Bronwyn Wilson, MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

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.
Committee Chairs:
Lynda Tang, DO, The Vancouver Clinic
Tina Foster, MD, MPH, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
 
Guide Support Directors:
Bronwyn Wilson, MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Carol Chou, MD, FACH, University of Pennsylvania
 
Committee Members:
Laura Brachman, MD, Emory University
Denise Connor, MD, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco VA Medical Center
Mimi Mateo, CNM, MSN, CDE, TrueCare 
Lisa Miller, EdD, RN, CPHQ, Stanford University Medicine, SHC & UHA
Denise Mohess, MD, Bridgeport Hospital
Kathleen McGrail, MD, FACH, Retired from Rochester Regional Health System
Lynn O'Neill, MD, Emory University (Ex-Officio)
Tara Sanft, MD, Yale New Haven Hospital
Bert Stewart, MD, Baylor Scotte and White
Darryl Woods, MD, Boston Medical Center
 
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.

Chris Koenig, PhD, FACH, San Francisco State 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.

Committee Chair: 
Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH, University of California, San Francisco 

Committee Members: 
Stewart Chang Alexander, PhD, Purdue University
Delesha Carpenter, PhD, MSPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Judy Chang, MD, MPH, OBGYN, University of Pittsburgh
Mark J. Fisher, PhD, RN, CNE, University of Oklahoma College of Nursing
Gemmae Fix, PhD, FACH, Bedford VA and Boston University School of Medicine
Chris Koenig, PhD, FACH, San Francisco State University
M. Barton Laws, PhD, Brown School of Public Health
Kristen Pecanac, RN, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
Maija Reblin, PhD, The University of Vermont
Noelle Spencer, MS, Magee Women's Research Institute
Ovinuchi Ejiohuo, MSc, MBA, 
Rachyl Pines, PhD, Stanford Health Care
Anna Marie Campbell, PhD
Erika Yoo, MD, Thomas Jefferson University 
Safa Elkefi, PhD, Columbia University 
Eman Elbanna, MBBCH, MPH, Alexandria University
Megan Shen, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center 
Brenda Lovegrove Lepisto, PsyD, LP, McLaren Health Care
Vida Henderson, PhD, PharmD, MPH, MFA, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Danny van Leeuwen, MPH, RN, CPHQ, Health Hats 

About the Full Research 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 Research Committee recruits members via an open call.

Committee Members:

Kara Myers, CNM, MS, FACH, University of California San Francisco; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
Kirsten Isgro, PhD, State University of New York
Kistein Monkhouse, MPA, Professional Patient Partner, ACH
Tara Bristol Rouse, MA, CPHQ, CPXP, BCPA, Professional Patient Partner, ACH

About the Committee:

The purpose of the Patient Partnership 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. 
 
The Patient Partnership Committee plans to fully reconvene in 2024.