Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

Spotlight on Global Health Disparities: Strengthening Research Capacity in the Eastern Caribbean

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, September 27, 2012

8:00 AM: Forchheimer Medical Science Building First Floor

Speaker & Info

Marcella Nunez-Smith, MHS, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)
Assistant Director, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Faculty, Global Health Leadership Institute
Yale School of Medicine

Repeated at 12:15 pm, Cherkasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith’s research focuses on promoting healthcare equity for vulnerable populations with an emphasis on healthcare workforce development, patient assessment of healthcare experiences, and healthcare system strengthening to address chronic disease in low and middle resource settings. She is the principal investigator on several NIH and foundation-funded research projects, including an NIH-fund project to develop a tool to assess patient reported experiences of discrimination in healthcare. In 2011 she received NIH funding to establish the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes and Research Network (ECHORN), a research collaborative across four Eastern Caribbean islands that will recruit and follow a community-dwelling adult cohort to examine chronic disease burden and to enhance health outcomes research and leadership capacity in the region. Dr. Nunez-Smith has received numerous awards including the Association of American Medical College’s Herbert W. Nicken’s Faculty Fellowship in 2008 in recognition of her contributions to healthcare workforce diversity and healthcare equity research, a 2011 American Medical Student Association’s Women Leaders in Medicine award, and a 2012 Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship from the American Medical Association.

Dr. Nunez-Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Section of General Internal Medicine at Yale. She is also an Assistant Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (CSP) and a Researcher at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute. She is board certified in internal medicine, having completed residency training at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship at the Yale CSP where she also received a Masters in Health Sciences. Originally from the US Virgin Islands, she attended Jefferson Medical College, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and she earned a BA in Biology, Anthropology, and Psychology at Swarthmore College. She has taught extensively at Harvard and Yale and is very dedicated to student mentorship, for which she was recognized by the Yale School of Medicine graduating class of 2011 with the Leah Lowenstein Award for excellence in the promotion of humane and egalitarian medical education. She is a volunteer preceptor in the Wednesday Evening Clinic and the HAVEN clinic.

Objectives - After attending this activity, participants will:

  1. Describe the rise of non-communicable chronic disease in low and middle resource settings
  2. Discuss geographic differences in healthcare system performance on inpatient quality measures
  3. Recognize the policy-relevance of data collection specific to historically vulnerable populations

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Host: Department of Medicine (Diversity Affairs)

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