Contact: Ellen Robinson, NACHC Clinical Affairs, 301/347-0400
Bethesda, MD: Three veteran clinicians have joined the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) as Senior Fellows for Public Health Integration and Innovation. Their efforts will focus on key public health priorities that span equity, health disparities, public health integration, system transformation, innovation, and fostering new models of care that improve patient outcomes. NACHC is the leading voice for the nation’s 1,400 Community Health Centers which provide care to nearly 30 million people across 14,000 locations in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. territories. The Senior Fellows are essential to NACHC’s work in providing clinical guidance, training, and support to health centers in an effort to improve the quality of care and widen access to services at health centers. The NACHC Senior Fellows have longstanding public health experience, credentials and experience with health centers.
Jennie McLaurin, MD, MPH, MA, FAAP
Dr. McLaurin is a board-certified pediatrician with 30 years of experience caring for underserved families and communities at the local, state, and national level. Dr. McLaurin’s career includes service as a medical director of migrant and community health centers, pediatrician to special needs children, national faculty for HRSA’s National Health Disparities Collaborative, HRSA expert consultant and writer on topics of medicine and spirituality. She is a widely acclaimed speaker, teacher, and researcher on issues such as food insecurity, the health status of migrant children, bioethics, and immunizations. She has vast experience in the design and implementation of programs aimed to improve the health status of underserved and vulnerable populations. Her areas of focus at NACHC will include health disparities, health equity for high-risk vulnerable populations, and clinical guidelines with a focus on immunizations, adolescent health, childhood obesity, and wellness.
Wanda Montalvo, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Montalvo is an avid public health advocate with successful track record of engaging diverse stakeholders from academia, philanthropy, federal agencies, and community-based organizations. She has vast experience working with and in foundations, professional trade associations, and academia. Her national work includes the National Health Disparities Collaborative (funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration) as Northeast Cluster Director. She will provide technical support for public health systems change with a focus on peer learning, health disparities, health equity, and transforming new models of care. Her areas of focus will include working with primary care associations, health center controlled networks and health centers on Public Health Integration activities and system transformation to measure and improve performance in clinical, service and cost aspects of health center operations.
Grace Wang, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Dr. Wang is a board-certified family physician. At NACHC, Dr. Wang will focus on workforce innovation as the team lead for Reimagining the Workforce of the Future. She will assist in the design, development, implementation, evaluation, and scale of new integrated services and strategies into health centers’ system transformation. She will also advance NACHC efforts to close health outcomes in biased metrics such as hypertension in African Americans. Another area of focus shared by all three fellows will be to expand the use of tools and resources to heal the clinical workforce impacted by COVID-19. Dr. Wang comes to NACHC after more than 30 years of working at health centers and public health departments in New York City and Seattle; most recently at International Community Health Services in Seattle. In addition to providing primary care, Dr. Wang has also served as health center teaching faculty for ARNP and family medicine residents as well as in clinical leadership roles as Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer. She also served on the NACHC Executive Committee.
Established in 1971, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) serves as the national voice for America’s Health Centers and as an advocate for health care access for the medically underserved and uninsured.