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Dr. Victoria Rogers to Receive the Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

August 8, 2011

Congratulations to Victoria Rogers, MD, FAAP, who has been selected to receive the 2011 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award. This award is presented annually in collaboration with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies to honor a medical school faculty physician who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students. In order to be selected, nominees must demonstrate positive mentoring skills, involvement in community service, compassion and sensitivity, collaboration with students and patients, and model ethics of the profession. The goal of the award is to emphasize, reinforce, and enhance the importance of humanistic qualities among medical school students and faculty.

Dr. Rogers will be presented with the award on October 14, 2011, at the Pediatrics for the 21st Century: Ending Obesity Within a Generation—Innovations in Practice symposium hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics in Boston.


As a leader in the field of childhood obesity prevention and management, she is often called upon as a consultant by NICHQ, the AAP, and other national organizations to provide her expert opinion and review. As the Director of the Kids CO-OP at The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center, Dr. Rogers oversees the development, coordination, and promotion of community-oriented, pediatric healthcare initiatives. 


Her work on the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative (MYOC) and the 5-2-1-0 Goes to School program has resulted in two articles in the NICHQ Childhood Obesity Action Network (COAN) supplement to Pediatrics on strategies to address childhood obesity. She was the co-lead on a 2000 AAP Healthy People 2010 chapter grant that focused on obesity, and is the current lead on a 2010 AAP Healthy Active Living chapter grant that focuses on age-appropriate beverage recommendations for children 0-5 years old. She has authored resources on care coordination for the AAP, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the ADA.

Dr. Rogers is also an expert in quality improvement, and in 2003 she received the AAP’s Quality Care Award for implementing the AH! Asthma Health Program at Maine Medical Center. By taking a “systems approach” that utilized all clinic staff—from the phone operator to the physician—in the care, training and follow-up of asthma patients, she was able to lead a group of physicians concerned about the health of asthma patients in developing new and better ways to manage asthma care. These new procedures resulted in decreased hospital stays, fewer emergency room visits, and fewer missed days of school and work for children with asthma and their parents. The AH! Asthma Health Program is now offered in clinics throughout Portland and Maine, and the program’s asthma management forms were adopted by the state of Maine for use by health care providers.

Dr. Rogers is a member of NICHQ’s Obesity National Advisory Council where she provides expert recommendations and key guidance to NICHQ’s obesity work. She was also the faculty chair for NICHQ’s Healthy Care for Healthy Kids Learning Collaborative, co-chair of the Childhood Obesity Action Network (COAN) faculty, and has also served as a content expert for a number of NICHQ’s other obesity-related projects. She has led the development of a “next steps” implementation guide for clinicians based on the expert panel recommendations on childhood obesity prevention and management.  She is currently a faculty member and advisor for NICHQ’s Be Our Voice childhood obesity advocacy project and a member of the Collaborate for Healthy Weight Consortium.


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