April 01, 2012

NICHQ Welcomes Dr. Shikha Anand to New Director Position

The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is delighted to announce that Shikha Anand, MD, MPH, has joined our staff as Director of Strategic Alliances and Initiatives and Obesity Program Director.

Dr. Shikha AnandAs Obesity Program Director, Dr. Anand will coordinate with the heads of NICHQ’s obesity projects, focusing on strategic planning, development, and expanding the organization’s influence in the obesity space. She will identify new opportunities for NICHQ to offer its unique quality improvement methodology to help reduce childhood obesity throughout the country. Dr. Anand, who previously served as a physician champion for NICHQ, will also continue her role as the director for the MA CHIPRA medical home project and the MA Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration Project.

Dr. Anand has a long history of championing children’s health, particularly in obesity prevention. After receiving her medical degree from Albany Medical College in 2000 and completing her residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital in 2003. Dr. Anand went on to complete General Pediatrics fellowship training and receive a Master’s in Public Health at Boston University in 2006. She has served as the Pediatric Director at the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, Mass., where she worked to create a primary care obesity clinic. She cofounded the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, an initiative to bring fresh produce to low-income families in Massachusetts. She is passionate about creating equal access to healthcare and other resources that support health for underserved children.

“Shikha is a high energy, primary care pediatrician steeped in and committed to service in community health settings, as well as to making our care system more responsive to the needs of children and families,” says NICHQ’s CEO Charles Homer, MD, MPH. “It’s a thrill to welcome her to our fulltime staff.”

Dr. Anand lives in Lexington, MA, with her husband and three children.