NICHQ Expands Board of Directors
NICHQ has elected two new members to its board of directors. Calvin Johnson, MD, MPH, and Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, both bring extensive experience and passion for ensuring access to quality healthcare services for underserved populations.
Calvin B. Johnson, MD, MPH
Calvin B. Johnson, MD, MPH, is the founder and principal of Altre Strategic Solutions Group, a strategic consulting firm focused on data-driven healthcare policy, care delivery and population health management. Prior to that, Johnson held positions including executive vice president and chief medical officer for Corizon Health, the largest provider of correctional healthcare in the U.S., and executive vice president and chief medical officer for MinSec Companies, a provider of transitional housing services and programs, behavioral healthcare treatment and Veterans’ housing and support services. He was also previously the vice president and chief medical officer of Temple University Health System and the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health.
Joseph Wright, MD, MPH
Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, is a professor and the chairman of Pediatrics at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He previously served as senior vice president for Community Affairs at Children's National Medical Center, where he provided strategic leadership for the organization’s advocacy mission, public policy positions and community partnership initiatives. He is also an adjunct professor of emergency medicine and health policy at The George Washington University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, as well as, affiliate faculty at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
“With their impressive and impactful backgrounds in health policy, public health, community partnerships and working with underserved populations, Calvin and Joe each bring critical perspectives, experiences and skills that will help advance NICHQ's mission,” says NICHQ CEO Scott Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP. “We couldn’t be happier to have such high-caliber healthcare leaders joining our board.”
Read more about Johnson, Wright and all of the members of NICHQ’s board of directors.
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The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) is pleased to announce the recent promotions of several dedicated members of our Development, Finance, and Programs teams. Join NICHQ in celebrating our staff and welcoming them to their new roles.
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NICHQ Manuscript on Social-Emotional Screening Published by BMJ Open Quality
BOSTON – A NICHQ-authored manuscript about integrating social-emotional screening at well-child visits was published online on June 11, 2021 by BMJ Open Quality. "Promoting social-emotional development during the pediatric well-child visit: a demonstration project" details how a quality improvement approach increased the number of children from birth to age 3 years who received age-appropriate social-emotional developmental screens or assessments at well-child visits.
Four National Maternal and Child Health Organizations Announce Joint Action Plan for Anti-Racism and Racial Equity
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NICHQ’s Heidi Brooks honored as one of Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women
BOSTON – Heidi Brooks, COO of the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ), is being honored as one of Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women in 2021. Hosted by Get Konnected!, the virtual event ceremony on March 23 features special guest Mayor of Boston Kim Janey and is moderated by LaToyia Edwards from NBC10 Boston.