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Northeast Health Equity Consortium 2017-2018


Raheem Baraka, ACE-CPT, BCS
Executive Director
Baraka Community Wellness

Chien-Chi Huang
Founder & Executive Director
Asian Women for Health

Lenny Lopez, MD
Associate Professor & Chief of Hospital
UCSF School of Medicine

Immediate Past Co-Chairs

Keith B. Churchwell, MD, FACC, FAHA
Vice President & Executive Director of Heart & Vascular Services
Yale-New Haven Hospital

Cheryl Pegus, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor of Medicine & Population Health, Director, Division of General Internal Medicine & Clinical Innovation
NYU School of Medicine


Wanda Allen
Associate Direcor, Community Education & Engagement Programs, Harvard University Center for AIDs Research
Harvard University Center for AIDS Research
Harvard Global Health Institute

Sean Cahill, PhD
Director of Health Policy Research
National LGBT Health Education Center
Fenway Institute

Luther Clark, MD, FACC, FACP
Global Director, Scientific, Medical and Patient Perspective Cardiovascular
Office of the Chief Medical Officer
Merck & Co., Inc.

Claudine Constant
Program Manager
Health Equity Solutions

Nihar Desai
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
Institution for Social & Policy Studies, Yale School of Medicine
Yale Internal Medicine – Cardiology

Icilma V. Fergus, MD, FACC
National President, Association of Black Cardiologists
Association Professor of Medicine
Director, Mount Sinai Heart Center for Cardiovascular Disparities

Leonor Fernandez, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Health Care Associates

Anjanette D. Ferris, MD, MPH
Assitant Professor, Medicine
Medical Director, Lipid Clinic
Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center
UCONN Health

Chris Fulcher
Director, Center for Applied Research & Environmental Systems (CARES)
University of Missouri

Annamarie Golden
Manager of Community Relations & Community Benefits
Baystate Health

Garth Graham, MD, MPH, FACP, FACC
Aetna Foundation

Uzma Iqbal, MD, FACC, FASE
Chief Medical Officer for Population Health Management
Attending Cardiologist
SJH Cardiology Associates
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

S. Atiya Martin, LP.D., MPS-HSL, CEM
Chief Resilience Officer
City of Boston

Marcus M. McKinney, D.Min., LPC
Vice President|Chief Health Equity Officer Trinity Health
New England Director
Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity

Julie Morse
Vice President of Nursing
Fletcher Allen Health Care

Martha Okafor, PhD
Community Services Administrator
The Community Services Administration – New Haven

Amanda Parsons
Vice President of Community & Population Health
Montefiore Health System – Montefiore Medical Center

Brandon Ransom
Web Developer
IncluDe-Software Design & Development

April Rogers, MD, MBA
Assistant Research Scientist
Aetna/Association of Black Cardiologists
NYU School of Medicine

Douglas B. Sawyer
Maine Medical Center

David Siscovick, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President for Research
The New York Academy of Medicine

Tressa Spears Jackson
Vice President, Community Affairs & Executive Director
CHNCT Foundation, Inc.
Community Health Network of CT, Inc.

Daniel M. Suarez, MA, RN
NYAM Fellow
Immediate Past President
National Association of Hispanic Nurses

American Heart Association Staff

Heather Kinder, Executive Vice President, Founders Affiliate

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP, CMO Prevention & Center for Health,  National Center

Stephen Militi, SVP, Executive Operations, Office of the EVP, Founders Affiliate

Bill Thompsen, SVP, Health Strategies, Founders Affiliate

Benjamin Perkins, VP, Multicultural Initiatives, Founders Affiliate

Cathy Wilkins, VP, Communications & Marketing, Founders Affiliate

April Dawn Shinske, Sr. Director, EVP and Internal Communications

Katherine Bolt, Health Equities Programs Coordinator

Denise Su, Specialist, Volunteer & Field Operations