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Steering Committee

Juan Acosta, DO, MS, FACOEP-D, FACEP

Representative, American Osteopathic Association
VP Medical Affairs/ ED Department Chair, Toppenish Community Hospital

Ronald W. Baker, MD

Representative, Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc.
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Meharry Medical College
Representative, Association of Minority Health Professions Schools

Lula Beatty, PhD

Representative, American Psychological Association
Senior Director, Health Disparities
American Psychological Association

Mary Behrens, RN, MS, FNP-BC

Representative, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Ana Bejinez-Eastman, MD, ABFP

Representative, National Hispanic Medical Association

Monique Chambers, MD, MSL

Representative, Nth Dimensions Educational Solutions, Inc.
Director of Research and Pipeline Initiative Outcomes, Nth Dimensions Educational Solutions, Inc.
Academic and Health Sciences Research Fellow, UPMC Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Quality Improvement Analyst, UPMC Wolff Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation Center

Rose Gonzalez, PhD, MPS, RN

Member, Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee

Millicent Gorham, PhD (Hon.), FAAN, MBA

Representative, National Black Nurses Association
Executive Director, National Black Nurses Association

Thomas Green, MD

Emeritus Physician, Virginia Mason Medical Center
Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine

Jannifer Drake Harper, MD, CPE

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, VP, Chief Clinical Officer,
National Accounts
Member, Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee

Melvyn Harrington, MD

Past President, J Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
Past Orthopaedic Surgery Section Chair, National Medical Association
Associate Professor and Residency Program Director, Department of
Orthopaedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

Carla Harwell, MD

Member, Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee
Associate Professor in Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Medical Director, University Hospitals Otis Moss Jr. Health Center

Tamara Huff, MD

Representative, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Orthopedic Surgeon, St. Francis Orthopaedic Institute

Ramon Luis Jimenez, MD

Member, Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee
Co-Founder and President, American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons
Past Chair, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Diversity Advisory Board
Senior Consultant, Monterey Sports and Orthopaedic Institute

Charla Johnson, RN, MSN, ONC

Manager, Community Education & Professional Development, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Gonzales, LA

Lynne C. Jones, PhD

Member, Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Member, Center of Metabolism and Obesity Research
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Julia A. Kneedler, RN, MS, EdD

COO/Program Manager, Pfiedler Enterprises – Aurora, CO

Marjorie Kulesa, RN, BS, ONC, CNOR

Representative, National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses
Past President, National Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Nurse Coordinator, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Winthrop University Hospital

Sharon LaSure-Roy, MS

Senior Communications Consultant, Florida Blue

Michelle A. Leak, DEd, MBA

Operations Administrator, Mayo Clinic Florida
Member, Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee

Jackie Maldonado

Consumer Advocate
Community Outreach, Greater Prince William Community Health Center

Frank M. McClellan, JD

Representative, To Our Children’s Future With Health
Member, Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee
Board Member, To Our Children’s Future with Health
Professor Law Emeritus, James E. Beasley School of Law, Temple University
Board Member, AIDS Law Project

Johnette L. Meadows, PT, MS

Representative, American Physical Therapy Association
Program Director, Minority/Women’s Initiatives, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Randall C. Morgan, Jr., MD, MBA

Executive Director, W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute
95th President of the National Medical Association
Practicing Orthopedic Surgeon, Sarasota, FL

Charles L. Nelson, MD

Past President, J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
Chief of Adult Reconstruction and Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery,
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Mary I. O’Connor, MD

Chair, Movement is Life
Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Care at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health
Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale School of Medicine
Chair, Diversity Advisory Board, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Alexandra (Alexe) Page, MD

Chair, Health Care Systems Committee, AAOS
Vice-Chair, AAOS Board of Specialties Communications Committee

Michael L. Parks, MD

Member, Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee
Clinical Director of Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Vani Sabesan, MD

Representative, United States Bone and Joint Initiative
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, CCF Florida

Erick Santos, MD, PhD, FAAOS

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, University of North Texas and Texas A&M University of the Health Sciences
CEO, South Central Texas Bone & Joint Center, PA
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Diversity Advisory Board

Jonathan Silver, MS, PA-C

Representative, American Academy of Physician Assistants
Chief Physician Assistant, Department of Orthopedics, Kings County Hospital

Willis Steele, MDiv

Representative, Conference of National Black Churches
Member, Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee
Manager, Patient Advocacy Government Affairs, Amgen, Inc.

Yetsa Tuakli-Worsornu, MD, MPH

Instructor of Physiatry, Harvard Medical School

Shawn Tucker, PT, COMT, CSJA

Owner, Brentwood Center of Health
Payment Chair, Missouri Physical Therapy Association
Associate, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

Irene Van den Berg

Vice President, Business Development, Krames StayWell

Yashika J. Watkins, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Chicago State University

Augustus A. White, III, MD, PhD

Member, Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee
Director, Culturally Competent Care Education Program
Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education
Former Advisory Dean, Oliver Wendell Holmes Society
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School

James E. Wood Jr., MD

Member, Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee
Former Chairman, Center for Orthopaedics, MedStar Harbor Hospital Baltimore

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  • Participating Organizations

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • American Academy of Physician Assistants
    • American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
    • American Osteopathic Association
    • American Physical Therapy Association
    • American Psychological Association
    • American Telemedicine Association
    • Association of Minority Health Professions Schools
    • Conference of National Black Churches
    • J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
    • National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses
    • National Black Nurses Association
    • National Hispanic Medical Association
    • Nth Dimensions Education Solutions
    • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
    • To Our Children's Future with Health
    • United States Bone and Joint Initiative
    • W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute