Meharry names gifted president of health policy | Health care

Meharry Medical College has appointed Rosemary Nabaweesi to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who is gifted as chair of health policy at the Center of Health Policy at MMC.

She comes to Meharry from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she served seven years as an assistant professor of pediatrics and five years as an adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management. She also served as senior director of research and evaluation in the division of diversity, justice, and inclusion. Prior to that, she worked as a senior project analyst and trauma program coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Children’s Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

For the past 25 years, Nabaweesi has been researching child injuries and health inequalities caused by built environments in rural and urban communities. She told the Post that her background will help manage the center as they expand efforts to use community-based research to tackle inequalities in physicians and social environments in underserved African-American communities.

“We are excited that Dr. Nabaweesi has joined Meharry in its efforts to eradicate health inequalities among minority populations, specifically in terms of home security,” James Hildreth, president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, said in a press release. “Dr. Nabaweesi has extensive knowledge of injury-related infant mortality rates and can draw the link between policy and environmental factors affecting lower life expectancy in minority populations. Leading this new research at Meharry will generate a transformative change in the field.”

Nabaweesi joins Meharry as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Heath Leaders program, which is a three-year professional development opportunity designed to prepare leaders to influence and improve health inequalities, according to the release.

The grant will also help fund the Center for Health Policy’s research into minority health and educational inequalities in rural and urban communities.

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