Yale SOM launches Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Leadership

Yale SOM launches Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Leadership


(upbeat music) – Actually taking all the lung fields, if we miss that you can
sometimes miss the pneumonias that are sometimes, you
know basal pneumonia, if you not actually. I’m a practicing internist. I often say that that leads
my professional identity, taking care of patients, and particularly taking
care of patients who are from vulnerable populations,
often underserved. I’m Marcella Nunez Smith,
I’m an attending physician in internal medicine at
Yale New Haven hospital. I’m also teaching faculty
at Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Public Health
and the School of Management. One of the things that
I have come to realize, in almost two decades of practice, is the need to really have
people who are decision makers, and policy leaders who
are trained on issues related to minority health
leadership and policy. And I think that is at the
crux of why we need more healthcare providers to be trained with the management and leadership
skill set to address these really peristent disparities. But I didn’t know you can in
knowing what you wanted to do. – Yeah I’ve always been
kind of interested in optho, I worked in an optometrist, – The Commonwealth Fund has
long been invested and committed to supporting training and professional development for those leaders who are
going to help us really get to the bottom an solve stubborn health and healthcare inequities. – But physicians will always say, stop talking to me about
this until you fix that. So I think we really need to tackle, We know that the patients
that are coming to our emergency room don’t have
a usual source of care, and so we find a lot of these
patients getting disorganized disrupted care through an
emergency room setting. I’m Howie Forman I’m a professor
of Diagnostic Radiology, Management Public Health and
Economics at Yale University. Where I also practice Radiology. I’m also the faculty director
of the healthcare track, of the executive MBA program
at the School of Management. – I was so excited when I got
a phone call from Howie saying we have an opportunity to
think together about something visionary, and something new. That would even deepen and
strengthen the collaborations between the School of Medicine
and the School of Management. – It’s not just about
delivering care directly to minority health populations. It’s not just about being
role models for people in the minority health space, it’s all of these things. Every two weeks when they come to class, they bring new problems to the table. And hopefully going back to solving those problems real time. – We’re able to leverage and
use the executive MBA format at the School of Management,
to invite into the cohort, mid-career leaders who are
already committed to thinking about minority health,
vulnerable populations. And equip them with
the necessary skill set that will make them more
effective, in their positions, and elevated really, their
voices, and their influence. All towards this shared
mission, shared goal, of eliminating healthcare disparities, and health inequities more broadly. The format of this program, is one that really invites
people who didn’t think there would be mid-career
professional development opportunities to look afresh at their own career trajectories. And really take great advantage
of all Yale has to offer. – The students take classes in health and healthcare operations. Competitive strategies slash advanced health economics class. And now a population health and data management class in healthcare. So, the students get the full
MBA plus a core curriculum, in healthcare management. We’re providing an opportunity
for both mentorship, for leadership development,
for career development, so that every student
that comes through here, has the opportunity to be
able to ascend to the highest level and giving them the skills support, the network, the capacity training, the leadership development. In order to, help them
actualize and become successful leaders in minority health policy. Within government, within
the not for profits base, within the for profits base. – I am honored to be a physician. I’m honored to be welcomed
into the lives of my patients. We take care of people
from every walk of life, every background, and most
certainly I’m inspired and motivated by the stories and the lives of these patients. I also know the promise we
have through initiatives such as this one, to
make a really lasting, generational difference, in the lives of these
individuals, their families, and quite frankly
neighborhoods and communities across the country.

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