Janette (Polaski) Edwards MPH'06, vice president of operations within Connecticut's Hartford HealthCare Network, was recently named one of Hartford Business Journal's "40 Under Forty" award recipients.
Alumni News & Notes
Learn about the recent accomplishments of your fellow Dartmouth Institute alumni—and tell us about your own!Benjamin Cher MS'18
Benjamin published an article in Medical Care. His work focuses on how expanding state Medicaid programs could help improve access to treatment for opioid addiction. Cher, who started this research as a student, was mentored by Dartmouth Institute professors and leading health services researchers Ellen Meara and Nancy Morden.
Matt Harrison MPH’18 As an ER physician, Matt questioned whether the DEA's restrictions on prescribing hydrocodone products ultimately reduced opioid prescribing rates -- as he saw his colleagues switch to prescribing other opioids to treat the same symptoms. He used his integrative learning experience project in The Dartmouth Institute’s online MPH program to investigate whether a similar scenario was unfolding in hospitals across the country. His findings were recently published in Clinical Toxicology.
Maggie Cooke MPH'18
Maggie co-authored the paper, "Exploring the Potential of Tax Credits for Funding Population Health" with her colleagues at the Rippel Foundation and ReThink Health. The article, which was published in the National Academy of Medicine, explores creative solutions to sustainably fund population health by potentially using tax credits.
Cole Zanetti, DO, MPH'16
Cole was selected to serve on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Technical Expert Panel for the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System Improvement Activities. Cole is the primary care section chief at Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System-Denver.
Kimberly Russell Thompson MS ’14 Kim started a new position in March 2019 as a clinical project manager in Pfizer's Clinical Research Unit in New Haven, Connecticut, where she oversees phase 1 clinical trials.
Jonathan Ballard, MD, MPH'14
Jonathan was recognized in the de Beaumont Foundation's 40 Under 40 in Public Health ranking, which honors leaders whose creativity and innovation are strengthening communities across the country. Jonathan is currently the chief medical officers for the the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
Brant J. Oliver, PhD’12, MS, MPH’08, APRN-BC
Brant is co-leading a new coproduction international collaborative with Dartmouth Institute Professor Paul Batalden that will launch in June 2019. The goal of this initiative is to develop a new value model for coproduction of healthcare services for ICoHN (the International Coproduction Health Network) that is linked to a parallel mixed methods study called Co-VALUE. Brant is also the PI of MS-CQI (Multiple Sclerosis Continuous Quality Improvement) Collaborative, the first multi-center improvement science research collaborative for multiple sclerosis in the U.S., currently in its second year of a three-year study. As part of his educational endeavors, Brant is a faculty member at The Dartmouth Institute, and also co-directs the VA Quality Scholars fellowship in quality and safety at the VA in White River Junction, Vermont. He supervises four nursing postdoctoral fellows, and reports that three of four recent nursing fellows have matriculated through The Dartmouth Institute's MPH program on scholarship.
Thom Walsh MS'02, PhD'12
In his latest book, Finding What Matters Most to Patients, Dartmouth Institute alumnus and faculty member Thom Walsh gives healthcare teams a better understanding of how to use patient-reported data, shared decision making, and motivational interviewing in providing value-based care.
Doug Mckell MS ’11 Doug has accelerated his long distance swimming challenges by completing two summer and one winter swims from Alcatraz. He captained a four-man-team that finished 13th of the 20 international teams in the 26.5 mile Swim Round Manhattan, and completed three Boston Light 8-mile swims, two as part of a relay and one solo.
Catherine Florio Pipas, MD, MPH'11 Catherine published her new book, A Doctors Dozen: 12 Strategies for Personal Health and A Culture of Wellness. Catherine recommends the book not only to doctors, but to anyone who wishes to promote personal health and create a culture of wellness. She is a professor in community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine.
Bianca Belcher, PA-C, MPH’10
Bianca was selected as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Healthcare for 2018 for her posts on the role of mid-level clinicians in patient care. She also tackles leadership topics in her articles, such as how to get more physician assistants into management roles.
Michelle (Conway) Wozniak MS’10 Michelle writes that she and her family have moved from Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan – from one beautiful island to another!
Jennifer (Morgan) Stroud MPH’09
Jennifer completed residency training in pediatrics in 2018. She relocated to Orlando, Florida, where she started her first job as a pediatrician. That same year, she and her husband welcomed their first baby, Jacob, to their family.
Badewa Fatunde MPH'08
Bade recently wrote an op-ed for KevinMD.com -- The new aspirin guidelines: The media does a disservice to patients
Tracy Geoffrion, MD, MPH’08 Tracy completed general surgery training in 2017 and is certified by the American Board of Surgery. Tracy will complete fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery in July 2019 and will be starting additional training in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery in August 2019.
Janette (Polaski) Edwards MPH'06
Janette was recently named one of Hartford Business Journal's "40 Under Forty" award recipients. As Vice President of Operations for The Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center, part of the Hartford HealthCare network in Connecticut, she has played a pivotal role in helping the organization achieve record growth, improved clinical outcomes, and receive some of the best patient-experience scores in the state.
Sarah Moyer, MD, MPH'06
Sarah was recognized in the de Beaumont Foundation's 40 Under 40 in Public Health ranking, which honors leaders whose creativity and innovation are strengthening communities across the country. Sarah is currently the director for the Louisville, KY Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.