ENACT Advisory Board Member Dr. Patience White to Speak at BU’s School of Public Health on September 19th

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September 4th, 2012

Dr. Patience White, MD, Vice President for Public Health for the Arthritis Foundation will give a talk at Boston University’s School of Public Health on September 19th from 4:30-5:30

The talk is titled Moving National Public Health Agendas to Action: Pitfalls, Challenges, & Opportunities. A question and answer session and a reception will follow the event. 

Please read below for more information about Dr. White’s extensive career in public health:

Patience H. White, M.D, MA is Vice President of public health at the Arthritis Foundation, professor of medicine and pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and a consultant to the Health and Human Services, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health’s Medical Transition National Center. She teaches a seminar in health policy for Stanford University in Washington DC.  Through out her career, Dr. White has been active in Academic medicine, clinical care, research and public health. She served as the director of the Division of Adult Rheumatology, and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, director of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC (CNMC) and creator of the Masters in Medical Education program with the George Washington School of Education and Human Development at CNMC.  She has been a practicing rheumatologist caring for both adult and children with rheumatic diseases for over 25 years.

Since coming to the Arthritis Foundation in 2004, she has been a advocate for people with arthritis and increased the Arthritis Foundation’s public health visibility nationally. She led the Arthritis Foundation to obtain two multi-million dollar CDC cooperative agreements to assist the Arthritis Foundation in reaching people with arthritis. She is facilitating two current public health strategic activities for the Arthritis Foundation:

1. Have arthritis recognized as a major public health issue in the US through several approaches: a) With CDC and 50 other organizations creating the National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis (see www.cdc.gov/arthritis/docs/oaagenda.pdf), b). With these organizations, the AF and CDC initiated the OA Action Alliance (see www.oaaction.org) to follow through on the PH Agenda recommendations, c) The creation in 2012 of the Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity among Adults with Arthritis (see www.arthritis.org/physical-activity) and d) The AF co funded the Institute of Medicine’s report released in 2012: Living Well with Chronic Illness: Public Health Action to Reduce Disability and Improve Functioning and Quality of Life (see http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthChronicDisease.aspx) and

2. Lead a new strategic objective to reduce arthritis-related disparities in health and health care.

She has been a consultant for the President’s Task Force for Employment of People with Disabilities, Social Security Administration and chairman of the National Arthritis Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administrations Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. She served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow on the Senate Finance Committee in 2000-2001 focusing on health care financing. She was involved with the development of the National Arthritis Action Plan

Dr. White completed a master of science degree from Dartmouth Medical School, a doctor of medicine degree from Harvard Medical School, and a master’s in Education from George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.  She has held volunteer leadership positions in the Arthritis Foundation metropolitan DC Chapter, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Rheumatology, the American Joint Replacement Registry, the Center for Medical Technology and the Frontier Nursing Service in Kentucky.

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