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Spotlight on ENACT Advisory Member Patience White, MD, MA
Our spotlight features Dr. Patience White, MD, MA the Vice President of Public Health at the Arthritis Foundation and a key member of ENACT’s advisory board. As a core member of the Arthritis Foundation’s national public health initiative, Dr. White’s work focuses on coordinating multiple agencies and campaigns with the goal of advancing health policy initiatives aimed at promoting physical activity among persons with arthritis.
As an educator, researcher, and practicing rheumatologist, Dr. White has devoted her career to promoting arthritis research and has been a strong advocate for persons with arthritis. Most notably, Dr. White’s efforts to coordinate inter-agency collaboration to advance public health and arthritis rehabilitation agendas have been an important contribution to the field. Working in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. White led the Arthritis Foundation in the implementation of two multi-million dollar initiatives to promote physical activity. Additionally, Dr. White has consulted with the President’s Task Force for Employment of People with Disabilities and served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow for the Finance Committee of the United States Senate from 2000-2001, where she contributed her knowledge of health care financing to the legislative process.
In September, ENACT was delighted to welcome Dr. White to Boston University’s School of Public Health to share her advocacy and arthritis rehabilitation expertise with a group of Boston University faculty, researchers, and students. Her presentation titled “Moving National Public Health Agendas to Action: Pitfalls, Challenges, & Opportunities” focused on Dr. White’s perspective regarding efforts to develop and implement four recent interdisciplinary initiatives aimed at moving the national OA Public Health Agenda to action. We were pleased to have a good showing of faculty, students, and professionals attend the presentation. Dr. White’s presentation was also webcast to a national audience and the archived presentation can be viewed on the ENACT website.
The partnership between ENACT and the Arthritis Foundation is critical to the success of our education and training programs. We are grateful for Dr. White’s efforts to advance the field of arthritis research and rehabilitation and for her contributions to ENACT.