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                Community Health Advanced by Medical Practice Superstars (CHAMPS) Transformational Leadership Fellowship

                Are you a family medicine, internal medicine or pediatric physician or PA who wants to be a healthcare superstar? Are you ready to advance your leadership skills? Are you ready to be a thought-leader? If the answer is yes, then the apply for the Morehouse School of Medicine Community Health Advanced by Medical Practice Superstars (CHAMPS) Transformational Leadership Fellowship to gain leadership skills and expertise in transforming your practice and your community.

                CHAMPS is a year-long Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded fellowship that educates and empowers early to mid-career physicians and physician assistants, practicing in medically underserved areas, rural communities, and federally qualified health centers (FQHC’s) who are currently in emerging leadership roles. After completing this program, participants will be ready to lead change and advocate for health equity within their institutions, surrounding communities, and at the local, state, and national levels

                 

                Purpose

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                This program strives to strengthen primary care and the healthcare workforce by establishing fellowship programs to train practicing community-based, primary-care physician and/or physician assistant champions to lead health care transformation and enhance teaching in community-based settings. Characteristics of transformed healthcare delivery systems identified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services include:

                • Integrated or virtually integrated delivery models across the care continum;
                • Coordinated care across all providers and settings;
                • A high level of patient engagement and quantifiable improvements in patient experiences;
                • Leveraging the use of health information technology to improve quality;
                • Providers performing at the top of their license and board certification;
                • Integration of population health measures into the delivery system: and
                • Data-driven health system processes.

                HRSA also recognizes addressing social determinants of health as a characteristic of transformed healthcare delivery systems.

                Objectives

                • Develop leadership capacity in healthcare transformation for primary-care professionals;
                • Increase integrated and coordinated care services within and between care settings;
                • Improve the quality of care in healthcare organizations; and
                • Increase patient access to care.

                Benefits

                HRSA will provide physicians and physician assistants who have completed Primary Care Transformation Executive (PCTE) fellowships with priority status when applying for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment (LRP) awards. Participants in the NHSC LRP, NHSC Scholarship Program, and NHSC Students to Service LRP interested in participating in a PCTE primary-care leadership fellowship program may convert to a half-time contract and continue satisfying their service obligation.

                Each fellow will:

                • Earn CME through leadership, integrated health, and quality improvement course instruction
                • Engage in practical leadership and quality improvement instruction through virtual, clinic, and in-person site visits
                • Participate in monthly coaching sessions by MSM faculty and related SMEs
                • Complete a healthcare transformation project with a focus on one of the three HHS priorities — childhood obesity, mental health and opioid abuse — to benefit your practice and community
                • Build leadership skills that strengthen change processes in organizations
                • Receive support in presenting and publishing their Healthcare Transformation Project (HTP)
                • Join a network of CHAMPS fellows to serve as mentors to future CHAMPS superstars

                CHAMPS 2019-2020 Fellow Bios

                • Keisha Callins, MD     

                  Keisha Callins, MD Dr. Keisha Reneé Callins is passionate about women’s healthcare especially for rural and underserved areas. Dr. Callins received her medical school and residency training from Morehouse School of Medicine. She also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine, at Mercer University School of Medicine. Her personal mission statement is, “You may not be able to change the world, but you can choose to change the world of anyone you interact with”.

                • D'Neka Colzie, MPAC     

                  D'Neka Colzie, MPAC D’Neka Colzie, M-PAC, is an Atlanta native provider who takes pride in her practice by educating, encouraging, and treating her patients who have chronic illnesses and co-morbidities with respect, kindness, and compassion.  Ms. Colzie graduated from the Augusta University Physician Assistant program in 2017 and joined South DeKalb Family Physicians. She was selected as a recipient for the John F. Beard Award, rewarded for her service to under-served communities and compassion during service.

                • Wilson Mbewe, MD    

                  Wilson Mbewe, MDDr. Wilson Mbewe serves as the Medical Superintendent for the Kanyama sub district of Lusaka, Zambia. His jurisdiction oversees Kanyama Level One Hospital and six primary health care centers with an average of 2,000 daily patients. Dr. Mbewe desires to increase his capacity to lead and advance his skill set by pursuing studies in research methods and health administration.

                • Jacqueline Phillips, PA       

                  Jacqueline Phillips, PA  Jacqueline Y. Phillips PA-C is a Barnesville, Georgia native who received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Ms. Phillips works with programs in her community to empower, encourage, and educate youth in making smart health care decisions in the areas of sexual & mental health and substance abuse. She believes that, “All people deserve respect and to be heard”, which she practices daily as a healthcare professional and additionally as an ordained minister.                              

                • Djifa Richards Jones, PA     

                  Djifa Richards Jones, PADjifa Richards Jones is a Licensed Physician Assistant having graduated from Emory University School of Medicine with a Master of Medical Science.  She practices pediatric medicine in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where she has practiced for over 10 years.  In addition to pediatrics, Djifa is a holistically trained Labor Doula and Owner/Founder of A Womban’s Place. Her motto is #CREATEWELLNESS!

                • Daniel Roberson, PA    

                  Daniel Roberson, PA Daniel Roberson, a graduate of Mississippi College in Clinton, MS is a licensed Physician Assistant currently residing in Albany, GA. Mr. Roberson serves as clinic Director with Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC), a healthcare organization that has over 30 total clinics that include Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Podiatry, Dentistry, Women’s Health, Optometry, Family Medicine, and Behavioral Health specialties in the South Georgia area. 

                Apply

                Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-2021 Cohort. Please apply online by December 1, 2019.

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                For more information contact Christopher Ervin, M.D. or Danielle Wooden.

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                This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Grant #T13HP31903, Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Training Primary Care Champions for $1,985,744. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.