April 21, 2006

Girls Inc. Board Chairman Awarded Advocacy Fellowship

Morgan Smith
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New York, NY - The Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) announced on April 3, 2006, that it has awarded fellowships to four physicians who will spend the next two years advocating to improve the health and social conditions for people living in Alaska, Colorado, Maine, and Massachusetts. The 2006 Physician Advocacy Fellows will partner with a local or national advocacy organization to get more children enrolled in health care coverage, reduce racial and ethnic health care disparities, improve working conditions for migrant workers, and ensure public health safeguards.

Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver's Board Chairman was awarded one of the four fellowships. Steven G. Federico, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado at Denver Health Science Center/Denver Health Medical Center, will work with Colorado Children's Campaign to get more eligible children in Denver enrolled in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program through the National Free and Reduced School Lunch Program.

"Girls Inc. is proud to have Dr. Federico leading our Board this year. He is a powerful advocate for the community we serve and has a vision to address health and social problems stemming from disparities in healthcare, " stated Girls Inc. President & CEO Colleen Colarelli. "This fellowship will allow him to continue his leadership of our organization, while also focusing on his Advocacy Fellowship project and treating patients part-time."

This brings to 40 the number of physicians who have been awarded fellowships by IMAP, formerly operated by the Open Society Institute, since the program began in 1999. The Fellowship program is one of several under the auspices of IMAP at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York. IMAP is attempting to advance medical professionalism and civic engagement among physicians. The fellowship program has enabled physicians to develop or hone their advocacy skills to improve the health and well-being of people living in poverty, infants and children at risk, frail elderly, immigrants, prisoners, and other vulnerable groups.

The other 2006 Physician Advocacy Fellows are: Michele M. David, MD, MBA, MPH, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and co-director of the Haitian Health Institute at Boston Medical Center, in Massachusetts; Michael Rowland, MD, MPH, an independent occupational medicine physician in Wilton, Maine; and Aaron Wernham, MD, MS, a family physician at Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Complete biographies and a list of former fellows along with summaries of their projects is available at http://www.imapny.org/advocacy/.
The mission of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.SM GIMD delivers gender-specific programs to over 2,200 girls each year from across the Denver metro area. These programs equip girls ages 6 to 18 to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. The organization is an affiliate of the national nonprofit Girls Incorporated, whose research-based programs and expertise on girls’ issues date back to 1864. For more information, go to www.girlsincdenver.org.
The vision of Girls Incorporated is empowered girls and an equitable society. We believe that girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender-stereotypes, to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm, to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success, to accept and appreciate their bodies, to have confidence in themselves, to be safe in the world and to be prepared for interesting work and economic independence.

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