Staff

Jennifer Danek, M.D.

Jennifer Danek, M.D.

Senior Director

Dr. Jennifer Danek is the Senior Director for the Urban Universities for HEALTH Learning Collaborative where she provides leadership for the National Program Office and guides the development of partnerships. Over the past 7 years, she has worked with urban university presidents to develop and implement the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) national agenda. She led the development of a programmatic and policy framework for USU’s Health Initiative focusing on improving the health workforce to reduce health disparities in cities. She has a long-standing interest in medical education, and has authored two popular books to assist students to be successful and to develop themselves holistically in the process of becoming physicians. Dr. Danek continues to serve as an attending physician at the University of Washington Northwest Hospital, and is board certified in internal medicine.  She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and completed residency training at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Betty Drees, M.D.

Betty Drees, M.D.

Co-Principal Investigator

Betty M. Drees, M.D., was appointed Dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine in 2003, after serving two years as Interim Dean and one year as Executive Associate Dean. She joined UMKC as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Docent Physician in 1998. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine.  From 2007 to 2008, she served as the Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UMKC. Dr. Drees is an endocrinologist, whose research interest is in calcium and bone metabolism.  She continues to serve as a Professor of Medicine in the Section of Endocrinology. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.  She is a past Chair of the Governing Council of the American Medical Association (AMA) Section on Medical Schools, and is currently the Governing Council’s liaison to the AMA Council on Medical Education.  She has served on the Liaison Committee for Medical Education, the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the Steering Committee for the AAMC’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science.  She is currently vice chair of the Steering Committee for the Health Strand of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities

Roderick Nairn, Ph.D.

Roderick Nairn, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator

Roderick Nairn, Ph.D., was appointed provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs effective July 1, 2008. He is an immunologist by training and is a professor of biology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and professor of immunology, School of Medicine at University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. Prior to joining the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, Dr. Nairn was executive vice president for academic affairs, dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and professor of microbiology & immunology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. As provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs he has responsibility for faculty, academic, and student affairs across the Denver and Anschutz Medical Campuses. He is originally from Scotland. His education and training were in Glasgow, London and New York. In addition to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, he has held positions at the University of Michigan and Creighton University.

Sherese Johnson, M.P.H., PMP

Sherese Johnson, M.P.H., PMP

Lead Specialist

Sherese Johnson, M.P.H., PMP is the Lead Specialist for the Public Health Initiatives portfolio in the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Diversity Policy and Programs department.  In this role, Sherese provides program management, analytic, and technical expertise to the Urban Universities for HEALTH project and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cooperative Agreement, which focuses on advancing healthcare equity and integrating public health into medical education curriculum respectively. Sherese served most recently as a government consultant and senior public health analyst at CSRA Inc. (formerly SRA International, Inc.) where she supported emergency response and strategic planning efforts for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Critical Infrastructure Protection Program.  She holds a Master’s of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from George Mason University.  She was recently selected as a 2016 TEDMED Research Scholar and has contributed as a chairperson and participant on several federal grant review panels.

Malika Fair, M.D., M.P.H.

Malika Fair, M.D., M.P.H.

Project Director

Malika Fair, MD, MPH is the Senior Director for Health Equity Partnerships and Programs at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  In this role, Dr. Fair directs two federal initiatives, the Urban Universities for HEALTH (Health Equity through Alignment, Leadership, and Transformation of Health Workforce) project and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cooperative Agreement with AAMC. Within Urban Universities for HEALTH she leads efforts to develop metrics, tools and resources within a learning collaborative to produce a diverse and culturally prepared workforce. As a part of the CDC Cooperative agreement, she has developed a fellowship programs with the CDC, on-line public health repositories for medical educators and learners, and provides ongoing faculty development opportunities related to population health. She also co-leads the AAMC Accelerating Health Equity, Advancing through Discovery (AHEAD) initiative which seeks to identify, evaluate, and disseminate effective and replicable AAMC-member institution practices that improve community health and reduce health inequities. Dr. Fair also leads the Office of Community Engagement that seeks to develop strategic partnerships with community agencies to improve the health of local residents.

Dr. Fair is an Assistant Clinical Professor and practicing physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine of The George Washington University. Prior to her current position, Dr. Fair served as the Clerkship Director of Emergency Medicine and the Co-Director of the Health Policy Track for The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She also served as the Co-Principal Investigator of the Beyond Flexner Study and an investigator for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.  She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Griffith Leadership Center within the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Department of Health Management and Policy.

Dr. Fair completed her residency training and chief residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. She received her medical and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan and Bachelors of Science from Stanford University.

Julia Michaels, M.P.P., PMP

Julia Michaels, M.P.P., PMP

Project Manager

Julia Michaels is a Project Manager with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in the Office of Urban Initiatives. She is the main point of contact and coordinator for the Urban Universities for HEALTH initiative. Her responsibilities include managing the broader network of university health leaders, developing methodologies to analyze and document information on practices that improve outcomes, and coordinating activities to enhance learning and adoption of evidence-based workforce interventions among universities. She is also responsible for communications, outreach, and promotion of the Urban Universities for HEALTH initiative. Prior to her current position, Julia served as the Legislative Research Director for Project Vote Smart, a national non-profit political research and voter education organization, and as a Visiting Research Fellow at the American University of Central Asia. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Saint Olaf College.