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Meet our honorees
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Chicago Champions of Health Awards
6:00PM Reception • 7:00PM Awards Ceremony and Dinner
NMF Diversity Leadership Award
Tour for Diversity in Medicine (T4D)
Accepted by Kameron Leigh Matthews, MD, JD
Founder and Co-Director
The Tour for Diversity in Medicine (T4D) seeks to educate inspire and cultivate future physicians and dentists of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by forming local connections in order to fulfill a national need. Conceived by former medical student leaders, T4D brings premedical enrichment activities to underrepresented minority students in order to assist with the diversification of the health professions workforce. Generously supported by the Aetna Foundation and the US Army medical Recruiting Brigade, day-long series of workshops are led by a group of enthusiastic and young physicians (allopathic, osteopathic, and podiatric), dentists and medical students who emphasize the importance of motivation and mentoring. T4D is a grassroots effort, with its inaugural tour in February 2012 on five Southern Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In total, more than 1800 students have taken part in T4D programming on 23 campuses across the United States. The inaugural high school program at Georgetown University in September 2013 received great media attention as students and their parents were led through workshops on academic preparedness and the importance of public health. Through partnerships with the AAMC, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, American Dental Education Association, the Association of American Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, and the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, T4D provides a strong framework for distributing accurate and updated information to students and exposing them to opportunities that will assist in their career development. T4D’s social media presence is strong in an effort to continue this education and outreach after leaving campus. Visit www.tour4diversity.org and like us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for more information.
Kameron Leigh Matthews, MD, JD is the outgoing Site Medical Director of the Division Street site of Erie Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Chicago that treats an underserved, Latino patient population. In December 2013, she will assume the role of Medical Director of Mile Square Health Center at University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital & Health Sciences System. Dr. Matthews graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor's degree in public policy studies in 2000. She then earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and her law degree at the University of Chicago. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago while serving as Chief Resident during the 2009-2010 year. Dr. Matthews served as a National President of the SNMA and currently serves on the organization’s Strategic Planning Council. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Polaris Charter Academy, an expeditionary-learning charter school in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. She is a Lead Analyst for PolicyPrescriptions, an evidence-based health policy website.
Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH is an emergency medicine physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He also holds other academic positions including Senior Faculty at the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Faculty Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School. He received his BS from Prairie View A&M University in 2002, MD from the University of Alabama in 2006 and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2009. In 2010, he earned an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy in 2010 as well. He was also awarded the Disparities Solutions Center/Aetna Fellow in Health Disparities award in 2010-2011. In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Landry is involved in research on emergency department utilization trends, disparities in care and quality of care. He also co-instructs two courses at Harvard School of Public Health and teaches cultural competency to residents.