News from the Kraft Center for 
Community Health Leadership

In this issue:

First 1,000 Days Study

The Kraft Center goes to Washington

Alumni Achievements

Kraft Center Events

The Cause of Our Lives:  Exploring the Impact of the Kraft Center for Community Health
The Kraft Center Leadership Council a group of individual donors and business leaders dedicated to raising awareness about the Kraft Center's programs, trainees, and alumni, will come together on April 8th, to mingle with and learn from the young clinicians in our programs. The evening event will take place at the brand new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at the Columbia Point in Dorchester. We are incredibly grateful to Josh Kraft, Leadership Council Chair, for hosting.

2015 Kraft Center Symposium: Power in Partnership

We're counting down the days to the second annual Kraft Center Symposium, which will take place on June 12th, at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in the Longwood Medical. We're thrilled that Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Chief Strategy Officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has agreed to serve as our keynote speaker. And we look forward to showcasing the achievements of our talented 2015 Kraft Center graduates with a wide audience. We hope to see many of you there, so please be sure to stay tuned for more details.

 Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50

Runners, lace up your running shoes and mark your calendars for July 3rd! The Kraft Center for Community Health has once again been selected as the charitable partner for the Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 road race event that's held at Patriot's Place/Gillette Stadium each year. It's not too late to register - and we'll be sending more information in the weeks and months ahead! 




It's been a long snowy winter here in Boston, as many of you know too well - so we're thrilled to finally see the sun, and pleased to update you on accomplishments we've made during these cold last few months and on the exciting work ahead. 
Most notable of course, is the learning and community health center-based project endeavors in which our Kraft Fellows and Kraft Practitioners have been actively engaged. We invite you to learn more about our newest class of Kraft Fellows (pictured above with Robert Kraft) and Kraft Pracitioners and the challenges they are talking at their health centers. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our 2015 Kraft Center graduates with you in person at the second annual Kraft Center Symposium, which takes place in June.
We're also happy to share these highlights of other recent Kraft Center goings-on!

First 1,000 Days Study


With critical support from The Boston Foundation, the Kraft Center has joined with the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the MGH Revere Health Care Center to launch the First 1,000 Days Study, a new coordinated strategy for obesity prevention among vulnerable families in low-income communities.


The First 1,000 Days Study which is led by Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH, Chief of Pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, brings ob/gyn and pediatric medical practitioners together with the WIC federal grant program and community health programs in a collective effort to improve health and behavioral outcomes related to obesity for mothers and their children across pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood. Kraft Fellow, Tiffany Blake-Lamb, MD, MSci and ob/gyn whose clinical practice is based at MGH Revere, will serve as the on-site change agent charged with moving the strategy forward within the health center.


Dr. Tiffany Blake-Lamb

Dr. Blake-Lamb's role is essential. Under the guidance of Dr. Taveras, she will introduce the First 1,000 Days Study to frontline stakeholders, spend time with them to understand their current workflows and challenges, and work to increase the sense of urgency related to obesity across the health center. She will also collaborate on the research side of the project. And it's expected that Dr. Blake-Lamb's involvement in the First 1,000 Days Study will do much to demonstrate the importance of on-the-ground physician-champions in enhancing academic-community health center collaborations overall.


For her part, the First 1,000 Days Study aligns perfectly with the goals that drew Dr. Blake-Lamb to the Kraft Fellowship in the first place. She explained: 


"I began my career with the desire to take care of women while maintaining awareness of how women's social circumstances affect their health and the health of their children. My focus now is learning how to design, implement, and evaluate community-based health care improvement strategies for women that work within the social framework of their communities - and the First 1,000 Days Study is enabling me to do just that."


The Kraft Center Goes to Washington D.C.

Just last week, a handful of Kraft Center trainees journeyed to the nation's capitol to participate in the third annual Policy Immersion Program, a three-day event set against the backdrop of the annual National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Policy and Issues Forum.


Designed in partnership with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and leveraging the expertise of leaders at the Mass League, NACHC, and George Washington University, the Policy Immersion Program engages Kraft Center clinicians in a series of national health policy discussions, including legislative committee meetings and visits to state representatives on Capitol Hill. Kraft Center clinicians also participate in the NACHC Policy and Issues Forum, which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the community health center movement.



The trip to Washington D.C. had one more very special feature: Kraft Pracitioner, Dr. Nabila Azam of Brockton Neighborhood Health Center was honored as a 2015 Emerging Leaders in Community Health by the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Award recipients are selected from a national pool of nominees and are views as the "future of health centers." We couldn't be more pleased for Dr. Azam, who is pursuing fascinating work integrating nutrition and lifestyle with health care for Brockton's immigrant and minority patients. The recognition is truly well deserved!

Alumni Achievements


It's not been even a full year since the first Kraft Center class graduated - yet they are doing us proud already! 


As you know, our young trainees are at the heart of the Kraft Center's model for effecting change on behalf of underserved communities. We engage these talented physicians and nurse practitioners in a curriculum that strengthens their leadership ability, deepens their understanding of the social determinants of health, and provides them with a network of like-minded peers and leaders in the field - and they in turn go on to pursue careers that are distinguished by impact, idealism, and a commitment to community health.


 o far, a number of Kraft Center graduates have been promoted to leadership roles within their health centers; others have presented their work at national conferences, been published in academic medical journals, and secured external grants to move forward important new projects. Still more have penned articles for general audiences or gotten involved in community issues. Indeed, one Kraft Center grad even founded a nonprofit bicycle shop to help combat childhood obesity in his low-income city.


We've created a new page on the Kraft Center website  to showcase these alumni achievements, and the many more that will inevitably follow. We hope you will take a few minutes to check it out!

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