The National Summit of Clinicians for Healthcare Justice is proud to announce the selection of three emerging leaders in health care who have made a commitment to work with the underserved. Evan Russell, Haley Stolp and Hanna Stirling represent diverse health professions all working toward the goal of quality heath care for those most in need.
On her path toward becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, Hanna Stirling has worked with victims of torture in Honduras, victims of domestic abuse in St. Paul, and as a doula with pregnant women from diverse communities.
Ms. Stirling believes “that community health is vitally important in addressing healthcare justice within the current context of our country’s vast healthcare disparities. I think of my work in health care as a vocation to care for those in need independent of wealth, race, or social status. I regard health care as a right and until access to health care is made more equitable I will focus my efforts on the underserved.”
Haley Stolp is a model of student commitment to helping the underserved. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. In addition to the formal education she is receiving, Haley has worked in Africa to participate in public health initiatives relating to malaria. She is currently an active member of a number of health advocacy groups, including HSTAT (Health Students Taking Action Together) and Grady Advocates for Responsible Care.
Evan Russell attended the first National Summit of Clinicians for Healthcare Justice in 2008 and that experience profoundly affected his thinking on how to model his medical career. In the past year, despite his busy schedule as a Johns Hopkins medical student, Russell assumed the position of Chair of the Community Care Initiative (CCI), an annual health promotion and disease screening event organized by a multi-institution group of Baltimore medical students. He also initiated a program in Chile where he co-designed an effectiveness trial of cell phone reminders in improving patient attendance at a large metropolitan hospital in Santiago.
An active member of the Student National Medical Association, the national minority medical student association, Russell has mentored over a dozen students from underrepresented backgrounds applying to health and other professional programs and has spoken on several occasions to recruit more members of underrepresented backgrounds into medicine and public health.
Sharing the Stage
These three outstanding emerging leaders in health care will each take part in one of three plenary sessions at the 2010 National Summit of Clinicians for Healthcare Justice. These young health professionals will have the opportunity to share the stage with noted healthcare leaders such as Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, President Elect of the American Public Health Association, David Satcher, MD, PHD, 16th U.S. Surgeon General and Director of the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities and the Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, and Jack Geiger, MD, noted community health leader and Past President of Physicians for Human Rights—which shared in the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1998—as well as a founding member and past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Committee for Health in South Africa.