Former CCHE Leaders Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Congratulations to two of our founding UW Center Directors!

Dr. Alexandra Adams and Dr. Erik Brodt (Minnesota Ojibwe) were both elected as members of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

NAM President Victor J. Dzau said of the 2021 class:

It is my privilege to welcome this extraordinary class of new members. Their contributions to health and medicine are unmatched – they’ve made groundbreaking discoveries, taken bold action against social inequities, and led the response to some of the greatest public health challenges of our time. This is also the NAM’s most diverse class of new members to date, composed of approximately 50% women and 50% racial and ethnic minorities. This class represents many identities and experiences – all of which are absolutely necessary to address the existential threats facing humanity.

Dr. Adams was our Founding CCHE Director and Principal Investigator of our NIH Center for Excellence award, serving from 2008-2015. She now leads the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE) and is a Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Montana State University. She was elected to NAM for her work partnering with Indigenous communities in the Midwest and Montana and pioneering community-engaged research methods.

Dr. Brodt founded the Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP) in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 2012. He is now an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. He was elected to NAM for leadership in American Indian/Alaska Native workforce development and pioneering innovative methods to identify, inspire, and support American Indian/Alaska Native youth to excel.

Thank you to both Alex and Erik for the contributions you made in your time at UW and for the wide-reaching impact you continue to make! Congratulations!

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