Reede Scholar Felicia Collins, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, has been promoted to Rear Admiral (O-7) in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S Public Health Service (USPHS).
The College of Medicine has partnered with researchers from the WSU College of Arts and Sciences as well as community-based clinicians and practices to form Northwest Health Education and Research Outcomes Network (NW HERON).
NW HERON’s mission is to improve the quality of clinical care and ameliorate health disparities in communities across Washington state and its bordering states.
We also are excited to welcome two new members to the team: Dr. Patrik Johansson and Cole Allick, MHA. Dr. Johansson, an expert in rural health and interprofessional training, will serve as the Director of NW HERON. Colle Allick of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians brings rural and tribal strategic healthcare consulting experience and will serve as Tribal Liaison/NW HERON Coordinator.
In the months ahead you can expect to receive an online survey seeking to identify health care priorities of primary care sites. Your input will be much appreciated as it will help inform the development of NW HERON.
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Captain Felicia Collins was appointed as Acting Director of the Office of Minority Health on November 19, 2018. CAPT Collins most recently served at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), where she held the position of Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). In this role, she co-led programmatic monitoring and oversight of over 700 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) receiving $2 billion in grants to provide healthcare services to over 14 million vulnerable and underserved patients annually in 30 U.S. states and two territories. Prior to this role, CAPT Collins served at the Food and Drug Administration, completed another tour at HRSA (which included being the BPHC lead for health disparities), was a legislative aide for the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. CAPT Collins has received numerous awards and commendations from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the Secretary of HHS, and the Secretary of the Navy.
Captain Collins received her undergraduate degree from Yale, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and then completed a residency in primary care pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Additionally, she received her M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health as a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy.