Lathran J. Woodard, Chair of the Board, National Association of Community Health Centers
Tom Van Coverden, President and CEO, National Association of Community Health Centers
Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, FACOFP, Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the proposed Minnesota College of Osteopathic Medicine and Provost of the Minnesota Medical University
In an outstanding career spanning nearly 50 years as a clinical and academic leader, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee made her mark breaking barriers for women and minorities in the health professions and advocating for policies to grow the primary care workforce in the nation’s underserved communities.
After receiving her D.O. degree from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1973, she began her own private medical practice, serving medically underserved communities and families in Detroit. She would go on to make history in 1993 when she became the first African American woman to be appointed dean of an American medical school, at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
From 2001 to 2017, Dr. Ross-Lee served in multiple leadership roles at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), including Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs.
Now retired, Dr. Ross-Lee continues to be recognized as a nationally recognized expert on health policy, contributing at both federal and states levels on topics such as primary care, medical education, minority and women’s health. Her commitment to the underserved and her leadership in mentoring and inspiring diverse, young people to pursue careers in the health professions have merited high honors and awards.
Presentation of the 2019 NACHC Outstanding Achievement Awards
Susan Bauer, MA, MPH, Executive Director, Community Health Partnership of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Marty Lynch, PhD, Executive Director/CEO, LifeLong Medical Care, Berkeley, CA
Thomas Trompeter, MPA, Chief Executive Officer, HealthPoint, Renton, WA