Social Mission in Health Professions Education
Harvard University │ Cambridge, MA
AARP│ Bronx, NY
Paradigm Dental Center, LLC│ Memphis, TN
Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. He is Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.
Dr. Farmer holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he is the Kolokotrones University Professor and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; he is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Additionally, Dr. Farmer serves as the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.
Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Bronislaw Malinowski Award and the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, from which he was awarded the 2018 Public Welfare Medal.
Christina T. Rosenthal, DDS, MPH is the owner/CEO of Paradigm Dental Center, LLC, in Memphis, TN and founder of The 516 Foundation, Inc. The 516 Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that seeks to address the needs of the world community through the principle of servitude. Its primary initiative, Determined to be a Doctor Someday (D.D.S.), was designed so that students, ages 14-18, could obtain mentors and receive the necessary resources to ultimately become healthcare professionals. Students selected represent underrepresented, rural, economically-disadvantaged, and/or first-generation students of any racial background. Objectives of the initiative are twofold: 1) to assist students with entrance into professions within the healthcare industry and 2) encourage participants to return to their communities and help close any access to care disparities. D.D.S. was created by Dr. Rosenthal during her participation in the American Dental Association’s Institute for Diversity in Leadership.
Dr. Rosenthal received a BA degree from the University of Memphis and a DDS degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. She became the 2014-15 recipient of the Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, which led to an MPH degree in Management and Policy from Harvard University. She was a 2017 graduate of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a leadership-focused series which draws on the strengths of the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. In 2018, she became an Atlantic Health fellow at George Washington University.
Dr. Rosenthal has been honored for her dedication to the community by several organizations. This year she was honored as the 2019 Young Alumna Award recipient from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry’s Alumni Association. She received the 2018 Lifting As We Climb Award from the Sigma Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the 2018 Young Alumni Freedom Award from the University of Memphis Chapter of the NAACP, 2017 Men of Memphis United Award, Best Dentist for the Tri-State Defender’s Best in Black Awards, the Top 40 under 40 from the Memphis Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a Tri-State Defender Woman of Excellence honoree, and the Jack Wells’ Outstanding Young Dentist Award from the Memphis Dental Society. Her efforts have also been highlighted in Black Enterprise Magazine, Because of Them We Can national blog, ADA News (a publication for dentists), Tennessee Alumnus Magazine, and The Commercial Appeal. She holds memberships in the American Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association, the Memphis Dental Society, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also a wife to Arthur Rosenthal, Jr. and mother to three sons: Trey, Artie, and Ace.
Catherine Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN, was elected by the AARP Board of Directors to serve as AARP’s National Volunteer President from June 2018 to June 2020. The President’s role is filled by an AARP volunteer who is also a member of the all-volunteer AARP Board of Directors. The primary duty of the President is to act as the principal volunteer spokesperson, and liaison between the Board and those AARP serves, the 50-plus and AARP’s members and volunteers, engaging with these groups to promote the mission and strategic goals of AARP and to hear their perspectives. In addition to her duties representing AARP, Alicia is professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is president of the National Black Nurses Foundation. Previously, she was a staff nurse, team leader, supervisor and district manager for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She serves on the Board of the Black Women’s Health Study and R.A.I.N., Inc. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Seton Hall University College of Nursing, her M.A. in Nursing from New York University and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. She resides in Bronx, N.Y.