October 15, 2015 Symposium 1: Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH.  “Why is the U.S. So Different From Other Countries?”

Dr. Murray served as Chief Medical Officer, Cook County Ambulatory & Community Health Network, with 23 primary care sites and community health centers, and subsequently CMO for the Cook County Health & Hospital System. She also served as the President of the American Public Health Association. Currently, Dr. Murray is a practicing primary care physician in Woodlawn and a staunch advocate for healthcare reform.

December 17, 2015 Symposium 2: Art Jones, MD. “Integrated Delivery Systems: Moving Beyond Governance Issues to Practice Transformation and Better Outcomes.”

Dr. Jones served as the founding physician and CEO of Lawndale Christian Health Center for over 25 years. He also helped found and currently works part time at Medical Home Network, which is an accountable care organization that serves the Medicaid population and works to improve health through the partnership of six hospitals and six federally qualified health centers. Currently, Dr.Jones works at Health Management Associates where he assists FQHCs in redesigning their delivery systems into efficient, cost-effective, patient-centered medical homes.




January 21, 2016 Symposium 3: David Buchanan, MD. 4-5:30pm Goldblatt Pavilion, room H103. 

“Innovation in Primary Care: Successes and Lessons Learned from a Chicago Community Health Center”

Dr. Buchanan currently serves as the CCO of Erie Family Health Center.  He practices at Erie’s West Town location. He served as the Section Head for Social Medicine at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County for five years. He also served as the Medical Director for two homeless shelters and as a co-Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine at Rush University. He completed his residency in primary care internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a medical degree from the University of Chicago. He also completed a Master of Science degree in clinical research at Rush University.

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February 18, 2016    Community Health Workers in the United States: Past, Present and Future”

Dr. Martin worked at Rush University Medical Center for 9 years in the Department of Preventive Medicine conducting community-based participatory research. She obtained her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Chicago. She also has her master’s degree in public policy. She currently practices as a pediatrician at UIC’s Mile Square Health Center and is faculty in UIC’s Department of Pediatrics. She conducts research on topics related to community health worker models, Latino health, and asthma and obesity in children.


March 17, 2016

LGBTQ Issues and Opportunities in Primary Care”

Joel Jackson comes from U of C’s office of diversity and inclusion and will talk about cultural competency in caring for patients in the primary care setting. Jim Pickett from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago will discuss gay men’s health, specifically pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as it relates to primary care. Mary Bowman, WHNP will discuss LGBT concerns and updates in providing primary care at the Chicago Women’s Health Center.

April 21, 2016: “The Opioid Epidemic: What Primary Care Providers Need to Know” 

Dr. Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar is currently the medical director at Heartland Health Outreach, a Healthcare for the Homeless provider in Chicago.  Prior to this role, she was the Medical Director at Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, the quasi-public entity that oversees publicly funded addiction services and mental health services in Baltimore City.  She received her medical degree at Rush University, completed Family Medicine residency at UIC/Illinois Masonic, completed Preventive Medicine residency and her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She has worked clinically in federally qualified health centers for the past 6 years.  Dr. Salisbury-Afshar is board certified in family, preventive, and addiction medicine.  

May 19, 2016: “Principled Leadership in Healthcare: Achieving Equity and Fairness” 

Dr. Denise V. Rodgers currently serves as Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She was also named the Hunterdon Chair in Interprofessional Education at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where she is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychobiology from Oberlin College and graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her family medicine training in the Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Dr. Rodgers is board certified in family medicine and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Family Physicians.