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Weitzman Institute’s April Joy Damian to Chair AcademyHealth Advisory Board


April Joy Damian, PhD, MSc, CHPM, PMP, Associate Director of the Weitzman Institute at Community Health Center, Inc. has been named the next Chair of AcademyHealth’s Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) Interest Group Advisory Board.

Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Kresge Foundation, the Advisory Board provides strategic guidance and leadership to the more than 3,000 individuals within AcademyHealth’s PHSR Interest Group who share an interest in exploring and enhancing the U.S. public health system by formulating, translating, and applying the PHSR evidence base.

Major areas of focus for the 2019-2020 year will include: advancing PHSR’s role and visibility around addressing national priorities (e.g., social determinants of health, opioid epidemic); fostering meaningful community-academic-practice partnerships and mentoring opportunities; and, understanding implications of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election on the PHSR field.

Dr. Damian recently was selected to serve on AcademyHealth’s 2020 Annual Research Meeting Planning Committee, which will shape the focus of the largest national convening in health services research in the country. She has also been called to serve in many leadership roles at AcademyHealth, serving on both the PHSR Advisory Board and the Selection Committee for the Health Services Research Impact Award for the past year, and has been an abstract reviewer for both the Annual Research Meeting and Annual Dissemination and Implementation Conference for the past four years.

“The Weitzman Institute offers programs across the U.S., so we’re very pleased that Dr. Damian has taken a national leadership role with AcademyHealth as chair of the Advisory Board, as a member of the annual meeting planning committee, and in many other capacities,” said Daren Anderson, MD, Director of the Weitzman Institute. “We look forward to supporting and learning from the Board’s work on issues of great interest to primary care providers, including the opioid epidemic that is devastating so many families and communities.”



About The Weitzman Institute
The Weitzman Institute is the research and innovation arm of Community Health Center, Inc., dedicated to inspiring primary care innovation and improving health outcomes for the medically underserved. With its expertise in quality improvement, the Weitzman Institute is partnering with organizations around the globe to transform the primary care delivery system through research, training and education. For more information, visit

About AcademyHealth

As the professional home and leading national organization for health services researchers, policymakers, and health care practitioners and stakeholders, AcademyHealth – together with its members – increases the understanding of methods and data used in the field, enhances the professional skills of researchers and research users, and expands awareness. Since its inception, AcademyHealth has been advancing this field by acting as an objective broker of information, bringing together stakeholders to address the current and future needs of an evolving health system, inform health policy and practice, and translate evidence into action. Building on the strengths of its predecessor organizations and remaining ever-receptive to the evolving needs of the field, AcademyHealth has grown to become a trusted partner in the discovery and dissemination of timely and relevant research-based strategies to improve health and health care.