Board President/Chair: Matt Siemer, Mobile Care Chicago
Matt Siemer is the Executive Director of Mobile Care Chicago. For 20 years, Mobile Care has used Asthma Vans to ensure children with complex needs receive convenient specialty care at no cost. Through partnerships with local schools, the organization also surveys 15,000 children annually, attempting to identify children who have asthma but lack a diagnosis. For asthma patients who stay with their Asthma Van for one year or more, 95% will never go back to an ER for asthma. During Matt’s tenure, Mobile Care’s programs have won local and national distinctions including most recently the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s 2016 Impact Award, the 2016 HCSA Program of Excellence Award, the 2017 Premier Cares Award, and the 2018 CHEST Community Service Award. Matt holds a BS in Philosophy & Literature from Truman State University and an MA in Philosophy from Duke University. Matt has asthma.
Treasurer: Anna Volerman, MD; University of Chicago Medicine
Anna Volerman, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Chicago Medicine. She is a primary care physician for both children and adults, as well as an advocate for children and families in both the clinic and community settings. She received her Bachelors degree from Northwestern University and graduated summa cum laude from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine / Pediatrics residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Boston Children’s Hospital. Since joining University of Chicago, she has developed and led innovative programs in clinical and community settings to improve health care delivery and optimize care. Her work focuses on reducing health disparities for children, including in asthma and obesity, with a focus on examining and improving systems of care in collaboration with academic and community partners.
Felicia Fuller, Dr.PH plays a central role in the development and coordination of ALA mission activities, including health promotion, lung health education, and advocacy. She works collaboratively with ALA staff to plan, manage, and implement activities in the following areas: adult and child lung disease services, environmental health programming, pediatric quality improvement services for health professionals, and overall Chicago market grant outcomes. Prior to this position Dr. Fuller managed a cooperative agreement between CDC’s Healthy Aging Program and the Alzheimer’s Association National Office. In that capacity she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Healthy Brain Initiative which involved providing technical assistance to staff, and coordination of the research demonstration projects targeting at-risk communities. Along with these duties, Dr. Fuller assisted in the cognitive impairment surveillance opportunities with the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Dr. Fuller also worked at the Chicago Department of Public Health in the Epidemiology Program where she led a city-wide educational outreach program based on BRFSS data and assisted in bioterrorism efforts. Dr. Fuller holds her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, MPH from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, and her doctoral degree from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior.
Molly Martin, MD, MAPP; University of Illinois at Chicago
Molly Martin, MD, MAPP, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and a Fellow in the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Martin is an established leader in the fields of behavioral intervention design and testing, especially as they relate to community health workers (CHWs). She is also active in local and national policy efforts that target health disparities. Her research focuses on community models to improve health, specifically the CHW model. She is particularly interested in asthma, oral health and obesity in children. Dr. Martin has been the principal investigator on multiple NIH-funded projects that test community-based interventions targeting these conditions. She serves on the Board of the Chicago Asthma Consortium. Dr. Martin was a member of the State of Illinois Community Health Worker Advisory Board which developed recommendations for the community health worker workforce requirements in Illinois and on the Executive Committee for Community Health Worker Section of the American Public Health Association. As a complement to her research, Dr. Martin sees patients in the Mile Square Health Center and participates in resident and student education.
Dr. Nyenhuis is committed to address disparities in unique and minority population with asthma. Her research portfolio has included working to understand reasons for increased asthma severity in older adults, to working with urban populations with recurrent emergency room visits for asthma to her current work in identifying barriers to physical activity among African American women with asthma. Her overall goal is to expand our knowledge of lifestyle behavior change in asthma to improve to lives of minority asthma populations. She has served on the Chicago Asthma Consortium Board since 2010 and has also served as secretary and chair of the board.
Sarah Rittner, MA; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Center for Health Equity Transformation
Ms. Rittner is Director of Operations of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET). In this role, Ms. Rittner leverages nearly two decades of project management experience, concentrating on health equity and community-engaged research at the local, state, and federal levels. Ms. Rittner has overseen more than 55 research projects during her work with vulnerable populations, many of which have focused on health disparities, respiratory health, health information technology, safety net-focused health improvement programming and policy, and community-based participatory research. Prior to joining CHET, Ms. Rittner was Assistant Research Director at AllianceChicago and Manager of Lung Health Initiatives at Respiratory Health Association. She is a graduate of Michigan State University (MA and BA) and holds memberships on both the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Health Disparities, and Special Populations Advisory Committee and Chicago Department of Public Health Institutional Review Board.
Marc Rosen, MPH; YMCA of the USA
Marc Rosen is the Director of Healthcare Integration and Translation at YMCA of the USA. He oversees the deployment of technical assistance, training, and partnership development support to local Ys as they explore and develop formal partnerships with health care systems and practices, ACOs, and health plans to achieve population health goals. In his current role, Marc serves as a subject matter expert on the increasing and valuable role that community-based organizations can play in an evolving health care system. Prior to his current role, Marc spent three and a half years at Y-USA working on its Chronic Disease Prevention Programs team helping local Ys prepare, implement, and sustain the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program by sharing replicable and recommended practices. Marc has previous experience leading community based, chronic disease prevention and management interventions with focuses on asthma and tobacco control. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Latin American Studies and Spanish and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois-Chicago.