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The AAMC Center for Health Justice is a multidisciplinary team of advocates for health equity from across the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and representing its four mission areas to improve the health of all through medical education, health care, research, and community collaborations. Learn more about who we are and what we do.

Director Team

(In alphabetical order)
Philip Alberti
Philip founded the AAMC Center for Health Justice as the natural next step in a career focused on eliminating inequities in health and health care.
Carla Alvarado, PhD, MPH
Carla leads the center's research portfolio to inform policies and action that address health inequities.
Jennifer Bretsch
Jennifer is driven by a passion for health equity and justice and serves as the director of programs for the AAMC Center for Health Justice.
Daria Grayer, MA, JD
Daria is committed to advancing health justice through regulations and policies that redress health inequities.
Phylicia N. McCalla, DrPH, MPH
Phylicia is a public health leader who is passionate about protecting and promoting the health of people and communities.

Operations Team

Elva Arias
Elva provides administrative support to the center and is committed to promoting equal opportunities in health for all communities.
Ariana is passionate about the future of health equity and oversees the social media presence of the center.
Headshot of Sarah Piepenbrink
Sarah supports the center and its multisector partners with communications about actionable health justice news, opportunities, resources, and stories.

Policy Team

Stephen Barry
Stephen is committed to identifying best practices and research to inform policies that impact maternal health inequities in under-resourced communities.
Headshot of Keith Krosinsky
Keith is the project manager for the center's environmental justice portfolio and inaugural health justice fellowship.
Anthony Nicome, MHS
Anthony brings his background in community engagement as the center's inaugural Environmental Justice Fellow.
Heather Pierce
Heather joined the AAMC Center for Health Justice to promote health equity and health justice through federal regulations and national and local policymaking.
Phoebe Ramsey, JD
Phoebe believes we can — and should — use law and policy as tools to promote health justice and improve the well-being of people and communities.

Programs Team

Affrille Degoma, MHA
Aff's cross-industry experience and global perspective helps drive progress as a project manager in the evaluation of the Principles of Trustworthiness Toolkit.
Photo of Brooke Kelly, MS
Brooke is committed to using her expertise to effect positive change. She serves as a project manager for the Health Equity Inventory enhancement project.
Ayanna Williams
Ayanna supports the AAMC cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.

Research Team

Ebonie Megibow, MPH
Ebonie serves as health equity research analyst, with a passion for improving the health and well-being of women and families.
Kendal Orgera, MPH, MPP
Kendal is passionate about using data to inform policy discussions surrounding health equity and social determinants of health.
Dallas A. Peoples MS
Dallas contributes to the center’s research strategy implementation, with a passion and commitment to improve maternal health equity and reproductive justice.