To create a national learning environment and support teaching and healthcare learning opportunities for those who serve the underserved in an effective, efficient, cohesive and powerful way. To build internal capacity to provide teaching and eventually grow to provide healthcare and teaching simultaneously to those who need it most. We want to be known as the premier place to impact the hearts and minds AND outcomes of all of those who provide healthcare in the US & we have every intention of making public health the jewel in the crown of American medicine.
Our Board Members
Melissa Ann Stratman
President, Treasurer and Board Chair
Melissa is the Non-profit founder and the president of the Institute. She has previously worked in a hospital setting as a Spanish Interpreter and setting up a cultural diversity department, she worked at a Community Health Center and is passionate about making health care work for patients and staff. Melissa is also the CEO and owner of Coleman Associates a boutique healthcare consulting firm.
Adimika Arthur, MPH
Adimika is trained as a Epidimiology Physician. However, her passion is in process improvement. Adimika bring an amazing gift for out of the box thinking, clinical experience, a vast network of health care improvement thinkers, front line engagement in process improvement and a polished understanding of the process of social change.
Dr. Paula Zegob-Hartmann
Dr. Paula Zegob-Hartmann worked in a community health center for almost ten years. Born and raised in the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado, Paula has always had a heart for the underserved. To this board Dr. Zegob brings clinical judgment, process improvement experience and a lifelong passion for the underserved.
Jeff Olivet, MA
Jeff is a national leader on homelessness, poverty, affordable housing, behavioral health, public health, and HIV. He has been a street outreach worker, case manager, housing director, coalition builder, writer, teacher, and activist. Jeff was involved in process redesign when he worked at Healthcare for the Homeless in Albuquerque, NM. Jeff brings a front-line experience for process improvement along with a deep-rooted volunteer spirit and hands-on experience in growing and running organizations. Jeff is currently the CEO and President for the Center for Social Innovation in Boston, MA: Center4si.com.
Dr. Karin Susskind
Secretary / Communications Director
Dr. Susskind brings experienced clinical judgment as well as a deep connectedness to social communities and the understanding of how these communities support the health and well being of every person accessing healthcare.
Satish Gupta, MS
Satish was born and raised in India. Upon coming to the states, he began a successful company making custom cabintry. His education and success have allowed him to do one of the things he feels most passionate about:supporting education in India. Satish provides wisdom and advice on business development serving unreached communities and a connection to the academic world, an important component of future health care changes.
Dr. Ron Yee, M.D., M.B.A., FAAFP.
Ron Yee serves as the CMO for NACHC - the National Association of Community Health Centers. Ron led a very successful redesign effort at his community health center in Parlier, CA where he became an expert at team-based care and serving as a catalyst for change. Ron brings not only his integrity, but also years of change experience, years of experience in clinical practice management as well as business and clinical experience and national exposure to improvement work.