Advocacy and DEI Mentors


Dr. Janine YoungJanine Young MD

Biography:

Dr. Janine Young is a general pediatrician at Denver Health and Hospitals and an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of General Pediatrics.

She was an undergraduate at Columbia University, received her medical training at Harvard Medical School, and pediatric residency training at the Boston Combined Program and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. 

Her career focus is health care and access to care for immigrants and refugees and has written widely and presented talks nationally regarding topics that include the development of standard of care immigrant medical screening guidelines, female genital cutting, evaluation and treatment of unaccompanied children, and medical-immigration law collaboration.

She is the Medical Director of the Denver Health Refugee Clinic, Co-Medical Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Denver Health, and the Medical Advisor to the State of Colorado Refugee Services Program.  She is a grantee working with the Minnesota Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control to develop a Newcomer Centers of Excellence.  

She is on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council of Immigrant Child and Family Health, and on the Boards of the Society of Refugee Health Providers and the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

She is a certified Spanish and French medical interpreter and loves to travel, when she can.

Recommended reading:

Recommended memberships:

  • Join:  AAP Council on Immigrant Child and Family Health; Society of Refugee Health Providers. Go to the North American Refugee Health Conference 6/2022!
  • Join:  CO AAP
  • Join Colorado Medical Coalition for Human Rights: coloradomchr@gmail.com--email to join listserv.

Advice for residents:

“Read widely—NYT, Washington Post, and talk/listen to your patients/families. Get detailed social histories and think about themes in barriers to care, diseases of significance, missed diagnoses.  Choose one of these areas in which to focus and talk to CO AAP around writing a proposal to address this issue.  Offer to testify for bills of significance; write op eds for Denver Post or other news outlets; find several mentors who address different areas of focus—these may be outside of your home institution as well; always try to meet with a mentor on a regular basis; try a QI project or a limited research project around an issue.”


Dr. Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD Daniel Goldberg

Biography:

Daniel S. Goldberg is trained as an attorney, a historian of medicine, and a public health ethicist.  His current research agenda in law, policy, and bioethics focuses on the social determinants of health, public health policy and chronic illness, health inequities, stigma.

In addition, he maintains an active research program in the history of medicine, and focuses primarily on two topics in 19th century America: the history of medical imaging (especially X-rays) and the history of pain without lesion. His doctoral dissertation addressed the undertreatment of pain in the U.S., and he has been actively writing, teaching, and speaking on the subject of chronic pain since 2000.

Some highlights of Dr. Goldberg’s advocacy work include:

  • Consulting with state campaign on addiction/SUD stigma;
  • Conversations w/ state policymakers on traumatic brain injury and collision sports among youths and adolescents; and
  • Working with multiple institutions & programs on structural competency and anti-oppression practice.

Thoughts on advocacy:

“Policy & advocacy work is so critical to me because on a personal level it is one way I can help. I am not a clinician or even a public health service worker, which means that sometimes I struggle to figure out how to be of assistance. Being able to use my training and skills in a strategic way to impact social determinants and population health means everything!  But it’s also not something that requires extensive training in policy studies! (I mean, it helps, but it’s not necessary). Figuring out how to help build coalitions, organize collectively, support policy actors and communities is both socially important and intellectually engaging.”

Advice for residents:

“Advocacy can mean lots of different things. Some kinds of teaching can be advocacy! Mentorship can be advocacy. It does not require you to picket the Capitol building, although that is of course a welcome form of advocacy should you choose to do so.  Residents and trainees often feel disempowered in large health care settings. This is totally understandable, but you have more agency to change health system policy than you think, especially if you organize collectively! The time horizon for changing federal or state law can be long, but health system policy is more tractable and still can have enormous regional impact …”

Recommended reading:

“I do like this short commentary on the art of writing a policy brief, even though of course that’s only one form of advocacy” - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27935727/

“I also think communications-style training on how to write an op-ed is super helpful. This tool, from social justice-oriented PR firm Burness, is especially good” - https://www.countyhealthrankings.org/resources/writing-an-op-ed


Dr. Anne Frank, MD Anne Frank MD

Dr. Frank is an attending physician at Denver Health practicing primary care for adults and children and an assistant professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Dayton and her M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program at Brown University Warren Alpert School of Medicine. 

Anne is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and practices Primary Care at Denver Health. She is active in medical education at the undergraduate and graduate level, including working Director of the Denver Health Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship and Co-Director of the Clinical Content Pillar at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received a certificate from Teaching Scholars Program at the University of Colorado, and has used this training in multiple curricular design efforts.  Anne has additional interests in advocacy and care of historically marginalized, specifically children in Foster and Kinship care, LGBTQ+ individuals, and care of immigrants and refugees. She works in the Connections for Kids Foster Care Clinic and acts as a Peds Trans/GNB Health Champion. She is the clinic lead for Refugee care at Peña. She is also is an active member of the CO-AAP, including the legislative policy committee. 

Thoughts on advocacy:

“Advocacy has been important throughout my career, particularly patient level advocacy. If the patient in front of me needs something that is not readily available, advocacy is necessary to get patient’s treatment. We see this currently in some of the policies around treating our transgender and gender non-binary patients, but in the past it may have looked like hepatitis C treatment for patients who use alcohol or newer diabetes agents for patients who do not have insurance. Since moving to Denver, I have slowly worked to build relationships with people and groups in the community to engage with as partners in this work. More recently, I have found my voice in legislative advocacy, and have worked through the CO-AAP to testify at the state level in support of vaccines, broadening access to family planning, and pediatric mental health.”

Advice for residents:

“Residency is such a busy time and pursuing advocacy can feel overwhelming! First, know that you are advocating for your patients all the time! Any time you go the extra mile to make sure patients have what they need is advocacy! Further, anytime you are systematic about patient level advocacy, i.e. screening all clinic patients for food insecurity and connecting them to resources, you can make a huge impact. I recommend getting involved in your professional organization and watching for opportunities that fit your schedule and passions.”

Recommended listening:

“I love podcasts and there is so much content out there that it is hard to choose, but recently I have been listening to the Clinical Problem Solvers Antiracism in Medicine (all of these are gold), the DEI Shift podcast (DEI in medicine the obesity episode is amazing), the West Steps (this is from the Colorado Children’s Campaign and focuses on child health and well-being in CO and policy priorities of the Children’s Campaign). The Curbsiders Podcast and Charting Pediatrics have great advocacy episodes.”

Recommended reading:

“Recent good reads include The Gender Creative Child by Diane Ehrensaft, Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts, The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris.”


Dr. Jaime Moo-Young Jamie Moo-Young

Biography:

Dr. Jaime Moo-Young is a primary care internal medicine physician at Denver Health and Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree at Yale University, medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  

She is the co-founder and co-medical director of the Human Rights Clinic at Denver Health, which provides medical and mental health forensic evaluations for immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. She also co-founded the Colorado Human Rights Consortium, a non-profit alliance of multidisciplinary professionals collaborating to address the intersecting medical and legal needs of immigrants across the state. She has extensive clinical experience working with refugee and immigrant populations, including detained immigrants in the GEO ICE Processing Center in Aurora, Colorado. 

Thoughts on advocacy:

“Advocacy can take many different forms, depending on your personal experiences, peer group, and communication style.  However, if you see an injustice or an opportunity to improve the lives of others, listen to that voice inside of you and find a way to amplify it. Chances are there are others who share your vision, and in joining forces, you have a greater ability to effect systemic change. Advocacy often means speaking up for others who have less of a voice than those in power. However, it's even more important to be a good listener.” 

Recommended watching:

“The Facility” by Jeremy Flood. Which is a documentary film about the GEO detention facility in Aurora.- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGOCejy48Jo