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MEDICC Moves Forward With New Leadership Team

MEDICC Moves Forward With New Leadership Team

Oakland, CA, May 22, 2017—Dr. C. William Keck and Mr. Jerrontay Foster assume leadership of MEDICC, coinciding with this year’s celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary. Dedicated to bridge-building between the US, Cuban and global health communities, MEDICC highlights Cuba’s public health approaches to inform the quest for health equity and universal health worldwide.

Dr. C. William Keck

Dr. Keck, a founding MEDICC  board member, succeeds Dr. Nassim Assefi as Executive Director. He chairs the Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice, is past president of the American Public Health Association (APHA), and directed Akron, Ohio’s health department for 27 years. “In this critical time for health in our nation, I look forward to taking US-Cuba health cooperation to a higher level to benefit Americans and Cubans alike,” said Dr. Keck.

Mr. Jerrontay Foster

Mr. Jerrontay Foster

Mr. Foster joined MEDICC 15 years ago as chief financial officer, now promoted to Deputy Director with oversight of MEDICC’s Oakland headquarters and programs. “I am as passionate about MEDICC today as I was the first day I started with this remarkable organization,” said Mr. Foster.  Board Chair Dr. Peter Bourne commented: “We have put together an extraordinary team to lead MEDICC forward, just when health is at the center of the world’s concerns.” He thanked Dr. Assefi for serving as interim executive director until returning to her sabbatical year.

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MEDICC’s work includes: the feature documentary film ¡Salud! on Cuban health care and global cooperation; the open-access, MEDLINE-indexed journal, MEDICC Review, publishing research by Cuban and other professionals whose work addresses health equity; insightful trips to Cuba for US health policymakers, educators and practitioners; Community Partnerships for Health Equity, a national network of US communities, their leaders inspired to innovate for better health, thanks to MEDICC-organized experiences in Cuba; and by serving as an institutional bridge-builder between US, Cuban and global health institutions and organizations. MEDICC also assists US students and graduates of Havana’s Latin American School of Medicine to return home to practice in provider-shortage areas, and supports US policies that facilitate greater health cooperation with Cuba for the benefit of people in both countries.
MEDICC’s 2016 White Paper was instrumental in changing US regulations to make room for greater research cooperation between US and Cuban institutions, particularly on cancer and infectious diseases that threaten people in both countries. See www.medicc.org for more.