Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy

Established in 2004, the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy is named in honor of Drs. H. Jack Geiger and Count Gibson, pioneers in community health practice and tireless advocates for civil and human rights. Over 50 years ago, Geiger and Gibson founded the nation's first community health centers in Mound Bayou, Mississippi and Boston, Massachusetts; by 2018, more than 1,400 health centers, operating in over 11,000 locations, served over 27 million residents of urban and rural medically underserved communities across the nation.

Located within the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, and part of its Department of Health Policy and Management, the Geiger Gibson Program shares the core mission of the community health centers program: to eliminate medical underservice and disparities in population health and health care and improve health and health care for all persons. The Program was founded with generous gifts from the National Association of Community Health Centers and health centers and primary care associations around the nation. Today the program is supported through many sources: continuing gifts from health centers and state and regional primary care associations representing health centers throughout the nation; research grants from both government and leading  foundations such as the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and  the Commonwealth Fund;  and a major ongoing gift from the RCHN Community Health Foundation, which supports the work of the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative.

Health Policy Fellows Program

Geiger Gibson Health Policy Fellows Program

The Health Policy Fellows Program (previously the Geiger Gibson Capstone Program) is offered in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Center's Leadership Development Institutes. The 3-day Washington DC- based program, preceded by asynchronous content, is designed to meet the professional needs of mid-level and senior staff pursuing executive leadership careers in community health centers, primary care associations, and health center controlled networks.  The Fellowship is offered in the Spring and Fall of each year.

This Fellowship Program is designed to enable health center, PCA, and HCCN staff to develop a deeper understanding of health policy and acquire key health policy analysis skills of value to their own organization’s policy advocacy efforts.

For the October 2019 and April 2020 cohorts, participation in the Geiger Gibson Health Policy Fellows Program costs $1,600. The amount covers the program fee, transportation to and from off-campus sites during the three-day cohort, and 6 meals: three breakfasts; two lunches; and a group dinner. We also have an optional, included networking happy hour on the second day of the cohort, during which Fellows have the opportunity to share ideas with each other and program speakers.

The Geiger Gibson Health Policy Fellows Program expects payment for the program fee in full at the time of invitation into a cohort of the Program. We personal or organizational checks (made out to "The George Washington University" with the individual Fellow's name on the notes line), but we cannot accept credit card payment.

In limited circumstances relating to significant health issues or travel problems, we may be able to accommodate a cancellation or rescheduling to another cohort. If a Fellow needs to cancel and the date is at least 30 days prior to the start of the scheduled cohort, full reimbursement of the program fee is allowed. If a Fellow needs to cancel 30 days or fewer prior to the start of the scheduled cohort, reimbursement will be limited to 90% of the program fee. If a Fellow prefers instead to reschedule to a future cohort, we will accommodate you as long as we have room and no money will be reimbursed. (If we are rescheduling you into a new cohort and you make this request within 30 days prior to the originally scheduled cohort, we will need to charge a 10% fee to cover the costs of catering.) If a Fellow needs to cancel or reschedule for any reason, please contact Teodor Handarov to discuss at your earliest convenience.

Please note: all Fellows are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs entirely. The Geiger Gibson Program is not responsible for lost travel, lodging, or personal costs en route to, during return from, or as a result of, participation or non-participation in a cohort of the Health Policy Fellows Program.

Hear what our Fellows are saying: https://medium.com/the-sustainable-future/reflections-of-a-health-policy-fellow-time-intention-and-professional-development-758ab0f74302

We will soon be accepting applications for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 cohorts. Please check back soon! Until then, find more information on the program here.

Distinguished Visitor Program

The Geiger Gibson Distinguished Visitor program provides an opportunity for health center and primary care association leaders to visit the Department of Health Policy and Management and to share their work with students, faculty, and staff. Visitors may serve as guest lecturers, student advisors, and mentors. The Distinguished Visitors program typically takes place in the fall semester, and Visitors serve as ongoing advisors to the program.

Our 2019 Distinguished Visitors are John Silva of Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc. (Massachusetts) and Dan Hawkins of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), who was named our first Distinguished Visitor Emeritus. 

Past visitors include the following:

2018 - Mr. Greg Nycz, Family Health Center of Marshfield, Inc. (Wisconsin)

2017 - Ms. Anita Monoian, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services (Washington State)

2016 – Ms. Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez, Urban Health Plan, Inc. (New York)

2015 – Mr. E. Benjamin Money, Jr., North Carolina Community Health Center Association (North Carolina)

2014 – Mr. Dan Driscoll, Harbor Health (Massachusetts)

2013 – Ms. Tess Stack Kuenning, Bi-State Primary Care Association (Vermont and New Hampshire)

2012 – Ms. Rachel Gonzales-Hanson, Community Health Development, Inc. (Texas)

2011 – Dr. Neil Calman, Urban Health Institute (New York)

2010 – Dr. Merle Cunningham, formerly of Sunset Park Neighborhood Health Center (Center)

2009 – Ms. Velma Hendershott, InterCare Community Health Network (Michigan)

2008 – Ms. Ann Hathaway Peters, formerly of Lamprey Health Care (New Hampshire)

2007 – Dr. Patricia Gabow, formerly of Denver Health (Colorado)

2006 – Ms. Anne Kauffman Nolon, Peekskill Community Health Center (New York)

2005 – Dr. David Reynolds, formerly of Northern Counties Health Center (Vermont)

2004 – Dr. James Hunt, Mass League of Community Health Centers (Massachusetts)

Emerging Leader Award

Each year, the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy honors young Emerging Leaders working at community and farmworker health centers (including those whose operations cover health care for the homeless or public housing programs), health center networks, and state or regional primary care associations. Emerging Leaders are nominated by their community health centers, health center networks, or primary care associations nationally and selected by a committee drawn from the Geiger Gibson Distinguished Visitor Program. Those selected for the award are recognized at NACHC's annual Policy & Issues Forum, held in Washington, D.C.

"Our Emerging Leaders reflect the enormous range of talented young people who have made a career in the health center family and personify the enduring strength of health centers," said Sara Rosenbaum, JD, the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, and founder of the Geiger Gibson Program.

Feygele Jacobs, President and CEO of the RCHN Community Health Foundation, whose ongoing gift supports the Geiger Gibson Program, added, "the Emerging Leaders selected each year represent the future of health centers. The policy and program advocates, clinicians, health educators, and clinic administrators recognized each year truly will become the next generation of senior leaders."

Nominations for the 2020 award will be accepted through Monday, January 6, 2020.

Click HERE to nominate your exemplary staff.

Eligibility Requirements and Award Selection Criteria

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for the Emerging Leader award, the nominee must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Is currently working at a community or farmworker health center, PCA or HCCN;
  • Has worked at the health center, PCA or HCCN for at least one year;
  • Is not older than 35; and
  • Is not the Executive Director/CEO of the organization

Award Criteria:

The Emerging Leader award is designed to highlight and share the accomplishments of exceptional young members of the health center, PCA and HCCN community. The award celebrates young leaders whose specific work has helped further the health center mission of health care and better health for medically underserved patients, communities, and populations. The program considers the full range of health center/network/PCA activities, operations, and accomplishments, with particular emphasis on the following criteria:

  • The nominee’s work accomplishments do not simply fullfill their responsibilities, but go above and beyond what is expected;
  • The nominee’s efforts are useful to and transferable to other health centers and help advance the overall status of health centers within the health care system;
  • The nominee recognizes and demonstrates the “community” aspect of “community health center” through engagement and collaboration with other organizations and community members;
  • The nominee has displayed a sense of personal motivation by advancing within their organization in a short time and/or pursuing educational opportunities in a related field. 

Contact: Please contact the Geiger Gibson Program at geigergibson@gwu.edu with any questions.

History

The Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy is named after two pioneers in the early community health center movement, Drs. H. Jack Geiger and Count Gibson. For more information about their history, click here. To learn more about Dr. Geiger, click here. For more information on Dr. Gibson, click here.

Donors

The Geiger Gibson Program would like to thank our donors:

About

The Geiger Gibson Program is home to the following activities:​

  • Masters and doctoral-level coursework, training, and graduate student research assistantships in policy issues and research methods related to the measurement and remediation of medical underservice and health disparities and the advancement of equal justice in health and health care;
  • A rich research agenda, as well as  an ongoing policy brief series from the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative on critical health policy issues affecting health centers and medically underserved populations and civil rights policy and practices;
  • A Distinguished Visitorship program for health center and primary care association leaders; Advanced policy training for health center and PCA staff in collaboration with the National Association of Community Health Centers and state and regional primary care associations;
  • The annual Geiger Gibson Symposium in Health Policy part of the National Association of  Community Health Centers’ annual winter policy meeting; and
  • The Emerging Leaders program, which honors young leaders from across the country, nominated by health centers and primary care associations each year, and recognized at the National Association of Community Health Center’s annual winter policy meeting.

Faculty:

Sara Rosenbaum, JD
Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy

J. Zoë Beckerman, JD, MPH
Adjunct Professor and Academic Program Director of the Geiger Gibson Program

Peter Shin, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor and GG/RCHN Research Collective Director

Leighton Ku, PhD, MPH
Professor and Director of the GW Center for Health Policy Research

Staff:

Maria Velasquez, MPH
Assistant Program Director of the Geiger Gibson Program

Jessica Sharac, MSc, MPH
Assistant Research Director of the Geiger Gibson Program

Contact

The Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy

2175 K Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20037
Email: geigergibson@gwu.edu