National Health Equity Expert Dr. Jamie Hart Joins Atlas Research

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Dr. Hart will serve as Senior Vice President of the Health Equity, Strategy, and Communication Group

Dr. Hart's deep commitment to improving health outcomes and access to care for underserved populations resonates with the mission and work of our firm.

Jamie Hart, PhD, MPH, a recognized health equity and strategic development expert, will join Atlas Research as Senior Vice President in July. Dr. Hart has extensive experience in improving health outcomes and increasing access to care for underserved populations through strategic planning and facilitation, provision of training and technical assistance, research, and assessment.

Dr. Hart joins Atlas from Altarum Institute, where she is completing her service as Director of the Knowledge Transfer and Technical Assistance Practice Area and Lead of the Health Equity Area of Expertise. She is highly regarded for her ability to bring diverse audiences together and facilitate collaborative efforts to define and address common goals, typically in relation to health equity. For example, she currently assists the Office of Minority Health in executing an implementation strategy for the National Plan for Action to Reduce Health Disparities by providing ongoing technical assistance and facilitation to a Federal interagency team of more than 12 agencies, 10 regional planning bodies, and various national partners. She also facilitates ongoing planning processes with organizations such as the Office of Adolescent Health, the Office of Population Affairs, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Hart directed the jointly-funded Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Department of Labor Homeless Policy Academies Initiative for five years. She has since been involved in the adaptation of this model to address co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders within specific populations, including returning service members, Veterans and their families; tribal communities; and students at historically black colleges and universities.

She works with the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to increase the capacity of community health workers to address cardiovascular disease prevention and asthma management among underserved populations. She also recently directed contracts to promote national HIV prevention efforts; assess HIV-related technical assistance; examine efforts to recruit and retain African Americans who are HIV positive in care; and assess the severity of need for programs and services in order to distribute Ryan White program funds accordingly.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Hart, an accomplished executive whose deep commitment to improving health outcomes and access to care for special and underserved populations resonates with the mission and work of our firm,” said Mark H. Chichester, President of Atlas Research. “Adding such nationally recognized talent will benefit our clients and serve as a critical ingredient of our next phase of corporate growth.”

Prior to Altarum, Dr. Hart worked at the University of Michigan as an instructional consultant in the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching; as a research assistant on the CDC’s Project REACH; and as a project director, researcher, and trainer at the Center for Research on Group Dynamics.

Dr. Hart holds a Master’s degree in public health, health behavior, and health education, along with a Master’s associate degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy in U.S. history with a specialization in African American history, all from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation research focused on reproductive health and access to health care for African American women.

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