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Dr. Syed Ahmed invited to join National Academic of Medicine steering committee

Syed M. Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, associate provost and senior associate dean for community engagement, has been invited by the National Academy of Medicine, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to serve on an influential steering committee charged with exploring ways to assess community engagement in the shaping and implementation of health policies and procedures. This prestigious honor recognizes Dr. Ahmed’s nationally recognized expertise in community engagement and measurement.

The multi-stakeholder steering committee will be made up of national leaders, reflecting diverse backgrounds and perspectives, to provide an overall vision, ensure timely progress, and coordinate efforts for a collaborative project which seeks to review existing measures for examining community engagement with health care program and policy decision-makers at the health system, local, state, and national levels. The committee will establish a process for identifying an indicator or set of indicators that can be used to measure community engagement in a wide range of settings. The aim is for measures to help assess and advance the responsiveness of public and private programs to community needs and enhance meaningful engagement with diverse audiences as part of the policymaking and program development processes.

Apart from this honor, MCW remains one of only four medical schools in the nation to have received the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in recognition of outstanding practices to engage our community in meaningful and impactful ways.