Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Preventive Medicine Alumni wins the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism Award May 2019

Dr. Nana Twum-Danso was awarded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award during the Annual Meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine in May 2019. Dr. Twum-Danso is a graduate of the Emory Preventive Medicine Residency Program and a public health and preventive medicine physician with 20 years of experience in health policy, practice, strategy, monitoring, learning, evaluation, and research at local, national and international levels. She is currently an independent consultant in quality improvement, large-scale change management, and learning systems development as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Dr. Twum-Danso was the Founder and CEO of MAZA, a social enterprise that provided urgent health transportation for pregnant women and sick infants in remote areas of Ghana. Prior to that, she designed, led and managed large-scale QI initiatives in maternal and child health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and parasitic disease control programs at the Task Force for Global Health, in partnership with national governments and non-governmental organizations. For the past decade, Dr. Twum-Danso has served on advisory committees for global health institutions such as the World Health Organization, the US National Academy of Medicine and the Canadian International Development Research Centre.

Resident Chioma Erondu, MD accepted into Emory School of Medicine Health Equity, Advocacy, and Policy (HEAP) track May 2019

Preventive Medicine resident Chioma Erondu, MD has been accepted into the inaugural class for the Emory School of Medicine Health Equity, Advocacy, and Policy (HEAP) track. This 24-month track provides residents & fellows the knowledge, skills, and methods necessary to effectively address the social determinants of health and advocate for health policies that address them systemically to further health equity at the local, state, and/or national levels.


Chimona Erondu

Richard A. Goodman, MD, JD, MPH edits new edition of The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual.  December 2018

Preventive Medicine professor Richard A. Goodman, MD, JD, MPH edits new edition of The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual. 

The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual is a definitive guide to investigating acute public health events on the ground and in real-time. Assembled and written by experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as other leading public health agencies, it offers current and field-tested guidance for every stage of an outbreak investigation -- from identification to intervention and other core considerations along the way. This CDC manual ushers investigators through the core elements of fieldwork, including many of the challenges inherent to outbreaks: working with multiple state and federal agencies or multinational organizations; legal considerations; and effective utilization of an incident-management approach. The manual was published in December 2018 by Oxford University Press.

The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, in conjunction with Emory University Student Health Services and Emory Campus Life, introduced a new interdisciplinary elective course – From Clinic to Kitchen: An Introduction to Culinary Medicine. Offered to second-year medical students, the course teaches nutrition counseling and skills to purchase, prepare, and cook healthy meals.

Congratulations to Preventive Medicine Residency graduate Daniel Graciaa, MD, MPH on his first-author lead report in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), “Outbreaks Associated with Untreated Recreational Water – United States, 2000-2014."  MMWR is CDC’s and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ premier vehicle for conveying reports on outbreaks and other cutting edge public health issues to a broad spectrum of tens of thousands of persons in medical, public health, and other target audiences worldwide.

Preventive Medicine Residency Program (PMRP) for being awarded a $2M 5-year HRSA grant Spring 2018

Congratulations to the Preventive Medicine Residency Program (PMRP) for being awarded a $2M 5-year HRSA grant to fund “Increasing the Size and Capabilities of the U.S. Preventive Medicine Workforce.”  Funding for this program will support an increase in the number of residents trained, scope and breadth of the training curriculum, and other enhancements to Emory’s training of preventive medicine residents. The PMRP is working now to make modifications to the training curriculum and schedules for the four incoming residents who will begin in July, and have been in contact with many of you regarding scheduling.  In addition, they are beginning preparation to expand the preventive medicine resident to a total of six residents.  

An article by Dr. Jennifer Mascaro is getting national press attention. “Child Gender Influences Paternal Behavior, Language, and Brain Function,” published in Behavioral Neuroscience has garnered coverage from The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and other news outlets. 

Dr. Mascaro has also been awarded a University Research Committee grant for her project, A longitudinal investigation of Family and meditation for healthcare trainee well- being and empathy, which began in May 2017 and will run through June 2018.