Advocacy Grand Rounds – Introduction to Advocacy Messaging and Framing – April 8, 2021



Speakers include:

Justin Mendoza, MPH is the Advocacy Manager for U.S. Health Care at Partners In Health. Previously, Justin worked on health care priorities with Families USA and Public Citizen to advance health policy priorities, mainly lowering drug prices, expanding health care coverage, and lowering underlying health care costs. He has experience advancing legislation and administrative action at the state and federal level, as well as coalition management and policy analysis. Justin holds a MPH in Health Policy from Yale University and a B.S. in biomedical sciences and neuroscience from Central Michigan University. He also serves as the President of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.

Reshma RamachandranMD, MPP is a National Clinician Scholars Program fellow at the Yale School of Medicine. Prior to this role, Reshma worked as research faculty as part of the Innovation + Design Enabling Access (IDEA) Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she focused on antimicrobial resistance and access to medicines including state drug pricing proposals. Reshma trained in both medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University and in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She completed her family medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Previously, she served as the first PharmFree Fellow with the American Medical Student Association focused on removing the undue influence of pharmaceutical companies on prescribing behavior and medical education. She also currently serves as co-Chair of the National Steering Committee for the Doctors for America Drug Affordability Action Team and as a board member of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) North America.

Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein is Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he also serves as Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement and as Director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. He is a former health commissioner of Baltimore, Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. FDA, and health secretary of Maryland. Dr. Sharfstein teaches a class called “Crisis and Response in Public Health Policy and Practice” and is the author of the Public Health Crisis Survival Guide: Leadership and Management in Trying Times (2018) and co-author of The Opioid Epidemic: What Everyone Needs to Know (2019).

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