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I am pleased to share with you the George Washington University’s second annual GW Serves D.C. Report. For centuries, the George Washington University and our students, faculty, staff and alumni have served the District in important and meaningful ways.
As the university embarks on its third century, we are committed to strengthening the invaluable partnerships we have established across all the District’s eight wards. These collaborations are guided by our deep commitment to serve our neighbors and communities—whether in work to address health disparities, including through the forthcoming Cedar Hill Regional Medical Center, GW Health; pandemic response and expertise; policy research and advocacy; innovation and entrepreneurship; or programming and scholarships for the next generation of District leaders.
Our partnerships are driven by our mission and the needs of the District, and they are rooted in our long-term commitment to finding creative and collaborative solutions. I look forward to the continued impact we will have together improving our home here in Washington, D.C.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership.
Mark S. Wrighton
18th President of GW
LaQuandra Nesbitt, an expert in population health and leader in advancing health equity initiatives, will hold the first endowed professorship appointment that is part of the George Washington University’s transformative investment of more than $50 million to fund 14 new faculty positions in the academic medical enterprise.
The former director of D.C. Health, Nesbitt will serve as the executive director of the Center for Population Health Sciences and Health Equity, senior associate dean for population health and health equity and the bicentennial endowed professor in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS).
In her role leading the new center, Nesbitt will advance SMHS’ population health initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of patients and communities served by the academic medical enterprise. She will oversee three significant initiatives: planning and implementing the clinical, educational and research programs at the Cedar Hill Regional Medical Center – GW Health; developing an applied clinical research center on population health sciences and health equity; and expanding the GW Clinical Public Health program in partnership with Senior Associate Dean Lawrence Deyton.
“Dr. Nesbitt is the ideal leader to launch this timely new center within GW’s academic medical enterprise,” said Barbara L. Bass, vice president for health affairs, Walter A. Bloedorn Chair of Administrative Medicine, dean of GW SMHS and CEO of the GW Medical Faculty Associates.
Nesbitt is a board-certified family physician with more than a decade of experience with population health initiatives in governmental agencies. In leading the District’s pandemic response, Nesbitt has worked across organizations and communities to bring innovative solutions that promote health and wellness and advance health equity.
“Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to serve patients and communities in a number of ways—as a clinician in the exam room, as an educator in the classroom and at community town halls and as an advocate for health equity with key decision makers,” Nesbitt said. “Serving as the executive director of the Center for Population Health Sciences and Health Equity affords me the opportunity to combine those experiences in new and exciting ways. I look forward to working with many colleagues and community members I have known throughout the years in continued service to the residents of the District of Columbia and beyond to achieve better health and equity in the health care space.”
Community Relations is a university-wide commitment and it wouldn't be possible without the extensive departmental collaboration that takes place all across campus. From architects to campus planners to student affairs professionals, community relations are ingrained and woven closely in the fabric of the George Washington University. Please consider all of us, your connection and gateway to the university.