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CCWP Annual Muriel Petioni, M.D. Awards Program

Chair: Dr. Priscilla Mpasi

Dr. Priscilla Mpasi, MD is an attending physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Division of Community Pediatrics and a child health policy advisor for Delaware Health and Social Services. She completed a health policy fellowship in the National Clinicians Scholars Program at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her current health policy work focuses on legislation to expand Medicaid benefits and social services and efforts to promote quality childhood education and early childhood literacy. She also advocates for expanded health care access and equitable resources for communities of color and low-income families. She also focuses on educational preparation and leadership development for physicians and medical students of color in order to promote diversity in the medical field. She has served on numerous professional boards and education committees, and is a health consultant for state and local health departments on child health and education policies.

She is a recognized national leader and child health advocate with current leadership involvement with the National Medical Association (NMA) as the Region II Chairperson and Chair for the Council on Concern of Women Physicians, the American Medical Association (AMA) Minority Affairs Governing Council and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Young Physician Leadership Alliance. With the AAP she is also a member of the Section on Minority Health, Equity and Inclusion and the Council on Community Pediatrics. She is also a National Vice-President Emerita of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and previously served as its Director of the National Future Leadership Project.

Dr. Mpasi has received numerous awards, including the National Minority Quality Forum 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health, the NMA Top Healthcare Professionals Under 40NMA Pediatric Section Billie Wright Adams Scholar Award and the AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Award. She is a National Health Service Corps Scholar who desires to practice as a community pediatrician and become a national leader in health care delivery and health policy implementation with an emphasis on health outcomes in vulnerable pediatric populations.

Dr. Mpasi earned her B.S. in Psychology from Duke University and her M.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital with a certificate in Advocacy. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Science of Health Policy and Research from the University of Pennsylvania. Raised in Silver Spring, MD, she now resides in Philadelphia, PA and enjoys living in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. She enjoys all sports, fitness, cooking, crochet and shoe shopping!

Vice Chair: Dr. Julianne Birt

Experienced Medical Doctor with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Reproductive Health, Healthcare, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine, and Working with Physicians. Strong business development professional with a M.D. focused in Obstetrics/Gynecology from Morehouse School of Medicine. Have advised pharmaceutical companies and sought after for speaking in the area of Women’s Health and Female Sexual Health and Dysfunction.

Speaker: Tamika Mallory

Social Justice Leader and Movement Strategist

Tamika D. Mallory is a groundbreaking, award winning social justice leader and movement strategist. Tamika has risen to become the most sought after, influential activist of her generation. Her committed work, advocacy, frontline bravery and heroic servitude continues to fuel a solitary act into a global movement inspiring millions around the world to get involved in the fight for racial and social equality.

Tamika through the impact and gravity of her voice speaks truth to power no matter the consequences. She is hailed as one of the most influential Black voices of our generation.

She served as the youngest ever Executive Director of the National Action Network and was instrumental in the creation of the New York City’s Crisis Management System, an official gun violence prevention program that awards nearly $27 million to violence prevention organizations annually.

Tamika made history when she helped shepherd the largest single day demonstration, the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, serving as one of its four national co-chairs. Most recently, she co-founded Until Freedom, an intersectional social justice organization that serves as a clearing house for organizers, activists, movement attorneys, artists, celebrities, and formerly incarcerated individuals. Tamika also co-hosts alongside “Raptivist” Mysonne Linen the newly launched “Street Politicians” podcast on iHeart Radio’s Black Effect Network.

Tamika has been honored as one of Time 100’s Most Influential People and was featured on Fortune’s list of the World’s Greatest Leaders. Her deliberative vision and focused intentionality has deeply moved and motivated a new generation of spirited, engaged activists. Never hiding behind a keyboard, but motivated by her selfless convictions to advance freedom and equality.   Tamika is a peerless, streetwise lightning bolt for freedom, justice and equality. The title of her forthcoming book STATE OF EMERGENCY is a reflective masterpiece birthed from the urgent declaration she made in the opening of her speech during the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis.

Artist: C. Sabrina Howard

Ms. C. Sabrina Howard is a reflective artist and exclusive graphic designer with the aspirations of being affiliated with an active, futuristic organization that possesses the acumen in understanding the significance of meaningful, consequential advertisement that gives embodiment and specificity to its purpose and existence.   Sabrina has worked diligently to perfect and hone her gifts, talents and skills in order to sustain her desires in perpetuating an incessant, innovative career in graphic design.  

Thus, with such persistence she continues in her efforts to give illumination and recognition to the multidimensional intricacies associated with the field of graphic design.  

Ms. Howard is an energetic critical thinker who seeks to transcend the conventional mode of graphic design to a more contemporary texture.  Her work embodies unimpeachable and unsullied creativity that never fails to captivate the attention of her audiences.   She breathes life into ideas, proposals, sketches, images, and concepts through the uniqueness and exceptionality of her work and designs.  Consequently, such demonstrated talents and skills continue to retain the satisfaction of clients both small and large.   Ms. Howard’s work reaps of high quality and can be characterized with unparalleled superiority.  

Ms. Howard’s astounding ability to capture the essence of unspoken words and abstract images by transmogrifying them into an oasis of clear, distinct expressions speaks volumes of her educational accomplishments, her inventive repertoire of ideas, and her undeniable love for the Arts.  With such notable abilities and talents, Ms. Howard will continue to bring an aura of freshness to the field of graphic design.  She has the capacity to make a noticeable, advantageous difference in any organization. 


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It is important for doctors to attend NMA Conventions in order to stay ahead of the curve in this rapidly changing healthcare environment. The NMA Convention is the most dynamic conference around providing a plethora of experts and quality CME discussing topics of importance to both my clinical practice and the business of medicine. If you are interested in value added not just volume added healthcare for the communities we serve, then the NMA is where you need to come to stay informed and get prepared for the changes in healthcare especially as they impact our African American patients. Lastly, I enjoy the convention because it provides me an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and interact with the next generation of physicians.

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