Cambridge, Mass. – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced that Somava Stout, MD, of Cambridge Health Alliance is one of 10 winners of its first-ever RWJF Young Leader Award. The award recognizes leaders from across the U.S. who are ages 40 or under for their exceptional contributions to improving the health of the nation. The awards also signal the winners’ strong potential for future leadership.
Dr. Somava Stout is a primary care physician who is committed to improving the health of underserved communities through patient-centered health system redesign. As Vice President of Patient-Centered Medical Home Development at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), she leads the patient-centered medical home transformation of the healthcare system’s network of primary care and specialty practices in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities.
In her previous role as Medical Director of CHA’s Revere Family Health Center, Dr. Stout helped create a community health center that achieved NCQA Level 3 recognition and was highlighted as a national “best practice” for patient-centered medical home transformation in the Qualis/Commonwealth Fund Safety Net Medical Home Initiative. She frequently is invited to speak with health organizations across the U.S. about effective implementation of the medical home model. Additionally, Dr. Stout is Principal Faculty for Leadership, Management, and Innovations and Co-Director of the Primary Care Innovation Fellowship at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, where she engages the next generation of primary care physicians to be part of health system innovation.
In recognition of RWJF’s 40th anniversary, Foundation leaders established the RWJF Young Leader Awards to highlight the important contributions that people can make early in their career to improving health and health care for all Americans. The 10 recipients will each receive $40,000.
“As we reflected on our accomplishments over the past 40 years, we also wanted to look to the future,” said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD. “During the relatively short period that our foundation has been operational, these impressive men and women were born and raised and started doing amazing things that can potentially improve the health of all Americans. We’re proud to acknowledge their early success, and inspired by the potential they have to improve U.S. health and health care.”
“Dr. Stout’s commitment to the underserved is unparalleled, and we congratulate her on this prestigious honor,” said Patrick Wardell, CHA’s Chief Executive Officer. “In championing our system-wide implementation of the medical home model, Dr. Stout plays an essential role in ensuring our patients and communities receive better care and better health at a lower cost.”
The Institute for Alternative Futures helped a diverse panel of established leaders select the award winners from a pool of nearly 850 candidates, based on a vision for health and health care 40 years from now. For more information and a full list of winners, visit www.rwjf.org/goto/youngleaders.
Dr. Stout earned her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. During this time, she also completed a master’s degree at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, which centered on sustainable development of community health programs in underserved areas. She then attended Harvard Medical School and completed her dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Children’s Hospital. She is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.
Cambridge Health Alliance is an integrated, award-winning health system that provides high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.challiance.org.
Photo credit: Copyright 2012 Allan Hunter Shoemake. Used with permission from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.