Meet the Team

Neva White DNP, CRNP, CDE
Neva White DNP, CRNP, CDE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE FRAZIER FAMILY COALITION FOR STROKE EDUCATION AND PREVENTION

Dr. White is a nurse practitioner and diabetes care and education specialist. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Thomas Jefferson University in 2010.

In 2000, Dr. White joined Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Center for Urban Health (CUH). She has developed several community based chronic disease self-management education and support programs in underserved communities for Philadelphia.

Dr. White has worked on several National Institute of Health funded clinical trials that test the efficacy of diabetes education and behavioral activation to improve diabetes self-management in older African Americans. In collaboration with Drs. Rovner and Casten, she developed an extensive training program to prepare community health workers to deliver diabetes self-management education.

Dr. White is also the board president of Sugga Mamas Diabetes Prevention and Management.

Lakisha Sturgis RN, BSN, MPH, CPHQ
Lakisha Sturgis RN, BSN, MPH, CPHQ

Director, Community Care Management, Population Health, Temple University Health System

As Director of Community Care Management, Lakisha is responsible for promoting health equity through innovative projects related to population health, quality and pay for performance. She also helps build and foster relationships to expand Temple Population Health’s community imprint.

Lakisha has more than 20 years of experience managing programs to improve health outcomes. She joined Temple from Montgomery County Emergency Services where she was Director of Nursing and Quality Systems. She was previously Admissions Manager at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and Manager of Health Care Management Operations for Health Partners Plan.

Lakisha is a registered nurse who earned her undergraduate nursing degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.

Magalie Perez B.A., MPH
Magalie Perez Health Educator

HEALTH EDUCATOR, THE FRAZIER FAMILY COALITION FOR STROKE EDUCATION AND PREVENTION

Magalie Perez is the Health Educator for the Frazier Family Coalition for Stroke and Education and Prevention, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. Magalie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Widener University in 2005. Magalie received her Master’s in Public health from Drexel University in 2020. Magalie is Puerto Rican; she was born and raised in North Philadelphia. Magalie is a health educator who is helping people learn how to live a healthier life by adjusting to healthier lifestyle changes. Since receiving her B.A., Magalie has an extensive amount of experience. She has facilitated workshops/trainings for many different subjects ranging from child abuse, anger management, trauma, Diabetes Prevention. Magalie is passionate about community health. Her goal is to educate and give back to the community that helped raise her. Magalie believes that if given the necessary tools all individuals in North Philadelphia will have the opportunity to reach health equity.

Latifah Smith
Latifah Smith Community Health Worker

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER, THE FRAZIER FAMILY COALITION FOR STROKE EDUCATION AND PREVENTION

I am Community Health Worker Latifah Smith, I have been in the medical field for about 9 years. I am a Philadelphia native, who is aware of the many barriers my community faces. These barriers have gotten in the way of a healthier lifestyle for those within the community. This knowledge led me to where I am today, in a position of being an advocate and support system for our community. In addition, I am currently pursing a degree in Behavioral Health/ Human Services to provide me with more tools, resources, and knowledge to be more effective.
Nancy Porroa
Nancy Porroa Community Health Worker

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER, THE FRAZIER FAMILY COALITION FOR STROKE EDUCATION AND PREVENTION

My name is Nancy Porroa, I’m a Community Health Worker in the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity. My passion has been to help the Community in many programs from guiding the uninsured to gain access to basic health care needs to educating the community about diabetes, hypertension, chronic disease, asthma and Tobacco. For 17 years in Peru, I worked as a Registered Nurse in the emergency department, oncology, surgery room, and community. In my free time, I like to travel to Peru and visit my mother, and spend time with my children and my grandchild. I am also a volunteer in an organization that helps people with cancer.

Sandra E. Brooks MD, MBA
Sandra E Brooks EVP

EVP, CHIEF COMMUNITY HEALTH EQUITY OFFICER, TJU PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY SKMC

A native of Willingboro, NJ, Sandra E Brooks, MD, MBA, recently joined Jefferson Health as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Center City Division. Trained in OB Gyn at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Gynecologic Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Brooks also served as Professor and Director of the Division of Gynecology Oncology at the University of Maryland for 10 years where in addition to clinical practice, teaching, and mentoring trainees, her research focused on health services and cancer disparities. Dr. Brooks received her MBA in Medical Services Management at Johns Hopkins University prior to transitioning to a physician executive role in Louisville where she developed a multi-modal prevention program and service line focused on expanding access to screening, and promoting health equity. Dr. Brooks has had an enduring programmatic and research interest in reducing health services and promotion of health equity as exemplified in her role as principal investigator of one of 21 National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center Programs focused on promoting health equity, quality, clinical trials and survivorship. Dr. Brooks additionally led a GOG study as principal investigator evaluating factors associated with minority enrollment into clinical trials. This work was subsequently included as part of a National Academy of Medicine workshop on the same topic.

Prior to her move to Philadelphia, Dr. Brooks was Chief Medical Officer of a multi-site, multi-specialty health network in NJ and Chief Medical Officer of St. Joseph’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital, BayCare, Health System in Tampa, Florida, where she accomplished major initiatives focused on patient safety and quality. Dr. Brooks’ national work has included serving on boards of the American Public Health Association and as Co- Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.

Joining the Jefferson Health System just prior to the pandemic, Dr. Brooks quickly became integral to the Center City Division leadership team and pandemic response. Dr. Brooks is deeply engaged in promoting vaccination efforts. Dr Brooks was recently named the Executive Vice President, Chief Community Health Equity Officer, and will lead Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity and Center for Urban Health, in addition to her role as Chief Medical Officer for Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.

Robert H. Rosenwasser MD, MBA, FACS, FAHA
Robert H. Rosenwasser MD, MBA, FACS, FAHA

Dr. Robert H. Rosenwasser is among the country’s first dually trained Neurovascular neurosurgeons, meaning he is able to treat diseases of the brain’s circulatory system using both conventional microsurgical methods and minimally invasive interventional endovascular techniques. As a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon, he treats patients who have had strokes, aneurysms, AVMs, and carotid artery stenosis. He also serves as President/CEO of the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience and is responsible for strategic directions in neuroscience.

He worked to establish the Jefferson Neuroscience Network (JNN)—a telemedicine system that affords Jefferson stroke physicians the ability to remotely assess and make treatment recommendations for people with suspected stroke throughout the region. In 2014, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons awarded Dr. Rosenwasser the Cushing Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Neurosurgery, which recognized his career-long effort to include  all modalities and  techniques in neurosurgical training as it relates to treating all Vascular Diseases of the Brain and Spinal Cord.

He has authored/co-authored over 500 peer reviewed scientific publications and 6 textbooks on this topic.

Tara Hayden MHSA
Tara Hayden MHSA

VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY HEALTH EQUITY

Ms. Hayden has vast leadership and management experiences in a number of health care settings: hospitals, a consulting firm, managed behavioral health care companies and a research university and medical school.  Prior to joining Jefferson, Ms. Hayden held administrative and research leadership positions in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania, first as the Deputy Director of an NIH P30, Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) and then as the Deputy Director for the HRSA funded Keystone Geriatrics Center for Enhancing Primary Care and Community Education. In these roles, Ms. Hayden engaged community-based stakeholders, created inter-organizational connections, organized and implemented community-based education, trained health professionals and lay persons, and facilitated and conducted community-based research, most recently with a focus on research on end-of-life care and end-of-life decision-making in partnership with the African American Church Community. In 2019 as the inaugural Associate Director of Geriatric Education and Research, Ms. Hayden had administrative oversight for the Division’s educational programs for fellows, residents and medical students and management of the Division’s research programs and personnel.

Ms. Hayden previously held leadership positions with the American Public Health Association as an ex-officio Executive Board Member, Chair of the Education Board, and Co-Chair of the Joint Policy Committee. Currently, she serves on the Boards of the Trinity Health PACE-Mercy LIFE West Philadelphia Center, the Ralston Center for Quality Aging and Tabor Children’s Services. Previously, she served on the boards of the SHARE Food Program and the National Adoption Center.  Ms. Hayden received her degree in Health Services Administration from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health and her bachelor’s degree, cum laude in psychology and sociology from Brandeis University. 

Steven R. Carson RN, BSN, MHA
Steven R. Carson RN, BSN, MHA

Senior Vice President, Population Health, Temple University Health System

CEO, Temple Center for Population Health, LLC

Mr. Carson is the Senior Vice President of Population Health for Temple University Health System, President and CEO of Temple Center of Population Health, LLC and serves as adjunct faculty for the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Mr. Carson has over 30 years of leadership experience in both academic and community based delivery systems, nursing leadership, inpatient and ambulatory quality improvement, clinical case management as well as value base care incentive programs.

A graduate of Gwynedd Mercy University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master’s of Science from Saint Joseph’s University, Mr. Carson is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Executives. He holds an appointment to the Pennsylvania Patient Centered Medical Home Committee, which serves to develop recommendations for the Pennsylvania Human Services, medical assistance program.

Recent regional collaborations have included the Temple Center for Population Health, LLC’s development of hub and spoke model for the management of opioid use disorder in Philadelphia through the Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication-Assisted Treatment grant program. The program was recently awarded an honorable mention Gage award from America’s Essential Hospitals.

Mr. Carson serves on the Board of the HealthShare Exchange and has recently been listed as one of the 2021 Modern Healthcare Top 25 Innovators.

Deborah K. Witt MD
Deborah K. Witt, MD MD

MEDICAL DIRECTOR, THE PHILADELPHIA COLLABORATIVE FOR HEALTH EQUITY

Dr. Witt is an experienced Family Physician who completed her residency training in Family Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and continued her career with Jefferson’s Family Medicine Department for more than 26 years. She works extensively with faith based and community organization to promote health and wellness, most recently conducting pop up COVID 19 vaccination clinics throughout the city. As Medical Director, Dr. Witt will have oversight of PCHE’s community health outreach efforts with a specific focus on the Frazier Family Coalition for Stroke Education and Prevention and Closing the Gap initiatives, continuing in her efforts to improving the health and well-being of the most medically underserved and economically vulnerable communities of Philadelphia. Dr. Witt continues to teach first and 3rd year students at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC). Dr. Witt is passionate about community service and serves on the Board of Directors with Glory Unlimited Ministries, Teaching to Change Lives, Inc., and Sugga Mamas Diabetes Prevention and Management.

Marlin Williams MBA
Marlin Williams MBA

DIRECTOR, THE PHILADELPHIA COLLABORATIVE FOR HEALTH EQUITY

Marlin brings more than 25 years of experience leading public health programs and initiatives, with proven background and knowledge in strategic engagement, organizational and community capacity building, program development and thought leadership in addressing health disparities and social determinants of health. Most of the Marlin’s work has focused on creating and enhancing organizational and community capacity to address chronic disease disparities statewide and integrating health promotion models within the continuum of care. Prior to joining Jefferson, Marlin spent more than 14 years in various leadership roles at Public Health Management Corporation.

Marlin earned an MBA with a health administration focus from Eastern University and a B.S. in Business Administration Finance from Bloomsburg University. Marlin is working toward becoming a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE). 

Advisory Council

Mark R. Nicoletti, Sr.
Council Chair, Co-CEO, Philadelphia Suburban Development Corporation

Bill L. Allen
Founder and CEO,
ALW Sourcing LLC

Daniel J. Brooks, JD
Director, Health Equity, AmeriHealth Caritas 
Family of Companies

Anthony E. Gay
Vice President & General Counsel
PECO Energy

Patrick M. Oates, PhD
Senior Vice President ofCorporate Strategy & Business Development, EMSCO Scientific Inc.

Eric N. Hodges, DMD
Endodontist, Community Volunteer

Patty Jackson
WDAS Legend and
Broadcast Pioneer

Advisory Committee

Linda Kilby
Executive Director N.O.R.T.H., Inc. Director W.I.C.

Renee Reedman
Associate Vice President,
Temple Physicians Inc.

Lenora Jackson- Evans
Executive Director
Strawberry Mansion Action Center

Verna Tyner
Tioga United

Deborah Jowers
Zion Baptist Church, Health Ministry

Edoris Lomax
CHW & Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator , Temple Center for Population Health

Suzanne Cohen
Senior Director of Population Health, The Health Federation of Philadelphia

Mark Nicoletti
President & Co
CEO PSDC

Sharif Street
PA State Senator

Aissia Richardson
Outreach Director for the PA State Senator Sharif Street

Councilwoman Cindy Bass
City Council Member
PA City Council

Tina Marie Russell
North Central Phila CDC RCO

Connie Howard
Office Manager,
Temple Physicians Inc.

Apoorva Bhupathi
Quality and Compliance Coordinator,
Temple Health

Jessica Glennon
DaVita Dialysis

Marcy Bushman
DaVita Dialysis

Andrea Custis
Executive Director
Urban League

Tamara Brown
PA Department of Behavioral Health

Brenda Shelton-Dunston
CEO, Black Women’s Health Alliance