Genesee Health Plan Honors the Genesee County Medical Society with the Physician Leadership Award

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Genesee Health Plan Honors the Genesee County Medical Society with the Physician Leadership Award

Saturday, April 15, 2017

On March 27, 2017, the Genesee Health Plan (GHP) honored the Genesee County Medical Society with its Physician Leadership Award. This award was issued to the Medical Society because of its seminal and ongoing work on behalf of the Genesee Health Plan which serves the uninsured. It also issued the award to recognize the Medical Society's work on behalf of the public. GHP noted that the Genesee County Medical Society played a central role in exposing the Flint lead crisis by supporting the research by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a Genesee County Medical Society member, as well as her team of researchers. In addition, the Genesee County Medical Society has provided ongoing leadership and community advocacy in the face of the multiple water related public health impacts including lead, TTHM's legionella, pneumonia, Shigella, and skin rashes. The Medical Society has worked with all four levels of government and multiple agencies in an effort to protect the community and to encourage cooperation between the levels of government in addition to the research entities studying the Water Crisis. Dr. John Hebert, III, MD, President accepted the Physician Leadership Award on behalf of the membership. He thanked Genesee Health Plan for recognizing the work of the Medical Society.

In addition, Genesee Health Plan honored 11 Medical Society members and staff who have given their time and expertise to communicate on behalf of their patients' safety, and to serve as a voice for the residents of the community. Awards were given to four member dermatologists for their work on skin rash screenings for the concerned public as part of a Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) research project. The group was led by Dr. Walter Barkey, who provided leadership and coordinated the federal and state agencies on the skin rash study as well as doing screenings. The other three dermatologists were Drs. Bishr Al-Dabagh, Kevin Gaffney, and Robert Soderstrom.

Dr. Laura Carravallah was honored for her tireless work on the Medical Society's response to the Flint Water Crisis. Dr. Eyassu Habte-Gabr was honored for his tireless work to help those in Flint impacted by infectious disease related to the Flint Water Crisis. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was honored for risking her career to shine a spotlight on the lead crisis and by providing tireless advocacy and serving as a voice for the children in Flint. Dr. Gerald Natzke was honored for working tirelessly for the Medical Society's response to those impacted by the Flint Water Crisis. Dr. Lawrence Reynolds was honored for working tirelessly as the respected medical voice with City, County, State, and Federal agencies on behalf of the Medical Society for those in Flint who were impacted by the Flint Water Crisis. Dr. John Waters was honored for his tireless work behind the scenes on behalf of the Medical Society on Flint water issues. Pete Levine was honored for working to coordinate the Medical Society response to the Flint Water Crisis.

For questions or comments, you may contact Peter Levine at plevine@gcms.org.