Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Awards

The Beyond Flexner Alliance is now accepting nominations for the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Awards for Excellence in Social Mission at the 2022 Conference. The purpose of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Awards is to recognize outstanding leadership in promoting social mission in health professions education. Social mission is defined as activities or initiatives that teach, model, or improve community engagement, diversity, disparities reduction, value-based care, or engagement with the social determinants of health. Social mission enhancement means making programs not only better, but fairer.

The award will be granted in the following categories: Rising Star (student, resident, fellow, or early-career faculty), Individual (mid-career and actively working in social mission), Program, Institution, and Lifetime Achievement (late-career or retired/emeritus). Awardees will receive $2,000 in direct funds, travel and lodging to the conference, and a crystal award acknowledging their achievement. Nominees should be working interprofessionally as innovators in health professions education who are invested in bringing change.

Applications will be accepted until January 6, 2022.  The awards dinner and presentation ceremony will take place on the first night of the conference, March 28, 2022.


2022 Recipients

Individual Excellence 
Brigit M. Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN

​For nearly a decade, Dr. Brigit Carter has served as the Project Director for three major federally funded Health Resources and Services Administration initiatives at Duke University, Make a Difference in Nursing and the Health Equity Academy 1 and 2, which recruited, admitted, retained and supported under-represented nursing students to Duke. As program director, she ushered in holistic admission processes and, once appointed to the Associate Dean position in 2018, accelerated diversity and inclusion efforts across all academic programs while engaging clinical partnerships across the health system and executive councils across campus. Humbly but with clear conviction, she continues to be a transformational service-leader, bringing students and professionals to the forefront of positive change among the healthcare workforce.
Institutional Excellence 
East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine

The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine and its model of eight community service learning centers situated across North Carolina were created on a foundation of social mission. The school’s efforts to advance the dialogue on social mission and health disparities are tangible—from brick and mortar buildings to the smiles created through service, education and research. The School of Dental Medicine formula addresses the state’s oral health care needs from every angle, from immediate hands-on care by seasoned dentists who also teach tomorrow’s professionals to educating students who are community-oriented advocates for individuals, special populations and communities. The institution’s vision promotes a distinctive primary care focus that treats the whole patient and provides access to care for rural, underserved and under-resourced areas. The school’s pipeline programs open doors for minority students, many of whom remain in North Carolina on the front lines of dental care and patient advocacy, working against disparities and inaccessibility.
Lifetime Achievement
Uta Landy, PhD

​​Twenty years ago, Dr. Uta Landy, a psychologist, observed that medical training in family planning was inadequate. To provide skilled faculty for medical schools and to improve the evidence base for reproductive health practice, Dr. Landy initiated a “Fellowship in Family Planning.” The fellowships began at a few elite programs (University of California, San Francisco, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Pittsburgh, and Northwestern) and steadily expanded to the current 30.  Early on, she consulted with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to create a subspecialty that would “institutionalize” training in family planning. Dr. Landy’s programs have trained more than 7,000 residents and 400 subspecialists in family planning.  These young physicians have provided contraception and abortion to countless women at clinics and hospitals in every state.  Her Family Planning Fellowship graduates have become the nation’s leading advocates for “evidence-based” family planning care in the media, in legislatures, and in state and federal courts, where reproductive rights are increasingly under threat.
Fitzhugh Mullan Rising Star
Bernadette Lim, MD

Dr. Bernadette Lim has transformed the landscape of medicine and health; she has led several national health justice initiatives at the intersection of racial justice, integrative medicine for the underserved, and health equity spanning non-profit, policy, direct service, and media/artistic endeavors. As the first in her family to become a doctor, she embodies a lifelong, daily commitment to eliminating health injustices. In January 2018, she created the Freedom School as a personal endeavor to center the voices of underserved communities and women of color in medical and public health education that oftentimes pathologizes Black and Brown communities. The conversations that emerged from the Freedom School spread quickly and became incredibly popular nationwide, such that Dr. Lim and her colleague also co-created the Woke WOC Docs podcast, which has quickly become a leading student voice of centering social justice in health and medicine. Most notably, Dr. Lim has also led the establishment of two brick and mortar Community Healing Sanctuaries in downtown Oakland and on the University of California, Berkeley’s campus that offer daily and weekly healing services.

The awards will be presented at the Beyond Flexner 2022 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona at a special recognition event the evening of March 28, 2022.

View 2020 Award Recipients

2020 Recipients (Honored at 2021 Virtual Conference)

Lifetime Achievement 
George Blue Spruce, Jr., DDS, MPH

George Blue Spruce, Jr., DDS, MPH, the first Native American Dentist in the United States, realizes that as a trailblazer he bears the responsibility of illuminating the health professions pathway for American Indian children who are unaware the path exists.  He has dared American Indian children to become a dentist, and his unique leadership has left a legacy promoting social mission in health professions education. He is the ​founder of the Society of the American Indian Dentist (SAID).
Rising Star
Robert M. Rock, MD

Dr. Robert Rock co-created a one-of-a-kind course at Yale on health disparities for PA, MD, and APRN programs. The course intentionally includes interprofessional educators and led to the creation of an interdisciplinary student group for all graduate students, faculty, and the New Haven public for community building and action toward health equity.  His efforts have helped to create a sense of belonging and empowerment for students who carry identities traditionally not exemplified in medicine.
Individual Excellence
Joseph Kiesler, MD

Dr. Joseph Kiesler’s commitment to equity and social justice has inspired thousands of learners and faculty. From providing care to the homeless and backside racetrack workers to his leadership in establishing a national model of interprofessional service learning at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Kiesler is a true champion of the core values of social mission in education
Program Excellence
Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program, Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, FL

The Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP) at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine demonstrates national leadership in integrating social accountability and interprofessional education through a service-learning experience in underserved communities. NeighborhoodHELP is a household-centered care approach that highlights a social mission in health professions education while caring for vulnerable populations.
Institutional Excellence 
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is a beacon of hope for students who wish to pursue a career in health professions and advocate for those whose voices are silenced.  Formed from the ashes of the Watts Riots of 1966, CDU has graduated more than 575 physicians, 1,200 physician assistants, and over 1,000 nursing professionals. With a mission of academic excellence coupled with community responsibility, CDU develops students into change agents who are poised to be champions of health equity


Tuesday, March 29th, 4-7 pm


Tuesday, March 29th, 4-7 pm

Because We Knew Her We Have Been Changed For Good

This community outreach will bring together A.T. Still University faculty, medical, dental, and PA students to provide screenings to vulnerable and underserved families and students at Emerson elementary school in Mesa, Arizona.  This effort is a collaboration between the Beyond Flexner Alliance Conference, A.T. Still University (ASDOH, ASHS and SOMA Colleges), Arizona State University (ASU), Corbin’s Legacy, the CareQuest Oral Health Institute, Colgate Palmolive, and Emerson Elementary School in Mesa, Arizona.  This event will be offsite, and we will capture this event via photography and share it with attendees on Wed morning during the conference.    
There will be in attendance about 300 adults and 400 children who are community residents. We will take vitals/blood pressures for adults, provide: oral health screenings (adults and children), oral health kits from Colgate Palmolive, health education, fluoride varnish applications, and referrals for care as needed to our community health center partners. There will be a canned goods free food market, where students can pick their food to take 10-12 plus cans home.  Because an event such as this must be held in the early evening for working families and student educational responsibilities, we will provide the families with a meal. Every Family will receive a COVID 19 test kit from Maricopa County

In addition to this opportunity to further assist families, BFA Conference attendees at the time of registration and during the conference will have the opportunity to donate to Corbin's Legacy.


For providing an opportunity for this collaborative to help move the dial on improving community outcomes around food insecurity and health disparities in our communities.

Beyond Flexner Virtual Conference Community Project

Corbin's Legacy Donation

The Mission of Corbin’s Legacy is to improve outcomes of underrepresented elementary school children through the elimination of food and medical insecurity. At the Beyond Flexner 2022 Conference, participants will have the opportunity to donate money that will be used to support Corbin’s Legacy in the form of canned goods, which have 80% of the nutritional value as fresh foods without the shelf life challenges. You may donate money now to make this event possible. The cost to feed a child is $20. Thank You in Advance!

About Corbin's Legacy

Corbin’s Legacy was established in 2015 in honor and memory of Corbin Leafman a Title 1 Kindergarten teacher who died at the age of 30 from cancer. She asked that she be remembered for how she lived, not how she died. Corbin’s claim to fame was, among other things, that she walked through the school lunch line holding up a $20 bill to make sure that the lunch ladies knew that every child was to get a hot lunch – no matter what.

Corbin's Legacy and COVID-19

With the onset and spread of COVID-19, Corbin’s Legacy, in an effort to continue serving their targeted underrepresented population (elementary school children and their families) with much needed food and medical care, adjusted delivery strategies. Previous to COVID-19 Corbin’s Legacy delivered food to classrooms every week and sent home backpacks of food with children every weekend. In addition, we supplied thousands of backpacks filled with two weeks of food to children and their families for the duration of all school breaks.
Complementing their food distribution, Corbin’s Legacy, maintained a free medical screening clinic housed in an Elementary School and partnered with a local Community Health Centers for patients that needed additional care. COVID-19 required them to close the clinic (it was deemed a non-essential service) and stop delivering food (there was none to be found and packing the backpacks could not meet CDC social distancing guidelines. The communities that they serve have and continue to suffer from COVID-19 at an inequitable rate. Thirty percent of the communities that we serve have had COVID-19. More heartbreaking than that, is that 29% have died.
This is a result of, among other factors, not seeking care soon enough or being turned away due to overcrowding. In response to this growing desperation, (no food, no medical care, loss of income, fear of eviction, mental illness, etc.) Corbin’s Legacy now distributes gift food cards to local, accessible, grocery stores.  This has been hugely successful.  Families can select the food items they want, cook and eat in their own homes.  They have also been able to reopen the Simon Clinic and now see children four days a week.  Finally, and most humbly, as a result of so many deaths among the parents of the children that they serve, Corbin’s Legacy in collaboration with Emerson Elementary School, Maricopa County Department of Public Health and volunteer members of the ATSU faculty, staff and students, have opened a COVID-19 Vaccination POD dedicated to vaccinating the underserved who have been all but forgotten on the lists of vaccine eligible individuals. 

About R.C. Gorman

RC Gorman Navajo Gallery presents the artwork of famed Navajo artist RC Gorman. Named Picasso of Native American Art by the New York Times, Gorman was prolific, and his work was exhibited internationally and collected by world leaders and celebrities. Focusing on the Native Woman, Gorman’s original oils, lithographs, bronzes, and many other exciting mediums are presented to you today. You can also acquire at a generous discount beautiful giclees that are available all during the conference.

Thanks to the RC Gorman Gallery for partnering with
Beyond Flexner Alliance Conference as a Gold Sponsor.

Proud Lady

"Proud Lady" Raffle

The R.C. Gorman Navajo Gallery will donate to BFA a framed image of a large Proud Lady
valued at $1995 to be raffled to attendees at $10.00/ticket or 3 tickets/$20.00

Shipping included

Winner Announced Wed. March 30 th , 2022, winner does not need to present to win.

Silent Auction

Up to 20 items will be available for a Silent Auction
Held on Monday Evening March 28th , 2022

Supporting Moving the Dial Around
Health disparities in America.

The R.C. Gorman Navajo Gallery will offer a special for the Beyond Flexner Alliance Confernece, Fifty unframed signed Limited Editions of Morning Glory valued at $500 each for $250 each during the conference.

2022 Beyond Flexner Conference
March 28-30, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona

Beyond Flexner Alliance Conference 2022 Limited Edition Morning Glory

Supporting Moving the Dial Around
Health disparities in America.

Morning Glory

Travel by bus to one of these events, at no charge to attendees.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

ASU Community Collaborative at Westward Ho

618 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Join us at the iconic, historic Westward Ho in hosting a community collaborative event where students and tenants gather for music, dance, and socializing. The ASU Community Collaborative program fuses student learning with community solutions through its student-run interprofessional services center located inside the Westward Ho, a subsidized housing complex for 300 seniors and individuals with disabilities. Under the supervision of ASU faculty, students from multiple disciplines facilitate a variety of social and recreational activities to promote health and well-being. Participants in this session will have an active (and fun) role in supporting the success of this exhilarating event!

Native American Connections' Patina Wellness Center: A Community-Based Recovery Model and Traditional Talking Circle:

337 E Virginia Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

At Native American Connections in Phoenix, Patina Wellness Center offers a unique community-based, whole-person recovery model for substance use. At Patina, families are kept together; and parents going through recovery may bring their children with them. Native American healing practices and evidence-based healthcare are used side-by-side. During the visit to the Patina Wellness Center, attendees will receive a tour of the Center and participate in a traditional talking circle led by one of Patina’s cultural counselors.

A.T. Still University

Mesa Campus: 5850 East Still Circle, Mesa, AZ. 85206

AT Still University is guided by its mission to focus on whole-person healthcare, scholarship, community health, interprofessional education, diversity, and underserved populations. Visit our Mesa campus and see for yourself how we are preparing future healthcare professionals to meet our mission. On your campus tour, you will visit the audiology training lab and “hear” what goes on related to hearing and balance technology; see a demonstration of osteopathic manipulative treatment, and learn about dental student training in our state-of-the-art simulation lab and dental clinics.

Arizona School of Dental and Oral Health – ASDOH Dental Clinic

Participants will tour the new Dillenberg Center for Technology and Innovation to see how dental students gain exposure to different technology in preparation for practice, as well as tour the adjacent Dillenberg Oral Health Research Center and the ASDOH Simulation Clinic.

Osteopathic Medicine Center (OMM)

Learn about Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), tour the OMM clinic, and observe a treatment demonstration by the OMM fellows.

Audiology Lab

Audiology faculty and students will demonstrate various technologies used in training related to diagnostic and treatment procedures for hearing and balance disorders.

Poverty Simulation

Hyatt Regency Phoenix Hotel (Phoenix Ballroom, 2nd Floor):
North 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Poverty is a melting pot without limits, boundaries, or discrimination. Poverty affects more than 40 million individuals and families within the US. Often not knowing where their next meal might be coming from, every family’s nightmare becomes a reality as they begin to lose hope, their sanity, and their health. We invite you to participate in an interactive immersion experience that sensitizes participants to the realities of living in poverty and hopefully increases their understanding of the communities they serve as healthcare providers. Through role-playing scenarios, participants adopt a new persona and act out a lifestyle that provides a true-to-life glimpse into the structural barriers faced by families living in various low socioeconomic situations. This 2-hour simulation provides participants a better understanding of what it is like for a low-income family trying to survive one month of everyday life. Participating in the Poverty Simulation is an attempt to bridge the gap between misconception to understanding with an end goal to inspire action toward positive community change.

Include during registration any physical impairments (i.e., wheelchair, cane, etc.) that we should be aware of for accommodations? Any additional languages are spoken fluently other than English? If yes, what languages do you speak fluently?