Office of Clinical Affairs health policy expert attends White House briefings

By Jennifer Rosinski

UMass Medical School Communications

July 11, 2014
UMass Medical School health policy leader Umbereen S. Nehal, MD, MPH, has attended briefings on men’s health and community organizing over the past four weeks at the nation’s capital.
UMass Medical School health policy leader Umbereen S. Nehal, MD, MPH, has attended briefings on men’s health and community organizing over the past four weeks at the nation’s capital.

UMass Medical School health policy leader Umbereen S. Nehal, MD, MPH, has attended briefings on men’s health and community organizing over the past four weeks at the nation’s capital.

An associate medical director in the Office of Clinical Affairs, a unit within Commonwealth Medicine’s Center for Health Policy and Research, Dr. Nehal was invited to the White House twice in June in recognition of her roles in groups leading community-level implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She attended the White House Briefing for Faith and Community Organizations on June 16 as task force chair of American Muslims for Affordable Healthcare and attended the White House Men’s Health Month and My Brother’s Keeper Stakeholder Meeting on June 25 in her role as state co-director for the Massachusetts chapter of Doctors for America.

At the Office of Clinical Affairs, Nehal provides clinical expertise to MassHealth on state-wide initiatives in health policy and public health including payment reform, prevention and screening, and guideline development.

Nehal and fellow associate medical director Christina Dorell, MD, MPH, have co-developed a new health policy rotation for UMass Medical School students, MPH students and preventative medicine residents that provides a unique learning opportunity in the public payer environment.

Nehal also serves as an elected district representative to the Massachusetts chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and volunteers with the health care team of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. She is an invited content expert to the Resident Education Initiative Work Group convened by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation, which created a national, ACGME-compliant pediatric residency curriculum on medical homes.