November 2005 Volume 29 No. 10
New Office for Community Health

The Medical School has established an Office of Community Health as a "central home" to organize and orchestrate a variety of community and related academic programs.

Medical School Dean Philip A. Pizzo announced the center in October. Directing the center will be Marilyn Winkleby, associate professor (research) of medicine at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention.

Also responsible for center leadership will be Senior Associate Dean Julie Parsonnet, an epidemiologist, and Ann Banchoff, associate director of PriSMS, the public service medical scholars program.

Pizzo said the new center "will align with" the Arbor and Pacific Care Free Clinics, the Center of Education in Family and Community Medicine, the Office of Diversity, the Center of Excellence, the Haas Center for Public Service and a new Scholarly Concentration in Community Health and Public Service. "International initiatives will also be embraced by the Center as they develop," the dean said.

"Stanford has a long tradition of commitment and excellence in community service locally, nationally and internationally. Until now there has been no central home or umbrella to organize or orchestrate these efforts," Pizzo said.

-Courtesy of Dean Philip A. Pizzo's e-newsletter,