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PAF Board Elects Dr. Deborah Parham Hopson As Board President


April 15, 2016 - Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), a national nonprofit dedicated to helping patients overcome obstacles to care, is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Deborah Parham Hopson, PhD, RN, FAAN as PAF Board President.  She succeeds Dr. F. Marc Stewart, Professor of Medicine, University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

“I am excited to serve as Board President for PAF because of the work we do to help patients break down logistical, emotional and financial roadblocks, so they can access care. I will do my part to support Patient Advocate Foundation’s mission to help those diagnosed with serious illness in the coming years,” Dr. Parham Hopson says. 

Dr. Parham Hopson first brought her multifaceted experience in helping patients to PAF when she joined the Board of Directors in 2007.  “Dr. Parham Hopson is a pioneer in the patient advocacy space and possesses the right balance of leadership and vision needed to further the Board’s goals and initiatives on behalf of patients,” Alan Balch, PhD, PAF’s CEO says. “We’re thrilled she has furthered her commitment to our organization to help reduce health disparities and promote change nationwide.”

Currently serving as the Senior Health Advisor for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) with particular emphasis on Public Health and HIV/AIDS Policy, Dr. Parham Hopson has been leading the charge to help uninsured and underinsured persons access care and bolster initiatives to shrink health disparities.  Until 2013, she was also responsible for managing the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and directed a multi-million dollar global HIV/AIDS program with training, care and treatment activities in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Patient Advocate Foundation is also pleased to welcome new board member Dr. Edith Mitchell. Dr. Mitchell currently serves patients as the Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology Program Leader at the Department of Medical Oncology, the Director at Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, and the Associate Director of Diversity Affairs at Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.

“We’re honored to have such a wide-range of talent and perspective on our board and Dr. Mitchell is no exception,” Balch says.