Ruth Michaelis, MD, has been named Juan Carlos Olivares Hometown Scholar Advocate of the Year for 2019. Dr. Michaelis is a physician at HealthPoint Community Health Center in Seattle, where she oversees the curriculum for students from A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA).
Hometown Scholars is an initiative of NACHC, in partnership with ATSU. The purpose of the program is to identify and train highly effective healers who are committed to serving in America’s community health centers. Dr. Michaelis is part of a supportive community that mentors these students and many others, cultivating their commitment to serving the underserved.
“The award means a lot to me because mentoring hometown applicants can create physicians that are more likely to not only work with underserved populations but also to represent our patients and relate to them in a more skillful way,” says Dr. Michaelis. “When patients get skilled, compassionate, culturally sensitive care, everybody wins. My vision is that these hometown applicants inspire more of our population to join the underserved healthcare workforce.”