Ana E. Núñez, MD
Ana E. Núñez, MD, is a professor of medicine, director of the Center of Excellence and director of the Women's Health Education Program at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is also the associate dean of urban health equity, education and research.
Dr. Núñez received her medical degree and completed her internal medicine residency training and chief residency at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pa. Her post-graduate training includes a fellowship in medical education at the Michigan State University Primary Care Faculty Development and a fellowship in health services research at the Association of American Medical Colleges. She also was a fellow at the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (part of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership) at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Dr. Núñez is a nationally recognized medical educator in sex and gender medical education, curricular reform and cultural competency. She has served as the principal investigator in a number of educational and health services research grants in women's health and culturally effective health care. She has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education Grant for Disseminating Proven Reforms for her work in women's health education. She has developed and implemented novel curricula for all levels of medical training, from first through four year students, as well as residents, faculty and for other health professional disciplines. Dr. Núñez has developed varied educational interventions including a women's health education series that has been successfully integrated and evaluated within the medical school's curricular tracks.
She served as the editor of a comprehensive women's health case studies series entitled, "Healthy Women, Healthy Lives: Women's Health Across the Lifespan." She was co-editor of Achieving Cultural Competency Casebook (DeLisser, Hark, editors). She has served on HRSA study sections for health professional education. Dr. Núñez also served as a health policy fellow to the secretary of health, Tommy Thompson, and was one 30 primary care health experts selected for this fellowship.
Dr. Núñez has presented nationally at conferences addressing women's health, curricular reform, women and minorities in medicine and cultural issues in health care delivery and practice. These include presentations at the Association of American Medical Colleges; the U.S. Department of Health's Conference for Cross-Cultural Issues and Women's Health Education in Medical Schools; and the Women's Health Congress. She has served as a consultant in integrating sex and gender health and cross-cultural issues in medical education for a number of institutions including the American Association of Medical College, the University of Pennsylvania, Meharry School of Medicine, University of Kentucky School of Medicine, Louisiana State University School of Medicine and St. Louis University School of Medicine.
Her expertise in cross-cultural health care includes her nationally replicated workshop that is part of her cross-cultural seminar series for health care professionals, a core component in the Physician's Assistant program curricula. She is an invited member of a national expert panel for developing tools to measuring cultural competence, a program supported by the Commonwealth Fund and spearheaded by the AAMC. Dr. Núñez has been an invited reviewer to the United States Medical Licensing Education for cultural competence and sex and gender medicine. Dr. Núñez has nationally presented at numerous conferences on culture, its impact on health care and cross-cultural communication. Her work was recently cited as an example of an effective curricular intervention in the Institute of Medicine's report on disparities of health care.
She has trained a wide range of health professionals including residents and faculty. Within the scope of cross-cultural communication, she has nationally recognized expertise in negotiation skills and mentorship issues, especially for women and minorities. She serves on the medical school's curriculum and admission committees, and participates in the mentoring program for minority students. She is currently an invited member to the National Advisory to the Robert Wood Johnson Minority Medical Education Program.
Her expertise in community participatory research includes numerous awards in areas such as intimate partner violence prevention; healthy lifestyles; sexual health, cardiac disease awareness and prevention as well as the Philadelphia Ujima Collaborative.
She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Women's Health and as a reviewer for Annals of Internal Medicine, Nutrition Health Education, Behavior, and other journals. Her research interests are in girls' and women's health, minority women's health and culturally effective care. Dr. Núñez has developed a curriculum for mothers and daughters to explore healthy lifestyle choices. She has also created curriculum for health care providers to be better able to address the needs of minority women living with HIV/AIDs.
Dr. Núñez is a practicing general internist. She is a member of the American Medical Association, Society for General Internal Medicine, American Medical Women's Association and the National Academy on Women's Health Education.
Judith Wolf, MD
Judith Wolf, MD, is a board-certified internist and infectious diseases and HIV specialist. She received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and completed an internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Washington University, St. Louis. Dr. Wolf has held faculty positions at Jefferson Medical College where she was assistant vice chair for education and Drexel University College of Medicine, where she served as director of infectious diseases clinical research and associate internal medicine residency program director at Graduate Hospital.
Before joining WHEP, Dr. Wolf led the Global Medical Affairs Team at Merck and Co., Inc. where she oversaw the portfolio of vaccines and other infectious diseases products. She directly supported the launch of the HPV vaccine and the first HIV integrase inhibitor. Dr. Wolf has conducted both basic and clinical research, published, and lectured extensively on various aspects of infectious diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases. She has been part of the faculty of Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions semi-annual Comprehensive Colposcopy Course on cervical and lower genital tract pathology.
Candace Robertson-James, DrPH
Candace Robertson-James, DrPH, is the associate director of the Office of Urban Health Equity, Education and Research, research manager at the Women's Health Education Program, and assistant professor of medicine. She received her bachelor of science in biology from Villanova University, her master of public health from MCP Hahnemann University and her doctor of public health from the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University.
Robertson-James has participated in research focused on the epidemiology of adolescent violence in urban centers such as Philadelphia; cultural competence; gender and race based health disparities, particularly those issues affecting women, minorities and adolescents; barriers to the inclusion of minorities in research; dating and domestic violence; health promotion interventions and the role of intersectionality (racism and sexism) in the subjective social status and overall health status of black women. Robertson-James has also led community participatory research initiatives promoting health in diverse and underserved communities.
She received recognition as the recipient of the Exemplary Community Based Master's Project Award (2002) for her work on a project addressing adolescent violence, specifically, exploring the role of school commitment as a protective factor in adolescent experiences with violence. Robertson-James also received a citation from State Senator Constance Williams for programming regarding "Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day" in Pennsylvania (July 2004), the Exemplary Instruction and Service award from Eastern University, People for People Institute (April 2010) and the 2010 Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Medallion (November 2010) for demonstrating excellence in her professional endeavors and commitment to the values and ideals of Villanova. She was also selected to participate in the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Translational Health Disparities Course (2013).
In addition, Robertson-James ensures that all Drexel University College of Medicine third-year clerks, as well as first-year students, receive training on intimate partner violence screening strategies in clinical venues; she also teaches on a variety of other public health, health promotion and research topics at Eastern and La Salle University, where she is an adjunct professor. She has conducted workshops on several topics in various professional and community settings, including a workshop series at the Riverside Correctional Facility, the women's prison in the Philadelphia Prison System. She has served as an evaluator of several health promotion projects and has also developed evaluation tools and presented at regional and national conferences. Robertson-James is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Education.