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jane andrews md mphJane Andrews, MD, MPH
Clinical Instructor
Tulane University
Director & Founder, Advocacy and Leadership Track

Jane Andrews works as an academic hospitalist for Tulane at University Hospital. Her advocacy experience includes work on Access to Medicines with a campaign for affordable biologic drugs, global HIV/AIDS funding, and a campaign for humanitarian licensing of technologies at Johns Hopkins University. Lately she is fascinated by environmental health (zoning for public health, water access and the implications of fracking) and is a supporter of Louisiana Medicaid expansion. She is a current board member of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Committed to helping residents start their leadership and advocacy careers while in the final stages of medical training.


Kris Coontz, MDKris Coontz, MD
Co-Founder, Advocacy & Leadership Track

Dr. Kris Coontz is currently a third year medical resident in internal medicine at Tulane University, and will be chief resident for the 2016-2017 academic year. He received his MD and MPH from the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Hawai’i, respectively. Kris’ first substantial experience in advocacy was as the co-founder of Healthcare for All Hawaii, an organization that helped create, through legislation, a branch of state government tasked with developing a plan for all state residents to attain adequate health care. Additionally, he was a board member with the Hawaii Public Health Association from 2007-2009, the vice-president and co-founder of the University of Hawaii chapter of Engineers Without Borders from 2008-2009, and was the Executive Director and co-founder of the international nonprofit Teach For Health from 2009-2014.


Catherine JonesCatherine Jones, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Associate Program Director, Residency
Director, Primary Care Track
Course Director, Foundations in Medicine
Co-Director, Advocacy & Leadership Track

Catherine Jones was born and raised in New Orleans and came to medicine with a long background in community organizing and social justice education. Her interests include: immigrant health, harm reduction, and access to care. She is committed to working for healthcare access in a variety of settings, and to develop healthcare professionals to become leaders for racial and economic justice in our communities.


Joe Kanter mdJoe Kanter, MD
Medical Director of the New Orleans Health Department
Clinical Assistant Professor at LSU Health Sciences Center

Dr. Joe Kanter is Medical Director of the New Orleans Health Department as well as the Health Care for the Homeless Clinic. A practicing Emergency Physician at University Medical Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center, and a clinical advisor to the Catholic Charities Health Guardian Program, Dr. Kanter cares for a broad and extremely diverse spectrum of patients in the New Orleans area, including some of the most vulnerable in our community. His primary interests are expanding access to health care and developing innovative and collaborative ways of keeping frequent users of the emergency department healthy, productive, and out of the hospital.


Anjali Niyogi mdAnjali Niyogi, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Co-Director, RIGHT program (Resident Initiative in Global Health at Tulane)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Anjali Niyogi is an academic hospitalist at University Hospital with deep ties to New Orleans after many years of community work, including experiencing Katrina and helping the city rebuild the healthcare system afterwards. She co-founded and runs the Global Health Track for Tulane residents and is a long-time member of Physicians for Human Rights, mentoring the student chapter and assisting in asylum cases. A recent project includes starting the FIT clinic to provide healthcare for the formerly incarcerated. She believes that advocacy begins with physicians advocating for their patients, in whatever way is needed, and that together we can slowly change systems.


Heidi Sinclair md mphHeidi Sinclair, MD, MPH

Heidi Lee Sinclair, MD, MPH, is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Class of 2000. She completed LSUHSC New Orleans Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program in 2004 and was LSUHSC Pediatric faculty Fall 2004 - Spring 2010. Her interests include Adolescent Medicine, Behavioral Health, community health and engagement, education and juvenile justice reform. Fall 2006 - Spring 2010 Dr. Sinclair was medical director and co-founder of the Baton Rouge Children's Health Project, a partnership of LSUHSC Pediatrics, Baton Rouge, and the Children's Health Fund. BRCHP provided comprehensive mobile medical and mental health services to children and families displaced to the greater Baton Rouge area following hurricane Katrina. As a healthcare advocate she has testified before Congress, both state and national, and participated on numerous panels. Since 2009, she has been an active member of Doctors for America, a national movement of physicians and medical students working to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high quality healthcare. Dr. Sinclair was employed as a hospitalist, nocturnist and "team leader" with West Jefferson Medical Center January 2010 - January 2015. She has continued working with children and adolescents in the greater Baton Rouge area as a part-time prescriber for Capital Area Human Services District's school-based program and continues advocacy work as Louisiana State Director for DFA and as a member of Healthcare for Everyone, Louisiana.


Ben Springgate mdBen Springgate, MD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, LSU School of Medicine and Program in Health Policy & Systems Management
LSU School of Public Health
LSU Health Sciences Center
Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Medicine

Ben has been involved in advocacy for patients experiencing health disparities as well as persons with behavioral health conditions since he was a student. Ben has worked closely over many years with New Orleans area service organizations including St. Anna Medical Mission, Ozanam Inn, Bridge House, REACH NOLA and others. Ben became increasingly active with advocacy for persons facing behavioral health conditions after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina and the associated levee failures left dramatic legacies of trauma and mood disorders in the affected populations of adults and children. Ben has subsequently served in local and national policy roles in efforts to improve behavioral health services and outcomes and to reduce disparities in health and mental health care.


 ashley wennerstrom phd mphAshley Wennerstrom, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director, Louisiana Community Health Worker Institute
Director, Community Health Clerkship
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Ashley Wennerstrom has been engaged in community-academic partnered public health work in New Orleans since 2008, and she has worked closely with community health workers for nearly a decade. Ashley is passionate about creating new roles for community health workers, as well as developing their capacity to conduct advocacy on behalf of the profession and under-served communities. Her areas of interest include behavioral health, domestic violence, social determinants of health, and transitional care for formerly incarcerated populations.

For further information or questions about the track, contact Jane