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Posted: January 6, 2020
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OAKLAND, Calif. – Blue Shield of California today announced Myechia Minter-Jordan, M.D., MBA, has joined its board of directors, making the governing body of the nonprofit health plan a majority of women for the first time in its 82-year history.
Dr. Minter-Jordan is president and CEO of DentaQuest
Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and Catalyst Institute, a nonprofit organization working to improve overall health of individuals, families and communities through better oral health. She also co-founded the Community Care Collaborative, the nation’s largest Medicaid Accountable Care Organization comprised of 19 Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Massachusetts serving over 100,000 patients.
“My passion lies with community health and the key role it plays in the American health system, which is also at the heart of Blue Shield of California’s nonprofit mission,” Dr. Minter-Jordan said. “I’m honored to join Blue Shield’s board of directors and help transform our healthcare system into one that delivers high-quality care that’s sustainably affordable for everyone.”
Her appointment follows last fall’s election of Kristina (Kris) Leslie as the first woman to chair the health plan’s board. Blue Shield’s board of directors is now comprised of seven women and six men.
“It’s an exciting time to join an innovative company like Blue Shield of California,” Leslie said. “Dr. Minter-Jordan’s expertise and knowledge will help us greatly, and we all look forward to working with her to transform health care in California and beyond.”
Prior to joining DentaQuest in 2019, Dr. Minter-Jordan spent 12 years at Dimock Community Health Center, including serving as president and CEO. Dimock is the second-largest health system in the Boston area. She graduated from Brown University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business, where she also worked as an attending physician and instructor of medicine.
Blue Shield of California is a leader in diversity and gender equity, with four of the five standing board committees now being led by women. The health plan also achieved pay equity for its employees across gender and ethnicity in 2018, has a balanced representation of women and men in leadership roles (Director and above), and it was recently selected as one of America’s Best Companies for Women to Advance by Parity.org.
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Pediatric Residency Program Retention Rate
Madera, Calif.) – Graduates from Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program, affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine, were recently featured in the fall 2020 edition of the Fresno Madera Medical Society’s Central Valley Physician Magazine.
The feature highlights two recent graduates, Dr. Devon Ward and Dr. Albert Vu, who both graduated as part of Valley Children’s inaugural class of pediatric residents this past June. Both physicians have chosen to remain in the area as part of Valley Children’s network. Dr. Ward has joined the Valley Children’s family as a pediatrician at Sky Park Pediatrics in Fresno, while Dr. Vu cares for patients as a complex care pediatrician at the Charlie Mitchell Children’s Center on the Valley Children’s Hospital campus in Madera.
“I’m proud to be a part of this community and feel that it was very important for me to stay here and give back,” Dr. Ward said in the feature article.
Both physicians are contributing to delivering on one of the program’s key goals: to help remedy the shortage of physicians in the Valley by encouraging residents who train here to stay here after graduation. With a retention rate of 50%, Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program is asserting its commitment to this goal, and its role in impacting long-term progress in pediatric health issues in the Valley.
To this end, Dr. Jolie Limon, Valley Children’s Chief of Pediatrics, emphasizes the program’s role in not only creating more access for the children of the Central Valley, but in creating physician leaders and advocates.
“Our program recognizes the value in physicians caring not just for patients’ medical needs, but about the larger issues that impact our children’s communities and their physical and mental health as well,” Dr. Limon said. “By working together with patients, families, and local and regional partners, we can help affect lasting change for the better in our Valley.”
Learn more about Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program and our current residents.
Click here to read the original feature in Central Valley Physician Magazine.
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