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Maranda Ward, EdD, MPH, Named Among 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health

Maranda WardCongratulations to Maranda Ward, EdD ’17, MPH, assistant professor of clinical research and leadership at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, on being named among the 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) for 2019.

NMQF assists in delivering appropriate health care to minority communities. The individuals selected for 40 Under 40 represent the next generation of thought leaders in working to eliminate health disparities.

“I have always held the work of NMQF in high regard for its credible and lasting approach toward amplifying the needs and interests of minority populations through health data, research, policy, and education,” Ward said. “So much research demonstrates that recruiting, training, and retaining a diverse health care workforce shapes the health experiences and outcomes of the most socially disadvantaged groups.”

Ward is an expert on health equity in the GW Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, where her research focuses on the social determinants of health and eliminating health disparities.

“My work in developing pipeline programs at GW parallels NMQF’s aim to increase the diversity in the health care workforce,” Ward said. “As an awardee, I intend to capitalize on the extensive NMQF network to increase visibility and bandwidth of GW’s Health Careers Opportunity Program for students at every point in our pipeline — high school, community college, and four-year university.”

Recently, Ward was selected to serve on Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Commission on Health Equity, allowing her to marry her education and service efforts to advance health equity, while making a positive impact on the place she calls home.

The 2019 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health awardees will be recognized at the 2019 NMQF Leadership Summit on Health Disparities, held April 8–9 in Washington, D.C. For more information, please see the full press release at

Other members of the SMHS community also are being recognized this year by NMQF. You can view an announcement about Ankoor Shah, MD, MBA, MPH, here; an announcement about Kofi Essel, MD ’11, MPH ’17, here; and an announcement about Malika Fair, MD, MPH, here .