On behalf of the Alliance, and under the guidance and supervision of its Board of Directors, a team at the George Washington University is currently managing the implementation and evaluation of the certifiaction and monitoring process. Members of this team include:

Patricia Pittman, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Patricia (Polly) Pittman Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Prior to joining GW, she served as the Executive Vice President of AcademyHealth where she oversaw multiple research and policy projects, international programs, conferences, professional development, knowledge transfer projects and the organization’s development and evaluation activities. Her published work has focused on cross-country comparisons in the area of quality improvement, care management, disparities, and workforce issues. In recent years her research has focused on nurse migration. 

Dr. Pittman has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the World Bank, Johns Hopkins University and multiple foundations. Prior to joining AcademyHealth, she worked for the Pan American Health Organization in the Women, Health and Development program, and subsequently in the Division of Health Systems and Services. In the 1980 and early 1990s she lived and worked in Argentina, where she co-founded and directed a women’s health advocacy organization and later served as the Director of Social Programs for the Province of Buenos Aires. Dr. Pittman received a B.A. with honors in political science from Yale University, a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology and a Diploma in Public Health from the University of Buenos Aires, and completed her post-doctoral studies at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

Emily Bass
Operations Manager

Ms. Bass is a Research Associate in the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Prior to joining GW, she was an Associate at AcademyHealth where she coordinated numerous international and professional development projects. In recent years, her projects have focused on workforce issues, both domestic and international. Ms. Bass received a BA in international relations from Centre College.

Courtney Dunham
Research Assistant for Outreach

Ms. Dunham is a Research Assistant in the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Prior to joining GW, she worked with HIV Alliance in Eugene, Oregon. From 2007 to 2010, she lived in Honduras to serve, first, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Protected Areas Management, and then as an Intern for USAID/Honduras. At USAID, she conducted research for reports on maternal child health, family planning and HIV/AIDS programs and assisted with program development, monitoring, and evaluation. She is currently pursuing an MPH, with a concentration on global public health.

Juliette Forstenzer, J.D., L.LM.

Juliette Forstenzer is a health lawyer and patient advocate and serves as a program consultant for the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices. She earned her L.LM. (Masters of Law) at Georgetown University Law Center in Domestic Health Policy and Patient's Rights and her J.D. at the City University of New York. Juliette also holds an MA in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory from the New School for Social Research and a BA in English from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the New York State Bar and in addition to her work with the Alliance is founder and executive director of the Health Care Rights Initiative in New York City.


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