|Ernest Moy, MD
Ernest Moy, MD, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Office of Health Equity of the VHA. This office supports and coordinates efforts to understand and reduce disparities in health and health care affecting veterans.
Prior to joining VHA, he was a Medical Officer in the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology at the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At CDC, he studied rural health disparities, analyzed linked hospital-vital statistics data to identify care patterns that placed patients at high risk for opioid poisoning death, and developed new data visualizations and partnerships for disseminating health statistics.
Prior to CDC, he was Director of the Division in the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that designed and produced the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, submitted annually to Congress, and related web tools. He has also worked as a Director of Research and Assistant Vice President at the Association of American Medical Colleges, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Emergency Care Physician at the Baltimore VAMC.
Ernest is a graduate of Harvard College, New York University School of Medicine, and Columbia University School of Public Health. Following internal medicine residency, he was a general internal medicine fellow at Columbia University and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Care Finance fellow at Johns Hopkins University.
Ernest’s research interests include disparities in access and quality of care, particularly the application of electronic health records, machine learning, and systems science modeling to improve health care. He was selected to serve as the first Academy Health Innovator-in-Residence.
Kenneth T. Jones, PhD
Michelle Hutchinson, USA(RET), SPHR
Michelle joined VA in 2018 where she began as a Human Resources Specialist in Workforce Management supporting Organizational Assessments and consulting with leadership teams on Organizational Health. She has also spent time as a Manpower Analyst in Workforce Management and Consulting (WMC). From January 2021 until starting her role in the Office of Health Equity she served as an Administrative Officer in the Office of Patient Care Services, (PCS) where she was as an HR Liaison between various PCS Program Offices and servicing HR Teams.
Michelle is a US Army Veteran, she served 4 years in the Washington Army National Guard and as an active-duty Soldier for over 11 years. During her time on Active duty, she was a Human Resources Officer responsible for serving as leaderships primary advisor on all things Human Resources and providing personnel support to the Soldiers within her Organizations.
Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington State University, a master’s degree in human resources management from Webster University, and has held and maintained her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification since 2018.
Justin List, MD, MAR, MSc, FACP
Justin List, MD, MAR, MSc, FACP (he/him/his) joined in 2022 as Director, Health Care Outcomes in the Office of Health Equity. Prior to joining VHA, he was Assistant Vice President in the Office of Ambulatory Care and Population Health, NYC Health + Hospitals (NYC's municipal healthcare system), Chief Quality Officer for NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers, and a practicing primary care internist with a focus on care for gender diverse emerging adults. Among his many roles at NYC Health + Hospitals, he was part of the founding steering committee for its system Equity & Access Council and gained experience leading intergovernmental agency initiatives. Prior to NYC Health + Hospitals, he was Director of Clinical & Scientific Affairs in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, overseeing the Cancer Prevention & Control Program, Public Health Detailing program, clinical tobacco control, while also providing scientific writing and review on division chronic disease research, communications, and programming.
Lauren Korshak, DHealth(c), MS, RCEP
Lauren Korshak is the Director of Education at OHE. Prior to joining OHE, Lauren worked within VHA to develop and expand VA’s strategic partnerships with nongovernmental organizations that included Amazon, YMCA, United States Tennis Association, (USTA), and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100 Million Healthier Lives Initiative, as well as with community Choice providers to ensure that Veterans were connected to treatment in their communities as well as within their VA Medical Centers.
Lauren practiced as a physiologist at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center, where she oversaw the exercise and stress management components of the Lifestyle Intervention for Veterans (LIVe) Program at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center, a holistic program aimed at providing intensive diabetes management through lifestyle interventions as an adjunct to traditional medication therapy, and was engaged in epidemiology, systems redesign, and clinical research.
Lauren holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, where she is a member of the teaching faculty. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Bath in England and explores and has published on the relationships between chronic disease, exercise capacity and mortality. Lauren has been interviewed by television news and radio channels about the importance of engaging in healthy behaviors.
Lauren E. Russell, MPP, MPH
Shannon M. Jordan, MPH
Shannon M. Jordan is a Program Analyst where she utilizes data analysis, evaluation and program management to support the advancement of health and health care equity for Veterans impacted by disparities. Shannon previously worked with the VA Office of Research and Development where she served as the Program Manager for the Scientific Merit Review Board and coordinated the Data and Safety Monitoring Board review process for Health Services Research and Development.
Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, Shannon worked for over 15 years as a Chemical Information Specialist for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM) Environmental Health and Toxicology Program where she developed and maintained biomedical information databases and specialized in designing and providing training and outreach programs and services for researchers, healthcare providers, and special populations to eliminate health disparities. She is the recipient of a 2014 White House GreenGov Presidential Award for her work on the NIH Substances of Concern Reduction Initiative. Shannon received her bachelor of science in chemistry and Master of Public Health degrees from Howard University.
Kelly Nestman, M.A.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies from the Chatham College for Women, where she also sits on the Alumni Association Board. She completed her master’s degree in Psychology from Chatham University in 2020, where her focus was integrating psychology best practices into contraceptive counseling. She also led a qualitative research team to examine feelings of diversity and inclusion among students and faculty to inform intuitional diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Kelly serves as a founding board member of the Queer Family Planning Project, and has worked with several other Pittsburgh community organizations, including the National Council of Jewish Women and Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s Salk Fellowship.
Ashley L. Bowman, MPA, MSHI, is a Health System Specialist with Office of Health Equity of the VHA. In this role, she utilizes data analysis, research findings, and evaluation projects to support the advancement of health and heath care equity for Veterans impacted by disparities. She previously lead access, productivity, and efficiency efforts as Ambulatory Care Operations Director for the Charleston, SC VA Healthcare System.
Ashley is a graduate of College of Charleston. Following graduation, she earned her commission in the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL. Her Navy career began as Communications Officer on USS Elrod (FFG-55) and concluded as the Executive Officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in Columbus, OH. Following her military service, she earned both a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Science in Health Informatics. She has dedicated her life to public service and has over 20 years’ experience in military, federal government, state government, public universities, nonprofit organizations and community organizations.Ashley’s professional interests include the use and development of decision support tools in the public sector, including electronic health records, clinical decision support, and machine learning in healthcare.
Shane Lamba, MPH
He also serves as a Co-Investigator for Stanford University’s The Population Research in Identities and Disparities for Equality (PRIDE) Study, where he is studying access to care, physical functioning, and psychosocial health outcomes for LGBTQ+ people with disabilities.Shane holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology & Physiology from the University of British Columbia. And recently, he completed his Master of Public Health with a focus in Health Education & Promotion from the University of New England, and has been inducted as a member of the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society Gamma Chi Chapter for his academic excellence and public health service. Shane’s interests include LGBTQ+ health outcomes, understanding how institutional/systemic factors impact Veteran health, as well as program development to promote equity.
Sarah Leder, MSW
Eve (Chava) Sonnier is a Health Systems Specialist with OHE where she works on data, research, and evaluation projects to better understand and address health equity issues for Veterans. Prior to joining OHE, Chava spent the past decade working in clinical informatics in the FQHC sector, utilizing data analytics to address health disparities for community health patients. Chava has also managed FQHCs, with a specific focus on overseeing the startup of new health centers for medically underserved populations. Before focusing on data-driven health equity quality improvement, Chava worked clinically as a nurse in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Chava holds a Master of Science in Organizational Development in addition to her undergraduate degrees in nursing, English literature, and biochemistry.
Jaime Boris, MHA, MS
Jaime holds a Master of Health Administration from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the George Washington University (where she completed her fieldwork at the DC VAMC), and a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from Cornell University.
Roundtable Fellows serve on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity to advance health equity and eliminate health disparities.
Michelle S. Wong is a Health Science Specialist at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System’s Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy (CSHIIP). Her research interests are in health equity and social determinants of health, including how healthcare systems can address social determinants as a means to improve health equity. She has been involved in Office of Health Equity – QUERI Partnered Evaluation Initiative (PEI) to examine and address racial/ethnic disparities in the VA healthcare system. Her most recent work with the PEI includes several first-authored publications that examined racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 testing, infection, and mortality, as well as an exploration of social determinants that may explain these disparities. Her prior research has examined the relationship between social determinants—including neighborhoods, family, and housing policies—and racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in obesity-related outcomes and behaviors.
Health Equity Fellows
Margaret Viboolsittiseri, M.A.
Margaret has a debut with Paper View Books and has contributed to dozens of anthologies, including ‘My teeth don’t chew on shrapnel’: an anthology of poetry by military veterans (Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, 2020), available as a free download with helpful prompts for veterans’ art and poetry workshops. Selected exhibitions include Honolulu Printmakers at the Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, HI, L’Air Arts in Atelier 11 at Cité Falquière, the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Honfleur Gallery in Historic Anacostia, Dulles International Art Gallery in Dulles, VA, the Library of Congress and Embassy of the United Kingdom in Washington, DC.