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NorthBay Team Makes Black History

Posted: February 27, 2019

A team of seven NorthBay Healthcare employees — from across the healthcare continuum — were guests of honor for the first Willie B. Adkins Scholar Grand Rounds at Vallejo High School on Feb. 4.

About 160 students had the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the NorthBay team, which included cardiothoracic surgeon Keith Allen, M.D., Chaplain Natalya A. Johnson, Security Officer Anthony Williams, Medical Social Worker Denise Lanier, Emergency Department physician Shay Nicholas, M.D., Inpatient Case Manager Tanya Coleman; and Occupational Therapist Moriah Turner.

The Willie B. Adkins Program began in 1986 as the Tanner Project at Vallejo High School. Funded by a three-year federal grant, the program’s objective was to increase the number of African American students enrolling in college. The program has successfully graduated a number of Vallejo students who are now returning to the community as professionals to help a new generation of students pursue their college dreams and endeavors.

The WBA Scholar Grand Rounds was created so that WBA Scholars would have an opportunity to engage clinical professionals around thought-provoking topics drawn from mock patient cases. In this case, the team used a patient scenario based on the movie “Beautiful Boy,” involving a teenager experiencing symptoms of drug withdrawal and abuse and threatening violence or suicide.

In contrast to traditional medical grand rounds, the focus is on the human dimension of medicine and the scholars’ ability to engage the professional clinical team.

“This was such a powerful experience,” said Joe Jones, program director. “Our scholars now have a greater understanding of career opportunities in the clinical context and the academic path to get there. The presentation was excellent and I’d like to convey my gratitude and appreciation to all the panelists… .They were outstanding.”

The experience was also valuable for the NorthBay team.

“I was raised in Solano County and it feels great to experience the genius and creativity of the future generation,” said Natalya. “I hope and pray they see all of the possible opportunities that exist. The sky is the limit.”