The Larry A. Green Center was established on the foundation of a decade long collaboration between its co-directors, Rebecca Etz and Kurt Stange. We were privileged to receive the founding sponsorship of the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation to continue and advance our work.
Rebecca S. Etz is a cultural anthropologist at Virginia Commonwealth University with expertise in qualitative research methods and design, primary care measures, practice transformation, and engaging stakeholders. She has spent the last ten years dedicated to learning the heart and soul of primary care. Her career has been shaped by iterative research cycles that expose and reflect on the tacit norms and principles of primary care in which clinicians, thought leaders, and patients are equally invested.
Her work has three main lines of inquiry: 1) bridging the gap between the business of medicine and the lived experience of the human condition, 2) making visible the principles and mechanisms upon which the unique strength of primary care is based, and 3) exposing the unintended, often damaging consequences of policy and transformation efforts applied to primary care but not informed by primary care concepts.
As a member of the VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, and previous co-director of the ACORN PBRN, Dr. Etz has been the Principal Investigator of several grants, contracts and pilots all directed towards making the pursuit of health a humane experience. Recent research activities have included studies in primary care measures, behavioral health, care coordination, preventive care delivery, simulation modeling, care team models, organizational change, community based participatory research, the study of exemplars, and adaptive use of health technologies.
Kurt C. Stange is a family and public health physician at Case Western Reserve University. He is a Distinguished University Professor, Director of the Center for Community Health Integration (CHI), the Dorothy Jones Weatherhead Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Family Medicine & Community Health, Population & Quantitative Health Sciences, Oncology, and Sociology. He is also an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor and former editor for the Annals of Family Medicine.
He brings two and a half decades of experience conducting highly collaborative observational and intervention research at the intersections of primary care, public health, and community engagement with specific attention to highlighting the means through which primary care adds value, reduces illness-related burden, and improves health and well-being. He has many years of experience serving on national level committees, federal scientific review committees, and expert panels, including current service on the Board of OCHIN, which provides
information technology support to primary care practices and community health centers in 23 states. Dr. Stange has conducted dozens of empirical studies – both observational and experimental – designed to understand and improve primary health care.
His current work operationalizes primary health care mechanisms to support modeling studies of how different aspects of primary health care affect person and population outcomes. He remains active in clinical care, working as a family physician at Neighborhood Family Practice in Cleveland, Ohio and is an elected member of the Academy of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences.
As the Executive Director of the Center for Community Health Integration (CHI), James R. Bindas focuses on nurturing relationships and getting things done. He works collaboratively with CHI Center faculty and staff, collaborators across the university and with the community and institutional partners to advance community health by developing projects, infrastructure, and partnerships.
To the center’s work, Jim brings extensive experience in operations management, strategy implementation, and clinical research. His ability to blend both the creative and the analytical helps groups develop strategies, design solutions, avert crisis and increase engagement across multiple platforms. He has extensive leadership and development skills and serves as a mentor in providing organizational oversight and connecting people and cultivating partnerships that produce high impact
outcomes. Jim helps to galvanize people, connects stakeholders, engineers change management and identifies opportunity and process improvement on how people and organizations collaborate for success.
Jim holds an MBA and graduate certificates in Health Care Administrations and Bioethics, from Cleveland State University and a BS in business from John Carroll University. He is a Cleveland native and has worked with a number of local health and health care organizations.
Martha Gonzalez is a qualitative data manager and analyst in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at VCU with more than a decade of experience structuring, organizing, and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data.
After 12 years as an analyst for a global allocation fund, she joined the VCU team where her focus became quality in primary care and practice transformation. Recently, she has been using her background in macroeconomic analysis to understand global conversations regarding health care quality and expenditures.
Ms. Gonzalez's portfolio is diversified across several disciplines and topical focuses: social determinants, screening in pediatric settings, shared
decision-making regarding medication and cancer treatment, national primary care expenditures, and quality primary care measures. In her free time, she is a dog rescue volunteer, driving long distance transports and fostering dogs.
Robin Gotler has spent her career in support of family medicine and looks forward to new collaborations as a member of Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Community Health Integration.
Robin was Editorial Coordinator of the Annals of Family Medicine during the journal’s first 17 years, managing all editorial functions, and continues to serve as Annals’ Reflections Editor. She edited the book, "The Wonder and the Mystery: 10 Years of Reflections from the Annals of Family Medicine," published in 2013. She has served as Executive Director of the multi-site Center for Research in Family Medicine and Primary Care, which conducted a wide portfolio of research; Associate Director of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP); and Executive Director of the MAFP Foundation.
Robin holds MA degrees in bioethics (Case Western Reserve University) and history of medicine (University of Minnesota). She has an abiding interest in the history of medical specialties (particularly family medicine) and the historical evolution of US health policy. She is a recent transplant to Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where she hopes to blossom in the Lake Erie breeze.
Larry A. Green is the Distinguished Professor of Family Medicine and the Epperson-Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine and Primary Care at the University of Colorado. He is an academic family physician who has served in various roles including medical practice in rural and urban settings, residency director, investigator, teacher, and department chair. He directed Prescription for Health, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, focused on addressing unhealthy behaviors in primary care practice and Advancing Care Together, funded by The Colorado Health Foundation, aiming to change a broad spectrum of practices to provide integrated care.
He served as founding director of the Robert Graham Policy Center in Washington, DC and is a regular member of the National Academy of Medicine. His current work emphasizes redesigning how clinical practice, health professions education, and clinical research are done.
David Meyers is a family physician and health services researcher who serves as the Chief Physician at the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Before joining AHRQ in 2004, he practiced full-scope family medicine in community health centers in Washington, DC where he developed a practice-based research network focused on improving health and healthcare for underserved communities.
He currently likes to talk in coffee shops and pubs about how predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and younger Americans may radically transform primary care delivery and about whether relationships, values, and prioritization are the central functions of primary care. In 2016 David began to receive additional training in palliative and hospice care. In 2018, he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
Dr. Meyers is participating with the Green Center in his personal capacity. The views he expresses do not necessarily reflect those of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the US Department of Health and Human Services, or the Federal government.
William L. Miller is a family physician and medical anthropologist and Chair Emeritus at Lehigh Valley Health Network in the Lehigh River watershed of eastern Pennsylvania. He has more than three decades of collaborative mixed methods explorations of healing relationships, the general practice environments where they develop and how to improve them.
Dr. Miller, working with others, has co-created innovative research methods and educational programs, founded a new academic opportunity hospital-based department of family medicine with over 200 family physicians and their practices, while also serving national level communities and boards.
His current work seeks to re-imagine general practice and primary medical care for the future and mentoring the next generation of family medicine leaders. Will continues to precept residents in the Lehigh Valley and is continuing to learn how to celebrate abundance, mystery, and grace.
Jonathan P. O'Neal is a program coordinator in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University and is the Program Director for the Larry A. Green Center.
With his eclectic background in Environmental Science, Geographic Information Systems, woodworking, and project management, Jonathan brings a unique perspective along with a diverse set of skills to the Green Center team. As Program Director, Jonathan ensures that all programs and projects align with the Green Center's mission and vision, provides ongoing infrastructure, web, and data visualization support, and monitors the professional growth and development needs of himself and his teammates.
Sarah Kye Price is an academic social worker and pastoral care provider in Richmond, Virginia. In her role as Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University, she is engaged in community based research and public health promotion efforts supporting pregnant and parenting women; teaches BSW, MSW and PhD students in coursework ranging from social justice to philosophy of science; and relishes opportunities for cross-disciplinary dialogue.
Blending her academic life with her role as ordained clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, her current work resides in the creative intersection where spirituality, social services and social determinants of health come together to support and empower people living at social margins of housing, food, and resource insecurity.
Sarah Rohrs Reves is a nurse analyst at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner of over 20 years and has been the Copy Editor of BIOS, the journal of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, for almost 30 years. Degrees in English, Nursing, and Business allow her to provide a unique perspective to the team.
Prior to her work at VCU, Sarah owned a private practice on the southside of Richmond for 15 years and beta tested the EHR system used by her practice. While in private practice, she precepted family nurse practitioner students in their final rotations. Missing the excitement of seeing a student “get it” for the first time, she now precepts Medical and Pharmacy students in their second and third years through VCU.
Stephen Zyzanski is a statistician/psychometrician at Case Western Reserve University serving as the department's methodological and statistical consultant in the planning and analysis of research studies.
He has 40 years of primary care research experience including the analysis of dozens of research studies, ranging from descriptive to randomized controlled clinical trials. He has helped to develop and publish more than 20 behavioral instruments used in health research and he was the founding director of the Behavioral Measurement Core Facility of CWRU's Comprehensive Cancer Center.
His current research activities include statistical and psychometric support for the development and evaluation of a new direct observation screening tool for periodontal disease and he continues to serve as a co-investigator on several funded research grants.
Steve currently serves as a methodological consultant to Central Michigan University School of Medicine with a focus on student and faculty clinical research and he continues to participate as one of the founding members of the Executive Committee of CWRU's Emeriti Academy.
Harris Middleton is an administrative assistant with the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He has worked in healthcare administration roles for over 10 years in Florida, Virginia, and Rhode Island.
Harris has experience supporting the Department of Veterans Affairs, and has worked with health care benefit and insurance programs as well. His current work includes supporting the VCU Department of Family Medicine's research team, along with the Department of Epidemiology and the Center for Society and Health.
Harris works to provide continued administration support to the Larry Green Center and its colleagues and partners.