Erin Kavanaugh Named Health Equity Fellow by American Academy of Family Physicians
Erin Kavanaugh, M.D., FAAFP, interim chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine for ChristianaCare and Family Medicine Residency program director, has been named a 2023 Health Equity Fellow by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
As part of the year-long fellowship, Kavanaugh, one of four Health Equity Fellows named by the AAFP, is working on a capstone research project focused on translating health equity concepts into clinical practice. Kavanaugh’s project is working to align the family medicine and emergency medicine workforce with the surrounding community in Wilmington, Delaware.
The AAFP Health Equity Fellowship is designed to help family physicians develop into leaders equipped with subject matter expertise in the social, institutional, and cultural influences that impact patient health, especially the health of underserved communities and minority groups. The fellowship is part of an ongoing effort to create health care leaders who work to address health inequity at the individual, community and system level.
Last year, Kavanaugh received the 2022 Program Director Recognition Award from the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. The award honors the achievements of program directors and recognizes their ongoing commitment to education, program expansion, faculty development and promotion, resident and faculty well-being, as well as advocacy and scholarship.
Kavanaugh has served as interim chair of the Family and Community Medicine since May 2022 and has been vice chair of the department since 2019. In addition, she has served as the residency program director for Family Medicine and co-program director for emergency medicine/family medicine since April 2016. The residency marked its 50th anniversary in 2022.
She completed her medical education at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in 2007. She completed her family medicine residency at ChristianaCare’s Family Medicine Residency program in 2010, where she served as chief resident.
Kavanaugh is a clinical associate professor of family and community medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. She is a Delaware native and graduate of the Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research (DIMER) program. She sees patients at the Family Medicine Center at Wilmington Primary Care in Wilmington Hospital.
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