CQ Researcher takes an in-depth look at antibiotic use in the U.S. and globally and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.
WASHINGTON, DC (June 13, 2018)—The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (Milken Institute SPH) today announced it has received a $3.1 million (£2.74 million) grant from the Wellcome Trust to study the impacts of California’s new legislation limiting the use of antimicrobial drugs given to livestock raised in the state.
Meaghen Murphy serves as the Research Center Manager for ARAC. Previously, Meaghen worked for the Departments of Infectious Disease and Pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as well as the National Institutes of Health Intermural Research Program. Prior to her work at Johns Hopkins, Meaghen worked for various non-profits and NGOs in New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia as both an instructor and a development director. Many of these multidisciplinary projects focused on public health interventions for at-risk youth in impoverished urban settings. Through her extensive international experience, having travelled and studied throughout South America, Africa, Europe and Asia, she has gained a global perspective on the issues impacting human and environmental health. Her personal interests revolve around sustainable development and food systems studies, and she continues to develop curricula for adolescents centered on food science, agriculture, and nutrition. Meaghen currently holds a Bachelor's of Arts from Columbia University and Master’s of Science from the University of Edinburgh.
Meena Vanka is a Research Assistant at ARAC. She recently completed a Master’s in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Emory University. After graduating from Emory, Meena taught science in an under-resourced community. She hopes to combine this personal experience with opportunities at ARAC to pursue a career in infectious disease medicine in the future.
PBS To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbé takes an in-depth look at the crisis of antibiotic resistance in food animal production and how ARAC scientists are studying how superbugs can get into the food supply. We had a great time filming and showing the reporters how we conduct research. We are excited to be a part of this important episode on the antibiotic resistance crisis.
Kathy Lawrence serves as advisor to ARAC on market-based approaches to responsible antibiotic use. Previously, Kathy was the Co-Founder and Senior Director of School Food Focus, where she provided strategic vision for multi-district procurement initiatives and national alliances that fostered collaboration to increase the production of healthy, affordable school food. While at Focus, Kathy also spearheaded development and adoption of the Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use standard now managed by ARAC.
Before Focus, Kathy served as Executive Director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture and prior to that as Executive Director of Just Food, the New York City based non-profit organization she founded in 1995. Her achievements at Just Food include initiating the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in NYC program and The City Farms, an urban agriculture and food access program. Early in her career, Kathy coordinated public information, outreach and education for the New York and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups (NYSAWG and NESAWG) and engaged in citizen advocacy at the United Nations on sustainable agriculture and food security issues. She holds a BA in East Asian Languages and Culture from the University of Kansas and a Master of International Affairs, Economic and Political Development, from Columbia University.
Caitlin Flouton is a graduate research assistant at ARAC, with the role of laboratory coordination and management. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University. Caitlin graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science: Medical Laboratory Science. During her undergraduate education, she participated in a medical brigade to Honduras with a team of students and doctors, where they created a clinic in a rural village. This experience lead to Caitlin’s passion for public health and reducing the global burden of infectious diseases.
Dr. Glenn Harnett is a Managing Director with Merchant Medicine LLC. He provides executive-level guidance for administrative clinical management, workflow and productivity process engineering, physician documentation and coding benchmarking and coaching, clinical technology selection and design optimization for electronic health record systems, and assists with clinical team training and quality assurance development. Most recently Dr. Harnett was Chief Medical Officer for American Family Care (AFC; including the former Doctors Express), growing it from 24 to 170+ clinics to become the second largest private urgent care operator in the U.S. He managed operational and physician oversight including supervision of 500+ physicians and was instrumental in the selection, design and rollout of a new electronic health record and practice management system. His role included oversight for Joint Venture designs, Laboratory operations, Risk Management, Quality Assurance, Physician Scheduling, Physician Recruitment, Physician Liaison, Patient Advocate, Chief Nursing Officer, and Credentialing Departments. Prior to AFC he was an Emergency Department and Urgent Care Medical Director for Georgia Emergency Associates.
Harnett works with health systems and private urgent care operators across the U.S. to design and development their clinical performance. He is professionally active in pharmaceutical research grants, clinical research and publication, and is a frequent guest speaker at urgent care venues. His credentials include ABEM Board Eligible Emergency Medicine, Medical Review Officer, NRCME DOT Examiner, CLIA/COLA Certified Lab Director, has a current medical license with the State of Alabama and an administrative medical license in the State of Texas. Dr. Harnett earned a BA in Psychology at the University of New Hampshire and his MD at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Emory University and was Chief Resident at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, GA. He is a trustee of the Urgent Care Association of America’s (UCAOA) Foundation and is a member of the Board of the College of Urgent Care Medicine. He is also a member of the Joint Task Force on Antibiotic Stewardship formed by the UCAOA and George Washington University’s Antibiotic Resistance Action Center. Dr. Harnett’s awards and recognition include Most Outstanding Resident 2004 Emory University Department of Emergency Medicine and the Physician Assistant Resident Teacher of the Year 2003. He was chosen as the Physician of the Year in 2007 at Coastal Carolina Medical Center in Bluffton, SC whose emergency department received a Tenet 5 star patient satisfaction rating under his leadership.