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Dr. Patience White

Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy

Dr. Patience White

Patience White, M.D.,MA is the vice president for Public Health Policy and Advocacy for the Arthritis Foundation (AF) and professor of medicine and pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  At the Arthritis Foundation she is leading the Arthritis Foundation’s public health policy and advocacy initiatives to bring national attention to arthritis, the most common cause of disability in the US. Through forming strategic partnerships, this new department promotes proven interventions, public health policies, and public health communication strategies with emphasis on advancing policies on the federal and state level that help people with arthritis.

Before assuming her current position at the Arthritis Foundation in 2013, she was vice president for public health at the AF where she lead the formation of national coalitions such as the OA Action Alliance and broadened partnerships with organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also led the AF’s development of a national arthritis policy platform and the environmental and policy strategies to improve physical activity in people with arthritis report. Before coming to the AF in 2005, she served as the director of the Division of Adult Rheumatology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and director of Pediatric Rheumatology and the Adolescent Employment Readiness Center at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.  She has been a practicing rheumatologist caring for both adults and children with rheumatic diseases for over 25 years.

Dr. White has been a consultant for the President’s Task Force for Employment of People with Disabilities, Social Security Administration, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, HHS and chairman of the National Arthritis Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. She served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow on the Senate Finance Committee in 2000-2001 focusing on health care financing. She was involved with the development of the National Arthritis Action Plan. She has received many national and regional awards for her work on the long term outcomes for youth with special health care needs.

Dr. White completed a master of science degree from Dartmouth Medical School, a doctor of medicine degree from Harvard Medical School, and a master’s in Education from George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.  She has been a volunteer and held leadership positions in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Rheumatology, the Arthritis Foundation metropolitan DC Chapter and the Frontier Nursing Service in Kentucky. She currently serves on the board of directors for the American Joint Replacement Registry and the patient advisory board of the Center for Medical Technology Policy and is a reviewer for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

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