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November 4, 2016

NIAMS Community Health Clinic Moves to Campus

NIAMS Community Health Clinic staff with Dr. Richard Siegel (seated, r), NIAMS clinical director, and Dr. James Katz (seated, c), chief of the NIAMS Rheumatology Fellowship and Training Branch
NIAMS Community Health Clinic staff with Dr. Richard Siegel (seated, r), NIAMS clinical director, and Dr. James Katz (seated, c), chief of the NIAMS Rheumatology Fellowship and Training Branch

Fifteen years ago, NIAMS established its Community Health Clinic (CHC) as an extension of the NIH Rheumatology Clinical Research Program to better understand diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and gain insights about why these and other rheumatic diseases disproportionately affect people in certain minority groups. The full-service rheumatology clinic, which has enrolled more than 2,500 patients and provided nearly 17,000 patient visits since its inception, recently relocated to the Clinical Center, enabling individuals enrolled in the “Natural History of Rheumatic Diseases in Minority Communities” protocol to receive patient care services from a centralized state-of-the-art facility.

When it opened its doors in 2001 in a medical suite at Unity Health Care Inc.’s Upper Cardozo Health Center in Northwest Washington, D.C., the CHC had already been several years in the making. Years of coordination and planning with city officials, local organizations and NIAMS and Clinical Center staff helped ensure that the clinical program was established in a way that served numerous interests all at the same time. Partners advised NIAMS on local community needs and concerns about medical research, helped reduce barriers to minority participation in clinical studies and promoted the program to the larger metro area. NIAMS, in turn, provided underserved area residents access to cutting-edge specialty care, clinical studies and health information. In addition, the CHC served as a research training facility offering rheumatology fellows across NIH a community-based learning experience in rheumatic diseases.

“The CHC has been beneficial on multiple levels,” said Dr. Richard Siegel, clinical director at NIAMS. “We have been able to serve the community while also furthering our research and training new clinician scientists. I’m pleased we have been able to keep the center active for so many years.”

Ten years after its establishment in Upper Cardozo, the CHC moved to the Spanish Catholic Center, Cardinal McCarrick Center of Catholic Charities in Silver Spring. This location enabled NIAMS to continue serving the diverse, multilingual population in the DC/VA/MD metropolitan area. Almost half of the patients speak only Spanish and three-quarters are foreign-born from more than 40 countries. The majority of the foreign-born patients are from Central America, South America or the Middle East. “We have been able to serve many people who normally would not have had access to adequate rheumatological care,” said Dr. James Katz, chief of the Rheumatology Fellowship and Training Branch, NIAMS.

Now, 5 years later, the CHC has relocated to the Clinical Center. The CHC hopes to continue to grow its program on campus while staying connected to its community roots through ongoing partnerships with primary care providers. A centralized location for clinical services allows patients easy access to the laboratory, radiology department and special consultants. And with a bilingual staff, the CHC hopes to create an atmosphere where patients feel welcome and at home at the Clinical Center.—Mimi Lising

NOV. 16
Farmer To Give Barmes Global Health Lecture

Dr. Paul Farmer

Dr. Paul Farmer, a founding director and chief strategist of the international nonprofit Partners In Health, will deliver the 2016 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture at NIH on Nov. 16 at noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. A medical anthropologist and physician, Farmer conducts research, provides health care services and advocates on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. The title of his talk is “Against Balkanization: Research + Training + Care = Global Health Equity.”

Farmer is the Kolokotrones University professor and chair of the department of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, chief of the division of global health equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and United Nations special advisor to the secretary-general on community-based medicine and lessons from Haiti. Farmer holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

The lecture honors the late Dr. David Barmes, a public health dentist and epidemiologist, for his career spent improving health in low- and middle-income countries. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Fogarty Intern ational Center are co-sponsors.

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins will give introductory remarks. The lecture will be videocast. For more information, visit

Starbucks Marketplace Coming to CC

A Starbucks Marketplace café is slated to replace the Au Bon Pain store in the atrium of the Clinical Center in February 2017, according to Eurest. It will continue to offer fresh-baked pastries, muffins and cookies, ABP’s signature soups and a full complement of hot and cold beverages. Enhancements include a heated air screen for on-the-go hot meals and healthier snacking, including a variety of natural, organic and gluten-free options. Multiple full-service registers and the addition of self-service kiosks will provide speedy service for appetites in a hurry.

The 3-month project will begin in November, with the Starbucks Marketplace grand opening slated for next February. Together with the team at the Office of Research Services, Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, Eurest has created a temporary solution to limit the disruption to guests during construction, which will begin at the end of business on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The temporary services, located directly in front of the current ABP location, will begin on Monday, Nov. 28. With some limitations to its coffee services, the coffee bar will continue to offer a full selection of baked goods, hot morning cereal and soups for lunch, as well as on-the-go entree items and fresh sushi made daily. Customers will also have opportunities to sample new items and take advantage of promotions and contests to win free lunches, gift cards and other treats.

Eurest regional vice president Jeff Robertson and his NIH team are looking forward to the grand opening in February: “We are so excited to be able to introduce this new concept into our service portfolio, as this program will drive great guest participation and satisfaction. We are confident that this move will provide significantly better options to meet the needs of the NIH community.”

For more information, contact John Crawford, director of food services, retail and concession programs, ORS/DATS, at (301) 402-8180.

Etzioni To Give Next ‘ Mind the Gap’ Seminar

Dr. Ruth B. Etzioni

Dr. Ruth B. Etzioni, chair, scientific steering committee, Hutch Data Commonwealth Division of Public Health Sciences, will present “Overdiagnosis in Cancer Screening: Overcoming Challenges, Avoiding Mistakes” at the next Medicine: Mind the Gap Seminar. The seminar is the final presentation of a 3-part series on disease prevention screening. It will be held Friday, Nov. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. via NIH Videocast,

Etzioni will examine how overdiagnosis arises and will discuss what it takes to validly estimate its frequency. She is a biostatistician and full member in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her research focuses on the development of innovative statistical and computer models to learn about the latent process of cancer progression from observed data on disease incidence and mortality.

Register for the seminar at Etzioni will accept questions about her presentation during her talk via email at prevention@mail. and on Twitter with #NIHMtG.

Use or Donate Reminder

Have you accrued annual leave this year that you are unable use? If you aren’t able to use it, don’t let it go to waste. Employees unable to take that time off could donate it to co-workers in need of paid time off due to personal or family medical emergencies. Check your leave balance in ITAS or on your leave and earnings statement (LES) now. If you have excess annual leave this year, don’t lose it—use it or donate it. Last year, the NIH community lost more than 88,000 hours of excess annual leave—that is 11,000 work days.

Employees have two options for donating leave to colleagues who have exhausted their own leave and have a medical emergency that prevents them from working. Consider making a donation through the NIH Leave Bank or to a participant of the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program. Both of these donations can be made in ITAS. If you or your supervisor have questions about “use or donate” leave, contact your administrative officer.

NIH Celebrates America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day (ARD) is Tuesday, Nov. 15. The Division of Environmental Protection will partner with the ORS Division of Logistics Services, sustainable lab practices working group, green team leads council and sustainability partners to host information and recycling activities Monday, Nov. 14 through Friday, Nov. 18.

ARD is a nationwide endeavor to celebrate recycling efforts, increase recycling awareness and further promote recycling initiatives. Stop by an information table from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during ARD week to take the NIH Recycling Pledge and pick up recycling information at the following cafeteria locations: Bldgs. 10 (B1 and 2nd floor), 31, 35, 38 and 45.

Containers will be located in the lobbies of Bldgs. 1, 10 South, 13, 31A, 35, 38A, 40, 45 and 50 to collect non-accountable items (e.g., electronics, floppy disks, CDs, cords, microwaves, coffee makers, monitor stands, metal staplers, hole punchers) from the beginning of ARD week until Friday at 2 p.m.

The Shady Grove, Baltimore and Research Triangle Park campuses will also host activities. For more information, email the 2016 ARD coordinators, Jaqie McGauley ( or Tierra Robinson ( Updated information will also be posted to the ARD link on

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