LEADS Project: Diabetes Health Equity Through the Lens of Adverse Childhood Events Screening
Bio: Dr. Monica Le MD MPH is a Family Medicine physician serving as the Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs at the Harbor-UCLA Department of Family Medicine. She also serves as Co-Director of the Lomita Family Health Center, the primary ambulatory teaching clinic of the residency. In this capacity she helps the Department stay nimble while collaboratively building their Patient-Centered Medical Home teaching, learning, and quality improvement strategy.
Dr Le has a strong passion for global health, with experiences ranging in projects that span clinical, public health, and social entrepreneurship domains in Sri Lanka, Haiti, Tanzania, Nepal, and Honduras. Dr. Le, along with two other colleagues from MIT and the Harvard Kennedy School, founded a company (Ghonsla) using green technology to combat poverty, indoor air pollution, and deforestation. Ghonsla won the MIT IDEAS Competition Muhammad Yunus Award and has incorporated and is operating in Pakistan. Dr. Le was also a Board Member of the nonprofit Himalayan HealthCare, which operates medical trekking missions, supports social enterprise (employing nearly 1,000 women in the eco-friendly handicraft trade), and is operating the first community hospital for the rural poor in Nepal.
Previously, she was Associate Medical Director for the Office of Clinical Affairs of UMASS Medical School Commonwealth Medicine, working directly to support the Massachusetts Medicaid program. In this position, she was able to impact multiple aspects of health policy in the state, including leading health equity initiatives, collaborating with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on cross-organizational maternal health improvement efforts, and serving on the statewide commission for Postpartum Depression as part of state efforts to operationalize universal peripartum screening for caregivers. Dr. Le received her medical degree from New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, and completed her residency in Family Medicine, Faculty Development Fellowship at Harbor UCLA, Department of Family Medicine, Torrance, CA and California Endowment Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard, Boston MA.