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Paul Park, M.D.

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Indiana University, BloomingtonBS06/2004Chemistry
Indiana University School of Medicine, IndianapolisMD06/2009
Duke University, Durham06/2013Internal Medicine and Global Health
Duke University, DurhamM.Sc. Global Health12/2013
Oklahoma State UniversityMBA12/2022Nonprofit Management
2017
Indiana University School of Medicine Early Career Achievement Alumni Award

Overview
Paul H. Park, MD, MSc is the Senior Director of Programs at Solid Ground (Seattle, WA) and holds appointments in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. Solid Ground is a local, equity-driven non-profit that addresses social issues through direct social services and advocacy, particularly around housing, food and nutrition, health access, and transportation.

Dr. Park’s research to date has focused on implementation science surrounding novel, rural care delivery piloting and scale-up for diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases in resource-poor settings. In addition, he has focused on the implementation and evaluation of e-health tools and CHW initiatives for both monitoring and care delivery purposes in the community setting. His current research interests include evaluating novel social interventions addressing the social determinants of health among vulnerable patient populations facing chronic disease in Washington state. Dr. Park previously completed NIH fellowships with Fogarty International Center and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Dr. Park previously worked at Partners In Health for four years in Rwanda as a clinician, Community Health Implementation Specialist, and later as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Chronic Disease. He then served as the Director of Implementation for the NCD Synergies project supporting the implementation and evaluation of PEN-Plus, a novel outpatient care delivery model for non-communicable diseases, in Rwanda, Haiti, Malawi, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Before beginning his experience in Rwanda, Dr. Park worked on implementation research surrounding community-based models of delivery in both diabetes mellitus and MDR-TB for two years with AMPATH in Eldoret, Kenya.

In addition to clinical work in East Africa, Dr. Park practiced primary care internal medicine for the Indian Health Service in Navajo Nation and the Mashpee Wampanoag Health Service Unit for five years. He continues to practice in FQHCs in Washington and currently serves in the state's Health Equity Zone Community Advisory Council. Dr. Park is the founder of the Timmy Global Health – Pop-Wuj NGO-based partnership in Xela, Guatemala and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM). Dr. Park earned his MD from Indiana University and his MSc in Global Health at Duke University. He completed a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Global Health at Duke University.

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Available: 03/18/24, Expires: 12/31/24

Solid Ground is a Seattle-based non-profit organization that has been addressing social and health inequities for 50 years. One of our key areas of focus is to address mental health among those who face housing insecurity. While the intersection of mental health and homelessness has been widely acknowledged, many non-profit organizations have struggled to understand the specific nature of the burden. Sand Point Housing Campus serves as Solid Ground's pilot site for better understanding the role of behavioral health conditions among the vulnerably housed. Based in Seattle, Sand Point residents are previously homeless and/or depend on government support for rent assistance. Over 60% of the more than 400 residents are BIPOC. We are implementing innovative approaches to bring mental health services to the campus, including individual therapy, peer counseling, group therapy and education, group exercise, as well as youth-focused activities. The primary objective of the project is to describe the acceptability and feasibility of behavioral health services at Sand Point The student will work closely with the supervisor to: - Learn the challenges faced by Sand Point residents in accessing behavioral health services as well as the down stream implications on maintaining housing - Implementation history and current strategy to improve access to behavioral health services - Design and adapt new and existing survey tools to the needs and environment of the Sand Point campus - Conduct and analyze behavioral health surveys, which will include: • Demographic data • Mental health diagnoses • Previous or current engagement with health system • WHO quality of life survey - Assess the burden of behavioral health among residents at Sand Point - Describe the uptake of behavioral health services - Suggest concrete, measurable and actionable recommendations for further analysis and improvement of the behavioral health program Deliverables include a final report and presentation to the team. Note: While Solid Ground and the community served is in Seattle, this will be a remote work position. This is an unpaid position.


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