Core Research Team

 

Elizabeth (Liz) Adetoro, MPH, Research Coordinator

Ms. Adetoro joined AllianceChicago in 2014 and serves as a coordinator for multiple research projects. She works with health centers and academic institutions, as well as local and federal agencies, on research that aims to improve care for health center patients. Prior to joining AllianceChicago, Ms. Adetoro worked as a research assistant on various studies, including the Asians with Disabilities Outreach Project Think-Tank (ADOPT), an initiative which supported organizations that provide services to Asian Americans with disabilities in the greater Chicago area to increase their access to the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services. In addition, she has assisted in research projects focused on childhood obesity, ADHD in elementary school-aged children, urban agriculture, and improving access to fruits and vegetables in underserved areas. Ms. Adetoro is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
eadetoro@alliancechicago.org

 

Pankaja (PJ) Desai, PhD, MPH, MSW, Director of Research

Dr. Desai joined AllianceChicago in 2015. She has a multidisciplinary background in public health, community health and epidemiology, and social work, with substantial experience in academic research. Her research interests focus on chronic disease epidemiology, health behavior interventions, aging health care policy, care transitions, and the evaluation of translational research. Dr. Desai’s role at AllianceChicago is to pursue funding opportunities, plan and direct research initiatives, develop research infrastructure, engage health centers and other collaborators in research, pursue publication opportunities, and provide consultation on research methods. Her skills include data analysis, questionnaire design, and grant writing. Dr. Desai also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She holds a PhD and MPH from University of Illinois at Chicago and an MSW from the University of Michigan. pdesai@alliancechicago.org

 

Andrew Hamilton, RN, BSN, MS, Chief Informatics Officer

Mr. Hamilton is a Master’s-prepared Nurse Informaticist with 18 years of experience in both in-patient nursing care and outpatient community health, as well as nursing administration. As the Chief Informatics Officer, Mr. Hamilton is responsible for developing clinical decision support and National Clinical Performance Measures into the organization’s EHR and is leading the organization’s efforts related to the development and implementation of an Enterprise Data Warehouse solution. Prior to working for AllianceChicago, Mr. Hamilton was a Pediatric Critical Care nurse and a member of a large academic hospital HIT team supporting the implementation of clinical information systems. He has also served as Director of Patient Care Services for Howard Brown Health Center, a Chicago-based Federally Qualified Health Center. Mr. Hamilton is the Past President of the Board of the Centricity Healthcare User Group (CHUG) and is a member of several local, state, and national working groups related to EHR and performance measurements. In addition, he is adjunct faculty at Loyola University School of Nursing and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Nursing. Mr. Hamilton holds a BS in Nursing and an MS in Nursing Business and Health Systems Administration with a focus on Nursing Informatics, both from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. ahamilton@alliancechicago.org

 

Timothy (Tim) Long, MD, Chief Clinical Officer


Dr. Long began working for AllianceChicago in 2009, serving previously as Medical Director of Near North Health Service Corporation. Dr. Long is responsible for promoting and facilitating a cohesive AllianceChicago-wide clinical leadership, advancing a vision of quality in alignment with Institute of Medicine dimensions, and serving as the chief clinical staff to support clinicians, research activities, and end users. Dr. Long provides direction, guidance and coordination of the clinical content roadmap for the EHR, identifying clinical priorities to develop and support AllianceChicago-wide performance initiatives. Dr. Long promotes improving quality healthcare in our network of community health centers through the consistent use of national standardized protocols to serve as the basis for computerized clinical decision support. He is a strong supporter of patient engagement through the real-time use of the EHR, advancement of Patient Centered Medical Home and promotion of healthcare for the underserved. A practicing internist at Near North Health Services Corporation, he specializes in public health, chronic disease management and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Long is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago (BS), Rush Medical College (MD), and he has completed his Primary Care-Internal Medicine training at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. tlong@alliancechicago.org

 

Nivedita (Nita) Mohanty, MD, Chief Research Officer and Director of Evidence-Based Practice

Dr. Mohanty has experience in community health, federal policy, clinical research, academic medicine, and international volunteerism. Dr. Mohanty joined AllianceChicago in 2015 after a year in Washington, DC as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. As a fellow within a federal agency, she gained firsthand exposure to synergies between policy, health research, and clinical practice as well as the role of HIT in advancing national health priorities. At AllianceChicago, her role is to leverage our HIT infrastructure and partnerships to enhance evidence-based practices in community health and generate new evidence through patient outcomes and health services research. Dr. Mohanty has been a pediatrician at Erie Family Health Center since 2007 and is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine with clinical responsibilities at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Prentice Women’s Hospital. She has been a volunteer with multiple organizations for children with HIV, disabilities, burns, congenital heart disease, and cranio-facial defects on medical service trips to Africa, Asia, South America, and Central America. nmohanty@alliancechicago.org

 

Michael Nudo, MNA, CNP, Grants & Resource Development Manager

 

Mr. Nudo joined AllianceChicago in 2017. Previously, Mr. Nudo served in many different leadership capacities at the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and Howard Brown Health Center, directing operations and overseeing portfolios of grants and contracts. At AllianceChicago, Mr. Nudo assists in managing the grant and contract portfolio and crafts approaches to funding mechanisms in response to public and private funding opportunities for research and programming. Mr. Nudo is a graduate of North Park University (MNA and BA). He has also completed Graduate Certificates in IT Project Management and Database Administration at Northwestern University and in Healthcare Management and Nonprofit Accounting at North Park University. Mr. Nudo is also a Federal Grant Reviewer for the Health Resources & Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. mnudo@alliancechicago.org

 

Roxane Padilla, BS, Research Coordinator

Mrs. Padilla joined AllianceChicago in 2016. Before joining the Research Team, she was a program manager within various Chicago public schools managing health education programing and development, health surveys and analysis, and research. Mrs. Padilla coordinated research efforts at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in the Division of Adolescent Medicine. At AllianceChicago, Mrs. Padilla works closely with health centers and investigators on coordinating research initiatives, including clinical decision support, secondary data analysis, and nationally funded research grants. She received her BS from the Loyola University at Chicago School of Nursing in Health Systems Management. rpadilla@alliancechicago.org

 

 

Fred D. Rachman, MD, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Rachman has been with AllianceChicago since its inception in 1997, assuming the role of CEO in 2003. In his role as CEO, Dr. Rachman has overall responsibility for AllianceChicago programs, including strategic direction, assurance of appropriate resources, and external relationships. He also serves as co-director of the Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC). Dr. Rachman is an attending physician in pediatrics at Lurie Children’s and Northwestern Memorial Hospitals and sees patients at Erie Family Health Center. He is on the Board of Directors of the Health Information Management Systems Society, and serves on the Illinois Health Information Exchange Advisory Committee. Dr. Rachman is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine (MD) and Johns Hopkins University (BA), and completed post-graduate courses in Ethics, Economics, and Healthcare Management at Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board-certified in Pediatrics. frachman@alliancechicago.org

 

Sarah Rittner, MA, Assistant Research Director

Ms. Rittner joined AllianceChicago in 2013 and in her current role, oversees the day-to-day implementation and operation of current research studies, identifies funding for new studies, and assists in the dissemination of findings to AllianceChicago health centers and external partners. Prior to joining AllianceChicago, Ms. Rittner was Program Manager of the Center for Healthcare Equity at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Community Training and Stakeholder Engagement Program Associate with Illinois Public Health Institute. Her research experience has focused on projects examining strategies for reducing disparities in healthcare, Community-based Participatory Research in underserved communities, and safety net-focused health improvement programming and policy. She is a graduate of Michigan State University (MA and BA). srittner@alliancechicago.org