Prestigious appointment recognizes Jody Rich for his work fighting the opioid epidemic and addressing health issues among prisoners.
Josiah “Jody” Rich, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and of epidemiology at Brown University, has been elected to the 2018 class of National Academy of Medicine.
Rich is one of 75 new members and 10 international members elected in this year’s class. Members are chosen for what is regarded as one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine based on their “outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service.”
“I am deeply honored to have been elected and look forward to helping support the mission of the National Academy of Medicine,” says Rich, director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at The Miriam Hospital in Providence. “The academy is an outstanding organization and serves a unique role in our society, which is needed now more than ever.”
Since joining the Brown faculty in 1994, Rich has focused on addressing health disparities, particularly among prisoners and people involved in the criminal justice system. He has developed solutions to prison health care issues and contributed his expertise to National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council discussions to advise policymakers.
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