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Urban Health Scholars

Urban Health Scholars is a Geisel student group whose mission is to train medical students interested in serving medically underserved populations in urban settings. Throughout UHS members’ education, medical students are encouraged to become competent practitioners, researchers, and public advocates for underserved urban populations. To accomplish this goal, UHS aspires to graduate medical students who are scholars in the following areas: (1) Cultural Versatility: Scholars are encouraged to pursue a meaningful understanding of the cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic factors affecting underserved patient access to health care and health care outcomes in urban areas; (2) Service & Outreach: Scholars are strongly encouraged to lead a service project in an urban area throughout their medical education; (3) Continued Education: Scholars are encouraged to continue their lifelong education both through formal and informal studies in their pursuit to serve urban populations; (4) Clinical Medicine: UHG provides clinical opportunities in urban areas. 


Keiselim “Keysi” Montás 
Associate Director of the Department of Safety and Security

KeysiKeiselim A. Montás (Keysi) was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated to Queens, New York, at age sixteen.  He attended Queens College of the City University of New York, where he earned a BA in Spanish and Secondary Education and then obtained an MA in Spanish Literatures from the University of Cincinnati.  He has taught at the University of Cincinnati, at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Querétaro, México, and at New York University.  Keysi is a poet and fiction writer and has published three books of poetry, one book of short stories and one book of essays; his work appears in various anthologies and literary magazines and he is the winner of a number of literary prizes in the US and abroad. He is the Associate Director for the Department of Safety and Security at Dartmouth College. During his tenure at Dartmouth College, he has served as the Interim Director of Safety and Security and Accreditation Manager.  In 2008, he received the Dean of the College's Diversity Recognition Award, in 2013 he received the Dean of the College's Award of Excellence, and in 2014 the Department of Safety and Security was awarded its Accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).  Additionally, Keysi served as a member of the Dartmouth Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility (ACIR), and as Faculty Fellow and Adviser (2009-2015) for the Tucker Foundation's Alternative Spring Break Trip to the Dominican Republic (ASB-DR), an annual trip with one term of logistical preparations and one term of educational sessions studying the socio-historical relations between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, with an emphasis on immigration, racial relations, culture and social justice. The ASB-DR culminates with a 10 day service trip to a marginal community in the Dominican Republic, where students serve, learn and work alongside the people on a community defined project. Keysi has also served as adviser to the student organization Quisqueyan@s at Dartmouth (QU@D), and as Argentine tango instructor for the Dartmouth Argentine Tango Society (DATS); he currently teaches a tango course for faculty and staff.  Keysi is a founding member, and has served a Co-Moderator, of the Latin@ Advisory Council.  He has also worked with several academic Departments and student organizations in organizing various events such as conferences, readings, lectures, and festivals.


David Gordon ’00
Founder and Director for Collaboration for Locally-Driven Improvement in Pediatrics

Dr. Gordon received his bachelor's degree in Geography from Dartmouth College, with a concentration in international development. He holds a masters degree in Public Health from Boston University, with a concentration dgordonin international health and special interest in the accountability infrastructure of non-government organizations. He received a medical degree from the University of Vermont, where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism in Medicine societies. He completed his residency training in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, where he won multiple awards for excellence in teaching and clinical care. He has almost four years of medical and public health experience in the global south, including projects in Ecuador, Uganda, Turkmenistan, Lesotho, and Kenya. He served two years as senior consultant and lecturer at University of Gondar Hospital, Ethiopia, during which he co-founded a pediatrics residency program. He has coordinated quality improvement initiatives that have improved survival, accelerated neurocognitive development, and reduced length of stay among children in resource-limited hospitals. He has served as principle investigator for several research publications. He currently practices pediatrics as a clinical instructor at San Francisco General Hospital and is the founder and director for CLIP (the Collaboration for Locally-driven Improvement in Pediatrics).


Nancy Bloomfield ’99
Co-founder of Cover Home Repair and Executive Director of The Family Place

NbloomfieldSince May of 2015, Nancy Bloomfield has served as Executive Director of The Family Place, one of fifteen state-designated Parent Child Centers, located in Norwich, Vermont. Since her graduation from Dartmouth in 1999, Nancy has remained in the Upper Valley. She has pursued a professional life that has connected her with her community in meaningful ways and given her the opportunity to share work with people that keep her inspired. An alumni interview in Dayton, Ohio, with Dr. John Bullock '65, who as a student had participated in a service project in Jersey City, encouraged Nancy to seek out the Tucker Foundation once she arrived at Dartmouth. Soon, she found herself away from campus on many weekends, caulking around windows, climbing ladders and making repairs to mobile homes with other volunteers through Operation Insulation, a student group focused on weatherization. This work connected her with classmates who would become lifelong friends and with mentors who would encourage and inspire her commitment to service over the next several years, including Walter Grevatt, a member of the Dartmouth Class of 1952 who directed crisis counseling and housing-related programs at local organization Listen Community Services. With support and encouragement from Jan Tarjan '74 and Scott Brown '78, who led the Tucker Foundation during Nancy's time at Dartmouth, Nancy was able to spend one term at an elementary school in Maryland through a Tucker Fellowship and another term engaged with Walter's work at Listen through a Dartmouth Partners in Community Service Fellowship. Ultimately, through Operation Insulation, Nancy's collaboration with a volunteer carpenter, Simon Dennis, sparked the founding of a new Upper Valley organization, COVER Home Repair. Grants from The Tucker Foundation and the Dickey Center enabled Nancy to work with Simon on this new program post-graduation. After six years with COVER, relationships Nancy had formed with children and teens she encountered through COVER's presence in downtown White River Junction led her to a role in the development of Listen's Teen Lifeskills Center, "The Junction" and, years later, her work with families involved with Vermont's child protection system through her work as a Family Engagement Specialist with Easter Seals Vermont. Now at The Family Place, Nancy leads a talented and dedicated staff and partners with a state-wide network of child advocates. The Family Place helps young children get off to a healthy start and promotes long-term family well-being through a variety of on-site and home-based programs and supports. Nancy and her husband, Jeremy Hebert, live in Sharon, Vermont. She considers herself very fortunate, as a transplant from Ohio, to have her parents living close by in Wilder, Vermont.


Ashley Bryan
Professor Emeritus of Studio Art and Award Winning Children's Book Author and Illustrator


Ashley Bryan doesn't speak his stories, he sings them, fingers snapping, feet tapping, his voice articulating. His entire body is immersed in the tale. Born in 1923, Ashley was raised in the Bronx, NY. At seventeen, he entered the tuition-free Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering, having been denied entry elsewhere because of his race. Encouraged by supportive high school teachers, Ashley was told, "Apply to Cooper Union; they do not see you there." Admission was based solely on a student's exam portfolio. Drafted out of art school into the segregated US army at age nineteen, Ashley preserved his humanity throughout World War II by drawing, stowing supplies in his gas mask when necessary. After the war, Ashley completed his Cooper Union degree, studied philosophy and literature at Columbia University on the GI Bill, and then went to Europe on a Fulbright scholarship, seeking to understand why humans choose war. In 1950, renowned cellist, Pablo Casals, agreed to break the vow of silence he had taken after Franco came to power in his native Spain. Ashley was permitted to draw Casals and his fellow musicians during rehearsals in Prades, France, where Casals was in exile. Through the power of Casals' music sessions, something "broke free" for Ashley: "I found the rhythm in my hand." Ashley returned to the United States, teaching art at several schools and universities, retiring in the 1980s to Maine's Cranberry Isles as professor emeritus of Dartmouth College. Meanwhile, Ashley published books—more than fifty to date. Writes his editor, Caitlyn Dlouhy: He had discovered a hole in children's literature. There were no introductory books of African American spirituals. There were no stories from the African oral tradition. The translations he found were academic. Dust in the throat. ... He couldn't duplicate the oral traditions of Africa, so he set out on a mission to create something for a new audience: beautiful books to be read and shared aloud ... Ashley had bridged time and space, bringing past and present together to create a new voice, born of an ancient one. Among Ashley's awards are the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the New York Public Library's Literary Lions award. Throughout the United States and Africa, libraries, children's rooms, and literary festivals are named for him. As much as Ashley is humbled by these honors, it is the joy of creation, the excitement he sees in children's eyes, that delights him most. *Caitlyn Dlouhy's words are taken from her article, "Ashley Bryan" in The Horn Book Magazine.


Christopher Keating ’86
Executive Director of the Judicial Council, Public Defenders Office of New Hampshire

Chris KeatingIn his efforts leading New Hampshire's Judicial Council, Chris has worked to sustain and improve indigent defense and has been a strong advocate on behalf of equal justice. Under his tenure, New Hampshire established eligibility guidelines and performance standards for attorneys providing representation to the indigent accused, increased funding for appointed counsel in major crimes cases, and created mechanisms to fund representation in capital post-conviction proceedings. In addition to his efforts in support of equal justice in criminal cases, Chris has worked to increase the role of Court-Appointed Special Advocates to provide critical services to children in protection-from-abuse cases, and was an advocate on behalf of restoring and funding the right to the assistance of counsel for parents accused of abuse or neglect. Chris's advocacy helped support increased funding for civil legal services for the State's most disadvantaged citizens. Prior to leading the Judicial Council, Chris served for 11 years as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Public Defender Program, widely recognized as one the nation's leading defender offices. While there, Chris fought to expand the Program's staffing, training and litigation resources, worked to reform outdated appointment-of-counsel procedures, and secured funding to provide high-quality defense services in homicide, felony, misdemeanor, delinquency, appellate and death-penalty cases. Chris began his legal career with the public defender in 1992 and, in 1995, opened the first dedicated public defender office to serve New Hampshire's North Country. For over a decade, Chris provided representation to thousands of clients in the State's most rural regions and tried dozens of felony cases ranging from heroin possession to first-degree murder. A native of New Hampshire, Chris is the recipient of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Dufresne Award, given annually to recognize outstanding professionalism in the practice of law "as part of a common calling to promote justice and public good." He was named a Champion of Justice by the N.H. Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys for his "demonstrated achievement in the practice of criminal defense and outstanding service to the organization and community." In addition to his many community volunteer efforts, Chris serves on New Hampshire's Access to Justice Commission Steering Committee, chairs the Citizen Advisory Board for the Women's State Correctional Facility, chairs the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, and serves on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the State's Bar Association. Chris was recently appointed by the Chief Justice of the N.H. Supreme Court to lead the Judicial Branch's Administrative Office of the Courts.

Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, Tucker Center, Dartmouth Center for Service and Geisel School of Medicine.


Last Updated: 5/8/17