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Megan Brady, M.P.H., M.S.W.
Darcy Saffar, M.P.H.
Dakara Rucker Wright, M.D.

Megan Brady, M.P.H., M.S.W.

Megan Brady, M.P.H , M.S.W , is a project coordinator at the Institute on Multicultural Health at Henry Ford Health System where she has worked since 2007. In that role, she has coordinated a number of projects including Heartbeat - a barbershop health screening program for African American men; READ - a health education and literacy program for families; a diabetes and depression study; and most recently she's working on the Health care Equity Campaign that will be implemented throughout Henry Ford Health System and the broader community over the next three years. Megan received her Master's degrees in Public Health (Health Behavior & Health Education) and Social Work (Management & Health) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor .

Darcy Saffar, M.P.H.

Darcy Saffar is a senior project coordinator at Henry Ford Health System Institute on Multicultural Health. Prior to this position, she focused on the health of Arab Americans as a grant writer for the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services and a consultant for the Wayne County Health Department. Ms. Saffar received her B.S. in Biology and M.P.H. in Health Behavior and Health Education-both from the University of Michigan . She focuses on reducing racial health disparities by implementing programs in minority populations aimed at reducing risk and managing chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She coordinates the award-winning community-based health screening program AIMHI (African American Initiative for Male Health Improvement) and the Project Connect study, a family network based health screening recruitment model targeting urban African American men. Ms. Saffar also provides technical assistance to health system initiatives in the areas of community health disparities and cultural competency. She was the program manager for the Department of Health and Human Services-sponsored Iraq-U.S. Physician Partnership Program. She currently serves on the HFHS Community Pillar, the Healthy Environments Partnership steering committee as well as several other advisory committees.

Dakara Rucker Wright, M.D.

Dr. Wright is in her last year of Dermatology Residency at Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit , Michigan . Prior to beginning her dermatology residency, she worked at Northwestern University in Chicago , IL as a basic science research fellow for Dr. Amy Paller under an NIH supplemental grant.

Dr. Wright is originally from Washington , DC where she attended undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia , PA. She completed her medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore , MD and pediatric internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark , NJ .

Her interests include hair disorders, follicular disorders, laser therapy and ethnic skin disorders. She will be starting a one-year pediatric dermatology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore , MD in July 2009

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