Jennifer Hartmark-Hill, MD, FAAFP, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix associate professor of bioethics and medical humanism and family, community and preventive medicine, was named the 131st president of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) and will serve a one-year term.
“It is an honor to have this opportunity to serve physicians, residents and medical students who are members of the Arizona Medical Association,” Dr. Hartmark-Hill said. “I am also motivated by the fact that the work of the Arizona Medical Association benefits all physicians and their patients in the state. Our advocacy improves physician and trainee working conditions, workforce pipelines for health professionals as well as equitable access to high quality care for patients.”
ArMA was founded by nine physician members in 1892, while Arizona was still a territory. Now 4,000 members strong, its mission is to promote leadership in the art and science of medicine and advocate for economically sustainable medical practices with the freedom to deliver care in the best interests of patients, and health for all Arizonans.
As president, Dr. Hartmark-Hill is looking forward to working with diverse stakeholders to address the nursing and physician shortage in Arizona which has a significant impact on patient access to care, especially in rural areas. She also is committed to promoting health equity through care that addresses social determinants of health.
“We are partnering with public health champions and practicing clinicians to enhance awareness and encourage implementation of universal processes to address social determinants of health in our patients across specialties and disciplines,” she said. “This is critical health equity work, and I applaud many of our members who are leading the way. I look forward to elevating the voices of those who are role models to inspire many more health care professionals to engage in this better health outcomes work.”
Dr. Hartmark-Hill earned her medical degree from the College of Medicine – Tucson in 2005. As a faculty member in the College of Medicine – Phoenix for over a decade, she teaches advocacy and leadership for medical students and is director of faculty education development. She also is the faculty advisor for the college’s American Medical Association Student Chapter and the student interest group Students Advocating in Legislation.
Dr. Hartmark-Hill said she hopes to follow the example set by Jacqueline A. Chadwick, MD, the first female president of ArMA, and former vice-dean of the College of Medicine – Phoenix. “I am so grateful to Dr. Chadwick,” she said. “Her example, encouragement and servant-leadership were absolutely pivotal to envisioning a pathway for engagement in health policy advocacy on behalf of patients. I hope to honor her and all those who have mentored me on this journey.”