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medicine and community health and
director, Eric B. Chandler Health
Center, and Susan Giordano, program
coordinator, HIPHOP.
Despite the demands of their
careers and growing family, the
Jimenezes were able to train for and
run together in the Jersey Shore Half
Marathon, Sandy Hook, this fall. "We
really have come home," she says,
"and it's great to be back."
anuel Jimenez, MD '06,
MSHP, is a "mover and
a shaker," says Brian L.
Strom, MD, MPH, chancellor, Rutgers
Biomedical and Health Sciences
(RBHS). In recognition of the great
promise of his research and his effec-
tive advocacy for community health,
Dr. Jimenez was selected as one of two
inaugural Chancellor Scholars at
RBHS. Entering this new chapter of
his career, he joined the Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School faculty this
past July in a tenure-track position as
assistant professor of pediatrics and
assistant professor of family medicine
and community health.
Dr. Jimenez's research focuses on
removing barriers to health care for
children with disabilities, building on
pioneering work he did as a student at
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Patricia Whitley-Williams, MD, profes-
sor and chair, Department of Pedia-
trics, is delighted that Dr. Jimenez has
returned to his alma mater. As a med-
ical student, she recalls, he and a fel-
low student researched adherence to
U.S. public health guidelines on screen-
ing for HIV in pregnant women. Their
findings led to the implementation of
hospital procedures that prevented
mother-to-child transmission during
and after delivery.
In addition, says Dr. Whitley-
Williams, the results of a community
needs assessment inspired Dr. Jimenez,
as a second-year medical student, to
cofound the Promise Clinic, a program
that she describes as "extraordinary."
A decade later, the clinic continues to
provide primary care and social servic-
es to New Brunswick's homeless com-
munity. Dr. Jimenez says, "The same
goal motivates me today: to lay the
groundwork for a sustainable project
that will help the community to
address unmet needs."
During his residency at Children's
National Medical Center, in Wash-
ington, D.C., Dr. Jimenez began devel-
oping a practice-based, community-
focused line of research committed to
children with special needs. Then, in
2009, following his residency, Dr.
Jimenez was named a Joseph P.
Kennedy, Jr. Public Policy Fellow, and
for one year, at the peak of the nation-
al health care reform debate, he
worked on health and disability issues
in the office of U.S. Senator Jeanne
Shaheen of New Hampshire.
Subsequently, as a Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar,
Dr. Jimenez earned a master of science
degree in health policy research at the
University of Pennsylvania, while also
serving as a member of the communi-
ty needs­focused PolicyLab at the
Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania
Concurrently, he completed a fellow-
ship program in developmental behav-
ioral pediatrics at CHOP, where his
research focused on identifying the
obstacles that families face in obtain-
ing early intervention for infants and
toddlers with developmental concerns.
Dr. Jimenez's team found that only
one-third of parents whose children
were identified with developmental
concerns--such as speech problems
and motor skills--became linked with
follow-up services.
The team analyzed data to deter-
mine what factors predict the likeli-
Dr. Manuel Jimenez Joins Faculty
as an Inaugural Chancellor Scholar
t is very satisfying to take
care of these children. Their
conditions require diligence
and continuity to ensure not
only that the children's symp-
toms improve and they feel
better, but also that they also
continue to grow and develop
appropriately during and
after treatment."
--Jennifer Endres Jimenez, MD '07