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Chapter Member Named New DCPS Deputy Chief of Student Wellness


heidi-schumacherDC AAP Member, Heidi Schumacher, MD FAAP has joined DC Public Schools as the new Deputy Chief of Student Wellness. In her new position, Dr. Schumacher will work with her teams to: (1) Improve health outcomes for students; (2) Provide high-quality mental health supports to students; (3) Create and implement appropriate 504 supports and services for students; (4) Ensure overall student health and wellness; and (5) Maximize Medicaid revenue to support these services to students.

Dr. Schumacher is a pediatrician with experience in clinical, governmental, and non-profit sectors of health care service delivery. Most recently, she was a Medical Officer at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, leading a multi-disciplinary team in the development and implementation of the Oncology Care Model, a national multi-payer pilot that aligns financial incentives for physician practices with the provision of high quality, coordinated care for cancer patients.  Her federal policy experience has also included advocacy on behalf of children’s health during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and in support of reforms to the structure and funding of medical education.

She completed her residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Children’s National Health System, where she trained in health policy, community health, and government affairs. She completed the Albert Schweitzer Public Health Fellowship and has engaged in numerous research, community engagement, and educational initiatives related to social determinants of health and continuity of care in pediatrics.

Dr. Schumacher received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. In addition to being a member of DC AAP, Dr. Schumacher is a frequent collaborator with the AAP Department of Federal Affairs.  She can be reached at heidi.schumacher@dc.gov and looks forward to collaborating with all of you.