Physician Jeffrey Brenner ’90 has been chosen as a 2013 MacArthur Fellow for 2013. The prize often is called the "genius grant." He is one of 24 fellows described by the MacArthur Foundation as “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future.”
Brenner has earned acclaim for his work addressing the health care needs of the chronically ill in impoverished communities. After working as a family physician in the underserved neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey, he founded the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, which emphasizes a comprehensive, “team” approach to preventive and primary care. The coalition brings together doctors in community-based private practices, frontline hospital staff, and social workers across the city. Its highly successful model is now being replicated in communities across the United States.
Brenner and fellow honorees will receive stipends of $625,000 each paid out over five years. The stipulation-free award allows each fellow to follow his or her own “creative vision.”
“This year’s class of MacArthur Fellows is an extraordinary group of individuals who collectively reflect the breadth and depth of American creativity,” said Cecilia Conrad, vice president of the MacArthur Fellows Program. “Their stories should inspire each of us to consider our own potential to contribute our talents for the betterment of humankind.”
Read more about Brenner and his fellow honorees on the MacArthur Foundation website.
Read a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the honorees.
Read the Spring-Summer 2012 Vassar Quarterly article on Brenner and his work.
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