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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 4:21 pm

Ingrid Taylor, M.D., a staff doctor at the Family Care Health Center in St. Louis, was recently installed as chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Medical Association, the nation’s oldest and largest medical association representing the interests of more than 50,000 African American physicians and their patients.

“I am honored to serve as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of this prestigious organization,” Taylor said.

The goal of her one-year term is to continue to ensure fiscal and programmatic stability of the organization and to work with the NMA leadership in moving the historic organization forward.

One way NMA is moving forward is with a new management team in place for the organization’s finance department.

“We have outsourced our CFO services to Renner & Company, CPA, PC.,” Taylor said.

Helping patients understand the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is one of the NMA’s programmatic efforts.

“We have a very aggressive and astute health policy committee that is planning many educational opportunities regarding the Affordable Care Act,” Taylor said.  “We are also looking into opportunities to explain this act to patients so that they can understand it, and we are gearing up to be the organization to go as content experts when dealing with health disparities and health inequalities.”

Taylor is a board certified family physician who joined the staff at Family Care this year. In practice since 1997, Taylor previously worked for the Institute of Research and Education in Family Medicine where she cared for underserved and underinsured patients at John C. Murphy Health Center, the Evangelical Children’s Home and CHIPS, the Community in Partnership Service Health Center.

Taylor is a long-standing member of the NMA and has been a member of its board since the early 2000s and received its Woman in Medicine Award in 2007. As a Region Five chairperson from 2002-2006 for the NMA, Taylor organized continuing medical educational seminars for physicians. As chairperson of the NMA Education Committee, her work included increasing awareness of health conditions among patients and consumers. She is also an advocate for increasing the pipeline for minorities entering medical and allied health professions.

“We have as one of our signature programs, an annual mentorship workshop, where we go to undergraduate campuses and we mentor students on what they need to have in place in order to be a competitive applicant for medical school,” Taylor explained. “We realize that these students are our lifeline and we do as much as we can to support their matriculation into and their retention through medical school.”

Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Xavier University and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati. Taylor completed her residency in family medicine at Kansas University Medical Center.

In addition to her practice, Taylor developed Allies in Healthcare, LLC, a health information company to increase health literacy and health empowerment.

In 2010, Taylor was appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to be a member of the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee and she serves on the Board of Directors of Health Literacy Missouri. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and is active in various civic, community and medical organizations.

About the NMA goals, Taylor said, “We have high expectations – we’ve raised the bar and we expect to reach these goals by the summer of 2013.”

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