community partners, Dr. Beck co-founded three UCSD Student-Run Free Clinics in the San Diego community. These clinics provide free, quality medical, dental and social services to homeless and indigent people in Pacific Beach, Downtown and the Mountain View areas of San Diego. Her elective course “Community Advocacy” is one of the most popular courses offered to first year medical students through the School of Medicine. Dr. Beck also created a faculty development program, “Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved,” which is offered to physicians from all over the country. This program is designed to provide administrative, scholarly and teaching skills needed to develop and implement programs in primary care for the underserved. Sixty-six faculty members from 25 states have completed the program. In addition, she created a full-time 1 year Fellowship in Underserved Medicine at UCSD. She was appointed to the Healthy Families Advisory Panel in Sacramento, and is actively working on creating a collaborative Underserved Services Network for San Diego. Dr. Beck sees her work as “creating environments where individuals, families and communities take charge of their lives and achieve joy and wellbeing.”Someday, she would like to have an impact on public education in this country, so that both schools and universities become centers that inspire creativity, wonder, a commitment to social justice, and a love of learning.
Arthur Culbert, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Health Literacy Missouri. Prior to being named President and CEO, Dr. Culbert served as Interim Executive Director of Health Literacy Missouri (HLM) and, since 2007, as the Senior Advisor to the Missouri Foundation for Health. In that role, he chaired the Missouri Health Literacy Enhancement Coordinating Council and facilitated the development of HLM, a statewide health literacy center. He has also been a leading force in building a national coalition of state health literacy initiatives and was recently selected to be a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy. Dr. Culbert spent 31 years as a faculty member and a dean at the Boston University schools of medicine and public health. He has more than 25 years of teaching experience in the fields of public health, medical sociology, and medical education. He has served as the National Chair for the Group on Student Affairs at the Association of American Medical Colleges. In the 1980s, he designed, developed and implemented the Early Medical School Selection Program. In the early 1990s, he authored Profile M.D., an electronic career advising program used by hundreds of medical students in medical schools throughout the country. Dr. Culbert writes a monthly guest column on health care for the St. Louis Business Journal, and has written several published articles regarding health literacy issues since 2007.