• Dr. Frank Anderson MD MPH is the Executive Director of the Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education and Learning Program at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. He is a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and completing his medical school and residency training at the University of Tennessee. After residency, he earned a Masters Degree in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in both Global Health and Maternal Child Health. During that time, he was involved in the Safe Motherhood Initiative through the integration of evidence based, maternal health focused interventions into community based child survival projects. He then worked with the US Public Health Service as the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care facility, located in Dine Beke'yah (Navajo Nation) in Chinle Arizona. He then moved to Washington DC when he was selected to participate in the the Science and Diplomacy Fellowship, awarded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During this time at the US Agency for International Development, he participated in the development of Global Health Policy for the reduction of Maternal Mortality and provided support for maternal health programs across the globe, working both on the ground in multiple countries to influence policy. He then joined the faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan where he worked for 22 years achieving the rank of Professor and head of Global Initiatives publishing over 40 articles, and 2 books on prevention of maternal mortality. He was the vice chair of the State of Michigan Maternal Mortality Review committee and in now a member of the State of Florida's Maternal Mortality Review committee.
    As the Director of the Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Program, he oversees the mission to teach compassionate and culturally aware health care students while measurably improving health. Parallel to his career in clinical medicine and public health, Dr. Anderson explores meditation and mindfulness, he completed the 2 year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, teaches Mindfulness to physicians and medial students in multiple sites and venues and online courses through FIU develop, and is a co host of the Exploring Awareness Podcast.

research interests

  • Longitudinal Studies to track changes in social determinants and health outcomes as a result of Academic / Community collaborations

    Cultural Competency in Healthcare and Social Determinants: how healthcare providers can effectively address social determinants such as language barriers, cultural norms, and discrimination to improve healthcare access and outcomes for diverse patient populations.

    Assessment of Existing Partnership Models: understand how different models of university and community partnerships increase cultural competency among students and improve community health.

    Impact of Cultural Competency Training on Student Learning Outcomes: how participation in partnership activities, such as community-based learning experiences, cultural immersion programs, or interdisciplinary collaborations, enhances students' knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to cultural competence and healthcare delivery.

    Maternal Health Interventions and Social Determinants: how social determinant interventions impact maternal and neonatal outcomes.
    Community Health Needs Assessment and Partnership Prioritization: Models for community health needs assessments in collaboration with community partners to identify priority areas for intervention.

    Sustainability and Replicability : Strategies for sustaining and scaling university-community partnership initiatives

    Mindfulness and Meditation in Healthcare

selected scholarly works & creative activities

full name

  • Frank Anderson