Dr. Greta Manning Completes Distinguished AMA Fellowship
FEBRUARY 5, 2024 – Premier Medical is pleased to announce that Greta Manning, MS, MD, has completed the prestigious American Medical Association (AMA) and Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship. Dr. Manning was selected as one of eleven outstanding physician-leaders as the second cohort of 2022-2023 fellows.
The fellows were selected from a highly selective and competitive pool of applicants from across the United States and represent a diverse field of medical professionals in multiple specialties. Following in the footsteps of the inaugural cohort, the fellows received specialized training and mentorship from health equity experts and trailblazers.
The fellowship is a unique, first of its kind post-doctoral fellowship designed to enhance physicians’ advocacy leadership skills to improve health outcomes and advance health equity in the areas they serve or may serve. Using an anti-racist, equity-centered learning framework, the fellowship provides a mentoring and training platform that equips participants with the foundational skills, tools, and knowledge to engage in institutional and political health advocacy.
Fellows participate in a two-day, in-person learning intensive at the beginning of the fellowship and subsequently engage in monthly learning sessions with a multidisciplinary, multisectoral group of nationally renowned experts, scholars, researchers, and current and former policymakers across all levels of government. Fellows also meet in person or virtually for learning experiences.
Dr. Manning said the experience was more than she could have imagined. “The first day in Atlanta, we met at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and it brought back a myriad of emotions from childhood. My parents were involved in the civil rights movement, and I had always tried to avoid the lunch counter and freedom ride activities that I associated with my childhood,” recounts Manning. “I never thought about how all of those things were interconnected into who I am and my thoughts and beliefs.”
The museum visit also brought to life Manning’s memories of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education case. “My mother was an educator and talked about this case every week. I realize that she did what now may be known as ‘education equity.’ Our friend and neighbor who was Rosa Parks’ lawyer also talked about the case frequently. The museum visit was my first in-person meeting with my cohort members, and I cried through the entire tour. I knew I was where I needed to be. This was the first of many self-realization experiences during the fellowship where I felt I was at the right place.”
The program culminated with the fellows presenting at the AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting in Maryland. Dr. Manning’s presentation was entitled, “The diagnosis and treatment of chronic kidney disease by primary care physicians — an assessment of guideline compliance.”
Dr. Manning is a board-certified family medicine physician and Premier shareholder who joined the practice in 2003. After the death of her mother, Ora Manning, to renal disease in 2006, Dr. Manning founded ORA’s Alliance, a nonprofit organization that is committed to building public awareness of kidney diseases, providing funding for valuable research, and supporting patients who suffer with end stage kidney disease. Through community education, ORA’s Alliance raises awareness around and advocates for lasting change in the care and treatment of kidney disease.
“The fellowship really helped me to develop my ability and skills that I need to advocate for my constituents and lobby for change after some of the things that my mom went through,” said Manning. “And it’s not just the patients. It’s their families. Kidney disease causes life-changing events for families and before you can get used to one change, another one happens. Adjusting to the changes can steal the quality of life from patients and the people who care for them.”
Dr. Manning received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama and attended medical school at the University of Michigan. She earned a master’s degree in molecular biology from Tuskegee University and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Dr. Manning lives in Clarksville with her husband, Reginald Holder, and daughter, Brielle Holder.