Dr. Molly Parker, MD, MPH, received honorable mention as a 2019 Community Star from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health. Her work to make a difference in the health of her community, specifically in improving the rural health landscape, leadership development to grow health equity, and rural health innovation, was cited.
Dr. Parker is a practicing primary care provider at Jefferson Healthcare as well as the Medical Director for Primary Quality, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program, and Population Health. She regularly speaks on women’s health and immunization issues, tying in data to real-work experience in the clinics.
She joined Jefferson Healthcare in 2010 as a family practice provider and has expanded her role to oversee a number of programs that are both critical and rare in rural communities. For example, the Population Health department creates a bridge between traditional individual medical care and healing the social needs of our rural community. Dr. Parker brings her understanding of public health, coupled with her medical training to make meaningful programs around social isolation, food insecurity, and housing available to the broader community.
Dr. Molly Parker’s initiative to spearhead the SANE Program is merely one example of her “Community Star qualities” and how she works daily to make her community better. She understands and believes that creating shifts for healthcare can improve patient experiences, decrease costs, and improve health for the whole population. She and her husband choose to raise their family in a small rural community, and they recognize the influence they can have in shaping the vision and values of the community. Dr. Parker’s continuous and passionate work to expand the boundaries of health care delivery by designing and implementing projects to address determinants of health is honorable as well as relentless.
We salute Dr. Parker for the work she does for her community, our hospital, and her family. Thank you.