Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP
Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP has seen and fulfilled the unique needs of diverse communities, not only in terms of size, but also in terms of the individuals who make up those communities.
Dr. Nass is a leader in the LGBT health equity movement, and is currently working to ensure that the transgender youth in his community have access to the resources they need.
After becoming involved with the California Academy of Family Physicians and the AAFP, he discovered—and now serves on the board of—GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, an experience that has helped shaped his present and future. “I met all of these phenomenal physicians across specialties who were engaged in doing advocacy work around LGBT patients and professionals,” he said. “From there, I knew that was something I was going to become more and more involved with.”
And that’s exactly what Dr. Nass has done. In November 2016, he was selected as one of the inaugural fellows of George Washington University’s Leaders for Health Equity Fellowship program. As part of the application process, Dr. Nass was required to submit a project for consideration and the inspiration was found in one patient encounter—a transgender youth. “They came to me, desperate, because there just aren’t a lot of resources out there,” he said. “We have a number of empathetic providers, but not a lot of folks who have the training or time to keep up their skills and knowledge in this area.”
The fellowship has taught Dr. Nass that the key to solving any problem is engaging the community. He approaches his project through the perspective of a community organizer rather than an outsider, a hands-on approach that involves the entire community in creating change for itself. “I feel that my project is at the very heart of not only health equity, but also family medicine,” he said. “This is the kind of work that family doctors are doing all over the country; looking at how we can leverage community resources to better serve our patients.”