In this issue:

  • Welcome new board member and summer clerks
  • Announce 2019 funding awards
  • Remember and thank a dear friend & supporter 

Dr. Wayne Stephens joins the FHJP Board of Directors 


Dr. Wayne Stephens has spent most of his career working to improve the lives of children. He cares deeply about oral health care equity, particularly for vulnerable children. To this end, he established the pediatric dental specialty practice at Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Florida's oldest federally qualified community health center. His practice is located in one of Miami's most neglected neighborhoods, Liberty City. 

Dr. Stephens received a B.A. from Williams College in 2000. He graduated from Columbia University in 2010 after completing a dual degree program with the College of Dental Medicine and the Graduate School of Business. His specialty training in pediatric dentistry was done at Miami Children's Hospital (now Nicklaus Children's). In 2016, he was selected to the Miami Fellows program, South Florida's premier civic leadership development program for young professionals. In 2017, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry chose him for their Samuel D. Harris Fellowship in Oral Health Care Policy. 

Summer Clerks


Andrea Faverio Cordova, a rising 2L at UF Levin College of Law, is Peruvian-American. Growing up between the USA and Peru, she witnessed first-hand how adequate healthcare makes all the difference. As the daughter of a pediatric pulmonologist, she heard her father's first-hand account of the disparities in who got access to health care and the services they needed to survive. Her father instilled in her the belief that health care is a human right - a right that doesn't end with old age or disability. She is excited to be working at FHJP on issues like Medicaid expansion in Florida. 

Andrea graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2017. She is the social chair for the Latino Law Student Association and an elected representative for the Student Bar Association. She speaks and writes Spanish fluently and is excited to utilize this skill to assist in unique matters this summer. 


Timothy Loftus, M.D. is a rising second-year law student at the University of Miami School of Law. His enthusiasm for the work of FHJP stems from his interest in healthcare issues affecting LGBT individuals as well as those issues related to mental health. Prior to law school, Dr. Loftus served as vice president of a healthcare software startup integrating home health data into electronic medical records. He obtained his B.S. in Chemistry with highest distinction and magna cum laude from the University of Illinois and his M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He did post-graduate training in emergency medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. He is a native of Springfield, IL. 

2019 funding updates: FHJP received the following grants

$60,000 from the Florida Bar Foundation to create a story bank on several major health justice issues (click here to read more).

$90,000 from Health Foundation of South Florida to work on Medicaid expansion including focused policy analysis, research, and local narrative and leadership development. 

$55,000 from the Retirement Research Foundation to work on managed care issues confronting frail and disabled seniors in Florida's long-term care waiver. This grant will also include stories illustrating the impact of unmet senior health care access needs. 

$16,000 from the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign work on education regarding changes to the public charge rule. This grant is in partnership with the Florida Immigrant Coalition and WeCount! 

Remembering Ron Neuhring with love and thanks

A note from Miriam: 

Ron Neuhring, a precious family friend, recently died. Ron was extraordinarily kind, generous, and ethical. He was "Iowa nice." He and his beloved wife, Elane, had a household full of art, books, antiques, and electronics. At the end of his life, Ron decided to dedicate part of the estate sale proceeds to the new Florida Health Justice Project. Ron told me that he shares our belief that health care is a human right, that it's way past time to expand Medicaid in Florida, and that he was grateful for the work we're doing. As a result of the sale, FHJP received over $5,000, and it is with heartfelt thanks that we honor and remember, Ron Neuhring. 

Your support enables us to help ensure access to health care for low-income and underserved Floridians.

Thank you!