Catalyze Innovation that Advances Health

Amanda Newman

Independent Contractor

As an independent contractor with the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2), Amanda supports various communications, workplace culture, and operations efforts. This has included initiatives related to MedStar Innovation and Design (MIND) Lab, the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, MedStar Inventor Services, and more. 

Amanda entered MI2 as a 2015-16 fellow with Health for America (HFA) at MedStar Health, a past fellowship program embedded in MI2 from 2015 to 2018. Building on the learning and success of her fellowship class, she played a key role in launching MedStar Health nutrition and wellness initiatives and provided administrative support and mentorship to subsequent fellowship classes. 

Amanda’s current and past experience spans the fields of health care, social work and community organizing, and community-engaged arts. In addition to her work with MI2, she is a program assistant at Community-Word Project, which advances literacy and social-emotional learning through the arts, and communications manager at Dance Exchange, a community-engaged dance organization in the Washington, D.C., region. She is also the co-founder and former director of Connect2Health, which last year staffed more than 8,500 volunteer hours across seven healthcare clinics in Salt Lake City, Utah, connecting nearly 3,800 patients to social support resources. Amanda received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in modern dance from the University of Utah and a Master of Social Work from Hunter College in New York City, where she currently resides.