Dr. Alister Martin is faculty at the MGH Center for Social Justice and Health Equity at Harvard Medical School and Founder of Get Waivered, a campaign aimed at transforming EDs nationwide into the front door for recovery for patients with opioid addiction. This work serves as a national model at the NIH with several state partnerships including Get Waivered Texas and Get Waivered Nebraska. His work has been written about in the Boston Globe, NPR, and JAMA. Alister came to train at Harvard after working in state health policy and after getting an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he was a fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. In 2013, he accepted a position as a Health Policy Aide to Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont given that state's ongoing transition to a single payer system at the time. Over the subsequent year, he led a team in the Governor’s office responsible for building the communications plan for Vermont’s proposed single payer plan called Green Mountain Care.
Alister previously served as Chief Resident at MGH/Brigham Hospital. He now leverages his background in politics, healthcare policy, and the field of behavioral economics to use the ED as a place to build programs that serve the needs of vulnerable patients. He leads programs that: transition homeless patients into permanent supportive housing, get patients struggling with addiction into recovery, and offer patients who are unregistered voters the opportunity to register to vote through a program called VotER.
Emergency rooms once offered little for drug users. That’s starting to change
Published December 2018