Dr. Aimee Malia Grace, MD, MPH, FAAP, is the Director of Strategic Health Initiatives for the University of Hawaii (UH) System, where she directs the UHealthy Hawaii initiative and UH System federal affairs. She is responsible for identifying funding and establishing strategic opportunities, partnerships, policies, and initiatives to improve health and health care across the state and nation by leveraging UH’s research enterprise, programs and capabilities in the area of health sciences.
Dr. Grace previously served as lead health policy advisor for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz in Washington, DC where she managed Senator Schatz’s legislative work in the health field, including the areas of telehealth, Medicaid buy-in, Tobacco to 21, Project ECHO, and chronic pain. She also managed Senator Schatz’s budget and appropriations for health programs of importance to Hawai’i and Native Hawaiians. Dr. Grace completed her undergraduate studies in human biology at Stanford University, medical degree at the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, and Master of Public Health (Health Policy) degree at the Harvard School of Public Health. She finished her pediatrics residency at Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and her General Academic Pediatrics (Health Policy) fellowship at the Children’s National Health System (in partnership with the George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University).
Dr. Grace previously served as Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Southeast Washington, DC. She is active in her church and in the American Academy of Pediatrics. She co-founded HEAL Trafficking, a national network of health professionals dedicated to addressing human trafficking. Dr. Grace, her husband Joe Weismantel, their daughter Malia, and their cat Mango reside in Manoa Valley in Honolulu, HI. In her free time, she likes to surf, run, and travel.