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Drs. Darlonda Harris and Brittany Hattier have joined North Oaks Family Medicine in Hammond and are accepting new patients.

Harris is certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She earned her medical degree from LSU’s School of Medicine in New Orleans. She also holds a master’s degree in public health, behavioral and community sciences from LSU’s School of Public Health. She completed a residency through Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans as chief resident in internal medicine and pediatrics.

Because of her dual residency training in pediatrics and internal medicine, Harris said she is comfortable transitioning children with chronic diseases into adult medicine.

To be designated a WHO collaborating center, an organization must have done at least two years of work with the WHO and show a sustained commitment to the field, according to Renee Hsia, MD, MSc, and Andrea Tenner, MD, MPH, faculty in the UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine and leads in gaining the designation for UCSF. Attaining designation as a collaborating center is a multi-step process that successfully concludes with review and approval by the WHO Director-General.

The designation as a WHO Collaborating Centre provides a formalized relationship between the UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine and the WHO by allowing more streamlined engagement, improving funding opportunities and developing a more formal framework for joint activities.

Emergency and trauma care is an emerging area of focus in global health. Of the approximately 45 million deaths in low- and middle-income countries each year, 54 percent, or 24.3 million, are due to conditions that are potentially addressable by prehospital and emergency care, according to the Disease Control Priorities-3 chapter on Prehospital and Emergency Care, for which Hsia is a contributing author.

“Listening carefully and attentively to my patients is important because they know their bodies best,” Harris said.

Hattier is certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. She earned her medical degree as a doctor of osteopathy from Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. She completed an internship through Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton, Michigan, and the Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital Family Medicine Residency program in Monroe, Michigan. She belongs to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Hattier also experienced multiple specialties during her residency and served as chief resident in her final year. She spent one additional year in an obstetrics and gynecology program and also trained with a geriatrician and hospice/palliative care physician. Hattier said her training affords her the comfort of treating children and also gave her a better understanding of the unique needs of women and the key aspects of health care for aging adults, a news release said.