Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Allan has been very active in a number of capacities with the National Association of County and City Health Officials and now with Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, including representating them on the Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice. She participated in the inaugural year of the CDC’s National Public Health Leadership Institute. She has also had medical training in small rural clinics in such developing countries as Colombia. She served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century. Recently she was appointed to the IOM’s Board of Population Health and Public Health Practice. She earned medical and law doctoral degrees from Harvard University, and she received a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins. She is board certified in public health and general preventive medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Allan was appointed to the governing board of the Council on Education for Public Health in 2004 by the American Public Health Association for a term that extended through 2009.
Georges C. Benjamin, M.D., F.A.C.P., has been executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA) since December 2002. Prior to joining APHA, Dr. Benjamin was secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he played a key role in developing the state’s bioterrorism plan. From 1995 to 1999 he served as deputy secretary for public health services. Dr. Benjamin has also worked extensively in the field of emergency medicine. He was chief of the Acute Illness Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington; chief of emergency medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center; and chair of the Community Health and Ambulatory Care Department at the District of Columbia General Hospital. From 1990 to 1991 he served as the District of Columbia’s Commissioner of Public Health. He has taught emergency medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a former fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Benjamin has held a variety of positions with the American College of Emergency Physicians, including president and vice president of the DC chapter, chair of the Injury Control Committee, a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee, and a member of the Health Policy Committee. He also served as president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (2001 and 2002) and has sat on the editorial board of the Journal of the National Medical Association.