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and health communications. He has authored more than 120 publications and has received the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal as well as the Meritorious Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, and Outstanding Service Medals from the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Rosenberg is a member of the Institute of Medicine.


James A. Mercy, Ph.D. (Vice-Chair), is the special adviser for strategic directions of the Division of Violence Prevention in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the CDC. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Emory University in Atlanta in 1982. After his graduation, Dr. Mercy began working at CDC in a newly formed activity to examine violence as a public health problem. Over the past two decades he has played a fundamental role in developing the public health approach to violence. He has conducted and overseen numerous studies of the epidemiology of youth suicide, family violence, homicide, and firearm injuries. He also served as a coeditor of the WHO World Report on Violence and Health. Most recently, he served on the editorial board of the United Nation’s Secretary-General’s Study of Violence Against Children.


Sir George A.O. Alleyne, M.D., is a native of Barbados. He obtained his bachelor of medicine and surgery degree from the University of London in 1957 and his M.D. from the same university in 1965. He began a career in academic medicine in 1962 at the University of the West Indies and was appointed professor of medicine in 1972. Dr. Alleyne has served as a member of various bodies, including the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tropical Disease Research Program, and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Scientific Investigation in Developing Countries. From 1970 to 1981, Dr. Alleyne served as a member and chair of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Advisory Committee on Medical Research. Dr. Alleyne joined the PAHO staff in 1981 as chief of research promotion and coordination. In 1983 he became director of health programs development, and in 1990 he became assistant director of the organization. In 1995, Dr. Alleyne began his first term as director of the Pan American Health Organization. Equity and Pan Americanism are principles that resonate throughout Dr. Alleyne’s work and writings, and guide the execution of the PAHO’s regional programming, reflecting a persistent search to achieve the goal of health for all. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made him knight bachelor in 1990 for his services to medicine. In 2001, Sir George Alleyne was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honor that can be conferred on a Caribbean national. He ended his second four-year term as director of PAHO in 2003.



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