Initiative on Place, Migration and Health, a diverse research network committed to understanding the links between migration processes and the health of (im)migrants, their families, and their sending and receiving communities using a cross-national lens for research and policy.


Angela Glover Blackwell, J.D., is founder and chief executive officer of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute that works collaboratively to develop and implement local, state, and federal policies to achieve economic and social equity. Previously, she was senior vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also founded the Urban Strategies Council, a pioneering community-building organization in Oakland, California, and served as a partner with Public Advocates, a nationally known public interest law firm. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


Janis Campbell, Ph.D., is the surveillance coordinator for Chronic Disease at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. She has served in that position for 4 years. She has over 15 years experience with public health research and surveillance in Oklahoma. Dr. Campbell is the principal investigator for the Oklahoma Central Cancer Registry and the Oklahoma REACH 2010 Native American Project to Address Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes. Dr. Campbell received her Ph.D. in anthropology in 1997 from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Campbell is an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma University College of Public Health. She has published and presented locally and nationally on many occasions on topics related to health care among Native Americans in Oklahoma.


William (Bill) Dotson is chief of the Bureau of Family, School, and Community Health for the St. Louis Department of Health. He received his undergraduate degree from Webster University and graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology and Organizational Behavior from Washington University in St. Louis. He was also awarded an Honorary Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Colorado for his HIV/AIDS work in minority communities. Mr. Dotson is a founding appointee to the Minority Health Advisory Committee in the State of Missouri Department of Health, and a founding Mayoral appointee and co-chair to the Ryan White Planning Council for the City of St. Louis. With over 15 years of public health service as a manager and educator for the City of St. Louis Department of Health, Mr. Dotson has had responsibility for developing community collaborations, securing funding, and implementing initiatives designed to impact critical health disparities in the City of St. Louis. He is also a distinguished lecturer on minority health.



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