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Focusing on Children’s Health: Community Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities - Workshop Summary B Biosketches of Presenters and Authors Michelle Courton Brown is Senior Vice President and National Practice Director for Bank of America’s Philanthropic Management Group. In that capacity, she provides expert philanthropic advice to high net-worth clients, and strategic guidance for the business group’s professional development, sales support, and thought leadership initiatives. Formerly, Ms. Courton Brown served as a Market Director for Philanthropic Management, leading a team of professionals who served the client service, fiduciary, administrative, and philanthropic advisory needs of high net-worth individuals, families, foundations and nonprofit institutions. From 1999 to 2002, Ms. Courton Brown served as founding President of the FleetBoston Financial Foundation, which contributed over $25 million annually to charitable endeavors. Previously, she served as Director of Corporate Contributions for BankBoston and Executive Director of the Travelers Insurance Companies Foundation. In 2004, Michele coauthored “Just Money: A Critique of Contemporary American Philanthropy.” A graduate of Boston University, Ms. Courton Brown is a civic leader, serving on the boards of numerous local and national nonprofit boards including serving as the chair of Roxbury Community College, the chair of the Chestnut Hill School, and as a trustee of Faulkner Hospital, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, and YouthBuild USA. Charles Bruner, M.A., Ph.D., serves as Executive Director of the Child and Family Policy Center, a nonprofit organization established in 1989 “to better link research and policy on issues vital to children and families.” He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University, and
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Focusing on Children’s Health: Community Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities - Workshop Summary received his B.A. from Macalester College. Dr. Bruner served 12 years as a state legislator in Iowa. Through the Child and Family Policy Center, Bruner provides technical assistance to states, communities, and foundations on child and family issues. Dr. Bruner’s current interests relate to developing more neighborhood-based service systems that integrate professional and voluntary supports and serve in community-building as well as family-strengthening roles. The Child and Family Policy Center also leads the Des Moines Making Connections activities in the area of Children Healthy and Prepared for Success in School (CHAPSS). Yvonne Sanders-Butler, Ed.D., is the President and Founder of Ennovy, Inc., a company that provides comprehensive health and wellness intervention, consultation, and support. She is a nutritional advocate, consultant, and motivational speaker promoting healthy living for life. Dr. Sanders-Butler is also the author of Naturally Yours and More Gourmet Desserts, Dessert Lovers’ Choice, and the soon to be released Healthy Kids, Smart Kids. Dr. Sanders-Butler serves as the principal of Browns Mill Elementary and Magnet School for High Achievers, the only elementary school in DeKalb County named a Georgia 2005 School of Excellence and a National Blue Ribbon School. Since 1999, it has been the only sugar-free school in the state of Georgia. Dr. Sanders-Butler has appeared on ABC News, Fox News, CNN News, the Martha Stewart Show, local and national radio stations, and in various national, regional and city publications such as Essence, Southern Living Magazine, Upscale, Women Health Fitness, Sister to Sister, Black Enterprise, the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper, Tom Joyner, BAW News, and other media outlets to discuss and promote healthy living for life. She also conducted a 3-month wellness behavior management program at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, to improve student health and well-being. Dr. Sanders-Butler received her B.S. degree in mass communications from Jackson State University, her masters degree in counseling from State University of West Georgia, a specialist degree in administration from Jackson State University, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Sarasota University. Christine Ferguson, J.D., is an associate research professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services’ Department of Health Policy. From 1981 to 1995, Ferguson served as counsel and deputy chief of staff to the late U.S. Senator John H. Chafee (R-RI), where she led his wide-ranging efforts to reform national health and social policy for all Americans, with a special focus on health services to medically underserved populations. Ferguson served as secretary of the Rhode Island
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Focusing on Children’s Health: Community Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities - Workshop Summary Department of Human Services from 1995 to 2001. In this capacity, she oversaw nearly one-third of the state’s annual budget. As commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health under Governor Mitt Romney from 2003 to 2005, Ferguson led the administration’s efforts in the areas of emergency preparedness, substance abuse services, medical errors reduction, and early childhood education and child care. Most recently, Ferguson served as president of First Focus, a special initiative funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Washington College of Law at American University, Ferguson currently serves as a member of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences and has served in a leadership capacity at the National Academy for State Health Policy and other organizations. Wayne Giles, M.D., joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in July 1992. He is currently the director of the Division of Adult and Community Health at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. He holds a bachelors degree in biology from Washington University, a masters in epidemiology from the University of Maryland, and an M.D. from Washington University. He has completed residencies in both internal medicine (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and preventive medicine (University of Maryland). Dr. Giles’ past work experience has included studies examining the prevalence of hypertension in Africa, clinical trials evaluating the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering agents, and studies examining racial differences in the incidence of stroke. Dr. Giles currently directs programmatic and research activities in arthritis, aging, health care utilization, and racial and ethnic disparities in health within the Division of Adult and Community Health at CDC. Dr. Giles has authored more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has authored several book chapters. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Researcher Award by the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks and the Jeffrey P. Koplan Award by CDC. Bernard Guyer, M.D., M.P.H., is Zanvyl Krieger Professor of Children’s Health, in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Guyer trained in pediatrics and preventive medicine and served as an E.I.S. officer at the CDC. From 1979 to 1986, Dr. Guyer directed the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) agency in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Dr. Guyer has been active in maternal and child health policy at the national, state, and local levels. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine
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Focusing on Children’s Health: Community Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities - Workshop Summary and chairs the Board on Children, Youth, and Families at the Institute of Medicine. Guyer chaired the Maryland Commission on Infant Mortality, served on the board of the Baltimore Healthy Start Program, and participates in the Baltimore Better Babies Leadership in Action Program (BLAP). He is a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. Dr. Guyer’s areas of research include low birth weight and infant mortality, child development and pediatric care, childhood injury and injury prevention, and urban health. He was principal investigator of the National Evaluation of the Healthy Steps for Young Children program. He has directed several needs assessments, including those for the Massachusetts Title V/MCH Block Grant and the Baltimore City Healthy Start Program. He served as Senior Academic Advisor to the Johns Hopkins University Urban Health Institute and is the author of more than 200 published papers. Dr. Guyer received the “Golden Apple” Teaching Award in 2003 from the school’s students, as well as the 2003 Martha May Eliot Award from the American Public Health Association. Veda Charmaine Johnson, M.D., is the Director of Community- and School-Based Clinics for the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She also serves as Medical Director of the Whitefoord Elementary and Sammye E. Coan Middle School Health Clinics and the Lindbergh Women and Children’s Health Clinic. She received a bachelor of science degree from Alma College and completed her first 2 years of medical school at the School of Medicine at Morehouse College. She received her medical degree from Emory University School, where she also completed a residency in pediatrics. After completing an additional year as Chief Resident, Dr. Johnson served a 4-year obligation with the National Health Service Corp in Meridian, Mississippi, where she served as Medical Director at the Meridian Community Health Center. In 1992, Dr. Johnson accepted a position at Emory University to develop a comprehensive school-based clinic in the Atlanta school system. After receiving funding from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities (HSHC) program, the school clinic opened its doors in November l994. Additional federal funding was secured to expand school-based health services into the community’s Coan Middle School. This clinic became operational in the fall of 1999. In addition to serving as Medical Director and Program Director for the Whitefoord and Coan School Clinics, she is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and acts as the Medical Director for community-based pediatric primary care clinics affiliated with the Grady Health System. Dr. Johnson serves on the boards of the National
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Focusing on Children’s Health: Community Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities - Workshop Summary Association of School-Based Health Centers and the Good Samaritan Health Center, a health center catering to the poor and homeless of Atlanta. Marshall Kreuter, Ph.D., M.P.H. (Hon.), is a Professor in the Public Health Institute at Georgia State University in Atlanta. His primary interests are in the areas of strategic planning, implementation, evaluation of community-based public health programs, and the assessment of the relationship between social capital and community-based health improvement initiatives. In 2000, Dr. Kreuter retired as a Distinguished Scientist/Fellow at CDC in Atlanta, where he served in several key leadership roles: Director of the Division of Health Education, the first director of the Division of Chronic Disease Control and Community Intervention, and Director of the Prevention Research Centers program. While at CDC, Dr. Kreuter and colleagues refined the epidemiologic study of physical activity, initiated research and programs focused on the early detection of breast cancer, developed a stronger emphasis on school health, and created the Planned Approach to Community Health program. Dr. Kreuter received a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, and was awarded an honorary master of public health degree from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain. He has authored several books and papers on health promotion and is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the John P. McGovern Medal for distinguished contributions to health education and the Distinguished Fellow Award, the highest honor awarded by the Society for Public Health Education. Edward Schor, M.D., is Vice President of the Child Development and Preventive Care program at the Commonwealth Fund. Dr. Schor, a pediatrician, has held a number of positions in pediatric practice, academic pediatrics, health services research, and public health. Immediately prior to joining the fund in 2002, he served as medical director for the Iowa Department of Public Health, Division of Family and Community Health. Earlier in his career, Dr. Schor was medical director of the Chesapeake Health Plan in Baltimore, Maryland, Director of the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico, Program Director for Medical Education and Improving Functional Outcomes and Well-Being with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and Director of the Functional Outcomes Program at the New England Medical Center. He received postdoctoral training in social and behavioral sciences and has a special interest in the social determinants of child health and family functioning. Dr. Schor is editor of the book, Caring for Your School-Age Child, and has chaired both the Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption, and Dependent care and the national Task Force on the Family for the Ameri-
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Focusing on Children’s Health: Community Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities - Workshop Summary can Academy of Pediatrics. He also has served on the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Child Health Survey Technical Panel, consulted for the National Center for Infancy and Early Childhood Health Policy, and co-chaired the IHCI/National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality on the topic of improving health care for children in foster care. He received the 2006 John C. MacQueen Award from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. Dr. Schor has been a member of the faculties of several major university medical schools and schools of public health. He has also served on the editorial boards of a number of pediatric journals. Sandra White, M.D., M.B.A., is the Medical Director of Medical Management with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia and is responsible for case management, utilization management, and quality initiatives related to health disparities, breast cancer, and specialty pharmacy. She participates with network management and provider relations for assigned hospitals and geographic areas. Dr. White’s areas of interest include health and disease management and improving consumer understanding of health-related information to improve health literacy, and facilitate self-management. Dr. White received her B.S. degree from City College of City University of New York, her M.D. degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and her M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians with Certifications in Managed Care.