ing the Phillips-Powderhorn Cultural Wellness Center, Azzahir served as vocational educational advisor, Minneapolis Technical Community College, 1981–1984; executive director, Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter, 1984–1989; and executive director, Way to Grow Youth Coordinating Board, 1989–1994. Azzahir currently serves on the Hennepin Health Systems Board as chair of the Governance and Mission Effectiveness Committee.
Larry Cohen, M.S.W., is founder and executive director of Prevention Institute, a nonprofit national center that moves beyond approaches that target individuals to create systematic, comprehensive strategies that alter the conditions that impact community health. With an emphasis on health equity, Cohen has led many successful public health efforts at the local, state, and federal levels focused on injury and violence prevention, mental health, traffic safety, healthy eating and physical activity and chronic disease prevention. Prior to founding Prevention Institute, he formed the first U.S. coalition to change tobacco policy and created the nation’s first multicity smoking ban. He established the Food and Nutrition Policy Consortium and helped catalyze the nation’s food labeling law.
Tom Granatir, A.M., serves as the Director of Public Health Initiatives at Humana, Inc. He has 20 years of experience in health policy at the American Hospital Association, the Health Research and Educational Trust, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, Humana Inc., and Humana Europe. His policy work has focused on patient-centered care, quality improvement, and public accountability in the mental health, hospital, long term care, and managed care sectors. He has served on the governing boards of the American Health Quality Association, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Bridges to Excellence, the National Association of Health Data Organizations, and Henry Booth House, a service agency for poor residents of Chicago. He has been an examiner for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award Program and a member of the Health Policy Roundtable of the Michael Reese Health Trust. He currently serves on the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is on the board of the Alliance to Make U.S. Healthiest.
Anthony Iton, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., is the Alameda County, California, Public Health Department director and health officer. Iton’s primary interest is the health of disadvantaged populations and the contributions of race, class, wealth, education, geography, and employment to health status. He has asserted that in every public health area of endeavor, be it immunizations, chronic disease, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, obesity, or