and serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Food Security Coalition. Dr. Raja earned a PhD in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Amy J. Schulz is associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and associate director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health of the University of Michigan School of Public Health and associate research professor in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Dr. Schulz has a longstanding commitment and research record focused on the contributions of social factors to racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health. Her current research focuses on community-based participatory approaches to understanding social inequalities as they influence health disparities with a particular focus on the health of urban residents. Since 2000, her work has focused on understanding social determinants of obesity and cardiovascular disease in Detroit and evaluating the impacts of interventions to reduce them. She is principal investigator for the Lean & Green in Motown Project, which addresses associations between social and physical environments and risk factors associated with obesity and the Community Approaches to Cardiovascular Health intervention research project to improve cardiovascular health. She previously served as co-principal investigator for the Promoting Healthy Eating in Detroit project. In addition to directing a number of major studies of chronic conditions in multiethnic populations, she is a leader in the field of community-based participatory approaches to research and intervention design. She has been a frequent contributor to the published literature on racial and ethnic disparities in health, on contributions of social factors to health disparities, and on the active engagement of representatives of communities disproportionately affected by health risks in researching and developing interventions to improve health. Dr. Schulz received her PhD in sociology and her MPH in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan.
Aaron A. Wernham is director of the health impact project at Pew Charitable Trusts. The project involves the creation of a new national center to promote the use of health impact assessment (HIA) and support the growth of the field in the United States. Dr. Wernham is a nationally recognized expert who has led HIA at the state and federal level and conducted HIA training for, collaborated with, and advised numerous health and environmental regulatory agencies on integrating HIA into their programs. Earlier, Dr. Wernham was a senior policy analyst with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, where he led the first successful efforts in the United States to integrate HIA formally into the federal environmental impact statement process. He also directed a collaborative state-tribal-federal working group on HIA and, with the assistance of this group, wrote HIA guidance for federal and state environmental regulatory and permitting efforts. Dr. Wernham received his MD from the University of California, San Francisco.