Janet Currie, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Economics at UCLA (1996-present) where she has served on the faculty from 1988-91 and 1993-present. Her recent work examines the effects of welfare programs on poor children. In particular, she has focused on the Head Start program (an enriched preschool program for poor children) and Medicaid (health insurance for low income women and children). Her books include Welfare and the Well-Being of Children (Harwood Academic Publishers) and Caring for Kids: Pubilc Policy and Child Health (under review at Harvard University Press).
Barbara DeBuono, MD, MPH, is the former Commissioner of Health for New York State (1995-98) and has recently been appointed as the chief executive of the New York Presbyterian Healthcare Network and executive vice president of the New York Presbyterian Healthcare System. Prior to joining the New York State Department of Health, Dr. DeBuono was the Director of Health for the state of Rhode Island (1991-95), also serving as a medical and state epidemiologist and medical director in that state (1986-91).
Gordon H. DeFriese, PhD (IOM), is Professor of Social Medicine, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For the past 25 years, he has also held an appointment as Director of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. DeFriese is a past president and distinguished fellow of the Association for Health Services Research. He was also the editor (1983-96, now editor emeritus) of the journal Health Services Research. In 1990 he joined with others to form a new national organization called Partnership for Prevention, a coalition of private sector business and industry organizations, voluntary health organizations and state and federal public health agencies based in Washington, DC.
Walter Faggett, MD, is a pediatric consultant in the Washington DC area and chairs the pediatric section of the National Medical Association. He also serves as NMA's liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. He has extensive experience in working with managed care organizations that serve disadvantaged families. He has recently served as the medical director for Grady Health Care, Inc. in Atlanta; medical director for Omnicare HMO in Memphis, TN; and was the assistant medical director and pediatrician for Medlink Hospital's Primary Care Center in Washington, DC. In addition he is a retired United States Army colonel, having served 21 years.
Samuel Katz, MD (IOM) For 22 years (ending in 1990) Dr. Katz was Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine. His career has been devoted to infectious disease research, focusing principally on vaccine research and development. Dr. Katz's research included an extensive collaborative effort with Nobel Laureate John F. Enders, during which time they developed the attenuated measles virus vaccine now used throughout the world. Dr. Katz has chaired the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics (the Redbook Committee), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the CDC, the Vaccine Priorities Study of the IOM, and several NIH, WHO and CVI vaccine and HIV panels. He has been president of the American Pediatric Society and of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairmen. He is the co-editor (with A. Gershon and P. Hotez) of a textbook (now in its 10th edition) on infectious diseases. Currently he co-chairs, with Dr. Louis Sullivan, the Vaccine Initiative of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.