Terry Allan, R.S., M.P.H., has been the health commissioner at the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Board of Health since 2004, which serves as the local public health authority for 855,000 citizens in 57 Greater Cleveland communities. He received his bachelor of science degree in biology from Bowling Green State University and a master of public health from the University of Hawaii. Mr. Allan is an adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine and was a Year 13 Scholar of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Public Health Leadership Institute. Mr. Allan is a past president of the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners and a past president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. He has been a member of the Ohio Department of Health/Local Health Department Emergency Preparedness Workgroup since 2004. He has served on range advisory boards in Cuyahoga County, including the Invest in Children Executive Committee, the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board, Case Western’s Clinical Translational Science Collaborative, and the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. Mr. Allan was a member of the Standards Development Workgroup for the National Public Health Accreditation Board and currently serves as a member of the Accreditation Improvement Committee. He is a member of the State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal Workgroup supporting the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement.
Natalie S. Burke is president and chief executive officer of CommonHealth Action (CHA). She provides visionary leadership for CHA’s business development and business model, capacity building, and programs. A relationship specialist, she is known for building and sustaining successful, long-term interactions with leaders and innovators across sectors. As an advisor to corporate leaders, communities aspiring to change, and everyone in between, Ms. Burke guides people and organizations to the solutions, plans, and common language necessary to succeed and make the world a better and more healthy place. As a strategist, she focuses on the connective tissue that forms organizations (people and entities in relationship) and on how to strengthen it, and as a facilitator she cultivates spaces to exchange ideas that create change. Since the mid-1990s, she has held leadership positions focused on creating opportunities for health through community, organizational, institutional, and systemic change. Her public health and health care experience includes technical assistance (problem solving) and capacity building for national entities including Kaiser Permanente; Cummins, Inc.; and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as well as federal, state, and local governments. Prior to co-founding CHA in 2004, Ms. Burke was in executive leadership at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, DC. While at NACCHO, she served as co-supervising producer for the documentary The Edge of America: Struggling for Health and Justice, which focused on people living in three rural communities and the challenges they face to their health, well-being, and quality of life. A graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in government and politics, Ms. Burke conducted federal health policy analysis at the National Health Policy Forum and was on staff at the National Institutes of Health. She has been selected for numerous national fellowships including the Emerging Leaders in Public Health Fellowship (jointly hosted by the University of North Carolina’s Schools of Business and Public Health) and New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service Lead the Way Fellowship for visionary and entrepreneurial leaders in the nonprofit sector. In 2012, Ms. Burke was selected to the Council of Innovation Advisors for ConvergeUS, a national initiative focused on technology-based social innovation between the technology sector and the nation’s nonprofit organizations. Committed to the health and well-being of all people, Ms. Burke views health as the product of complex interactions among systems and factors such as education, employment, environmental conditions, access to technology, housing, transportation, and health care. Throughout her career, she has sought to understand the root causes of ill health, including the delicate balance among genetics, personal health behaviors, and the systems and institutions that provide the contexts within which we live our lives
and make our decisions. That understanding guides her work with local and national leaders whose decisions play critical roles in the production of the public’s health.
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, M.D., is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. She is a board-certified psychiatrist who is interested in the links between the environment and mental health. She started her research career in 1986 with a focus on the AIDS epidemic and became aware of the close link between AIDS and place of residence. Under the rubric of the psychology of place, Dr. Fullilove began to examine the mental health effects of such environmental processes as violence, rebuilding, segregation, urban renewal, and mismanaged toxins. She has published numerous articles and six books, including Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, and House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place.
Gilbert C. Gee, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Oberlin College, his doctorate in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins University, and postdoctoral training in sociology from Indiana University. Prior to coming to UCLA, he was on the faculty at the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan–Flint. His research focuses on the social determinants of health inequities of racial, ethnic, and immigrant minority populations using a multi-level and life-course perspective. A primary line of his research focuses on conceptualizing and measuring racial discrimination and on understanding how discrimination may be related to illness. He has also published more broadly on the topics of stress, neighborhoods, environmental exposures, occupational health, and Asian American populations. His research has been honored with a group merit award from the National Institutes of Health for the development of multicultural measures of discrimination for health surveys. In addition, he has received two scientific and technical achievement awards from the Environmental Protection Agency for development of the stress–exposure–disease framework (in collaboration with Devon Payne-Sturges). He has also been a guest editor for Child Development, Asian American and Pacific Islander Nexus Journal, and the Asian American Journal of Psychology. Dr. Gee is currently the editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
Rebekah Gowler, M.S.W., M.P.H., is the director of health equity capacity development at the Center for Health Equity at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Ms. Gowler manages planning and activities to build the capacity of the Center for Health Equity and the health department to advance racial equity and social justice through its programs, policies, and practices. Ms. Gowler conducted similar work as a policy analyst at the Boston Public Health Commission, where she managed the development and implementation of a racial justice and health equity training series for all agency staff, which was part of a larger internal process to align the health department’s work within an equity framework. Prior to that, Ms. Gowler worked in the Office of Community Health Workers at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, assisting with the development of a legislative report on the Community Health Worker workforce in Massachusetts. More recently, she directed volunteerism and child nutrition work at the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Ms. Gowler got her start in health equity and racial justice work more than 10 years ago as an AmeriCorps member in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, then received both an M.S.W. and an M.P.H. from Boston University.
George J. Isham, M.D., M.S., is a senior advisor to HealthPartners responsible for working with the board of directors and the senior management team on health and quality-of-care improvement for patients, members, and the community. Dr. Isham is also a senior fellow of the HealthPartners Research Foundation and facilitates forward progress at the intersection of population health research and public policy. Dr. Isham is active nationally and currently co-chairs the National Quality Forum–convened Measurement Application Partnership, chairs the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) clinical program committee, and is a member of NCQA’s committee on performance measurement. He is a former member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Task Force on Community Preventive Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality’s U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and currently serves on the advisory committee to the director of CDC. His practice experience as a general internist was with the U.S. Navy; at the Freeport Clinic in Freeport, Illinois; and as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2014 Dr. Isham was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Isham served as chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy from 2005 to 2014, and has chaired three studies in addition to serving on a number of studies related to health and quality of care. In 2003 Dr. Isham was appointed as a lifetime national associate
of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his contributions to the work of the Institute of Medicine.
Jessica Kang, M.A., is a senior research scientist at the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). Ms. Kang engages in research strategies and initiatives on communications testing. Prior to joining CSI, Ms. Kang obtained her master’s degree in social psychology from the University of Connecticut. As a graduate research assistant, Ms. Kang’s research focused on people’s identification with a social group such as race and gender and the effects of this identification on attitudes and stereotyping. Ms. Kang also researched the effects of the 2008 presidential election on different racial groups’ identification with being American. During her undergraduate career, Ms. Kang studied how people react to racial minorities who are strongly identified with their racial group. Outside of research, Ms. Kang has actively participated in organizations that advocate for people of color and provide opportunities for underserved populations including One Heartland and the Pipeline Project. In addition to her master’s degree, Ms. Kang holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology (B.S.) and English (B.A.) from the University of Washington.
Thomas LaVeist, Ph.D., is the chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (GWU). He joined GWU after 25 years on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he was the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy and the director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and his doctorate degree in medical sociology from the University of Michigan, and he had a postdoctoral fellowship in public health at the Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. LaVeist has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals. In addition to his scholarly writing, Dr. LaVeist has written articles for Newsweek, Black Enterprise, and the Baltimore Sun. He is a highly sought after lecturer at leading universities, corporations, professional conferences, and workshops. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Defense, The Commonwealth Fund, Sage Foundation, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In 2012 he organized and hosted the International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora, which brought together health advocates from 24 countries in the Western Hemisphere. Dr. LaVeist has provided consultation services for numerous federal agencies and health care organizations on minority health and cultural competency issues and racial disparities in health. His dissertation
on racial disparities in infant mortality was awarded the 1989 Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award by the American Sociological Association. He is the recipient of the Innovation Award from NIH and the Knowledge Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health. In 2013 he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine. The second edition of his edited volume Race, Ethnicity and Health: A Public Health Reader (Jossey-Bass Publishers) was published in fall 2012. His textbook Minority Populations and Health: An Introduction to Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States (Jossey-Bass) was published in 2005. He is also the author of The DayStar Guide to Colleges for African American Students (Stanly Kaplan/Simon and Schuster) and co-author of 8 Steps to Help Black Families Pay for College (Princeton Review/Random House). His most recent book project, Legacy of the Crossing: Slavery, Race, and Contemporary Health in the African Diaspora, is planned for publication in 2017.
RADM Sarah Linde, M.D., is a medical officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. She currently serves as the chief public health officer for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which works to improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce, and innovative programs. Prior to working at HRSA, Dr. Linde was the deputy director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Office of Public Health and Science in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. There she helped oversee national disease prevention and health promotion activities, including Healthy People, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the Physical Activity Guidelines. Her previous assignments included work at the Food and Drug Administration Office of Orphan Products Development, which helps in the development of drugs, biologics, and devices for rare diseases, and the National Health Service Corps in HRSA, where served as the director of the Shenandoah Valley Family Health Center, a community health center in Inwood, West Virginia. RADM Linde is board certified in family practice and is a graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Medical School in Bethesda, Maryland.
Sanne Magnan, M.D., Ph.D., is the co-chair of the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. Dr. Magnan served as president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) until January 4, 2016. Dr. Magnan was previously the president of ICSI, when she was appointed by former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to serve as Commissioner of Health for the Minnesota Department of Health. She served in that position from 2007 to 2010 and had significant responsibility
for implementation of Minnesota’s 2008 health reform legislation, including the Statewide Health Improvement Program, standardized quality reporting, the development of provider peer grouping, the certification process for health care homes, and baskets of care. She returned as ICSI’s president and chief executive officer in 2011. Dr. Magnan also currently serves as a staff physician at the Tuberculosis Clinic at the St. Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health and as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. Her previous experience includes serving as vice president and medical director of consumer health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, where she was responsible for case management, disease management, and consumer engagement. Dr. Magnan holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota and is a board-certified internist. She earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina. She currently serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, and she has served on the board of Minnesota Community Measurement and the board of NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, a federally qualified health center and part of Hennepin Health. She was named 1 of the 100 Influential Health Care Leaders by Minnesota Physician magazine in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Since 2012 she has participated in the Process Redesign Advisory Group for the National Center for Inter-Professional Practice and Education, coordinated through the University of Minnesota. Recently, she became a senior fellow at the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research. She is participating in several technical expert panels for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on population health measures (2015–2016) and is a member of the Population-Based Payment Workgroup of the Healthcare Payment Learning and Action Network (2015–2016). She is also on the Interdisciplinary Application/Translation Committee of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Sciences.
Phyllis D. Meadows, Ph.D., R.N., M.S.N., is a senior fellow in the Health Program at The Kresge Foundation, the associate dean for practice at the Office of Public Health Practice, and a clinical professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health of the University of Michigan. As a senior fellow in the health program, Dr. Meadows engages in all levels of grant-making activity. Since joining The Kresge Foundation in 2009, she has advised the health team on the development of its overall strategic direction and provided leadership in the design and implementation of grant-making initiatives and projects. Dr. Meadows also has coached team members and created linkages to national organizations and experts in the health field. In addition, she regularly reviews grant
proposals, aids prospective grantees in preparing funding requests, and provides health-related expertise. Dr. Meadows’s 30-year career spans the nursing, public health, academic, and philanthropic sectors. She is the associate dean for practice at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and has lectured at Wayne State University’s School of Nursing, Oakland University’s School of Nursing, and Marygrove College. From 2004 to 2009, Dr. Meadows served as the deputy director, director, and public health officer at the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion. In the early 1990s she traveled abroad as a Kellogg International Leadership Fellow and subsequently joined the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as a program director. She also served as director of nursing for The Medical Team–Michigan.
Lourdes Rodríguez, Dr.P.H., is a program officer for the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), where she works on projects related to building healthy communities. In this capacity she works toward supporting neighborhood-level interventions to increase healthy food options and improve the built environment; advancing public policies that promote healthy living; and increasing access to programs that help New Yorkers lead healthier lives. She also works to support the foundation’s goals to advance primary care, especially on projects aimed at addressing the social determinants of health. Prior to joining NYSHealth, Dr. Rodríguez served as the associate director of community partnerships for the Healthy Neighborhoods initiative at City Harvest. In this position, she oversaw the implementation of the organization’s community engagement activities to help address the epidemics of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other diet-related diseases in five low-income neighborhoods of New York City. From 2004 to 2012 she was on the faculty of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She currently holds an appointment as an adjunct associate professor at the New York University Global Institute of Public Health. In 2011 she co-edited a book examining community mobilization for health, and she has authored numerous publications on the subjects of violence prevention, the health of vulnerable populations, mental health, community mobilization, and active living. Dr. Rodríguez received a bachelor of science degree in industrial biotechnology from the Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico, a master of public health degree from the University of Connecticut, and a doctorate in public health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She serves on the board of Inwood Community Services, Inc., and on the consensus group of City Life Is Moving Bodies (CLIMB), a neighborhood-based initiative that plans Hike the Heights, an annual northern Manhattan community mobilization event.
Julie Sweetland, Ph.D., M.A., is a sociolinguist and the vice president for strategy and innovation at the FrameWorks Institute, where she leads efforts to diffuse the organization’s cutting-edge, evidence-based reframing recommendations throughout the nonprofit sector. Since joining FrameWorks in 2012, she has led the development of powerful learning experiences for nonprofit leaders and has provided strategic communications guidance for advocates, policy makers, and scientists nationwide and internationally. Prior to joining the institute, Dr. Sweetland was actively involved in improving teaching and learning for more than a decade as a classroom teacher, instructional designer, and teacher educator. At the Center for Inspired Teaching, she served as the director of teaching and learning and helped to found a demonstration school with an embedded teacher residency. As the founding director of the Center for Urban Education, she launched a graduate teacher preparation program for the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Sweetland’s linguistic research has focused on the intersection of language and race, on the role of language variation and language attitudes on student learning, and on effective professional learning for teachers. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Sociolinguistics, Educational Researcher, and Education Week, and she is the co-author of African American, Creole, and Other Vernacular Englishes in Education. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and lectures regularly at her alma mater. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics at Stanford University.
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