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Liaisons to the Community Preventive Services Task Force
The Task Force and Community Guide began in 1996.The founders understood right away that it was impossible for the Task Force to represent all of the perspectives and experiences needed to inform their work. Therefore, they invited Liaison organizations and agencies to participate in the process of developing the Community Guide. Liaison representatives:
- Represent the views, concerns, and needs of their organization and constituents
- Provide input into review prioritization and Task Force recommendations findings
- Serve on, or recommend participants to serve on individual systematic review teams
- Disseminate Task Force recommendations among their members and constituents
- Help their members and constituents translate Task Force recommendations into action
- Provide feedback on how Task Force recommendations and findings were disseminated, implemented, and used, and how well the recommendations and findings met the needs of their constituents
Federal Agency Liaisons to the Task Force
|Liaison: Therese Miller, DrPH, Lead, Prevention & Care Management Portfolio
Center for Primary Care, Prevention & Clinical Partnerships
|Liaison: Diane C. Green, PhD, MPH, Health Scientist
Alternate Liaison: Jo Anne Grunbaum, EdD, Health Scientist (PRC Research and Evaluation Team Lead)
|Liaison: Allison Roper, MSSW, LICSW, Public Health Advisor|
|Liaison: Susan E. Diamond RN, MSN, National Program Manager for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs
Alternate Liaison: Linda S. Kinsinger, MD, MPH, Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine
Liaison: Martin Rice, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, Deputy Director, Office of Health Information Technology and Quality
Alternate Liaison: Amber Berrian, MPH, Public Health Analyst
|Liaison: Alberta Becenti, MPH, Public Health Advisor|
|Liaison: Barry Portnoy, PhD, Senior Advisor for Disease Prevention, Office of Disease Prevention, Office of the Director
Alternate Liaison: Wilma Peterman Cross, MS, Senior Public Health Advisor, Office of Disease Prevention
|Liaison: Robert L. Stephenson II, MPH, Senior Advisor, Office of the Director|
Liaison: Kelly Williams, MPH, CHES, Health Promotion Program Manager, Air Force Medical
Alternate Liaison: Claudine Ward, DO, MPH, Maj, USAF, MC, Preventive Medicine Consultant
|Liaison: Linda Spencer, PhD, MPH, RN, Col (ret), Director, Public Health Nursing Leadership Program, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University|
|Liaison: William (Bill) Calvert, MS, MPH, MBA, Deputy Director for Public Health, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center|
Organization Liaisons to the Task Force
|Liaison: Patrick B. McGarry, PhD, Assistant Division Director, Scientific Activities Section|
|Liaison: Michelle L. Cook, MPH, Associate Vice President of Research|
|Liaison: Joseph F. Hagan, Jr., MD, FAAP, Member, Bright Futures Education Center Steering Committee and Editor, Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents, 3rd Edition
Alternate Liaison: Darcy Steinberg-Hastings, MPH, Director, Division of Developmental Pediatrics and Preventive Services, AAP
|Alternate Liaison: Marie-Michèle Léger, MPH, PA-C, Director, International and Clinical Affairs|
|Liaison: Tisha Titus, MD, MPH, FACPM, Director of Case Management and Work Capacity, Federal Occupational Health, Department of Health and Human Services
|Liaison: Suzen Moeller, PhD, MS, Senior Scientist, Prevention and Healthy Lifestyles Division
|Liaison: Regina Davis Moss, PhD, MPH, MCHES, Associate Executive Director, Public Health Policy and Practice|
|Liaison: Casey Korba, MS, Senior Manager, Public Health and Prevention
Alternate Liaison: Natalie M. Slaughter, MSPPM, Senior Health Research Associate
|Liaison: Michael P. Eriksen, ScD, Professor and MPH Program Director, Georgia State University|
|Liaison: Harrison C. Spencer, MD, MPH, CPH, President and CEO|
|Liaison: Sharon Moffatt, RN, BSN, MSN, Chief of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Alternate Liaison: Albert J. Terrillion, DrPH, CPH, CHES, Senior Director, Family and Community Health
|Liaison: Jessie Gruman, PhD, Executive Director
Alternate Liaison: Dorothy Jeffress, MBA, MSW, MA, Executive Director
|Liaison: Donald B. Bishop, PhD, Chief, Center for Health Promotion, Minnesota Department of Health
Alternate Liaison: Heidi L. Keller, Health Promotion & Social Marketing Consultant, Olympia, Washington
|Liaison: Rose Marie Martinez, ScD, Senior Director, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice|
Liaison: Lillian Shirley, BSN, MPH, MPA, Director, Multnomah County Health Department
Alternate Liaison: Truemenda C. Green, MA, Director, Healthy Communities/Chronic Disease
|Alternate Liaison: Stephanie Branco, MSEPH, Director of Program Planning & Evaluation|
|Liaison: Russell Rubin, Marketing and Communications Manager, Learning Resource Center
Alternate Liaison: Antoinette V. Barber, Director, Learning Resource Center
|Liaison: Elizabeth Daniels, PhD, RN, Consultant
Alternate Liaison: Alexandra A. Garcia, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
|Liaison: Bojana Beric, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Studies, The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing & Health Studies, Monmouth University|
Federal Agency Liaisons Biosketches
Therese Miller is the lead of the Prevention and Care Management Portfolio for the Center for Primary Care, Prevention and Clinical Partnerships at AHRQ. Dr. Miller has more than 10 years experience managing public health projects including the Hospital-Based Rural Health Care Program, Pathways to Adulthood: A Three Generation Urban Study and the National Evaluation of The Healthy Steps for Young Children Program. Dr. Miller holds a doctoral degree in public health and a certificate in health communications.Liaison: Diane Green, PhD, MPH
Diane Green, Health Scientist, provides analytic, methodological, and evaluation expertise as a member of the Research and Evaluation team in the PRC Program office. The team conducts a national evaluation of the PRC Program, a network of academic research centers that conduct prevention research on chronic diseases. Prior to her work at CDC, Dr. Green spent 10 years conducting health services research on a wide variety of topics in academic and managed care settings. She holds MPH and PhD degrees in epidemiology from Emory University. Her interests include methodology, measurement, women's health and issues of aging.Alternate Liaison: Jo Anne Grunbaum, EdD
Jo Anne Grunbaum is the team leader of the Research and Evaluation Team for the PRC Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her office funds academic health centers to conduct prevention research using a community-based participatory approach. Her team developed and implemented a national evaluation of the PRC Program. Dr. Grunbaum's research activities focus on the health of youth with specific interest in determinants of risk behaviors and health outcomes. She has 21 years' experience in design and implementation of research related to the health of children and adolescents.Liaison: Allison Roper, MSSW, LICSW
Allison Roper currently serves as a public health advisor for the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). In this role, she promotes and supports Healthy People 2020, a set of national health objectives for this decade. Ms. Roper is part of a coordinated team working to advance the health of the nation through the adoption of Healthy People 2020 and its critical resources. Ms. Roper is also responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships with various stakeholders interested in Healthy People. Prior to joining ODPHP in October 2012, Ms. Roper was the director for the Division of Program Development and Operations for Team 2 within the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH). In this capacity, Ms. Roper advised the OAH Director on the development of programs and policies, oversaw the implementation and administration of competitive grants and cooperative agreements, provided training and technical assistance for grant programs, assessed performance of grantee operations, and supervised OAH project officers. Ms. Roper began her career with the US Government with the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) where she was a public health advisor managing multiple Adolescent Family Life (AFL) demonstration grants projects and providing technical assistance to grantees. In that position, she managed the AFL technical assistance contract, developing and coordinating multiple trainings for grantees across the county. She also served as a team member on an interagency collaboration with USAID and CDC regarding international HIV/AIDS prevention. Ms. Roper is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Prior to joining HHS in 2004, she provided counseling for therapeutic foster care youth and their families and was a school social worker working with junior high and high school students.
Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Patient Care Services, National Center for Health Promotion and Disease PreventionLiaison: Susan E. Diamond RN, MSN
Sue Diamond is the national program manager for health promotion and disease prevention programs within the Veterans Health Administration. She works within the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, a field-based national program office within the VHA. She provides oversight and guidance to a national field of prevention leaders at VA medical facilities across the country. Ms. Diamond is an adult nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist by training and has worked in VHA in numerous capacities for more than 28 years. Areas of interest include internal and community partnerships, health promotion and program development.Alternate Liaison: Linda S. Kinsinger, MD, MPH
Linda Kinsinger is the chief consultant for preventive medicine within the Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Kinsinger directs the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, a field-based national Program Office within the VHA. Dr. Kinsinger's experience and professional interests include screening, immunizations, and quality improvement within healthcare systems. Dr. Kinsinger is board certified in internal medicine and general preventive medicine/public health.
Mr. Rice is the deputy director of the Office of Health Information Technology and Quality at HRSA. He is a registered nurse and nurse informaticist. Mr. Rice began his nursing career working in geriatric psychiatry, along with chronic and post-acute care. Since receiving his masters in nursing informatics from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, he has been involved in Electronic Health Record implementation, data modeling/design, enterprise architecture, clinical quality measures, retooling clinical quality measures, and data standards.
Mr. Rice began his career in nursing informatics at North Arundel Hospital Home Health Care as their director of Information Technology where he implemented electronic charting and billing from a paper based system. In 2004, he transitioned to the federal government where he worked at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, MD managing their inpatient clinical information systems. In 2007, Mr. Rice transferred to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Systems in the Office of Clinical Systems and Quality, Quality Measures and Health Assessment Group. There, he was involved in the system upgrade for the post-acute care assessment instrument, MDS 2.0 to MDS 3.0, the Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) pilot, HITSP hospital e-measure development, clinical quality measures for the HITECH rule, HHS retooling project, and Business Process Models for the National Level Repository that will be supporting HITECH. Mr. Rice was an adjunct instructor (2001-2007) for a face to face and virtual Nursing Informatics class at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and continues to teach at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.Alternate Liaison: Amber Berrian, MPH
Amber Berrian is a public health analyst within HRSA's Office of Health Information Technology and Quality. For the past 6 years, Ms. Berrian has worked on issues to address quality improvement within HRSA's health service delivery programs. Some of them include patient safety, health literacy, cultural competency and clinical performance measurement. Ms. Berrian continues to work on agency-wide quality activities with key interests in health information technology adoptions and implementation, advancing clinical prevention interventions, and public health policy. She has a master's degree in epidemiology/biostatistics from the George Washington University.
Alberta Becenti serves as a Public Health Advisor for the Indian Health Service National Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (HP/DP) program. Her responsibilities include serving as a liaison between local communities (IHS, Tribal, urban), Area Office, and the Headquarters Health Promotion to support and enhance community capacity, developing infrastructure, establishing organizational networks, identifying resources, coordinating and conducting trainings. Provide leadership, direction, and advocacy in planning, developing, and implementing the HP/DP program. Prior positions include serving as a Director of Clinical and Preventive Health Services and served on a committee for a multi-site obesity prevention study among American Indian children. Ms. Becenti received her Master of Public Health in 1991 from the University of Oklahoma. As a certified health education specialist, Ms. Becenti has over 20 years of experience in working with American Indian/Alaska Native communities, schools, and worksites to plan and implement prevention activities focusing on physical activity, tobacco and alcohol prevention. Her key area of interest includes physical activity, obesity prevention, adolescent, and worksite health promotion.
Barry Portnoy serves as the senior advisor for disease prevention in the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health. His current responsibilities include coordinating and stimulating collaborative prevention research projects across the NIH. He also serves as the NIH liaison to the Task Force on Community Preventive Services and the Task Force on Clinical Preventive Services and Senior Advisor to the National Children's Study. Prior to joining ODP Dr. Portnoy was with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Division of Cancer Prevention. He also served as the NCI coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2000 and 2010 Objectives as well as serving on NIH's Prevention Coordinators Committee and the NIH Behavior and Social Science Coordinating Committee. He has held teaching appointments at the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland. He also served as an evaluation consultant to the National High Blood Pressure Education Program, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disease, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Department of Education. His research interests include the design and evaluation of chronic disease prevention and control interventions. Dr. Portnoy received his PhD from the University of Toledo.Alternate Liaison: Wilma Peterman Cross, MS
Ms. Peterman Cross serves as a senior public health advisor for the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is the chair of the Prevention Research Coordinating Committee, a trans-NIH committee that serves as a venue for sharing information on the current state-of-the-science, coordinating collaborative projects and disseminating information about prevention-related activities sponsored by federal and non-federal organizations to NIH institutes and centers. She also serves as the central point of contact at the NIH for the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy. Before joining ODP, Ms. Peterman Cross served as the deputy director of the Office of Science Policy and Planning at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, where she facilitated a number of strategic planning and program evaluation activities.
Robert L. Stephenson is the Senior Advisor in the Office of the Director for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention within SAMHSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With over 45 years of public service in the areas of public health and safety, Mr. Stephenson has served in many capacities. Most recently in SAMHSA that includes Health Information Technology for the Behavioral Health community, Military Families and Veterans support. During this period he also served a detail as a senior advisor to the Executive Office of the President in the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Previously in SAMHSA, he served 14 years as the Director of the Division of Workplace Programs that included day to day oversight of Federal workplace prevention and drug testing programs, including the certification of forensic laboratories performing federally mandated workplace drug testing. For seven years, Mr. Stephenson served in Public Health and Safety roles in Dade County government (Miami), Florida, working on HIV/AIDS prevention and identification, community-based prevention and disease surveillance, including mental health issues in the community and for the criminal justice systems. Mr. Stephenson served as a Medical Service Corps Office in the Air Force with duties that included hospital administration and aero medical evacuation.
Kelly Williams is the Health Promotion Program Manager for Air Force Medical.Alternate Liaison: Claudine Ward, DO, MPH, Maj, USAF, MC
Major Ward is a preventive medicine physician with the Air Force. She is currently serving as the deputy chief of Health Promotion for the Air Force Medical Operations Agency. She provides direct support to Health Promotion teams at all Air Force bases around the world, to include assisting implementation of Air Force policy and programs in areas of nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco. She also assists with developing qualitative and quantitative measures and metrics for effective population and program evaluation at every AF installation.
COL Linda Spencer, (ret) has 25 years active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army, over 20 years of university level teaching experience, and is currently Director of the Public Health Nursing Leadership Program at Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.
Dr. Spencer is responsible for budget planning, curriculum development, student supervision, and teaching at the graduate level and also teaches emergency preparedness classes. Dr. Spencer is currently on the Advisory Board of the National Disaster Life Support Consortium of the American Medical Association (NDLS) and she previously chaired the Quality Performance Committee of the NDLS. Dr. Spencer has also served as a consultant to the Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Assistance Medicine in Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Spencer was a Fellow of the World Health Organization and has worked in a number of third world countries including Nigeria, Liberia, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Iraq, and spent 18 months with the International Red Cross in Russia.
William Calvert is the deputy director of the Population Health Directorate at the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC). As deputy director, Mr. Calvert provides executive management over three Departments: Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW), Epidemiology Data Center (EDC) and Health Analysis (HA). Mr. Calvert's strategic leadership and facilitation skills are instrumental in shaping of resources and strategies necessary for agile and responsive public health programs, development of new programs, sustainment of existing programs, and improved and streamlined processes. Mr. Calvert provides professional leadership and authoritative consultative services to top-level officials in the Navy, Department of Defense, and other federal and non-federal agencies in the development of policies, regulations, standards and guidelines related to population health. He began his career as a state civil servant with responsibilities for HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention program, management of a large metropolitan AIDS program with oversight of its health education and training, counseling and testing, patient care, and epidemiology/disease reporting programs. He later accepted federal employment for the Department of Navy as a public health educator with the Navy Environmental Health Center (NEHC), currently the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC). During this time, he served as a program manager for health promotion programs in the areas of alcohol abuse prevention, clinical preventive services and the Sexual Health and Responsibility Program which he established in 1998. Since 2006, Mr. Calvert has served in various leadership roles as a deputy director at the NMCPHC providing executive management and oversight of health promotion and preventive medicine, public health, and currently, population health (PH) and its three departments; Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW), Epidemiology Data Center (EDC) and Health Analysis (HA). His leadership and strategic actions have resulted in the development of new public health programs such as pandemic disease surveillance, addressing the impact of traumatic brain injuries, psychological stress in wounded warriors, as well as developing and collecting quality of and access to care metrics for Navy medical facilities. Mr. Calvert has served as a federal liaison to several organizations and currently serves as representatives for DoD and the Navy Surgeon General. He received his MBA and MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and earned a MS in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University.
Organization Liaisons Biosketches
Patrick B. McGarry is the assistant division director and team lead for Health Activities and Programs in the Health of the Public and Science Division at AAFP. His primary responsibilities include oversight for public health programs involving healthy eating, physical activity, emotional well-being, and tobacco. He serves as AAFP liaison to the US HHS Task Force for Guide to Community Preventive Services and IOM's Roundtable on Health Literacy. He has over 30 years of public health experience ranging from rabies control to local health department certification. He has worked in city, county and state health departments and looks to find ways to integrate primary care and public health. Along with sitting on the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy, Dr. McGarry received a VISION for IPLAN award from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Dr. McGarry's areas of expertise are in community health planning, tobacco control, and school health education.
Michelle L. Cook is the associate vice president of research at AANP. Prior to starting with AANP, Ms. Cook spent nearly 10 years in health survey research with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Michigan Department of Community Health. Her focus has been on survey validation, multi-mode data collection, and data quality verification. Ms. Cook has participated in key stakeholder groups including partaking in a U.S./Mexico technical workgroup for Healthy Border initiatives. Ms. Cook is currently providing oversight to the U.S. national nurse practitioner database, semi-annual surveys, and the nurse practitioner practice-based research network with AANP. She currently holds a master's degree in public health epidemiology and is working on her doctoral dissertation which is focused on mental health and aging.
Joseph F. Hagan, Jr. is a clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the Vermont Children's Hospital. Dr. Hagan is Co-Editor of The Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents, Third Edition, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and designated in health reform legislation as the standard for preventive care for youth up to age 21.
Dr. Hagan is the American Academy of Pediatrics liaison to the CDC Community Preventive Services Task Force and publisher of the CDC Guide to Community Preventive Services. Dr. Hagan is past-chairperson of the AAP Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health and chaired the Academy's Task Force on Terrorism. Dr. Hagan served as an Advisory Board member to the Maternal and Child Health Benefits Study by the National Business Group on Health.
Dr. Hagan chairs the Vermont Citizen's Advisory Board (VCAB) for the Vermont Agency of Human Services Department for Children and Families. Dr. Hagan practices primary care pediatrics in Burlington, Vermont.Alternate Liaison: Darcy Steinberg-Hastings, MPH
Darcy Steinberg-Hastings is the director of the AAP Division of Developmental Pediatrics and Preventive Services. Her responsibilities include working with AAP members and key partners to develop national child and adolescent health policy, overseeing several national initiatives and grants including the National Bright Futures education center and working with external partners on national programs focused on improving the health of children and adolescents. She has more than 20 years of experience in public health and primary care. Prior to coming to the AAP, Ms. Steinberg–Hastings was the director of Adolescent and School Health Policy at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. As a research assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, she taught classes for medical and nursing students on incorporating health promotion and prevention for diverse populations into practice and community settings. She has also worked as a health educator in rural health clinics and at a California county health department directing public health education projects in the community.Alternate Liaison: Marie-Michèle Léger, MPH, PA-C
Marie-Michèle Léger a physician assistant for 27 years, is senior director of clinical and health affairs, division of Advocacy and Government Relations at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). She obtained a Bachelors of Science, Physician Assistant Program, George Washington University (GWU), Washington DC in 1983 and completed her Master in Public Health, (International Health, Concentration: Health Promotion/Disease Prevention), from GWU in 1996. In her role at AAPA she monitors and advises the Academy's leadership on important issues in clinical medicine and public health. She represents the Academy at a wide range of meetings relevant to clinical practice. Ms. Léger also serves as the Academy's point person on international issues as it relates to the physician assistant profession. She has presented on the role of physician assistant (PA) in the US health care system at various international meetings; provides resources to members going abroad wishing to discuss the PA profession and responds to inquiries from abroad about the PA profession. She has published extensively; written editorials on raising the awareness of emergency preparedness and raising the rate of adult immunization. Ms. Léger has given presentations in the United States and internationally addressing the physician assistant profession, immunization, disparity in health care and infectious disease topics. She currently serves as AAPA's liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice. Prior to joining AAPA, she was the manager, Hospital Epidemiology/Infection Control at Children's National Medical Center (CNMC). While at CNMC, she drafted the hospital's preparedness plan and conducted suspicious powder exposure investigation (anthrax) at the institution. Ms. Léger retains a faculty appointment at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Tisha Titus is the director of case management and work capacity at Federal Occupational Health, Department of Health and Human Services tasked with providing direction and oversight of four clinical programs: law enforcement, medical employability, OWCP and AED. Prior to this she was the first dedicated preventionist for the Atlanta VA Medical Center focused on employee wellness and served as the medical review officer and medical staff BLS/ACLS instructor. Dr. Titus also serves as regional faculty and chair for the American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Georgia; Embraced board member; and American College of Preventive Medicine Young Physicians Section member and chair. Her professional areas of interest include global health, immunizations, prevention of infectious and lifestyle diseases, women's health and quality improvement.
Suzen Moeller is a nutritional epidemiologist with over 15 years of experience studying the role of diet in the prevention of chronic disease. She received her Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston and did her post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Departments of Nutrition and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. As a Senior Scientist at the American Medical Association (AMA), Dr. Moeller provides expertise and support on scientific and public policy issues related to nutrition and diet through policy and report development, developing educational strategies, monitoring and interpreting advances in the field, and supporting advocacy efforts. Dr. Moeller has coordinated the development and evaluation of the AMA Healthier Life Steps® program and other educational resources and programs for physicians, other healthcare providers, and patients. She served as staff author for a number of reports for the AMA's Council on Science and Public Health, including its reports on eating disorders, high fructose corn syrup, vitamin D, sustainable food systems, and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes.
Regina Davis Moss is the associate executive director of public health policy and practice for the American Public Health Association. She has nearly 20 years experience managing national health promotion and disease prevention initiatives addressing such areas as reproductive health, healthy aging, obesity prevention, health policy, and sustained capacity in public health. Prior to APHA, Dr. Davis Moss worked on health education efforts for the federal government; a multimedia health information service for a health policy foundation; and an epidemiologic research study investigating reproductive health issues. Her professional areas of interest include women's health, adolescent health, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. She holds a doctorate in public health focusing on maternal and child health.
Casey Korba is Senior Manager for Public Health and Prevention at AHIP. Ms. Korba works with AHIP member health plans and stakeholder partners on projects that support and advance health insurance plans' initiatives in clinical and community preventive services and partnerships, and health plan, employer, and community wellness activities. Ms. Korba's key areas of interest include obesity, worksite health, physical activity, nutrition, tobacco, and recommended preventive screening and interventions.
Natalie Slaughter is a senior health research associate.
Michael P. Eriksen is a professor at Georgia State University where he is also director of a CEPH-accredited master of public health degree program with 12 faculty and more than 100 students. Dr. Eriksen has both written publications and had administrative experience with tobacco control, and has also published research on the topics of health promotion and obesity.
Harrison C. Spencer is the first fulltime President and CEO of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH). Dr. Spencer's prior positions include Dean of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans.
During a career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Spencer served as an EIS Officer and at the field station in El Salvador. He founded and directed the CDC research station in Nairobi, Kenya for 5 years and then served as Senior Medical Officer at the Malaria Action Program of the World Health Organization in Geneva. Dr. Spencer has also served as Chief of the Parasitic Diseases Branch at CDC.
Dr. Spencer is board certified in both internal and preventive medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Spencer was elected a Founding Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998 and to the US Institute of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Spencer's areas of expertise include public health, global health, preparedness and epidemiology.Liaison: Sharon Moffatt, RN, BSN, MSN
Sharon Moffatt is the chief of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Her work at the national level has included leadership roles as an executive officer on the National Forum Board for Heart Disease and Stroke and a Liaison to the Community Preventative Services Guide. She has been a contributing expert to such publications as "Enhancing Use of Clinical Preventive Services among Older Adults" and "State roles in Delivery System Reform" Prior to her work at the national level, Ms. Moffatt served for two years as Commissioner of Health for the Vermont Department of Health. In addition, she served for two Governors, as the Deputy Commissioner of Health. As Health Commissioner, Sharon led the state public-private executive committee in the strategic development and implementation of Vermont's health reform, the Blueprint for Health. She was appointed by Governor Douglas in the summer of 2009 to the Vermont Health Reform Commission. Since 1997, Sharon has been an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Vermont, College of Nursing and Allied Health. As a public health leader for over 25 years, Ms. Moffatt has led policy and program planning in the areas of public health nursing, environmental health, refugee health, maternal child health, school health, and children's mental health. Throughout her public health career, she has worked closely with a wide variety of health professionals and key community partners to systematically improve the health of our citizens.Alternate Liaison: Albert J. Terrillion, DrPH, CPH, CHES
Albert Terrillion is the senior director for family and community at ASTHO, where his responsibilities include directing policy initiatives and state level support in health equity, maternal and child health, access to quality care, and genomics. Prior to joining ASTHO, Dr. Terrillion worked at The Center for Applied Environmental Public Health and Tulane University for ten years, managing programs such as public health training and education initiatives, environmental health communications and health education, social marketing initiatives, program evaluation, and various research projects. Dr. Terrillion's research has included health policy tracking in Louisiana, service learning in undergraduate public health education, and environmental perception and experience as determinants of subjective ratings of health. In addition, Dr. Terrillion has been an active leader in reestablishing neighborhood and community services following Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Terrillion's key areas of interest are public health integration, social justice in health, genomics, primary care and public health workforce initiatives, and cultural competencies.
Jessie Gruman is the founder and president of CFAH, a Washington-based patient advocacy organization that works to help people find good care and make the most of it. Dr. Gruman is a professorial lecturer in the School of Public Health at The George Washington University and a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Gruman has published numerous books, articles and essays, including After Shock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You – or Someone You Love – a Devastating Diagnosis (2007), which is about how people use scientific information to make decisions about their health care. Dr. Gruman has a doctorate in social psychology and has worked in the private, public, and voluntary health sectors.Alternate Liaison: Dorothy Jeffress, MBA, MSW, MA
Dorothy Jeffress joined CFAH in March 2008, and serves as the executive director. Prior positions include vice president of the Center for Information Therapy from 2005 to 2008 and assistant vice president of Value Based Purchasing for the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) from 2003 to 2005. She also worked in health care quality improvement and performance measurement with NCQA and with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as the director of a CDC/state-funded women's health promotion and chronic disease prevention program. She has managed a TPA for self-funded employee benefit programs and also been a benefit manager for a mid-sized employer.Liaison: Donald B. Bishop, PhD
Don Bishop is immediate Past-President of DHPE and a current board member. Dr. Bishop has been chief of the Minnesota Center for Health Promotion at the Minnesota Department of Health since 1986. The center includes programs for chronic disease risk reduction/healthy communities, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, alcohol abuse prevention, health behavior research, oral health, and injury and violence prevention. Dr. Bishop is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. Bishop has served as project director on numerous CDC grants and principal investigator on many NIH studies for improved nutrition and physical activity in children, including the American Indian Children Walking for Health Program and 5-A-Day LANA Preschool Program. Dr. Bishop holds his doctorate in community psychology and completed a post-doctoral program in health psychology before moving to Minnesota.Alternate Liaison: Heidi L. Keller
Heidi L. Keller is an emeritus member of the Directors of Health Promotion. She retired in 2008 after serving for 18 years as director of health promotion for the Washington State Department of Health. During that time, she oversaw prevention grants to communities, initiated health promotion and education projects and campaigns, and disseminated best practices and health promotion resources through an online clearinghouse. More recently, she has been working as a consultant to public and nonprofit organizations, facilitating change initiatives with community groups and coalitions, developing health education and training, web-based resources, and conducting health marketing and communication research, training, and interventions.
Rose Marie Martinez is the senior director, for the Institute of Medicine's Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. In this role, Dr. Martinez directs a portfolio of projects that address prevention strategies and interventions that focus on the general population or subgroups of the population. Topics have included HIV prevention strategies, tobacco use prevention, childhood immunization issues, public health system preparedness, and injury prevention and poison control, among others. Dr. Martinez's areas of expertise include policy analysis and program evaluation.Liaison: Lillian Shirley, BSN, MPH, MPA
Lillian Shirley, director of the Multnomah County Health Department, provides public health leadership in collaboration with community partners to address the county's health needs, and offers health policy leadership on both a county and state level. Under her leadership, the jurisdiction implemented a "health in all policies" approach to transportation, planning, built environment and food policies and was one of the first counties in the nation to develop a multi-sector City/County Climate Action Plan and a health equity lens for resource distribution.
Prior to coming to Oregon, Ms. Shirley was director of Public Health in Boston. After participating in the merger of Boston's public hospital with Boston University's medical center, Ms. Shirley served as the first executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission. Ms. Shirley is the immediate past president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The Governor of Oregon appointed Ms. Shirley vice-chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board, charged with overseeing health reform in Oregon. She was elected vice-chair of an eight organization, three county ACO in Oregon -- Health Share of Oregon. She served for nine years as a board member of CareOregon, the state's largest Medicaid insurer. She also served as vice president of the Public Health Foundation, as a board member of the Oregon Public Health Institute and the Portland Sustainable Development Commission and North by Northeast Community Health Center, and as adjunct faculty at OHSU School of Medicine Department of Community Medicine.Alternate Liaison: Truemenda C. Green, MA
Truemenda Green is the director of the Healthy Communities/Chronic Disease Programs at NACCHO, overseeing all NACCHO's chronic disease prevention projects, including obesity, healthy eating, sodium reduction, health communities and the built environment. In providing oversight and guidance, Ms. Green serves as lead program and budgetary manager, working closely with project staff to plan, implement, and evaluate other healthy communities/chronic disease-related projects; and assist local public health officials in their role of assuring the public's health through chronic disease prevention and health promotion.
Prior to coming to NACCHO, Ms. Green was a program manager/grant administrator for two large public health programs at the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where Ms. Green managed a statewide minority outreach and technical assistance program on cancer and tobacco prevention as well as the Office of Preparedness's statewide hospital preparedness program. Ms. Green has a masters of arts in policy, legal and ethical studies with a concentration on health policy, health administration. Ms. Green holds a bachelor's of science in biology/pre-medicine and is currently completing a doctorate in public administration and masters in business administration.Alternate Liaison: Stephanie A. Branco, MSEPH
Stephanie A. Branco holds a master of science and education and a bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Toledo. She recently joined the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) as the Director of Program Planning and Evaluation where she works with program staff to plan board development, public health priorities, and public health policy initiatives. She also coordinates research and evaluation efforts to strengthen board governance and recently authored A Synopsis of Local Boards of Health: From the NALBOH 2011 Local Board of Health National Profile. Ms. Branco coordinated a Community Health Assessment for Health Partners 2000, a collaboration of public and private health organizations in Sandusky County, Ohio. In this role, she conducted two community surveys, collected health data, and facilitated a community-based process to determine priority health issues. She authored Sandusky County Health Status: A Report to the Community, which documented the process and results of the project. Ms. Branco also served as the Director of Health Planning and Education for the Sandusky County Health Department where she developed evaluations for health education programming and was instrumental in planning baseline surveys for prevention activities to measure future impact of programs. As the former agency director for the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation in Toledo, Ohio, Stephanie organized fundraising events and implemented educational activities. To assess the effectiveness of the organization's services, she surveyed the membership and convened a focus group of key constituents. The results informed future direction planning by the Foundation's Board of Directors.
Russell Rubin is the marketing and communications manager for the Public Health Foundation (PHF). His responsibilities include marketing PHF's products and services to public health industry professionals by identifying and implementing multiplatform and integrated marketing strategies and by management of PHF's website. Mr. Rubin brings over eight years of award-winning marketing experience in agency and internal corporate marketing departments, where he led the development of innovative and targeted messaging campaigns. Mr. Rubin's professional interests include adopting social media and partnerships for better public health communications.Alternate Liaison: Antoinette V. Barber
Antoinette Barber is director of the Public Health Foundation's Learning Resource Center (LRC), an innovative business solution that offers high quality materials to the public health workforce. In this capacity, Ms. Barber oversees the operations of LRC and leads several health communications projects. Prior to this, she served as the assistant director of LRC (2004-2008) and LRC publications manager (2002-2004), where she worked with clients to develop marketing and work plans for many publications; coordinated the design of Resources for Learning--PHF's catalog of distance learning courses and training materials; and assisted with the directing of the CDC's Bioterrorism Preparedness Clearinghouse. Before coming to PHF, Ms. Barber was a marketing specialist at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, where she promoted publications, resources, and conferences; managed exhibits; developed web content and print materials; and wrote articles for the association's periodicals. Ms. Barber has more than 13 years of experience in health promotion. She believes in building and maintaining positive collaborations with federal and private partners at all levels.Liaison: Elizabeth Daniels, PhD, RN
Betty B. Daniels is an educational consultant for nursing and public health. She has been involved in public health nursing practice and teaching for more than 30 years and has worked closely with practicing public health nurses (PHN) in the state of Georgia and nationally through the PHN organizations that comprise the Quad Council (Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association, Association of State & Territorial Directors of Nursing, Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, Community Health Council of the American Nurses Association). Dr. Daniels holds a master's degree in Family and Community Health Nursing and a PhD in Post-Secondary and Adult Education with a research focus in self-directed and online learning.Alternate Liaison: Alexandra A. Garcia, PhD, RN
Alexandra Garcia is an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing where she teaches courses on public health nursing, research, and global health. Dr. Garcia is an elected officer of the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association (one of the four organizations that comprise the Quad Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations) and of the Texas Public Health Association. Dr. Garcia has been principal investigator or co-investigator on several NIH-funded studies and has published research findings pertaining to Mexican Americans' diabetes symptom experiences and self-management strategies.
Bojana Beric is an Assistant Professor of Health Studies and a co-director of the Center for Human and Community Wellness at Monmouth University in New Jersey. She served as a chair and a co-chair of the Global Understanding Convention, GUC 2009 and GUC 2010, at Monmouth University. In addition, Dr. Beric is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health, at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, MPH Program, a Visiting Professor at Medical Faculty, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and a faculty at the ECPD International Summer School on Reproductive Health, organized by European Center for Peace and Development (ECPD), University for Peace established by United Nations, Belgrade, Serbia. As an MD with a PhD in Health Education, Dr. Beric's professional interests have been focused on teaching, preparation of the public health workforce, community-campus partnerships for health and wellness, and global and international health issues. She has been active in professional associations at the state, national and international level, serving two terms as president of New Jersey SOPHE, in 2001/02 and 2006/07, and currently as a VP for Communications at NARO/IUHPE. Dr. Beric's research interests include methods of health information communication, particularly a community of inquiry in health, participation in class discussion, empowerment and advancement of health literacy in schools and colleges.