Liaisons to the Community Preventive Services Task Force

CPSTF engages with 32 agencies and organizations invited to serve as Liaisons. They support the work of the task force and contribute to The Community Guide by:

  • Promoting the value and use of The Community Guide in their agencies or organizations
  • Representing the views, concerns, and needs of their organization and constituents
  • Participating in the selection and prioritization of CPSTF topics
  • Engaging in systematic reviews of interventions
  • Disseminating CPSTF recommendations and findings
  • Translating CPSTF recommendations into practice
  • Providing feedback on how well CPSTF recommendations meet the needs of their constituents
Federal Agency Liaisons to the CPSTF
Liaison: Iris Mabry-Hernandez MD, Medical Officer
Liaison: Brigette Ulin, MPH, Chief, Applied Research & Translation Branch; Director, Prevention Research Centers Program

Liaison: Courtney Burton, MA, Social Science Research Analyst
Liaison: Emmeline Ochiai, MPH, Senior Advisor
Liaison: Kathleen S. Pittman, RN, MPH, National Program Manager for HPDP Programs
Liaison: Shayna Wilborn, MHA, BSN, RN, Commander, United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

Liaison: Alberta Becenti, MPH, Consultant Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
Liaison: Elizabeth Neilson, PhD, MPH, MSN, Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of Disease Prevention

Alternate Liaison: Bob McNellis, MPH, PA, Senior Advisor for Disease Prevention, Office of Disease Prevention

Liaison: Marion Cornelius Pierce, Public Health Analyst
Liaison: Kevin Baldovich, MD,
Liaison: Amy Millikan Bell, MD, MPH, Medical Advisor

Alternate Liaison: Laura Mitvalsky, Director, Health Promotion and Wellness

Liaison: Susan Mojica, RNC-BC, MSN, MHR, MPH, CPH, Commander, United States Navy, Director, Population Health, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

Alternate Liaison: Anthony Barkley, Head of Health Promotion and Wellness Health

Organization Liaisons to the CPSTF
Liaison: Kathryn (Kat) Istas, MPH, Program and Evaluation Strategist
Liaison: Debra Waldron, MD, MPH, FAAP, Senior Vice President, Healthy Resilient Children, Youth and Families

Alternate Liaison: Laura Conklin, MPH, Director, Community Health Initiatives

Liaison: Marie-Michèle Léger, MPH, PA-C, Director, International and Clinical Affairs

Liaison: Diane L. Padden, PhD, CRNP, Vice President of Professional Practice and Partnerships
Liaison: Kimberly McKinney, MD, MPH, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, MC, Flight Commander, Base Operational Medicine Clinic/Preventive Medicine Physician

Alternate Liaison: Tisha Titus, MD, MPH, FACPM, Independent Contract Physician, Adjunct Associate Professor at Emory University

Liaison: Jane Grover, DDS, MPH, Director

Alternate Liaison: Matt Zaborowski, MPH, CPH, Manager, Preventive Health Activities, Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention

Liaison: Lindsey Realmuto, MPH, Senior Program Manager for Public Health, Science, Medicine & Public Health

Alternate Liaison: Andrea M. Garcia, JD, MPH, Vice President, Science, Medicine & Public Health

Liaison: Darcy Steinberg–Hastings, MPH, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Health Initiatives
Liaison: Mighty Fine, MPH, CHES, Director, Center for Public Health Practice and Professional Development
Liaison: Amanda Powell, PhD, MPH, MA, Senior Advisor and Healthcare Scientist
Liaison: Sean P. Haley, MD MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina
Liaison: Emily Burke, EdD, MPH, CPH, Senior Director of Workforce Development and Applied Practice
Liaison: Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer

Liaison: Soohyun Kim, MPH, MSN, RN, CPH, APHN-BC, Supervisory Public Health Analyst, Maternal Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

Liaison: Rose Marie Martinez, ScD, Senior Director, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Liaison: Jennifer Li, MHS, Senior Director, Environmental Health

Liaison: Brittney Roy, MPA, Program Director, Public Health
Liaison: Chris Kinabrew, MPH, MSW, Vice President, Programs

Liaison: Kathleen Amos, MLIS, AHIP, Assistant Director, Academic/Practice Linkages

Federal Agency Liaisons Biosketches

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

Liaison: Iris Mabry-Hernandez, MD


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Prevention Research Centers

Liaison: Brigette Ulin, MPH

Brigette Ulin serves as the Applied Research and Translation Branch chief and the director of the Prevention Research Centers Program in the Division of Population Health within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. In this role, she oversees CDC’s Prevention Research Center (PRC) Program, Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, and Workplace Health Program.

Prior to this role, she served as the director of the Office of National Prevention Strategy where she supported the U.S. Surgeon General with the management of the National Prevention Council, served as the designated federal officer of the presidentially-appointed Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, and supported the implementation of the nation’s first National Prevention Strategy. Ms. Ulin has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, and a Master of Public Health degree from the Rollins School of Public Health.

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Liaison: Courtney Burton, MA

Ms. Burton is a Social Science Research Analyst at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). As a part of the Division of Health Innovation and Integration within the Preventive and Population Health Care Models Group, Ms. Burton serves as a project officer for numerous round two Health Care Innovation Awards (HCIA). In this role, she fulfills the mission of the group by identifying innovations in health care with a focus on preventive and population health care models aimed at achieving progress in the three part goals of better care, better health and lower cost. Additionally, Ms. Burton is the logistics lead for CMMI’s Population Health Payer-Provider Summit Series which engages internal and external stakeholders in order to encourage collaboration, and long-term scalability and sustainability of awardees. Prior to joining CMMI, Ms. Burton actively engaged community members through health education and outreach in her position at the Anne Arundel County Department of Health and contributed extensively to the development and implementation of the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) in her role at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Ms. Burton graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she received the following degrees: master of arts in Applied Sociology with a focus on research methods and a bachelor of arts in Health Administration and Policy with a concentration in public health.

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Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Liaison: Emmeline Ochiai, MPH

Ochiai is a senior advisor in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She contributes to the management of Healthy People 2030, the nation’s health promotion and disease prevention goals and objectives. Additionally, Ochiai leads Healthy People 2030’s Champions initiative, the Healthy People 2030 Learning Collaborative, and the production of Healthy People 2030’s interactive evidence-based resources tool. Ochiai earned her Master in Public Health degree from Harvard University and her Bachelors of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr University.

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Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Patient Care Services, National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Liaison: Kathleen S. Pittman, RN, MPH

Ms. Pittman is the national program manager for health promotion and disease prevention programs within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). 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. Pittman is a nurse and has worked for VHA since 1989 in a variety of positions including acute and primary care. Her special interests include health promotion and quality improvement

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Health Resources and Services Administration

Liaison: Shayna Wilborn, MHA, BSN, RN

CDR Shayna Wilborn is serving her second tour of duty within the Office of Quality Improvement, Bureau of Primary Healthcare (BPHC) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. BPHC supports health centers in communities that are medically underserved, providing access to high quality, affordable, patient-centered, comprehensive primary health care for people who have lower incomes, lack health insurance, or face other obstacles to receiving health care. CDR Wilborn provides oversight and programmatic recommendations to support patient safety and risk mitigation activities in nearly1,200 health centers receiving medical malpractice liability protection through the Federal Tort Claims Act. CDR Wilborn previously served as a perioperative nurse educator at the National Institutes of Health, where she received the PHS Commendation Medal and the PHS Achievement Medal. CDR Wilborn received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Towson University and a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Maryland.

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Indian Health Service

Liaison: Alberta Becenti, MPH

Ms. 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.

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National Institutes of Health

Liaison: Elizabeth Neilson, PhD, MPH, MSN

Dr. Neilson joined the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) in May 2010. She serves as a Health Science Policy Analyst and focuses on identifying research needs and gaps, facilitating collaborative prevention research activities, and promoting the adoption of evidence-based practices and policies into primary care and public health settings.

Dr. Neilson serves as a liaison between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Community Preventive Services Task Force. She is also a member of the NIH Dissemination and Implementation Working Group, the Coordinating Committee on Research on Women’s Health, the Coordinating Committee for Maternal Morbidity and Mortality, and the Pediatrics Research Consortium.

Before joining the ODP, Dr. Neilson served for six years as an advocacy relations manager at the National Cancer Institute. She also served as program director of the D.C. Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, as an area manager for Planned Parenthood, and as a public health nurse.

Dr. Neilson received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Emory University. She earned a Master of Science in community health nursing, a Master of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in public health with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

Alternate Liaison: Bob McNellis, MPH, PA

Bob McNellis joined the ODP in February 2022 as a Senior Advisor for Disease Prevention. In this role, he leads the effort to identify prevention research areas for investment across the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and serves as the NIH liaison to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Community Preventive Services Task Force. Mr. McNellis is also the scientific advisor for the ODP’s Pathways to Prevention Program.

Before assuming these responsibilities, he was Senior Advisor for Primary Care at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), where he worked on a broad portfolio of intramural and extramural primary care research. At AHRQ, Mr. McNellis conducted research on the dissemination and implementation of clinical preventive services in primary care practice. He has expertise in quality improvement and evidence-based strategies to improve clinical practice. In addition, Mr. McNellis served as a medical officer for the USPSTF from 2011 to 2018. Prior to joining AHRQ, Mr. McNellis was Vice President for Science and Public Health at the American Academy of Physician Assistants and was also an assistant professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Mr. McNellis earned his Master of Public Health in epidemiology and preventive medicine and his physician assistant credential from The George Washington University.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Liaison: Marion Cornelius Pierce

Mr. Pierce is a public health analyst for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), Division of Prevention Communications and Public Engagement. He works on internal and external communications and national prevention campaigns. He is the project lead for CSAP’s Substance Use Disorders Prevention Engagement Initiatives contract.

Previously, Mr. Pierce served as the project manager to produce the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on alcohol, drugs, and health. Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health addresses alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drug misuse. It provides an in-depth look at the science of addiction, calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the issue, and recommends actions we can take to prevent and treat these conditions.

Mr. Pierce graduated cum laude from Howard University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. In addition to substance abuse prevention, his other professional areas of interest include collegiate issues and strategic health communications.

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U.S. Air Force Medical Readiness Agency

Liaison: Kevin Baldovich, MD


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United States Army Public Health Center

Liaison: Amy Millikan Bell, MD, MPH, Medical Advisor


Alternate Liaison: Laura Mitvalsky, Director, Health Promotion and Wellness


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United States Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

Liaison: Susan Mojica, RNC-BC, MSN, MHR, MPH, CPH, Commander, United States Navy

Cmdr. Mojica is the Director of Population Health at the Navy & Marine Corps Public Health Center. In this role, she leads three diverse departments that provide consultation, training, research and product development in Health and Wellness, Health Surveillance, Epidemiology and Health Analysis and Modeling.

A registered nurse, Cmdr. Mojica’s areas of focus include public health and maternal and child health. In previous Navy and civilian assignments, she gained experience in primary care, humanitarian missions, hospital staff education and training, maternal-infant nursing, and leading hospital public health departments. Prior to becoming a commissioned officer, she worked in long-term dementia care, community health and maternal-infant inpatient settings.

Cmdr. Mojica earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Florida. She also completed master’s degrees in public health, nursing science, and human relations. Her professional accomplishments include certifications in Maternal-Newborn Nursing, Ambulatory Care Nursing and Public Health.

Alternate Liaison: Anthony Barkley

Organization Liaisons Biosketches

American Academy of Family Physicians

Liaison: Kathryn (Kat) Istas, MPH

Kathryn (Kat) Istas is a program and evaluation strategist in the Health of the Public and Science Division at AAFP. She is an adaptive and collaborative leader with expertise in qualitative research, systems-thinking, and program implementation and evaluation. In this role Istas develops grant applications, educational resources and tools for family physicians, and programs to implement public health innovations in family medicine settings. Her work contributes to the evidence base in tobacco cessation, medical education, interprofessional education, rural obstetrics access, physician advocacy, health equity, and anti-racism through peer-reviewed publications and regular presentations at academic and professional conferences. Her current research efforts include a descriptive study of the impacts of bias, discrimination, and microagressions on burnout in family physicians; and a case study of the factors of collaboration and information ecologies which facilitate community health information exchanges for health equity. Istas has a bachelor of arts in Humanities from the University of Kansas, a masters in public health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a graduate certificate in Public Health Informatics in from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree at UIC with an emphasis in Public Health Informatics and Leadership.

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American Academy of Pediatrics

Liaison: Debra Waldron, MD, MPH, FAAP

Dr. Waldron is the senior vice president of Healthy and Resilient Children, Youth, and Families for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She is a pediatric clinician and public health leader with experience in health care delivery systems, public/population health, health policy, and family engagement. Dr. Waldron oversees multiple programs and initiatives at AAP addressing bio-psycho-social aspects of child, adolescent, young adult, and family health. She plays a key role in AAP’s efforts to address the mental health crisis and provides guidance to the newly formed Council on Health Mental Development. Dr. Waldron also provides leadership to the AAP Bright Futures National Center—a national disease prevention and health promotion initiative. The Bright Futures Guidelines provide theory-based and evidence-driven guidance for all preventive care screenings and well-child visits.

Previously, Dr. Waldron served as the director of the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs at the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Prior to joining MCHB, she was vice chair of child health policy and professor of pediatrics at the University of Iowa where she oversaw the statewide system of services for children with special health care needs.

Alternate Liaison: Laura Conklin, MPH

Laura Conklin serves as the director of community health initiatives at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In this role, Conklin leads multiple national initiatives designed to connect pediatricians with their communities to enhance the wellbeing of children, adolescents, and young adults through policy, advocacy, and evidence-based interventions, specifically around the social drivers of health. Prior to joining the AAP, Conklin served as the health officer and director of the Wauwatosa Health Department in Wisconsin. She led comprehensive community health assessment and planning processes, using qualitative and quantitative data, to inform and guide the department’s priorities and actions. Conklin also has extensive experience in quality improvement, performance management, and strategic planning. She has also worked in the private, public, and academic sectors.

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American Academy of Physician Associates

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 Associates (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. 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. 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. Léger retains a faculty appointment at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Liaison: Diane L. Padden, PhD, CRNP

Diane Padden, PhD, CRNP joined the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) in 2013 and serves as the vice president of professional practice and partnerships. In this role, she is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing activities and programs related to professional practice. Dr. Padden represents AANP and participates in a wide variety of multi-stakeholder meetings related to nurse practitioner practice. She develops, establishes, and maintains partnerships with other organizations and agencies.

Prior to coming to AANP, Dr. Padden was an associate professor in the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. While there, she taught in the masters and doctoral programs and held several leadership positions, including Family Nurse Practitioner program director and chair of the Department of Health, Injury and Disease Prevention.

Dr. Padden has been a family nurse practitioner since 1994. She has practiced in private and public settings with a focus on health promotion and wellness for the entire family. She has conducted several research studies and published in the areas of stress, coping, and health promotion behaviors among spouses of military service members.

Dr. Padden received her Master of Nursing Degree from Emory University and her doctoral degree in nursing from The Catholic University of America. She was inducted as a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2010. She has received several awards including outstanding research abstract for AANP, and the Janet Rexrode Southby Prize in Nursing Research.

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American College of Preventive Medicine

Liaison: Kimberly McKinney, MD, MPH, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, MC

Lt Col Kimberly McKinney is Flight Commander of Base Operational Medicine Clinic at 99th Operational Medicine Readiness Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. She leads a flight of active duty and civilian personnel that ensures the medical readiness of the base. The Base Operational Medicine Clinic (BOMC) oversees all medical readiness-related exams including Preventive Health Assessments, Mental Health Assessments, Deployment-related Health Assessments, and Separation Health Physical Examinations. BOMC also oversees all medical clearance processing for applications related to retraining, overseas PCS, Palace Chase/ Palace Front, Professional Military Education, and Command Selection Board. Finally, BOMC includes the Medical Standards Management Element, which oversees medical profiles, the Airman Medical Readiness Optimization Board, and the Medical Evaluation Board process. She is an experienced pediatrician for over 10 years with the Air Force. She is a new preventive medicine physician and has a master’s in public health in applied epidemiology. She provides medical support to the Nellis AFB COVID-19 vaccination team, and is a key member of the COVID-19 Working Group, as the alternate Public Health Emergency Officer. Her professional areas of interest include global health and disaster preparedness.

Alternate Liaison: Tisha Titus, MD, MPH, FACPM

Dr. Titus is an independent contract physician and adjunct associate professor at Emory University. Prior to this she served as director of case management and work capacity at Federal Occupational Health, Department of Health and Human Services and the first dedicated preventionist for the Atlanta VA Medical Center focused on employee wellness. Dr. Titus has served as a board member or chair for a number of local, state and national organizations. Her professional areas of interest include global health, immunizations, prevention of infectious and lifestyle diseases, addiction, and quality improvement.



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American Dental Association

Liaison: Jane Grover, DDS, MPH

Dr. Grover became the director of the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention of the American Dental Association in April 2013. She oversees ADA activities on topics such as community water fluoridation, dental sealants, school based dental programs, community health center, access to care, and funding of public health dental programs.

She is a native of Detroit and received both her dental degree and Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the ADA, Dr. Grover was the dental director of an FQHC in Michigan, adjunct faculty of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and AEGD residency director for Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Grover has been an advocate for public-private partnerships to promote oral health programs for underserved populations. She was awarded the Clinician of the Year award from the Michigan Primary Care Association in 2004 for her role in advocating for the return of dental Medicaid benefits for adults in Michigan.

Alternate Liaison: Matt Zaborowski, MPH, CPH

Matt Zaborowski manages the Preventive Health Activities of the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention at the American Dental Association. He oversees population-based and public health efforts to promote collaboration on sealants, school-based oral healthcare, tobacco/vaping cessation, and other topics. Before joining the ADA, he managed the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Oral Health Program where he supported public-private partnerships, assisted in developing an adequate and competent oral health workforce, and monitored dental disease rates. The program was fully funded by CDC, HRSA, and Maternal and Child Health Title X grants and addressed a range of public health topics. As the program manager, Zabrowski fostered a shared vision for oral health across the state.

Zabrowski earned a Master’s in Public Health with a dental emphasis from A.T. Still University and a Certification in Public Health from the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He has extensive experience as a Sealant and Treatment Coordinator and finds collaborating, convening, and facilitating a shared vision for oral health extremely rewarding.

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American Medical Association

Liaison: Lindsey Realmuto, MPH

Lindsey Realmuto is a senior program manager for public health on the Science, Medicine and Public Health team at the American Medical Association (AMA) and also a PhD candidate in the Urban Planning and Policy department at the University of Illinois Chicago. Realmuto’s professional focus centers around environmental health, climate change, and better understanding the health impacts of the built environment. Before starting her doctoral program, she lived in New York City and was a senior project director in the Center for Evaluation and Applied Research at the New York Academy of Medicine. Prior to that, she was a health program planner in the Program on Health, Equity, and Sustainability at the San Francisco Department of Health and an Environmental Health Analyst for ASTHO. Realmuto holds a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.

Alternate Liaison: Andrea M. Garcia, JD, MPH

Andrea Garcia, JD, MPH, is the vice president of science, medicine, and public health at the American Medical Association (AMA). In this role she provides vision and leadership in science and public health for the organization, advancing AMA as a credible source of evidence-based information. She develops and leads the implementation of policies and programs involving a wide range of topics relevant to the AMA agenda including high profile public health issues (evidence-based preventive services, infectious diseases and immunizations, injury and violence prevention, and environmental health), pharmaceuticals (including the intersection of opioids, pain and addiction), and emerging areas of science, including precision medicine.

Garcia serves as the secretary for the AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health, which reviews scientific evidence and makes policy recommendations to the AMA House of Delegates. She previously worked at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, where her work with state health agencies was focused on advancing public health through law and state health policy. Garcia received her law degree and certificate in health law from the DePaul University College of Law, her Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her undergraduate degree in public health from the University of Rochester.

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American Osteopathic Association

Liaison: Darcy Steinberg–Hastings, MPH

Darcy Steinberg-Hastings has over 30 years of experience in the fields of medicine, public health, primary care, and child development. As the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Health Initiatives at the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Steinberg leads partnerships with AOA departments, affiliate organizations and other national organizations, federal agencies, foundations, and corporations. She also leads efforts in addressing the public health priorities of the AOA. As the Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships for Child and Family Health and Director, Developmental Pediatrics and Preventive Services at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), she established and directed several national health centers and initiatives focused on improving the health of diverse populations. As family medicine faculty at Georgetown University, in the Department of Family Medicine, she developed training, resources and educational programs for physicians, residents, nurses, and medical and nursing students. In addition, she served as public health faculty at George Washington University in Washington DC, a director working with national, state, and local level public health professionals at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and led public health education programs at a local health department and for Federally Qualified Health Centers.

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American Public Health Association

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America’s Health Insurance Plans

Liaison: Amanda Powell, PhD., MPH, MA

Dr. Powell joined the America’s Health Insurance Plans in 2021 as a senior-level advisor and consultant for health disparities, social determinants of health, and population health. Her research interests include food access and availability, racial disparities in health, and socioeconomic and geographic differences contributing to inequal health opportunities for vulnerable populations.

In addition to her duties with AHIP, Dr. Powell is a senior healthcare scientist at Kaiser Permanente, a non-profit healthcare system that delivers both health care and coverage. In this role, she acts as the social determinants of health SME, working closely with physicians and executive leadership on initiatives designed to reduce costs and improve member experience. Dr. Powell is also an adjunct sociology professor at LaGrange College.

Prior to her current roles, Dr. Powell was an ORISE fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Quarantine Branch and the Community Guide Branch. She holds a PhD. in Sociology with an emphasis in Race and Urban Studies, a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on Environmental Health, and a Master of Arts in Sociology.

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Association for Prevention Teaching and Research

Liaison: Sean P. Haley, MD MPH

Dr. Haley is on the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina where he oversees medical students’ curriculum on health systems science, public health and prevention, evidence-based medicine, and health care disparities. He also works clinically in outpatient family medicine, inpatient hospital medicine, long term residential care facilities, and post-acute care facilities in skilled nursing. Dr. Haley serves as the medical director for the MUSC Asylum Clinic, and he is a member of the Gold Humanism Society. Dr. Haley’s clinical interest areas include preventive medicine, chronic disease management, community medicine, population health, public health, and global and underserved care. He holds a medical degree and a master’s degree in public health, and he has extensive experience working in the not-for-profit sphere within community development and with the resettled refugee population.

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Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

Liaison: Emily Burke, EdD, MPH, CPH

Dr. Burke is the senior director of workforce development and applied practice at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). As director of the ASPPH Center for Public Health Workforce Development, Dr. Burke oversees ASPPH research and applied practice activities. Her research interests include academic public health, public health workforce and infrastructure, academic and practice linkages in public health, and continuing education and training in public health. Dr. Burke received her Doctor of Education degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Public Health degree from Drexel University. She is board certified in public health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

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Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Liaison: Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH

Dr. Marcus Plescia is the incoming chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). He provides medical leadership and expertise across the agency and helps oversee ASTHO’s portfolio of chronic disease prevention and control programs. ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ.

Dr. Plescia has served in public health leadership roles at the local, state, and federal level for the past fifteen years. He was the chronic disease director in the North Carolina Division of Public Heath, director of the national cancer control programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and public health director in Charlotte, NC. In these roles he has led successful efforts to enact public health policy changes, including a state law banning smoking in all restaurants and bars in North Carolina. He has helped create major public health initiatives, and his leadership of the implementation of CDC’s national colorectal cancer screening program is a notable example of his efforts to transform public health practice to more population-based, data-focused approaches.

Dr. Plescia received his Medical Degree, his Master of Public Health, and his Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He trained in family medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. He is board certified in family medicine and has practiced in a variety of settings serving homeless, urban poor, and rural underserved populations. He spent the first ten years of his career in academic family medicine and has published extensively in public health and family medicine literature.

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The Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations

Liaison: Soohyun Kim, MPH, MSN, RN, CPH, APHN-BC

Soohyun Kim is a supervisory public health analyst with the Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Services, Maternal Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration. In this role, she leads the Data and Evaluation Team that manages a complex performance measurement, and evaluation portfolio. Kim has previously worked for the State of Alaska, supervising public health centers providing safety net public health services at individual, community, and system levels, and she continues to remotely support the state’s response to tuberculosis and other staff development initiatives. Kim received Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Public Health Nursing degrees from Johns Hopkins University.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division

Liaison: Rose Marie Martinez, ScD

Dr. Martinez is the senior director, for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division’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.

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National Association of County and City Health Officials

Liaison: Jennifer Li, MHS

At the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Jennifer Li is a Senior Advisor of Programs. She provides oversight and coordination functions related to projects housed in the Chronic Disease & Disability, Environmental Health, Injury & Violence Prevention, Preparedness, and Public Health Law & Policy portfolios. Additionally, she ensures coordination of projects across the other programmatic primary work teams internally and externally with partner organizations. Li obtained her Masters of Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus in Environmental Health Sciences. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Michigan with a concentration in Natural Resources and Environmental Policy.

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National Governors Association

Liaison: Brittney Roy, MPA

Brittney Roy serves as program director for public health in the NGA Center for Best Practices. Roy leads the public health portfolio, which includes supporting governors with their public health response to outbreaks and incidents. She also oversees policy areas, including chronic and infectious diseases, vaccines, health equity, maternal and child health, public health infrastructure, and the social drivers of health. Before joining NGA, Roy served as the senior health policy advisor for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and non-profit management from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

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National Network of Public Health Institutes

Liaison: Chris Kinabrew, MPH, MSW

Chris Kinabrew provides high-level, organization-wide, collaborative direction and support to National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) programs, staff, member institutes, and partners to ensure effective alignment of strategies, resources, and program outcomes. Based in Atlanta, GA, he serves as principal investigator (PI) for NNPHI’s umbrella cooperative agreement with CDC, Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health and as co-principal investigator for Improving Clinical and Public Health Outcomes through National Partnerships to Prevent and Control Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Disease. Kinabrew provides support and oversight to NNPHI staff implementing a range of capacity building projects and initiatives through these CDC mechanisms and private foundation awards. His prior experience includes completion of the National Public Health Leadership Institute and the New Strategies program at Georgetown University. Kinabrew holds degrees from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Tulane School of Social Work, and Williams College.

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Public Health Foundation

Liaison: Kathleen Amos, MLIS, AHIP

Kathleen Amos serves as the assistant director for academic/practice linkages for the Public Health Foundation (PHF). In this role, she manages projects designed to build collaboration between academia and public health practice and strengthen the public health workforce. She coordinates the activities of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice and its various initiatives, including the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and the Academic Health Department Learning Community, as well as efforts related to increasing the use of evidence in community health improvement planning and enhancing access to public health training evaluation resources. Amos’ prior experience includes completion of a Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund Learning Partnership fellowship at PHF and the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program. She holds a Master of Library and Information Studies degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and social anthropology, both from Dalhousie University.

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Society for Public Health Education

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