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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 and other 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 other findings were disseminated, implemented, and used, and how well the recommendations and other findings met the needs of their constituents
Federal Agency Liaisons to the Task Force
|Liaison: Quyen Ngo-Metzger, MD, MPH, Scientific Director
Alternate Liaison: Tracy Wolff MD, MPH, Associate Scientific Director
|Liaison: Suzanne Hurley, Public Health Analyst
Alternate Liaison: Connie Bish, PhD, MPH, Team Lead, PRC Evaluation & Translation Team
|Liaison: Courtney Burton, Social Science Research Analyst|
|Liaison: Emmeline Ochiai, Public Health Advisor|
|Liaison: Kathleen S. Pittman, RN, MPH, National Program Manager for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs|
|Liaison: Justin A. Mills, MD, MPH, FAAP, Sr. Clinical Advisor, Southwest Division, Bureau of Primary Care
Alternate Liaison: Shayna Wilborn, BSN, CNOR, LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service
|Liaison: Alberta Becenti, MPH, Consultant Health Promotion/Disease Prevention|
|Liaison: Carrie Klabunde, PhD, MBA, MHS, Senior Advisor for Disease Prevention, Office of Disease Prevention, Office of the Director
Alternate Liaison: Denise Stredrick, PhD, Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of Disease Prevention
|Liaison: Shadia Garrison, MPH, Public Health Analyst|
|Liaison: Claudine Ward, DO, MPH, Maj, USAF, MC, Population Health (AFMOA/SGHC)
Alternate Liaison: Nita C. Hawk, Ed.D, CHES, ACSM/HFS, Health Promotion/Fitness Analyst
|Liaison: Amy Millikan Bell, MD, MPH, Acting Medical Advisor, Army Institute of Public Health, US Army Public Health Center
Alternate Liaison: Jodi Brown, MPH, RN-BC, MAJ U.S. Army, Staff Officer
|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: Kevin Kovach, MSc, CHES, Population Health Manager
Alternate Liaison: Bellinda K. Schoof, MHA, CPHQ, Director, Division of Health of the Public and Science
|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: Christopher Holliday, PhD, MPH, Director of Population Health
|Liaison: Regina Davis Moss, PhD, MPH, MCHES, Associate Executive Director, Public Health Policy and Practice|
|Liaison: Danielle P. Turnipseed, JD, MHSA, MPP, Vice President, Prevention and Population Health
Alternate Liaison: Natalie M. Slaughter, MSPPM, Senior Health Research Associate
|Liaison: Beverly D. Taylor, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine; Program Director, MSM General Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Morehouse School of Medicine|
|Liaison: Rachel Eisenstein, MPH, CPH, Program Manager|
|Liaison: Sharon Moffatt, RN, BSN, MSN, Chief of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Alternate Liaison: Lisa Waddell,MD, Chief of Community Health and Prevention
|Liaison: Lucia "Luci" V. Longoria, MPH, State and Community Policy Manager, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention
Alternate Liaison: Susan Goekler, PhD, MCHES, Chief Executive Officer
|Liaison: Rose Marie Martinez, ScD, Senior Director, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice|
|Liaison: Calondra D. Tibbs, MPH, Senior Advisor, Public Health Program
Alternate Liaison: Megan Jourdan, Director, Community Health Promotion
|Liaison: Kelly Hughes, MPH, RD, CHES, Associate Director for Program Strategy
Alternate Liaison: Jennifer McKeever, MSW, MPH, Director, Public Health Practice and Training
|Liaison: Russell Rubin, Marketing and Communications Manager, Learning Resource Center
Alternate Liaison: Kathleen Amos, MLIS, AHIP, Assistant Director, Academic/Practice Linkages
|Liaison: L. Michele Issel, PhD, RN, Professor and Director of PhD in Public Health Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Alternate Liaison: Alexandra A. Garcia, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
|Liaison: Albert Terrillion, DrPH, MEd, CPH, CHES, Senior Director, Clinical and Community Partnerships, National Council on Aging|
Federal Agency Liaisons Biosketches
Dr. Ngo-Metzger provides scientific leadership and support for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF/Task Force). Since its inception over 30 years ago, the Task Force's mission is to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services and health promotion. The Task Force comprehensively assesses evidence and makes recommendations to help primary care clinicians and patients decide together whether a preventive service is right for an individual's needs. Prior to this position, Dr. Ngo-Metzger was the Data Branch Chief in the Bureau of Primary Health Care, where her work involved evaluating the clinical quality of care, access, and cost of care for over 20 million patients seen at approximately 8,500 federally-qualified community health centers. Prior to her work in the government, Dr. Ngo-Metzger was an Associate Professor at the University of California, Irvine, and Senior Research Fellow in the Health Policy Research Institute. At the University of California, she received the Dean's Award for Outstanding Clinician Investigator. Her research focused on health disparities and vulnerable populations. She conducted numerous studies on the quality and outcomes of medical care for low-income patients, racial/ethnic minorities, and individuals with language barriers. She was the Principal Investigator on several studies to prevent obesity and diabetes among minority populations. Other research interests include health disparities in depression screening and treatment in primary care. Dr. Ngo-Metzger received the American Cancer Society Cancer Control Career Development Award for Primary Care Physicians, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award. Her work in behavioral health and primary care has been published in the Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health and the Handbook of Asian American Health. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association and the American Journal of Public Health. She served as a Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Dr. Wolff is the associate scientific director of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She is a board-certified physician trained in both family medicine and preventive medicine. Dr. Wolff provides technical assistance to the USPSTF in the formulation of recommendations on preventive services provided in primary care settings. The technical assistance she provides includes the oversight of the work with the USPSTF in drafting recommendations, assisting in the coordination of USPSTF meetings, and serving as a peer reviewer for the USPSTF evidence reviews and products. She has collaborated with the USPSTF in the development of new methods of developing recommendations for geriatric populations. She is the lead author on several systematic reviews for the USPSTF, including reviews on aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and screening for carotid artery stenosis. Dr. Wolff completed a family medicine residency at the University of Maryland and a preventive medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University. She received a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health with emphases on health policy and planning and maternal and child health. She has interests in general clinical prevention and methods of developing evidence-based guidelines.
Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Patient Care Services, National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Kathy 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.
Dr. Mills is a senior clinical advisor for the Health Resources and Services Administration - Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). BPHC helps fund and support the Health Center Program, a network of over 1200 organizations that provide care to approximately 20 million people with historically limited access to health services. He is currently assigned to the Southwest Health Services Division which covers parts of HHS Region IX (CA, HI, Guam and the Pacific Islands). Dr. Mills works to improve coordination between the clinical, administrative, and policy aspects of Bureau operations. This includes supporting staff to improving their understanding of clinical practice and quality. He also works directly with health centers to provide technical assistance on HRSA program requirement related clinical compliance. Prior to joining BPHC Dr. Mills worked in a private pediatric practice in rural Kansas. Areas of particular interest/ expertise include quality improvement, patient centered medical homes, and health quality metrics.
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.
Dr. Carrie Klabunde joined the Office of Disease Prevention of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as senior advisor for disease prevention in January 2015, after 18 years as an epidemiologist and program director with the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Klabunde's current responsibilities include leading the Office of Disease Prevention's effort to identify prevention research areas for investment or expanded effort by the NIH. She serves as the NIH liaison to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and Community Preventive Services Task Force. She also is scientific advisor to the Pathways to Prevention program.
Dr. Klabunde is a health services researcher whose interests are in evaluating the organization and delivery of preventive services, with an emphasis on cancer screening in primary care practice. She has expertise in designing and implementing probability sample surveys of health care providers. From 2008-2014, she served as the scientific coordinator for the cancer control supplement to the National Health Interview Survey. Dr. Klabunde holds a doctoral degree in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and masters degrees in health services administration from the University of Florida.
Denise Stredrick is a health science policy analyst at the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), where she conducts a wide range of analysis and evaluation specific to the responsibilities with which the office is charged. She represents ODP on several NIH-wide and federal agency-wide committees and assists in program planning and analysis for the HHS initiative, Healthy People 2020. Dr. Stredrick is the executive secretary for the Prevention Research Coordinating Committee and the Prevention Research Subcommittee for Prevention Science, both of which foster state-of-the science prevention research across NIH and disseminate information about prevention-related activities sponsored by federal and non-federal organizations.
Prior to her position at ODP, Dr. Stredrick was a health science analyst at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Office of Science Planning and Assessment. Dr. Stredrick earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology and doctorate in pharmacology; her dissertation research focused on the molecular neurotoxicity of manganese. She was a Cancer Research Training Award postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Population Genetics at NCI, where she studied the genetics of breast cancer. Her professional interests include health promotion and disease prevention.
Ms. Garrison is a public health analyst with the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. As such, she works on internal and external communications and national prevention campaigns. She served on CSAP's Heroin Task Force and serves as the CSAP liaison for SAMHSA's Health Reform Finance and Integration team. Previously, Ms. Garrison served in a leadership role for Health Care for America Now; and as a program director for cultural competency and community responsive curricula programs at the American Medical Student Association. Ms. Garrison has a masters of public health in health education from Indiana University. In addition to substance abuse prevention, her other professional areas of interest are school health, international health, and health equity.
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.
MAJ Jodi Brown is a staff officer at the Army Public Health Center (APHC). She has been an Army Nurse Corps officer for 10 years including six years as an Army public health nurse. She is currently the Women's Health Initiatives Action Officer at the APHC, where she is actively engaged in leading women's health issue reform within the military to improve female warriors' physical, emotional, and spiritual strength and resilience. She provides knowledge of women's health issues provided by the subject matter experts throughout the US Army Medical Command and the tri-service community.
MAJ Brown is currently working on The Warrior Readiness Guide in conjunction with the Office of the Surgeon General's (OTSG) Women's Health Service Line (WHSL). This will be a gender neutral document that provides health lessons and tips for all Soldiers. She co-authored an article in The United States Army Medical Journal titled, "An Expression of Change: Breastfeeding in the Military." Her current research interests include women's health, child health and safety, and disaster response management.
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
Kevin A. Kovach is the manager of the Population Health Department in the American Academy of Family Physicians' Health of the Public and Science Division. In this capacity, Mr. Kovach oversees the development of programs that aim to assist family physicians with applying a population-based approach to their work in order to address the social determinants of health.
Mr. Kovach has 12 years of public health experience. Before coming to the American Academy of Family Physicians he served in a variety of roles in state and local governmental public health, including health promotion, epidemiology and emergency preparedness. Kevin's professional areas of interest include health disparities and health equity, public health services and systems research, inter-organizational collaboration and community health assessment and improvement. He holds a master's degree in epidemiology and is a Doctor of Public Health candidate.
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.
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.
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.
Christopher S. Holliday is the Director of Population Health at the American Medical Association (AMA). In this role, Dr. Holliday leads efforts to develop and implement national, public health-based change strategies for improving health outcomes and reducing costs for high-impact medical conditions. He helps devise multi-level, evidence-based interventions targeting key social, environmental, and behavioral determinants of health, identify and engage key population segments and communities in health risk reduction, builds clinical-community linkages, and advocates for public policy changes that reduce the leading causes of disease burden and promote healthy lifestyles.
Dr. Holliday is a senior-level leader with twenty years of executive management experience in population health and clinic-based public health, primary healthcare, and non-profit settings at the local and national levels. He has led teams in the prevention of chronic diseases, infectious diseases, and injury prevention. He is a community psychologist and research scientist with nearly a decade of experience in community-based participatory processes, including community mobilization and coalition-building.
Prior to joining the AMA, Dr. Holliday served as the director of the national center of excellence on the social determinants of mental health at the Adler School of Professional Psychology where he was responsible for generating and disseminating knowledge on the influence of social conditions on public mental health. Just before, he served as CEO of Communities Joined in Action, a national organization of 200 community health access and care-coordination coalitions in 44 states. From 1998 through 2011, he served in various leadership roles at the DeKalb County Board of Health in Georgia, including director of the Center for Community Health Transformation and director of Community Health and Prevention Services. He received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and PhD degrees in psychology from Northwestern University and Georgia State University, and his Master of Public Health degree from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.
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.
Ms. Turnipseed is the vice president, prevention and population health at America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). In this role and as a member of the clinical affairs team, Danielle oversees programs, activities, and industry-wide initiatives related to prevention, wellness, population health. Danielle is co-director on a multi-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent diabetes, and is principal investigator for a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant on asthma.
AHIP - the national trade association representing the health insurance industry - advocates for public policies that expand access to affordable health care coverage to all Americans through a competitive marketplace that fosters choice, quality and innovation. AHIP's members provide health and supplemental benefits to over 200 million Americans through employer-sponsored coverage, the individual insurance market, and public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
Previously, Ms. Turnipseed was a federal judicial clerk, health policy advisor to two United States Senators, and program officer at the Institute of Medicine.
Natalie Slaughter is a senior health research associate.
Beverly Deaderick Taylor, MD was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee where she received all of her formal education. She is a 1972 graduate of Fisk University with departmental honors in Biology. She later matriculated at Meharry Medical College where she completed training for the medical degree in 1976. She trained In Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine at the George W. Hubbard Hospital of Meharry in 1980 and remained there as a faculty member until 1982. She is board certified in Family Medicine.
After a brief stint in private practice in Birmingham Alabama, and Atlanta, she joined the faculty of Morehouse School of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Health in 1984. Her tenure at Morehouse School of Medicine has seen her fulfill many administrative roles. She became the first Director of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program in 1985 and continues in that role today. During her tenure, the preventive medicine residency program has maintained full accreditation through the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. She has served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine. She served as Vice Chair of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine in 1996 during which time she supervised the successful completion of the first accreditation of the Master of Public Health Program through the Council on Education in Public Health.
She is a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine; the Association for Teaching, Prevention and Research; the American Academy of Family Physicians; and the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. She currently serves on the Residency Advisory Committee of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and completed serving as the Chair of the Physician's Training Award in Preventive Medicine Review Board, of the American Cancer Society.
Some of her honors and awards include: Induction as a Member, Alpha Lambda Chapter of the Delta Omega Society, Distinguished Educator of the Year by the Association of Teachers in Preventive Medicine (currently known as the Association for Teaching, Prevention and Research); Arnold P Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, and has been inducted into the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor society.
Rachel Eisenstein is a program manager in the Department of Education and Practice at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. Ms. Eisenstein has managed several academic public health practice programs, including activities for the CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers and the CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers. From 2012-2014, Ms. Eisenstein managed the Health Resources and Services Administration Public Health Training Centers program where she oversaw numerous initiatives. She also supports various ASPPH academic public health practice based forums and committees. In addition, she served as an ASPPH-staff representative on the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Public Health Preparedness Summit Planning Committee Meeting and organized a Partner Town Hall as part of the 2014 Summit. Prior to coming to ASPPH, Ms. Eisenstein served as a health planner at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and as a program associate at the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
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.
Ms. Longoria is the health promotion manager for the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention section (HPCDP) of the Oregon Public Health Division. In this capacity, she leads a team of committed public health professionals that administer evidence-based, data driven population health policy interventions to help all Oregonians be tobacco free, move more, eat better and take charge of their health. Ms. Longoria has been part of a leadership team that coordinates section-wide initiatives for organizational development in support of evidence-based, data-driven public health program and systems alignment, integration, and health system transformation. Her responsibilities include direction and oversight for state and federal budgeting, staffing, strategic planning, federal grant writing and program evaluation. Ms. Longoria's experience in population-based, public health promotion includes her past service as section manager, chronic disease programs manager, community programs manager, and disparities programs team lead.
Prior to her work at the Public Health Division, Ms. Longoria worked at Clackamas County Public Health Department, where she directed the county tobacco prevention program. Ms. Longoria formerly worked as medical affairs manager for the Oregon Division of the American Cancer Society, focused on breast cancer awareness initiatives. She continued her contributions in addressing women's health and cancer through six years of volunteer service to the Oregon and Southwest Washington Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. There, Ms. Longoria served on the Board of Directors, operating as grants committee chair and a member of the screening committee. Ms. Longoria was also a founding board member of Upstream Public Health, a grassroots public health policy advocacy organization. Prior to her work in public health, Ms. Longoria served as a social worker in the Portland metropolitan area for five years, where she administered public assistance programs for child care, HIV+ adults, pregnant and parenting teens, and families in emergency or transitional conditions.
Ms. Longoria received her master of public health degree with emphasis in health promotion and health education from the Oregon MPH program at Portland State University, with advocacy and social change as her focus. Her undergraduate degree, received at the University of Oregon, is a double-bachelor of arts in psychology and sociology with emphasis in child development.
As chief executive officer of the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE), Dr. Goekler oversees the day to day operations of the national office and represents the association, its members who work in state health departments on health promotion and health equity, and the field as part of consortia and coalitions, in contacts with the media, and in advocacy work. DHPE advances health policy and systems change with a health equity focus by working with its members throughout the U.S. and building on principles and practices of health promotion and education. DHPE is a 501c(3) professional association affiliated with the Association of State and Territorial State Health Officials (ASTHO). Prior to her work at DHPE, Dr. Goekler served as Executive Director of the American School Health Association, as a project officer at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and as a curriculum developer. She has also had academic appointments both full time and with Adjunct status. Her masters and doctorate degrees are in health education. She has consulted on grant writing, curriculum development, school health, health promotion, program development and evaluation, and proposal development.
Rose Marie 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.
Calondra Tibbs serves as the senior advisor of public health programs at the National Association of County and City Health Officials. She provides strategic guidance and alignment to local health department capacity building, program development and implementation, and resource development activities to enhance programs and services addressing chronic disease prevention, community design, community resilience and preparedness, adolescent health, maternal and child health, and injury and prevention. Prior to her time at NACCHO, Ms. Tibbs spent more than 10 years working in local and state governmental public health as an epidemiologist and administrator in the areas of environmental health, infectious diseases, communicable diseases, foodborne illness and outbreak response, and public health emergency response and preparedness. Ms. Tibbs received her bachelor of science degree in health science education from the University of Florida and a master of public health degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Kelly Hughes is the associate director for program strategy at NNPHI. Based in Atlanta, she serves as a network liaison to CDC, providing project and relational support for CDC-funded initiatives. Prior to joining NNPHI, Ms. Hughes worked as a public health analyst in CDC's Division of Community Health to conduct policy analysis, partnership engagement, budget formulation, issues management, community health investment tracking and Prevention and Public Health Fund reporting for DCH programs and awardees, such as the Community Transformation Grant and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health programs.
Ms. Hughes is a graduate of CDC's Public Health Prevention Service fellowship. As a PHPS fellow, she completed a field assignment at the Minnesota Department of Health, where she supported the Statewide Health Improvement Program in the areas of policy analysis, program development and implementation, financial management and oversight, and grants management. Ms. Hughes also completed rotations within CDC in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response in Atlanta and the Office of Global Health Affairs in the HHS Office of the Secretary in Washington, DC.
As Director of Public Health Practice and Training, Jennifer McKeever supports staff, consultants, and network members in the implementation of initiatives that improve the nation's public health performance. Most recently, Jennifer is supporting the creation and launch of the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training, working with ten regional training centers to co-create, standardize, and modernize a best-in-class public health training system that is easily accessible to all communities and Tribes across the country. In her tenure with NNPHI, Jennifer has led the design and execution of national trainings and conferences that reach over 1,000 public health professionals per year and learning communities that test innovations to advance public health practice. Her work is driven by a deep belief that achieving health in the U.S and everywhere will be found through the pursuit of justice. Prior to joining NNPHI, Jennifer oversaw HIV testing and counseling with the Louisiana Office of Public Health, a program that conducted 75,000 tests and trained over 200 HIV counselors annually. She also managed and provided training for community-based programs providing HIV services across the state. Earlier in her career, Ms. McKeever worked as a social services director for a residential facility for persons living with AIDS, as an ESL teacher and caregiver for children in Honduras, and as an employment coach for persons with developmental disabilities. She earned a MSW and MPH from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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.
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. Ms. 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.
Dr. Michele Issel is professor and PhD program director in the Department of Public Health Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). She is editor-in-chief of Health Care Management Review and serves as peer reviewer for several other health care, public health, and nursing journals. She also served as peer reviewer for MCHB Title V Block Grants. Dr. Issel's textbook, Health Program Planning and Evaluation, is in its 3rd edition. She is an internationally recognized speaker, with invited presentations in Italy, Germany and Ireland. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi Beta Delta, and Delta Omega honor societies.
Her two most recently completed projects are the Keeping RNs to Improve and Strengthen Population Health (KRISP) project, funded by HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, and Best Practices to Preserve MCAH Performance in Local Health Departments: Learning from the Economic Downturn, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Issel's research interests and projects include economic analysis of public health nurse wages, evaluation of local policy regarding tobacco-free parks, small area analysis of health outcomes for pregnant women, infants and children, and community-based approaches to ensuring healthy pregnancies.
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.
Dr. Terrillion is a health professional with over twenty years of experience at the local, state, and national level. He is currently the senior director for Clinical and Community Partnerships with the National Council on Aging (NCOA). In this position, he leads NCOA efforts to develop, strengthen, promote, and sustain partnerships between health professionals, health care providers, and community-based organizations to support older adult health and wellness. He has worked with both health systems and community groups to identify successful models and the use of evidence-based practices and has lead the development of technical assistance materials and tools to bring these models to scale.
Dr. Terrillion also led the support of primary care, health equity, and the integration of evidence-based programs and policies in state and local public health agency efforts. This work included being the operational lead for several national high-profile public health initiatives. His background further comprises work in academia (in translational research, community improvement, and health workforce instruction and training) and work to improve health in rural communities in Louisiana. A native of New Orleans, Dr. Terrillion led several local initiatives to support the city's ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina.