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Liaisons to the Community Preventive Services Task Force
The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) was established in 1996 to develop The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide). The founders understood right away that it was impossible for the CPSTF 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 do the following
- Represent the views, concerns, and needs of their organization and constituents
- Provide input into review prioritization and CPSTF recommendations and other findings
- Serve on, or recommend participants to serve on individual systematic review teams
- Disseminate CPSTF recommendations among their members and constituents
- Help their members and constituents translate CPSTF recommendations into action
- Provide feedback on how CPSTF 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 CPSTF
|Liaison: Quyen Ngo-Metzger, MD, MPH, Scientific Director
Alternate 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, Public Health Advisor|
|Liaison: Kathleen S. Pittman, RN, MPH, National Program Manager for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs|
|Liaison: LCDR Shayna Wilborn, RN, BSN, LHCRM|
|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: Elizabeth Neilson, PhD, MPH, MSN, Senior Communications Advisor, Office of Disease Prevention
|Liaison: Marion Cornelius Pierce, Public Health Analyst|
|Liaison: Major Denise E. Campbell, MPH, RD, CSSD, Chief, Health Promotion Nutrition
Alternate Liaison: Regina Watson, Health Promotion Program Manager>
|Liaison: Amy Millikan Bell, MD, MPH, Acting Medical Advisor, Army Institute of Public Health, US Army Public Health Command
Alternate Liaison: Laura Mitvalsky, Director, Health Promotion and Wellness at Army Public Health Center
|Liaison: William (Bill) Calvert, MS, MPH, MBA, Deputy Director for Public Health, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center|
Organization Liaisons to the CPSTF
|Liaison: Kevin Kovach, DrPH, MSc, CHES, Population Health Manager
Alternate Liaison: Bellinda K. Schoof, MHA, CPHQ, Director, Division of Health of the Public and Science
|Liaison: Diane L. Padden, PhD, CRNP, Vice President of Professional Practice and Partnerships|
|Liaison: Debra Waldron, MD, MPH, FAAP, Senior Vice President, Healthy Resilient Children, Youth and Families
Alternate Liaison: Darcy Steinberg-Hastings, MPH, Director, Division of Developmental Pediatrics and Preventive Services, AAP
|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: Jane Grover, DDS, MPH, Director
Alternate Liaison: Tooka Zokaie, MPH, CLSSGB, National Manager for Fluoridation and Preventive Health Activities
|Liaison: Christopher Holliday, PhD, MPH, Director of Population Health
|Liaison: David Pugach, JD, Senior Vice President of Public Policy|
|Liaison: Regina Davis Moss, PhD, MPH, MCHES, Associate Executive Director, Public Health Policy and Practice|
|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: Elizabeth M. Weist, MPH, CPH, Director of Education|
|Liaison: Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer|
|Liaison: Rose Marie Martinez, ScD, Senior Director, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice|
|Liaison: Jennifer Li, MHS, Senior Director, Environmental Health|
|Liaison: Hemi Tewarson, JD, MPH, Division Director, Health Division|
|Liaison: Chris Kinabrew, MPH, MSW, Chief Strategy Officer
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: Joyce Edmonds, PhD, MPH, RN, Assistant Professor, Boston College Connell School of Nursing|
|Liaison: Albert Terrillion, DrPH, MEd, CPH, CHES, Faculty, Walden University|
Federal Agency Liaisons Biosketches
Liaison: Quyen Ngo-Metzger, MD, MPH
Dr. Ngo-Metzger provides scientific leadership and support for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Since its inception over 30 years ago, the USPSTF mission is to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services and health promotion. The USPSTF 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.
Alternate Liaison: Iris Mabry-Hernandez, MD
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.
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.
Liaison: Emmeline Ochiai, MPH
Ms. 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 is the designated federal official for the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. She is the lead for production of Healthy People 2020's interactive evidence-based resources tool and production of the Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health webinar series. Ms. Ochiai earned her Master in Public Health degree from Harvard University and her Bachelors of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr University.
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.
Liaison: LCDR Shayna Wilborn, RN, BSN, LHCRM
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.
Liaison: Carrie Klabunde, PhD, MBA, MHS
Dr. 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.
Alternate Liaison: Elizabeth Neilson, PhD, MPH, MSN
Dr. Neilson joined the ODP in May 2010 as a Senior Communications Advisor and worked to increase the visibility of prevention research. In 2016, she was promoted to Health Science Policy Analyst. In this role, Dr. Neilson focuses on identifying research needs and gaps, facilitating collaborative prevention research activities, and promoting the use of evidence-based interventions and the conduct of dissemination and implementation research.
Dr. Neilson co-leads two scientific interest groups in disease prevention and facilitates the partnership between the NIH and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Community Preventive Services Task Force. She is also an active member of the NIH Dissemination and Implementation Working Group.
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 and as an Area Manager for Planned Parenthood.
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.
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 Systems Development. He works on internal and external communications and national prevention campaigns. He is the project lead for CSAP’s Underage Drinking Prevention Education Initiatives contract, and he serves as the publications lead for the center. 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.
Liaison: Major Denise E. Campbell, MPH, RD, CSSD
In her role as chief, health promotion nutrition, Maj Campbell is responsible for executing guidance for nutrition strategy policies, plans, and program resourcing for 2.6 million beneficiaries. Maj Campbell received her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the University of Delaware, and her master’s in public health from the Colorado School of Public Health.
Alternate Liaison: Regina Watson
Liaison: Amy Millikan Bell, MD, MPH, Acting Medical Advisor, Army Institute of Public Health, US Army Public Health Command
Liaison: William (Bill) Calvert, MS, MPH, MBA
Mr. 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
Liaison: Kevin Kovach, DrPH, MSc, CHES
Dr. 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, he oversees the Academy’s efforts related to chronic disease prevention, social determinants of health, and health equity. Prior to joining the Academy, Dr. Kovach served a variety of roles in state and local public health organizations, including health promotion, emergency preparedness, community health assessment and improvement, and epidemiology. His professional areas of interest include health disparities and health equity, inter-organizational collaboration, and community health assessment. Dr. Kovach has a doctoral degree in public health leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of London.
Alternate Liaison: Bellinda K. Schoof, MHA, CPHQ
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.
Liaison: Debra Waldron, MD, MPH, FAAP
Dr. Waldron is the senior vice president of the Department of Healthy and Resilient Children, Youth, and Families at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In this role, she oversees child safety, health and wellness; pediatric population health; strategic partnerships for child and family health; and systems of services for children and youth with special health care needs. 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. In that role, she oversaw the statewide system of services for children with special health care needs. Her areas of expertise are population health and family engagement.
Alternate Liaison: Darcy Steinberg-Hastings, MPH
Ms. Steinberg-Hastings is the Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships for Child and Family Health (SPCFH) at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In her role, she oversees SPCFH initiatives at the AAP in collaboration with external associations, federal agencies, foundations, and corporations and provides strategic guidance on the implementation of various federal, national, state and local initiatives addressing SPCFH issues and topics.
Ms. Steinberg-Hastings is the Principal Investigator of the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness and the Principal Investigator of the Bright Futures National Center. She serves as a liaison between federal agencies, national organizations, foundations, corporations and AAP committees, sections, councils and advisory groups (addressing early childhood, early brain development, resilience and toxic stress, psychosocial aspects of child and family health and developmental and behavioral pediatrics). Ms Steinberg-Hastings has over 30 years of experience in the fields of public health, child development and primary care. She has led the work of state and local health departments in facilitating collaboration among public health, state and community-based organizations and agencies, schools and universities, and medical organizations. Ms Steinberg-Hastings has also served as family medicine/public health faculty at Georgetown University and George Washington University, Director of Adolescent and School Health Policy at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and as a public health educator for Federally Qualified Health Centers and a county health department. She is a Maternal and Child Health, Public Health Leadership Fellow.
Liaison: Marie-Michèle Léger, MPH, PA-C
Ms. 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.
Liaison: Tisha Titus, MD, MPH, FACPM
Dr. 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.
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: Tooka Zokaie, MPH, CLSSGB
Tooka Zokaie is the manager for fluoridation and preventive health activities at the American Dental Association. She leads the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee and the Prevention Sub Committee for the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention in the Government and Public Affairs Division. Her work includes educating community leaders on the efficacy and public health benefits of community water fluoridation, tobacco cessation, school-based oral health, and nutrition. Prior to joining the ADA, Ms. Zokaie completed an administrative fellowship in medical-dental integration at Kaiser Permanente Northwest. While in her fellowship, she established a coordinated care protocol for at-risk diabetic and pediatric medical patients to access dental services.
Ms. Zokaie provides continued leadership for oral health access at the local level as a board member of the Oregon Oral Health Coalition and as a liaison for oral health education in primary care settings through the University of California’s Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She is a member of the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN) and is on the Oral Health Section Policy Committee of the American Public Health Association. Ms. Zokaie attained her master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Davis.
Liaison: Christopher S. Holliday, PhD, MPH
Dr. 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.
Liaison: David Pugach, JD
Liaison: Regina Davis Moss, PhD, MPH, MCHES
Dr. 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.
Liaison: Beverly D. Taylor, MD
Dr. Taylor 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.
Liaison: Elizabeth M. Weist, MPH, CPH
Ms. Weist is the director of education for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), where she leads accreditation, education, interprofessional, and global health initiatives. Her career has focused on providing high-quality education, training, and faculty development and leadership programs that drive towards meeting her organization’s strategic goals and help adult learners build personal and professional competencies. Ms. Weist has worked in senior management positions with ASPPH for 20 years.
Ms. Weist has authored nearly two dozen publications and has managed one-million dollar grants from private foundations and federal agencies. She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and holds a Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential.
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.
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.
Liaison: Jennifer Li, MHS
Liaison: Hemi Tewarson, JD, MPH
Hemi Tewarson serves as division director for the National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices’ Health Division. Ms. Tewarson oversees projects centering around Medicaid transformation and coverage, Medicaid data systems, state leadership and health care delivery, and payment system reform.
Prior to joining NGA, Ms. Tewarson served as senior attorney for the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). There she advised the health care team in the preparation of reports and testimonies for the U.S. Congress on a broad range of issues, with a particular focus on Medicaid. Prior to GAO, Ms. Tewarson was in private practice as a health policy attorney in Washington, D.C., at Powell Goldstein, LLP and McDermott, Will & Emery where she advised states, associations, hospitals and health systems and other providers across the country on a broad range of issues. One focus of her practice was working with state officials on reforming their Medicaid programs. Ms. Tewarson also served as chair and elected member of the D.C. Bar Health Law Steering Committee. Ms. Tewarson holds a juris doctor degree and a master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Liaison: Chris Kinabrew, MPH, MSW
Alternate Liaison: Jennifer McKeever, MSW, MPH
As Director of Public Health Practice and Training, Ms. McKeever supports staff, consultants, and network members in the implementation of initiatives that improve the nation's public health performance. Most recently, Ms. McKeever 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, Ms. McKeever 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, Ms. McKeever 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.
Liaison: Russell Rubin
Mr. Rubin is the marketing and communications manager for the Public Health Foundation (PHF). His responsibilities include marketing PHF's products and services to public health industry professionals by identifying and implementing multiplatform and integrated marketing strategies and by management of PHF's website. Mr. Rubin brings over eight years of award-winning marketing experience in agency and internal corporate marketing departments, where he led the development of innovative and targeted messaging campaigns. Mr. Rubin's professional interests include adopting social media and partnerships for better public health communications.
Alternate Liaison: Kathleen Amos, MLIS, AHIP
Ms. 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.
Liaison: Joyce Edmonds, PhD, MPH, RN
Dr. Edmonds is an associate professor at the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. She received an MPH from Oregon Health Sciences University and a PhD from Emory University. Dr. Edmonds holds the following two certifications: Advanced Public Health Nurse, Board Certified, (APHN, BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and Certification in Public Health (CPH), National Board of Public Health Examiners. She is an active in the American Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section and in public health nursing professional and practice issues. Dr. Edmonds has a research appointment with the Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital and is an affiliate member of Ariadne Labs at Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She has experience in state and local health departments with Title V maternal and child health programs including evidence based home visitation. Her research interests are in maternal health and health seeking behavior. She has worked in the domestic and global context, exploring factors that influence maternal mortality and cesarean delivery rates. She is currently investigating the influence of labor and delivery nurses on birth outcomes and the factors that shape their practice patterns. The goals of her program of research are to support physiologic labor and birth in childbearing women and to improve the quality and equity of maternity care services.
Albert Terrillion, DrPH, MEd, CPH, CHES
Dr. Terrillion is a health professional with over twenty years of experience at the local, state, and national level. He is currently on the faculty for Walden University's School of Health Sciences. In this position, he teaches public health policy and supports efforts to develop, promote, and sustain partnerships between health care professionals and community-based organizations. He has worked with both health systems and community groups to identify successful models and evidence-based practices leading to the development of technical assistance materials and tools to bring these models to scale.
Dr. Terrillion led efforts to support primary care, health equity, and the integration of evidence-based programs and policies in state and local public health agencies. This work included being the operational lead for several national, high-profile, public health initiatives. His background includes 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 has led several local initiatives to support the city's ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina.