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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, MPH, Medical Officer
|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|
Alternate 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: Nita C. Hawk, EdD, CHES/ACSM, Health Promotion/Fitness Analyst|
|Liaison: Amy M. Millikan Bell, MD, MPH, Medical Advisor, Army Public Health Center, US Army Medical Command
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 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: Michelle L. Cook, PhD, MPH, 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: Jane Grover, DDS, MPH, Director
|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: Danielle P. Turnipseed, JD, MHSA, MPP, Vice President, Prevention and Population Health|
|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
Alternate Liaison: A. Chevelle Glymph, Senior Director, Safe, Healthy & Resilient Communities
|Liaison: Hemi Tewarson, JD, MPH, Division Director, Health Division
Alternate Liaison: Kelly Murphy, MPH, Program Director, Health Division
|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|
|Liaison: Albert Terrillion, DrPH, MEd, CPH, CHES, Faculty, Walden University|
Federal Agency Liaisons Biosketches
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.
Dr. Mabry-Hernandez joined AHRQ in 2004 as a medical officer for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. As a medical officer, Dr. Mabry-Hernandez provides scientific support to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. She also serves as program officer and COR for grants and contracts that are pertinent to maternal/child health and prevention topics.
Dr. Mabry-Hernandez received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana. She earned and her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, Memphis, TN. Dr. Mabry-Hernandez completed her pediatric residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is a board certified pediatrician who completed a General Pediatrics Academic fellowship at Johns Hopkins and a pediatric health services research fellowship at the University of Michigan. She received a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Mabry-Hernandez’s professional areas of interest include child health, prevention, and evidence-based medicine.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Hawk is the health promotion director for the Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Joint Base in San Antonio, Texas. She is responsible for analyzing population level health data, establishing priorities for research, and implementing standardized interventions. Dr. Hawk also evaluates the effectiveness of preventive health methods, such as health education delivery, recommended physical activity and nutrition, and tobacco cessation. She provides operational policy guidance across the Air Force (AF) enterprise with reach-back support and coaching to health promotion operations for 11 major commands and 76 installations across AF medical treatment facilities. Dr. Hawk’s work is critical in fulfilling the Air Force Surgeon General’s strategic vision to be the healthiest and highest performing population by 2025.
Dr. Hawk has a masters degree in science with a focus on exercise physiology and sports medicine, and a doctoral degree in education, organizational leadership, and policy analysis.
Dr. Bell is the medical advisor for the Army Public Health Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing production of annual Health of the Force reports that compile information from military medical surveillance and related systems to illustrate health outcomes and factors that affect medical readiness among US Army Soldiers. Dr. Bell also supports efforts to apply preventive medicine and population health techniques to better understand risk and mitigating factors associated with negative behavioral outcomes among military populations. In her role as chair of the Public Health Review Board, she works to ensure public health studies are conducted in compliance with human subjects protections prescribed in Army Regulation 70-25 and meet the scientific standards necessary to translate findings into programs and policies to improve the health and well-being of Army populations.
Dr. Bell received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, completed residency training in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and holds a master’s degree in public health from the Uniformed Services University.
MAJ Jodi Brown is a staff officer at the Army Public Health Center (APHC). She has been an Army Nurse Corps officer for 11 years including seven years as an Army Public Health Nurse. She is currently the Women’s Health Initiatives program manager at the APHC, where she is actively engaged in leading women’s health issue reform within the military to improve female warrior physical, emotional, and spiritual strength and resilience. MAJ Brown also serves as the APHC Child, Youth, and School Services (CYSS) inspection health consultant. She provides operational oversight to the health and sanitation inspections required of the Child Development Programs to maintain Department of Defense (DoD) certification, ensuring overall compliance with regulatory guidance. She facilitates a Tri-Service Working Group working towards developing a consolidated comprehensive health and sanitation inspection tool to standardize practice among the services. MAJ Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in kinesiology and organizational communications, a Bachelor of Science in nursing, and a Master of Public Health in epidemiology, with a focus on maternal-child health.
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
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.
Dr. Cook is the Vice President of Research at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Prior to starting with AANP, Dr. 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. In addition to health survey research, Dr. Cook provides expertise in analyzing claims data. She has participated in key stakeholder groups including partaking in a U.S./Mexico technical workgroup for Healthy Border initiatives. Dr. 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 an MPH and PhD in epidemiology.
Dr. Hagan 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.
Ms. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Chevelle Glymph is a senior director at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). She works with the Safe Healthy and Resilient Communities program, providing extensive leadership and senior level experience. Ms. Glymph oversees NACCHO’s Opioids, Resilience: Medical Reserve Corps, Preparedness Projects, and Biosurveillance. In this roles, she provides operational oversight for project strategic planning, coordination, and evaluation.
Prior to joining NACCHO, Ms. Glymph served as the chief of health, mental health and substance abuse programs for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). She also served as the health surveillance officer/manager for the District of Columbia, Department of Health, Division of Epidemiology-Disease Surveillance and Investigation, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Administration. Ms. Glymph holds a Master of Public Health degree from the George Washington University School of Public Health, Washington DC and is a Certified Public Manager.
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.
Kelly Murphy serves as program director for the National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices’ Health Division. Ms. Murphy leads the division’s public health work, which currently focuses on issues related to maternal and child health, opioid misuse and overdose, and childhood obesity and nutrition.
Prior to joining NGA, Ms. Murphy served as national healthcare policy advisor for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, senior policy analyst and policy analyst for the Health Division at NGA, and graduate research assistant for Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Murphy also served as research assistant for the UNC-CH Epidemiology Department and as education partnerships coordinator and contractor for the U.S. Green Building Council. Ms. Murphy holds a master’s degree in public health, as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ms. 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, 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.
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.
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.
Dr. 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.
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.