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Liaisons to the Community Preventive Services Task Force
The Task Force and Community Guide began in 1996. The founders understood right away that it was impossible for the Task Force to represent all of the perspectives and experiences needed to inform their work. Therefore, they invited Liaison organizations and agencies to participate in the process of developing the Community Guide. Liaison representatives:
- Represent the views, concerns, and needs of their organization and constituents
- Provide input into review prioritization and Task Force recommendations findings
- Serve on, or recommend participants to serve on individual systematic review teams
- Disseminate Task Force recommendations among their members and constituents
- Help their members and constituents translate Task Force recommendations into action
- Provide feedback on how Task Force recommendations and findings were disseminated, implemented, and used, and how well the recommendations and findings met the needs of their constituents
Federal Agency Liaisons to the Task Force
Alternate Liaison: Therese Miller, DrPH, Lead, Prevention and Care Management Portfolio
Center for Primary Care, Prevention and Clinical Partnerships
|Liaison: Diane C. Green, PhD, MPH, Health Scientist|
|Liaison: Allison Roper, MSSW, LICSW, Public Health Advisor|
|Liaison: Susan E. Diamond RN, MSN, National Program Manager for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs
Alternate Liaison: Linda S. Kinsinger, MD, MPH, Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine
|Liaison: Carol Lindsey, MSN, ARNP-BC, CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service, Clinical Advisor, North Central Division, Bureau of Primary Health Care|
|Liaison: Alberta Becenti, MPH, Public Health Advisor|
|Liaison: Barry Portnoy, PhD, Senior Advisor for Disease Prevention, Office of Disease Prevention, Office of the Director
Alternate Liaison: Denise Stredrick, PhD, Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of Disease Prevention
Liaison: Kelly Williams, MPH, CHES, Health Promotion Program Manager, Air Force Medical
Alternate Liaison: Claudine Ward, DO, MPH, Maj, USAF, MC, Preventive Medicine Consultant
Alternate Liaison: Lakisha Flagg, MPH, MS, RN-BC, CPH, MAJ U.S. Army, Staff Officer
|Liaison: William (Bill) Calvert, MS, MPH, MBA, Deputy Director for Public Health, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center|
Organization Liaisons to the Task Force
|Liaison: Michelle L. Cook, MPH, Associate Vice President of Research|
|Liaison: Joseph F. Hagan, Jr., MD, FAAP, Member, Bright Futures Education Center Steering Committee and Editor, Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents, 3rd Edition
Alternate Liaison: Darcy Steinberg-Hastings, MPH, Director, Division of Developmental Pediatrics and Preventive Services, AAP
|Alternate Liaison: Marie-Michèle Léger, MPH, PA-C, Director, International and Clinical Affairs|
|Liaison: Tisha Titus, MD, MPH, FACPM, Director of Case Management and Work Capacity, Federal Occupational Health, Department of Health and Human Services
|Liaison: Christopher Holliday, PhD, MPH, Director of Population Health
|Liaison: Regina Davis Moss, PhD, MPH, MCHES, Associate Executive Director, Public Health Policy and Practice|
|Liaison: Casey Korba, MS, Senior Manager, Public Health and Prevention
Alternate Liaison: Natalie M. Slaughter, MSPPM, Senior Health Research Associate
|Liaison: Beverly D. Taylor, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine; Program Director, MSM General Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Morehouse School of Medicine|
|Liaison: Harrison C. Spencer, MD, MPH, CPH, President and CEO|
|Liaison: Sharon Moffatt, RN, BSN, MSN, Chief of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention|
|Liaison: Jessie Gruman, PhD, Executive Director
Alternate Liaison: Dorothy Jeffress, MBA, MSW, MA, Executive Director
|Liaison: Donald B. Bishop, PhD, Chief, Center for Health Promotion, Minnesota Department of Health
Alternate Liaison: Heidi L. Keller, Health Promotion and Social Marketing Consultant, Olympia, Washington
|Liaison: Rose Marie Martinez, ScD, Senior Director, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice|
Alternate Liaison: Truemenda C. Green, MA, Director, Healthy Communities/Chronic Disease
|Liaison: Russell Rubin, Marketing and Communications Manager, Learning Resource Center
Alternate Liaison: Antoinette V. Barber, Director, Learning Resource Center
|Liaison: Elizabeth Daniels, PhD, RN, Consultant
Alternate Liaison: Alexandra A. Garcia, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
|Liaison: Albert Terrillion, DrPH, MEd, CPH, CHES, Senior Director, Clinical and Community Partnerships, National Council on Aging|
Federal Agency Liaisons Biosketches
Therese Miller is the lead of the Prevention and Care Management Portfolio for the Center for Primary Care, Prevention and Clinical Partnerships at AHRQ. Dr. Miller has more than 10 years experience managing public health projects including the Hospital-Based Rural Health Care Program, Pathways to Adulthood: A Three Generation Urban Study and the National Evaluation of The Healthy Steps for Young Children Program. Dr. Miller holds a doctoral degree in public health and a certificate in health communications.Liaison: Diane Green, PhD, MPH
Diane Green, Health Scientist, provides analytic, methodological, and evaluation expertise as a member of the Research and Evaluation team in the PRC Program office. The team conducts a national evaluation of the PRC Program, a network of academic research centers that conduct prevention research on chronic diseases. Prior to her work at CDC, Dr. Green spent 10 years conducting health services research on a wide variety of topics in academic and managed care settings. She holds MPH and PhD degrees in epidemiology from Emory University. Her interests include methodology, measurement, women's health and issues of aging.Liaison: Allison Roper, MSSW, LICSW
Allison Roper currently serves as a public health advisor for the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). In this role, she promotes and supports Healthy People 2020, a set of national health objectives for this decade. Ms. Roper is part of a coordinated team working to advance the health of the nation through the adoption of Healthy People 2020 and its critical resources. Ms. Roper is also responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships with various stakeholders interested in Healthy People. Prior to joining ODPHP in October 2012, Ms. Roper was the director for the Division of Program Development and Operations for Team 2 within the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH). In this capacity, Ms. Roper advised the OAH Director on the development of programs and policies, oversaw the implementation and administration of competitive grants and cooperative agreements, provided training and technical assistance for grant programs, assessed performance of grantee operations, and supervised OAH project officers. Ms. Roper began her career with the US Government with the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) where she was a public health advisor managing multiple Adolescent Family Life (AFL) demonstration grants projects and providing technical assistance to grantees. In that position, she managed the AFL technical assistance contract, developing and coordinating multiple trainings for grantees across the county. She also served as a team member on an interagency collaboration with USAID and CDC regarding international HIV/AIDS prevention. Ms. Roper is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Prior to joining HHS in 2004, she provided counseling for therapeutic foster care youth and their families and was a school social worker working with junior high and high school students.
Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Patient Care Services, National Center for Health Promotion and Disease PreventionLiaison: Susan E. Diamond RN, MSN
Sue Diamond is the national program manager for health promotion and disease prevention programs within the Veterans Health Administration. She works within the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, a field-based national program office within the VHA. She provides oversight and guidance to a national field of prevention leaders at VA medical facilities across the country. Ms. Diamond is an adult nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist by training and has worked in VHA in numerous capacities for more than 28 years. Areas of interest include internal and community partnerships, health promotion and program development.Alternate Liaison: Linda S. Kinsinger, MD, MPH
Linda Kinsinger is the chief consultant for preventive medicine within the Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Kinsinger directs the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, a field-based national Program Office within the VHA. Dr. Kinsinger's experience and professional interests include screening, immunizations, and quality improvement within healthcare systems. Dr. Kinsinger is board certified in internal medicine and general preventive medicine/public health.
CAPT Lindsey is a nurse officer with the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and is currently stationed at HRSA. There, she serves as a senior clinical advisor with the Bureau of Primary Health Care, providing clinical expertise to the health center program. Her previous HRSA assignments include the Office of Global Health Affairs, where she served as a senior international health officer, organizing visits of international delegations interested in learning about the U.S. healthcare system and analyzing international policy related to HRSA programs; and the Bureau of Primary Health Care, where she served as a public health analyst, managing grants for the health center program. In years past, she also served with the Division of Immigration Health Services (DIHS) as a senior program management officer/nurse consultant at the Washington, DC Headquarters, providing expertise on DIHS policies and procedures, detainee issues, and medical issues including infection control and health education. CAPT Lindsey has also served as a senior clinical nurse specialist, chief nurse and nurse practitioner at the Immigration Service Processing Center in Miami, Florida and was the first flight nurse for Immigration Health Service, a position that evolved into the U.S. Marshals Service flight and medical escort flight program.
Before government service, CAPT Lindsey worked as a nurse in community and teaching hospitals in Gainesville and Sarasota, Florida. She also served as nurse in charge of an OB/GYN program for a Federally Qualified Health Center in Bradenton, Florida. She received her baccalaureate in nursing from the University of Florida, College of Nursing, Gainesville, Florida and a master of science in nursing/family nurse practitioner at the University of Miami, Florida.
Alberta Becenti serves as a Public Health Advisor for the Indian Health Service National Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (HP/DP) program. Her responsibilities include serving as a liaison between local communities (IHS, Tribal, urban), Area Office, and the Headquarters Health Promotion to support and enhance community capacity, developing infrastructure, establishing organizational networks, identifying resources, coordinating and conducting trainings. Provide leadership, direction, and advocacy in planning, developing, and implementing the HP/DP program. Prior positions include serving as a Director of Clinical and Preventive Health Services and served on a committee for a multi-site obesity prevention study among American Indian children. Ms. Becenti received her Master of Public Health in 1991 from the University of Oklahoma. As a certified health education specialist, Ms. Becenti has over 20 years of experience in working with American Indian/Alaska Native communities, schools, and worksites to plan and implement prevention activities focusing on physical activity, tobacco and alcohol prevention. Her key area of interest includes physical activity, obesity prevention, adolescent, and worksite health promotion.
Barry Portnoy serves as the senior advisor for disease prevention in the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health. His current responsibilities include coordinating and stimulating collaborative prevention research projects across the NIH. He also serves as the NIH liaison to the Task Force on Community Preventive Services and the Task Force on Clinical Preventive Services and Senior Advisor to the National Children's Study. Prior to joining ODP Dr. Portnoy was with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Division of Cancer Prevention. He also served as the NCI coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2000 and 2010 Objectives as well as serving on NIH's Prevention Coordinators Committee and the NIH Behavior and Social Science Coordinating Committee. He has held teaching appointments at the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland. He also served as an evaluation consultant to the National High Blood Pressure Education Program, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disease, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Department of Education. His research interests include the design and evaluation of chronic disease prevention and control interventions. Dr. Portnoy received his PhD from the University of Toledo.Alternate Liaison: Denise Stredrick, PhD
Denise Stredrick is a health science policy analyst at the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), where she conducts a wide range of analysis and evaluation specific to the responsibilities with which the office is charged. She represents ODP on several NIH-wide and federal agency-wide committees and assists in program planning and analysis for the HHS initiative, Healthy People 2020. Dr. Stredrick is the executive secretary for the Prevention Research Coordinating Committee and the Prevention Research Subcommittee for Prevention Science, both of which foster state-of-the science prevention research across NIH and disseminate information about prevention-related activities sponsored by federal and non-federal organizations.
Prior to her position at ODP, Dr. Stredrick was a health science analyst at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Office of Science Planning and Assessment. Dr. Stredrick earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology and doctorate in pharmacology; her dissertation research focused on the molecular neurotoxicity of manganese. She was a Cancer Research Training Award postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Population Genetics at NCI, where she studied the genetics of breast cancer. Her professional interests include health promotion and disease prevention.
Kelly Williams is the Health Promotion Program Manager for Air Force Medical.Alternate Liaison: Claudine Ward, DO, MPH, Maj, USAF, MC
Major Ward is a preventive medicine physician with the Air Force. She is currently serving as the deputy chief of Health Promotion for the Air Force Medical Operations Agency. She provides direct support to Health Promotion teams at all Air Force bases around the world, to include assisting implementation of Air Force policy and programs in areas of nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco. She also assists with developing qualitative and quantitative measures and metrics for effective population and program evaluation at every AF installation.Alternate Liaison: Lakisha Flagg, MPH, MS, RN-BC, CPH, MAJ U.S. Army
MAJ Flagg is an Army public health nurse and serves as a staff officer at the U.S. Army Public Health Command. In her current role, she supports the U.S. Army Surgeon General's Consultant for Army Public Health Nursing and Health Promotion in the oversight of preventive health service delivery. MAJ Flagg works in collaboration with a wide array of academic, civil and governmental agencies to synchronize health promotion efforts in order to achieve optimal health in the total Army Force. Her responsibilities include Department of Defense (DoD)-level policy review, management of the Army Public Health Nursing workforce development program, and promotion of evidence-based practice. She also serves as a strategic liaison within her organization and facilitates efforts to ensure alignment of Army Public Health Nursing core services with the Essential Public Health Services, the Army Medicine 2020 Campaign Plan, and the National Prevention Strategy.
William Calvert is the deputy director of the Population Health Directorate at the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC). As deputy director, Mr. Calvert provides executive management over three Departments: Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW), Epidemiology Data Center (EDC) and Health Analysis (HA). Mr. Calvert's strategic leadership and facilitation skills are instrumental in shaping of resources and strategies necessary for agile and responsive public health programs, development of new programs, sustainment of existing programs, and improved and streamlined processes. Mr. Calvert provides professional leadership and authoritative consultative services to top-level officials in the Navy, Department of Defense, and other federal and non-federal agencies in the development of policies, regulations, standards and guidelines related to population health. He began his career as a state civil servant with responsibilities for HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention program, management of a large metropolitan AIDS program with oversight of its health education and training, counseling and testing, patient care, and epidemiology/disease reporting programs. He later accepted federal employment for the Department of Navy as a public health educator with the Navy Environmental Health Center (NEHC), currently the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC). During this time, he served as a program manager for health promotion programs in the areas of alcohol abuse prevention, clinical preventive services and the Sexual Health and Responsibility Program which he established in 1998. Since 2006, Mr. Calvert has served in various leadership roles as a deputy director at the NMCPHC providing executive management and oversight of health promotion and preventive medicine, public health, and currently, population health (PH) and its three departments; Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW), Epidemiology Data Center (EDC) and Health Analysis (HA). His leadership and strategic actions have resulted in the development of new public health programs such as pandemic disease surveillance, addressing the impact of traumatic brain injuries, psychological stress in wounded warriors, as well as developing and collecting quality of and access to care metrics for Navy medical facilities. Mr. Calvert has served as a federal liaison to several organizations and currently serves as representatives for DoD and the Navy Surgeon General. He received his MBA and MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and earned a MS in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University.
Organization Liaisons Biosketches
Michelle L. Cook is the associate vice president of research at AANP. Prior to starting with AANP, Ms. Cook spent nearly 10 years in health survey research with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Michigan Department of Community Health. Her focus has been on survey validation, multi-mode data collection, and data quality verification. Ms. Cook has participated in key stakeholder groups including partaking in a U.S./Mexico technical workgroup for Healthy Border initiatives. Ms. Cook is currently providing oversight to the U.S. national nurse practitioner database, semi-annual surveys, and the nurse practitioner practice-based research network with AANP. She currently holds a master's degree in public health epidemiology and is working on her doctoral dissertation which is focused on mental health and aging.
Joseph F. Hagan, Jr. is a clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the Vermont Children's Hospital. Dr. Hagan is Co-Editor of The Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents, Third Edition, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and designated in health reform legislation as the standard for preventive care for youth up to age 21.
Dr. Hagan is the American Academy of Pediatrics liaison to the CDC Community Preventive Services Task Force and publisher of the CDC Guide to Community Preventive Services. Dr. Hagan is past-chairperson of the AAP Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health and chaired the Academy's Task Force on Terrorism. Dr. Hagan served as an Advisory Board member to the Maternal and Child Health Benefits Study by the National Business Group on Health.
Dr. Hagan chairs the Vermont Citizen's Advisory Board (VCAB) for the Vermont Agency of Human Services Department for Children and Families. Dr. Hagan practices primary care pediatrics in Burlington, Vermont.Alternate Liaison: Darcy Steinberg-Hastings, MPH
Darcy Steinberg-Hastings is the director of the AAP Division of Developmental Pediatrics and Preventive Services. Her responsibilities include working with AAP members and key partners to develop national child and adolescent health policy, overseeing several national initiatives and grants including the National Bright Futures education center and working with external partners on national programs focused on improving the health of children and adolescents. She has more than 20 years of experience in public health and primary care. Prior to coming to the AAP, Ms. Steinberg–Hastings was the director of Adolescent and School Health Policy at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. As a research assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, she taught classes for medical and nursing students on incorporating health promotion and prevention for diverse populations into practice and community settings. She has also worked as a health educator in rural health clinics and at a California county health department directing public health education projects in the community.Alternate Liaison: Marie-Michèle Léger, MPH, PA-C
Marie-Michèle Léger a physician assistant for 27 years, is senior director of clinical and health affairs, division of Advocacy and Government Relations at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). She obtained a Bachelors of Science, Physician Assistant Program, George Washington University (GWU), Washington DC in 1983 and completed her Master in Public Health, (International Health, Concentration: Health Promotion/Disease Prevention), from GWU in 1996. In her role at AAPA she monitors and advises the Academy's leadership on important issues in clinical medicine and public health. She represents the Academy at a wide range of meetings relevant to clinical practice. Ms. Léger also serves as the Academy's point person on international issues as it relates to the physician assistant profession. She has presented on the role of physician assistant (PA) in the US health care system at various international meetings; provides resources to members going abroad wishing to discuss the PA profession and responds to inquiries from abroad about the PA profession. She has published extensively; written editorials on raising the awareness of emergency preparedness and raising the rate of adult immunization. Ms. Léger has given presentations in the United States and internationally addressing the physician assistant profession, immunization, disparity in health care and infectious disease topics. She currently serves as AAPA's liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice. Prior to joining AAPA, she was the manager, Hospital Epidemiology/Infection Control at Children's National Medical Center (CNMC). While at CNMC, she drafted the hospital's preparedness plan and conducted suspicious powder exposure investigation (anthrax) at the institution. Ms. Léger retains a faculty appointment at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Tisha Titus is the director of case management and work capacity at Federal Occupational Health, Department of Health and Human Services tasked with providing direction and oversight of four clinical programs: law enforcement, medical employability, OWCP and AED. Prior to this she was the first dedicated preventionist for the Atlanta VA Medical Center focused on employee wellness and served as the medical review officer and medical staff BLS/ACLS instructor. Dr. Titus also serves as regional faculty and chair for the American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Georgia; Embraced board member; and American College of Preventive Medicine Young Physicians Section member and chair. Her professional areas of interest include global health, immunizations, prevention of infectious and lifestyle diseases, women's health and quality improvement.
Christopher S. Holliday is the Director of Population Health at the American Medical Association (AMA). In this role, Dr. Holliday leads efforts to develop and implement national, public health-based change strategies for improving health outcomes and reducing costs for high-impact medical conditions. He helps devise multi-level, evidence-based interventions targeting key social, environmental, and behavioral determinants of health, identify and engage key population segments and communities in health risk reduction, builds clinical-community linkages, and advocates for public policy changes that reduce the leading causes of disease burden and promote healthy lifestyles.
Dr. Holliday is a senior-level leader with twenty years of executive management experience in population health and clinic-based public health, primary healthcare, and non-profit settings at the local and national levels. He has led teams in the prevention of chronic diseases, infectious diseases, and injury prevention. He is a community psychologist and research scientist with nearly a decade of experience in community-based participatory processes, including community mobilization and coalition-building.
Prior to joining the AMA, Dr. Holliday served as the director of the national center of excellence on the social determinants of mental health at the Adler School of Professional Psychology where he was responsible for generating and disseminating knowledge on the influence of social conditions on public mental health. Just before, he served as CEO of Communities Joined in Action, a national organization of 200 community health access and care-coordination coalitions in 44 states. From 1998 through 2011, he served in various leadership roles at the DeKalb County Board of Health in Georgia, including director of the Center for Community Health Transformation and director of Community Health and Prevention Services. He received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and PhD degrees in psychology from Northwestern University and Georgia State University, and his Master of Public Health degree from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.
Regina Davis Moss is the associate executive director of public health policy and practice for the American Public Health Association. She has nearly 20 years experience managing national health promotion and disease prevention initiatives addressing such areas as reproductive health, healthy aging, obesity prevention, health policy, and sustained capacity in public health. Prior to APHA, Dr. Davis Moss worked on health education efforts for the federal government; a multimedia health information service for a health policy foundation; and an epidemiologic research study investigating reproductive health issues. Her professional areas of interest include women's health, adolescent health, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. She holds a doctorate in public health focusing on maternal and child health.
Casey Korba is Senior Manager for Public Health and Prevention at AHIP. Ms. Korba works with AHIP member health plans and stakeholder partners on projects that support and advance health insurance plans' initiatives in clinical and community preventive services and partnerships, and health plan, employer, and community wellness activities. Ms. Korba's key areas of interest include obesity, worksite health, physical activity, nutrition, tobacco, and recommended preventive screening and interventions.Alternate Liaison: Natalie M. Slaughter, MSPPM
Natalie Slaughter is a senior health research associate.
Beverly Deaderick Taylor, MD was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee where she received all of her formal education. She is a 1972 graduate of Fisk University with departmental honors in Biology. She later matriculated at Meharry Medical College where she completed training for the medical degree in 1976. She trained In Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine at the George W. Hubbard Hospital of Meharry in 1980 and remained there as a faculty member until 1982. She is board certified in Family Medicine.
After a brief stint in private practice in Birmingham Alabama, and Atlanta, she joined the faculty of Morehouse School of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Health in 1984. Her tenure at Morehouse School of Medicine has seen her fulfill many administrative roles. She became the first Director of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program in 1985 and continues in that role today. During her tenure, the preventive medicine residency program has maintained full accreditation through the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. She has served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine. She served as Vice Chair of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine in 1996 during which time she supervised the successful completion of the first accreditation of the Master of Public Health Program through the Council on Education in Public Health.
She is a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine; the Association for Teaching, Prevention and Research; the American Academy of Family Physicians; and the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. She currently serves on the Residency Advisory Committee of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and completed serving as the Chair of the Physician's Training Award in Preventive Medicine Review Board, of the American Cancer Society.
Some of her honors and awards include: Induction as a Member, Alpha Lambda Chapter of the Delta Omega Society, Distinguished Educator of the Year by the Association of Teachers in Preventive Medicine (currently known as the Association for Teaching, Prevention and Research); Arnold P Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, and has been inducted into the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor society.
Harrison C. Spencer is the first fulltime President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). Dr. Spencer's prior positions include Dean of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans.
During a career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Spencer served as an EIS Officer and at the field station in El Salvador. He founded and directed the CDC research station in Nairobi, Kenya for 5 years and then served as Senior Medical Officer at the Malaria Action Program of the World Health Organization in Geneva. Dr. Spencer has also served as Chief of the Parasitic Diseases Branch at CDC.
Dr. Spencer is board certified in both internal and preventive medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Spencer was elected a Founding Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998 and to the US Institute of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Spencer's areas of expertise include public health, global health, preparedness and epidemiology.Liaison: Sharon Moffatt, RN, BSN, MSN
Sharon Moffatt is the chief of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Her work at the national level has included leadership roles as an executive officer on the National Forum Board for Heart Disease and Stroke and a Liaison to the Community Preventative Services Guide. She has been a contributing expert to such publications as "Enhancing Use of Clinical Preventive Services among Older Adults" and "State roles in Delivery System Reform" Prior to her work at the national level, Ms. Moffatt served for two years as Commissioner of Health for the Vermont Department of Health. In addition, she served for two Governors, as the Deputy Commissioner of Health. As Health Commissioner, Sharon led the state public-private executive committee in the strategic development and implementation of Vermont's health reform, the Blueprint for Health. She was appointed by Governor Douglas in the summer of 2009 to the Vermont Health Reform Commission. Since 1997, Sharon has been an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Vermont, College of Nursing and Allied Health. As a public health leader for over 25 years, Ms. Moffatt has led policy and program planning in the areas of public health nursing, environmental health, refugee health, maternal child health, school health, and children's mental health. Throughout her public health career, she has worked closely with a wide variety of health professionals and key community partners to systematically improve the health of our citizens.
Jessie Gruman is the founder and president of CFAH, a Washington-based patient advocacy organization that works to help people find good care and make the most of it. Dr. Gruman is a professorial lecturer in the School of Public Health at The George Washington University and a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Gruman has published numerous books, articles and essays, including After Shock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You – or Someone You Love – a Devastating Diagnosis (2007), which is about how people use scientific information to make decisions about their health care. Dr. Gruman has a doctorate in social psychology and has worked in the private, public, and voluntary health sectors.Alternate Liaison: Dorothy Jeffress, MBA, MSW, MA
Dorothy Jeffress joined CFAH in March 2008, and serves as the executive director. Prior positions include vice president of the Center for Information Therapy from 2005 to 2008 and assistant vice president of Value Based Purchasing for the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) from 2003 to 2005. She also worked in health care quality improvement and performance measurement with NCQA and with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as the director of a CDC/state-funded women's health promotion and chronic disease prevention program. She has managed a TPA for self-funded employee benefit programs and also been a benefit manager for a mid-sized employer.Liaison: Donald B. Bishop, PhD
Don Bishop is immediate Past-President of DHPE and a current board member. Dr. Bishop has been chief of the Minnesota Center for Health Promotion at the Minnesota Department of Health since 1986. The center includes programs for chronic disease risk reduction/healthy communities, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, alcohol abuse prevention, health behavior research, oral health, and injury and violence prevention. Dr. Bishop is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. Bishop has served as project director on numerous CDC grants and principal investigator on many NIH studies for improved nutrition and physical activity in children, including the American Indian Children Walking for Health Program and 5-A-Day LANA Preschool Program. Dr. Bishop holds his doctorate in community psychology and completed a post-doctoral program in health psychology before moving to Minnesota.Alternate Liaison: Heidi L. Keller
Heidi L. Keller is an emeritus member of the Directors of Health Promotion. She retired in 2008 after serving for 18 years as director of health promotion for the Washington State Department of Health. During that time, she oversaw prevention grants to communities, initiated health promotion and education projects and campaigns, and disseminated best practices and health promotion resources through an online clearinghouse. More recently, she has been working as a consultant to public and nonprofit organizations, facilitating change initiatives with community groups and coalitions, developing health education and training, web-based resources, and conducting health marketing and communication research, training, and interventions.
Rose Marie Martinez is the senior director, for the Institute of Medicine's Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. In this role, Dr. Martinez directs a portfolio of projects that address prevention strategies and interventions that focus on the general population or subgroups of the population. Topics have included HIV prevention strategies, tobacco use prevention, childhood immunization issues, public health system preparedness, and injury prevention and poison control, among others. Dr. Martinez's areas of expertise include policy analysis and program evaluation.Alternate Liaison: Truemenda C. Green, MA
Truemenda Green is the director of the Healthy Communities/Chronic Disease Programs at NACCHO, overseeing all NACCHO's chronic disease prevention projects, including obesity, healthy eating, sodium reduction, health communities and the built environment. In providing oversight and guidance, Ms. Green serves as lead program and budgetary manager, working closely with project staff to plan, implement, and evaluate other healthy communities/chronic disease-related projects; and assist local public health officials in their role of assuring the public's health through chronic disease prevention and health promotion.
Prior to coming to NACCHO, Ms. Green was a program manager/grant administrator for two large public health programs at the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where Ms. Green managed a statewide minority outreach and technical assistance program on cancer and tobacco prevention as well as the Office of Preparedness's statewide hospital preparedness program. Ms. Green has a masters of arts in policy, legal and ethical studies with a concentration on health policy, health administration. Ms. Green holds a bachelor's of science in biology/pre-medicine and is currently completing a doctorate in public administration and masters in business administration.
Russell Rubin is the marketing and communications manager for the Public Health Foundation (PHF). His responsibilities include marketing PHF's products and services to public health industry professionals by identifying and implementing multiplatform and integrated marketing strategies and by management of PHF's website. Mr. Rubin brings over eight years of award-winning marketing experience in agency and internal corporate marketing departments, where he led the development of innovative and targeted messaging campaigns. Mr. Rubin's professional interests include adopting social media and partnerships for better public health communications.Alternate Liaison: Antoinette V. Barber
Antoinette Barber is director of the Public Health Foundation's Learning Resource Center (LRC), an innovative business solution that offers high quality materials to the public health workforce. In this capacity, Ms. Barber oversees the operations of LRC and leads several health communications projects. Prior to this, she served as the assistant director of LRC (2004-2008) and LRC publications manager (2002-2004), where she worked with clients to develop marketing and work plans for many publications; coordinated the design of Resources for Learning--PHF's catalog of distance learning courses and training materials; and assisted with the directing of the CDC's Bioterrorism Preparedness Clearinghouse. Before coming to PHF, Ms. Barber was a marketing specialist at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, where she promoted publications, resources, and conferences; managed exhibits; developed web content and print materials; and wrote articles for the association's periodicals. Ms. Barber has more than 13 years of experience in health promotion. She believes in building and maintaining positive collaborations with federal and private partners at all levels.Liaison: Elizabeth Daniels, PhD, RN
Betty B. Daniels is an educational consultant for nursing and public health. She has been involved in public health nursing practice and teaching for more than 30 years and has worked closely with practicing public health nurses (PHN) in the state of Georgia and nationally through the PHN organizations that comprise the Quad Council (Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association, Association of State & Territorial Directors of Nursing, Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, Community Health Council of the American Nurses Association). Dr. Daniels holds a master's degree in Family and Community Health Nursing and a PhD in Post-Secondary and Adult Education with a research focus in self-directed and online learning.Alternate Liaison: Alexandra A. Garcia, PhD, RN
Alexandra Garcia is an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing where she teaches courses on public health nursing, research, and global health. Dr. Garcia is an elected officer of the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association (one of the four organizations that comprise the Quad Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations) and of the Texas Public Health Association. Dr. Garcia has been principal investigator or co-investigator on several NIH-funded studies and has published research findings pertaining to Mexican Americans' diabetes symptom experiences and self-management strategies.
Dr. Terrillion is a health professional with over twenty years of experience at the local, state, and national level. He is currently the senior director for Clinical and Community Partnerships with the National Council on Aging (NCOA). In this position, he leads NCOA efforts to develop, strengthen, promote, and sustain partnerships between health professionals, health care providers, and community-based organizations to support older adult health and wellness. He has worked with both health systems and community groups to identify successful models and the use of evidence-based practices and has lead the development of technical assistance materials and tools to bring these models to scale.
Dr. Terrillion also led the support of primary care, health equity, and the integration of evidence-based programs and policies in state and local public health agency efforts. This work included being the operational lead for several national high-profile public health initiatives. His background further comprises work in academia (in translational research, community improvement, and health workforce instruction and training) and work to improve health in rural communities in Louisiana. A native of New Orleans, Dr. Terrillion led several local initiatives to support the city's ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina.