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2012 Conference: Plenary Speakers

The 2012 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media is proud to announce the following Plenary Speakers:

Colonel (Ret.) Professor Isaac Ashkenazi, MD, MSc, MPA, MNS

Photo: Issac AshkenaziColonel (Ret.) Professor Isaac Ashkenazi, MD, MSc, MPA, MNS, is an international expert on disaster management and leadership, community resilience, and mass casualty events. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts in medical preparedness for complex emergencies and disasters.

Professor Ashkenazi is Director of the Urban Terrorism Preparedness Project at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a joint program of the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; Adjunct Professor of disaster management at the UGA; Professor of Disaster Medicine at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, and consultant to Harvard University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and the World Bank.

After serving as Head of Medical Services for the IDF in the West Bank, Professor Ashkenazi was promoted to Head of the Public Health Department in the Medical Corps. In 1997, he was promoted to full Colonel with the responsibilities of Surgeon General for the Home Front Command and the National Medical Coordinator for Mass Casualty Incidents and Disasters. He led medical mission teams to give assistance at the USA Embassy in Nairobi after the August 1998 terrorist attack, and to assist earthquake survivors in Turkey and in Greece in 1999.

Professor Ashkenazi has served in humanitarian missions around the world in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. He has given courses in Disaster Medicine; Disaster Management; Crisis Leadership; Urban Terrorism; Preparedness and Response for Mass Casualty Events; and Individual and Community Resilience.

Mohan J Dutta

Photo: Mohan DuttaMohan J Dutta is Professor and Head of the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore and Courtesy Professor of Communication at Purdue University. At NUS, he is the Founding Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), directing research on culturally-centered, community-based projects of social change. He teaches and conducts research in international health communication, critical cultural theory, poverty in healthcare, health activism in globalization politics, indigenous cosmologies of health, subaltern studies and dialogue, and public policy and social change. Currently, he serves as Editor of the "Global Health Communication Book Series" with Left Coast Press and sits on the editorial board of seven journals. Before arriving to NUS, he served as Associate Dean of Research in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University, a Service Learning Fellow, and a fellow of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy. Also at Purdue, he served as the Founding Director of the Center for Poverty and Health Inequities (COPHI).

He has received over $4 million in funding to work on culture-centered projects of health communication and health advocacy. Currently, he is working on a $1.5 million grant funded by the Agency for HealthCare Research & Quality (AHRQ) to develop a culturally-centered health communication project on heart disease among African American communities in the Lake and Marion counties of Indiana. At NUS, he has received $1.9 million in funding from the Office of the Provost to run culture-centered projects of health in South Asia.

Jennifer Harris, BA, MBA, PhD

Photo: Jennifer HarrisJennifer Harris, BA, MBA, PhD, is Director of Marketing Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, where she is also a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology. She is responsible for identifying and coordinating research initiatives to understand the extent and impact of children's exposure to food advertising, and for communicating that information to the health community, parents, and legislators.

Dr. Harris received a BA in Political Science from Northwestern University and an MBA in Marketing from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Before completing her PhD in Social Psychology at Yale University, she worked for 18 years as a business executive, gaining experience in advertising, direct marketing, new product development, and customer relationship management. She then launched her own consulting firm specializing in marketing strategy and new product and market development.

Dr. Harris' research interests include applying social psychological theory and experimental methods to examine the socialization influences of media, with a focus on unconscious effects of advertising on public health. She has written on the psychological effects of advertising to children and adolescents, and has conducted research to quantify the amount and types of food marketing seen by young people and its impact on their health and diet.

Tim Washer

Photo: J. Walker SmithTim Washer's social media work has been covered by Advertising Age, ADWEEK, NPR and The New York Times, and he’s presented at SXSWi, The Wall Street Journal Digital Download and Harvard Business School. He holds an MBA from the University of Texas.Tim’s comedy writing/actor credits include The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, SNL and The Onion SportsDome.

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