Thomas Inglesby, MD
Thomas Inglesby, MD, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Inglesby is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. The Center is dedicated to protecting people’s health from the consequences of epidemics and disasters and to making communities more resilient to those challenges.
Dr. Inglesby’s work is internationally recognized in the fields of public health preparedness, pandemic and emerging infectious disease, and prevention of and response to biological threats. He is Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors, Center for Preparedness Response, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is also Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Health Security Preparedness Index. He was a member of the External Laboratory Safety Workgroup appointed by the CDC Director that examined biosafety practices of the CDC, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He was on the 2016 Working Group assessing US biosecurity on behalf of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He has served on committees of the Defense Science Board, the National Academies of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and in an advisory capacity to NIH, BARDA, DHS, and DARPA.
Dr. Inglesby has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications, including peer-reviewed research, original reports, and commentaries on issues related to health security and preparedness for epidemics, biological threats, and disasters. He is Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Health Security. He was a principal editor of the JAMA book Bioterrorism: Guidelines for Medical and Public Health Management. He is a member of the Board of Directors of PurThread, a company dedicated to developing antimicrobial textiles.
Dr. Inglesby completed his internal medicine and infectious diseases training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he also served as Assistant Chief of Service in 1996-97. Dr. Inglesby received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and his BA from Georgetown University. He continues to see patients in a weekly infectious disease clinic.
Margaret L. Brandeau, PhD
Margaret L. Brandeau, PhD, Coleman F. Fung Professor in the School of Engineering, Department of Management Science and Engineering, and Professor (by Courtesy) of Medicine, Stanford University Stanford, California
Margaret L. Brandeau’s research focuses on the development of applied mathematical and economic models to support health policy decisions. Her recent work has examined HIV and drug abuse prevention and treatment programs, programs to control the spread of hepatitis B virus, and preparedness plans for bioterror response. In addition to serving on the Board of Scientific Counselors of Center for Preparedness Response, she also serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Standing Committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of the Strategic National Stockpile. She has published two books and more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science and has received numerous awards for her research and teaching. Professor Brandeau earned a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Operations Research from MIT, and a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford.
Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH
Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, Dean, School of Public Health, Boston University Boston, Massachusetts
Sandro Galea, a physician and an epidemiologist, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. In his scholarship, Galea is centrally interested in the social production of health of urban populations, with a focus on the causes of brain disorders, particularly common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse. He has long had a particular interest in the consequences of trauma, including firearms. He has published more than 650 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 12 books, and his research has been featured extensively in current periodicals and newspapers. His latest book, Healthier: Fifty Thoughts on the Foundations of Population Health will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017. Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto and graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow. Galea was named one of Time magazine’s epidemiology innovators, and has been listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for the social sciences. He is past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Epidemiological Society. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards for his research, including the Rema Lapouse Award from the American Public Health Association and the Robert S. Laufer, PhD, Memorial Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is a regular contributor to Fortune magazine and has published widely in the lay press, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, the Boston Globe, and The New York Times. His research has been cited by these publications as well as BBC, Slate, WBUR, and NPR, among others.
Erika James, PhD, MA
Erika James, PhD, MA, John H. Harland Dean, Goizueta Business School, Emory University Atlanta, Georgia
Erika James became the John H. Harland Dean of Goizueta Business School in July 2014. A published researcher and award-winning educator with a passion for consulting and speaking, she places an emphasis on what higher education can do to be of service to industry.
Before arriving at Goizueta, James served as the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at the Darden Graduate School of Business. She also served as an assistant professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business, and a visiting professor at Harvard Business School. Her academic career includes involvement in diversity initiatives and membership on multiple university councils and committees.
James has been instrumental in starting various Executive Education programs, including the Women’s Leadership program at Darden. She sits on the board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the foremost accrediting body in business education. James speaks at numerous conferences in the areas of leadership, organizational effectiveness, change management and diversity. James’ expertise in workplace diversity and crisis leadership has led to recognition in scholarly journals and mainstream media.
James is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016 and, shortly after becoming dean, was named to the “Power 100” list of Ebony Magazine. In 2014, she was honored by the National Diversity Council.
James holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. She received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges in California.
Suzet M. McKinney, DrPH, MPH
Suzet M. McKinney, DrPH, MPH, CEO/Executive Director, Illinois Medical District
Dr. Suzet M. McKinney currently serves as Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District that includes 560 acres of medical research facilities, labs, a biotech business incubator, universities, raw land development areas and more than 40 healthcare related facilities. Dr. McKinney is the former Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), where she oversaw the emergency preparedness efforts for the Department and coordinated those efforts within the larger spectrum of the City of Chicago’s Public Safety activities.
Dr. McKinney serves on numerous committees and advisory boards. Most recently, she was appointed to the Board of Directors for Thresholds, Good City Chicago and the African-American Legacy of the Chicago Community Trust. Dr. McKinney is Co-Chair of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies and is a member of the IOM’s Standing Committee on Health Threats Resilience.
In academia, Dr. McKinney serves as an Instructor in the Division of Translational Policy and Leadership Development at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. She also serves as a mentor for the Biomedical Sciences Careers Project, also at Harvard University.
Dr. McKinney holds her Doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, with a focus on preparedness planning, leadership and workforce development. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) where she was also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow. She received her Master of Public Health degree (Health Care Administration) and certificates in Managed Care and Health Care Administration from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.
Brent Pawlecki, MD
Brent Pawlecki, MD, Chief Health Officer, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Akron, Ohio
Dr. Brent Pawlecki is the Chief Health Officer at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., a position he has held since 2011. His responsibilities in this role include global health strategy, providing leadership for Goodyear’s medical clinics, fitness facilities, health benefits, health improvement and wellness programs, Employee Assistance Programs, and health related emergencies.
Prior to his current role, he was the Corporate Medical Director at Pitney Bowes, overseeing all health-related issues for the organization, including the Pitney Bowes’ award winning corporate clinics, wellness programs and absence management department, and served as the Chief HIPAA Privacy Officer.
During his career, he worked in a private medical practice as well as the Emergency Department. He attended college and medical school at St. Louis University and completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics from Bridgeport Hospital and Yale University. He also completed the Master of Medical Management Business Degree from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Pawlecki received the 2015 Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award, recognizing his career focused on developing and promoting workplace health programs. He is involved with numerous organizations, including the National Business Group on Health, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care. His current focus works toward improvements in health quality, global health, advanced illness and end of life care.
Alonzo L. Plough, PhD, MPH
Alonzo L. Plough, PhD, MPH, Vice President for Research and Evaluation and Chief Science Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Princeton, New Jersey
Alonzo L. Plough, PhD, MPH, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as vice president, Research-Evaluation-Learning and chief science officer in January 2014. He leads the Foundations long standing focus on building the evidence base to foster innovation in health services and systems and improve population health. He is also responsible for Foundation-wide organizational learning and the two program areas that support those activities, the global and pioneer teams.
Dr. Plough brings to the Foundation his extensive leadership experience in public health, most recently at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Plough also served 10 years as director and health officer for the Seattle and King County Department of Public Health and before that served as director of public health in Boston for eight years.
Dr. Plough served as vice president of strategy, planning and evaluation for The California Endowment, a Los Angeles based health foundation from 2005–2009. He led the Endowment’s strategic planning and development, evaluation, research, and organizational learning activities.
His academic career includes his current appointment as professor of health services at the University of Washington, School of Public Health in Seattle and previous faculty positions at Harvard University School of Public Health, Tufts University Department of Community Medicine, and Boston University School of Management. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for public service and leadership and is the author of an extensive body of scholarly articles, books, and book chapters.
Plough earned his PhD and MA at Cornell University, and his MPH at Yale University School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. He did his undergraduate work at St. Olaf College, where he earned a BA.
Catherine C. Slemp, MD, MPH
Catherine C. Slemp, MD, MPH, Consultant, Public Health Policy and Practice Milton, West Virginia
Dr. Cathy Slemp is in private practice as a public health consultant working with organizations at community, state and national levels. Dr. Slemp previously served as West Virginia’s State Health Officer. Concurrently, she served as state Emergency Preparedness Director with the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health. In 2008-09 she chaired ASTHO’s Directors of Public Health Preparedness. She has also worked extensively in risk communication, serving as lead agency spokesperson for a wide variety of public health emergencies. Prior to these roles, she was the founding director of the state’s Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Throughout her career, Dr. Slemp has worked closely with public health agencies, health care facilities, and other partners to build both epidemiology and emergency preparedness infrastructure within communities.
Dr. Slemp’s current activities include serving as an action-learning coach for the Public Health Institute’s National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health, working with multi-sector teams to advance health equity in communities. She also continues to work on various efforts to both model, measure, and advance our nation’s health security and resilience. In addition, to the Board of Scientific Counselors, Dr. Slemp serves on the National Preparedness and Response Science Board, US Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.
Dr. Slemp is board certified in both Public Health / Preventive Medicine and in Family Practice. She undertook her medical training at Duke University, her Preventive Medicine Residency and MPH at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her Family Practice Residency at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and has undertaken leadership training through both the Southeast and National Public Health Leadership Institutes.
Kasisomayajula Viswanath, PhD, MA, MCJ
Kasisomayajula Viswanath, PhD, MA, MCJ, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and McGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Boston, Massachusetts
Dr. K. “Vish” Viswanath is also the Faculty Director of the Health Communication Core of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC). He is the founding Director of DF/HCC’s Enhancing Communications for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Laboratory. He chairs the Steering Committee for the Health Communication Concentration (HCC) at HSPH and teaches health communication courses within this concentration.
Dr. Viswanath’s work, focuses on translational communication science to influence public health policy and practice. He has written more than 200 journal articles and book chapters concerning communication inequalities and health disparities, knowledge translation, public health communication campaigns, e-health and digital divide, public health preparedness and the delivery of health communication interventions to underserved populations. Dr. Viswanath has received awards including the Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award For Excellence in Tobacco Research, American Society for Preventive Oncology (2014), the Dale Brashers Distinguished Mentorship Award, National Communication Association (2013), Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award (2010) jointly given out by the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association and the Mayhew Derryberry Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) for his contribution to health education research and theory (2009). He was a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) of the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services and Chaired its Working Group on Vaccine Acceptance (2012-2016) and is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Public Health Preparedness, CDC. His research is supported by funding from private and public agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dawn P. Wooley, PhD, SM [NRCM], RBP, CBSP
Dawn P. Wooley, PhD, SM [NRCM], RBP, CBSP, Associate Professor, Wright State University
Dawn P. Wooley, PhD, SM [NRCM], RBP, CBSP is an Associate Professor at Wright State University and a certified biosafety professional. Her research expertise includes the molecular mechanisms of HIV mutation, recombination, and pathogenesis, the use of viral vectors for gene transfer, and the biosafety of viral vectors in laboratory and animal research. Dr. Wooley conducted postdoctoral research with Nobel Laureate Howard Temin at the University of Wisconsin. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Virology from Harvard and an honors B.S. degree in Microbiology from The Pennsylvania State University.
EX OFFICIO MEMBERS
Department of Defense
Jody R. Wireman, PhD, MSPH, MPA
Jody R. Wireman, PhD, MSPH, MPA, CIH, DABT HQ NORAD-USNORTHCOM, Director, SG Force Health Protection Peterson AFB, CO
Dr. Jody R. Wireman has over 25 years of experience as a public health professional, manager, and educator. He is currently the Director of Force Health Protection (FHP) at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). Dr. Wireman provides leadership, management, and expertise in occupational, environmental, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) FHP and Health Service Support to the Commander and Surgeon. He also supports other agencies for refinement of medical and public health needs for homeland defense and civil support missions. Dr. Wireman and his staff directly support development of deliberate and crisis action plans for NORAD and USNORTHCOM for mission assurance and consequence management responses throughout North America.
Dr. Wireman is playing a key role in developing the DOD medical capabilities and associated Commander’s estimate for homeland defense and civil support missions. This includes identifying FHP requirements and guidance for the 18,000 member DOD CBRN Response Enterprise and follow on forces. He led a multi-year, multi-million dollar effort to develop an integrated, interagency approach and tool to determine medical and public health resource requirements and alignment of assets. Dr. Wireman contributes to his profession through participation in public health organizations, authoring journal and book articles, and volunteering as an expert on human and environmental health projects.
Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Wireman was a toxicologist, and human and ecological health scientist at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. His previous efforts focused on worker health protection and environmental restoration of radiologically- and chemically-contaminated hazardous waste sites. Dr. Wireman worked with representatives from the local to National levels (including Tribal Nations and regulators), and community members and academia in identifying health risks and cleanup options, and evaluating toxicity of chemicals and products of military significance.
Department of Health & Human Services
Sally Phillips, RN, PhD
Sally Phillips, RN, PhD
Dr. Sally Phillips has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of the Office of Strategy, Policy, Planning, and Requirements for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since October 2015. In this position, Dr. Phillips is responsible for leading preparedness and response policy development and analysis, strategic planning, and evaluation- to ensure that sound policy and strategy are at the foundation of public health and medical response operations – to enable ASPR and HHS to save lives, and protect the Nation from 21st Century threats.
In August 2010, Dr. Phillips joined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA) in Washington, DC as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director for the Health Threats and Resilience Division. Later in her tenure she served as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary within DHS OHA.
In fall of 2001, Dr. Phillips joined the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a Senior Nurse Scholar, where she managed a portfolio ranging from bioterrorism preparedness to multidisciplinary safety education and related healthcare workforce initiatives. In 2002 Dr. Phillips was appointed Director of the Bioterrorism Preparedness Research Program (later referred to as the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Research Program) and she served in that capacity until July 2010.
Dr. Phillips was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and Health Policy Analyst for Senator Tom Harkin, for two years. She has also had a distinguished academic career in the Schools of Nursing and Medicine at the University of Colorado, Health Science Center. Dr. Phillips received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, a master’s degree from the University of Colorado, and a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. Her primary area of clinical practice is the care of women, infants and children, with a specialty in the care of high-risk neonates.
Department of Homeland Security
Anthony Macintyre, MD
Anthony Macintyre, MD
Anthony Macintyre, MD serves as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Senior Medical Advisor and Medical Liaison Officer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He is a board certified emergency physician still practicing clinically.
His career has focused on medical emergencies and disasters at multiple levels. Since 1995, Dr. Macintyre has served as the Medical Director for Fairfax County’s Urban Search and Rescue Program, with deployments to numerous domestic incidents including the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City (1995), the Pentagon terrorist attack (2001), and numerous hurricanes including Hurricane Katrina – Mississippi area of operations (2005). His international deployments have included responding to the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi (1998) and devastating earthquakes in Turkey (1999), Taiwan (1999), Iran (2003), Haiti (2010), and Nepal (2015). These deployments were part of the official U.S. Government response through the U.S. Agency for International Development/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA).
Dr. Macintyre chairs the Medical Working Group for the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), a global network under the United Nations umbrella and endorsed by a UN General Assembly resolution. He has assisted agencies such as the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of State, USAID/OFDA, and the US Department of Health and Human Services (National Disaster Medical System) with medical emergency planning and response efforts.
As an emergency physician, he was instrumental in structuring a hospital response to the 2001 anthrax dissemination incident in Washington, DC, and has participated in local planning for health and medical emergencies.
Dr. Macintyre has authored or co-authored numerous scholarly publications, peer reviewed technical reports, and book chapters.
Association of Public Health Laboratories: Christina Egan, PhD
Christina Egan, PhD, CBSP, Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Chief, Biodefense Laboratory, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health Albany, NY
The ability to rapidly detect and respond to the intentional release of pathogens and toxins is vital in protecting the health and well-being of New Yorkers. The intentional release of Bacillus anthracis through the US Postal Service in 2001 highlighted the need for improved diagnostics in the field of Biodefense. Research at the Biodefense Laboratory focuses on the development of diagnostics for the detection of biothreat agents using platforms such as real-time PCR, DNA sequencing, and microsphere immunoassay and nucleic acid arrays.
Characterization and identification of biothreat agents is performed through analysis of multiple and varied sample types such as clinical specimens, food, water, powders, and other environmental samples. Often, these samples can be difficult to test and specialized protocols are necessary in order to perform nucleic acid testing. This work includes the development and validation of assays that can detect agents such as C. botulinum neurotoxins, Staphylococcal enterotoxins, Orthopoxviruses, Francisella tularensis, Brucella spp. Bacillus anthracis, Ricin toxin, and Yersinia pestis in different samples types in a multiplex format. Additional interests include the evaluation of biothreat samples.
In addition to serving as the Director of the Biodefence Laboratory at Wadsworth, Dr. Egan serves as Faculty Member and as the Director of Scientific Education, at the Wadsworth School of Laboratory Sciences.
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health: Laura Magaña, PhD
Laura Magaña, PHD President and Chief Executive Officer Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
In August 2017, Dr. Laura Magaña Valladares became President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).
Prior to joining ASPPH, Dr. Magaña dedicated over 30 years to leading the transformation and advancements of public and private universities in Mexico, educational organizations in the United States, United Nations programs, and non-governmental organizations in Central America and Europe. She was most recently the academic dean of the National Institute of Public Health, and ASPPH-member, in Mexico. Her diverse portfolio features research, training, and technological developments in national and foreign universities, with a focus on learning environments and the use of technology in education.
Dr. Magaña is an active member of professional and scientific educational committees around the globe, including the Public Health Institutes of the World, World Federation of Public Health Associations, Association of Schools of Public Health in Europe, Latin-American Global Health Association, National System of Researchers, and the National Academy of Medical Education in México. Dr. Magaña also has served as the ASPPH representative to the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She also participates in editorial boards, including Public Health Reviews and the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), the Chilean Journal of Public Health, and the Journal in Eastern Europe.
Dr. Magaña holds a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, Master of Science in Educational Technology, and a PhD in Educational Administration.
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: John J. Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, FACOEM
John J. Dreyzehner, M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM
John Dreyzehner has served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health since 2011. He is a board-certified occupational medicine physician with more than 25 years of service in clinical and public health leadership at the federal, state and local levels. He has been immersed in emergency preparedness and response since his earliest days as a United States Air Force flight surgeon, aircraft mishap investigator, and Chief of Aeromedical Assessment for Air Combat Command. As a local health director in rural central Appalachia he helped craft and implement the Virginia Department of Health’s approach to bioterrorism and then to all-hazards and pandemic flu preparedness. Dreyzehner developed and promoted the use of annual school-located influenza vaccine (SLIV) clinics as a method to ensure capacity for medical countermeasure delivery. The template he created was adopted and used statewide, with his districts leading the state in vaccination rates in the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and receiving national recognition by NACCHO as Public Health Ready (PHR). Now in Tennessee, SLIV occurs throughout the state and 81 of the state’s 95 counties have achieved PHR certification.
Dreyzehner has led local and state public health responses to a variety of hazards, including national leadership of the fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012-13, and natural disasters such as floods, winter storms, tornadoes and Tennessee’s devastating fires of 2016. His infectious disease preparedness efforts include local and regional leadership of smallpox and West Nile Virus preparedness to statewide preparedness on Ebola and Zika virus. He has chaired the ASTHO Preparedness Policy Committee and co-chaired the NEMA-ASTHO Policy Committees since 2012. He was Tri-Chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium from 2015-2017.
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists: Benjamin P. Chan, MD, MPH
Benjamin P. Chan, MD, MPH
Benjamin Chan, MD, MPH has served as State Epidemiologist for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services since July 2014. He provides medical and epidemiology support to the Division of Public Health Services where he is intricately involved in public health emergency preparedness and response, which has included responding to emerging infectious disease threats such as Ebola and Zika, and to emerging environmental health concerns from perfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) drinking water contamination. He has also been working closely with local, state, and national partners to prevent and respond to emergent antibiotic resistant infections through strengthening state and national surveillance and promoting antibiotic stewardship. He has made it a priority to work towards closer collaboration and integration between the fields of public health and clinical medicine.
Dr. Chan is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in the specialties of Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease, and by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. He completed internal medicine residency and infectious disease fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). He received his MD degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and his MPH degree through the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, with a focus on improving healthcare delivery systems. He maintains clinical and academic professional appointments at DHMC and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
National Association of County and City Health Officials: Michele Askenazi, MPH
Michele Askenazi, MPH
Tri-County Health Department
Director of Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communicable Disease Surveillance
Michele Askenazi has worked in Public Health for 20 years and has been at the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) for 12 years. Michele oversees the Emergency Preparedness and Response, Syndromic Surveillance, Communicable Disease and Workplace Safety and Security Programs at TCHD. Michele has served in a lead role for response efforts including outbreaks, mass casualty incidents, and natural disasters such as floods and fires, and established a Public Health Incident Management Team (PHIMT) for TCHD in 2010. The PHIMT is recognized as a NACCHO model practice, enhancing the agency’s depth and skills to provide management to all-hazards incidents, whether TCHD serves in a lead or support role. Michele has been key to the development of the ESF #8 system for the TCHD jurisdiction of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, where TCHD serves as the ESF #8 lead if activated by their partners in Emergency Management. In addition to serving on the CDC Board of Scientific Counselors, Michele also serves as the Chair for the NACCHO Preparedness Policy Advisory Group.
Before coming to TCHD, Michele was an Epidemiologist for the Michigan Department of Community Health, working in HIV/AIDS Surveillance. She then served as an Epidemiologist in Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention and then as a Research Analyst for the Bioterrorism Program at the Orange County Health Care Agency in Orange County, California. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and her Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center.
Tribal Epidemiological Centers: Jamie Ritchey, PhD, MPH
Jamie Ritchey PhD, MPH
Jamie Ritchey is a solution-oriented public health practice epidemiologist with nearly 20 years of applied public health experience. Her key skills include: public health revenue generation, leadership, program evaluation, disease surveillance and epidemiologic analysis, report and publication development, and public speaking.
Dr. Ritchey has been in her current role as the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. Tribal Epidemiology Center (ITCA TEC) Director for over five years. In this role, her main focus is to enhance public health capacity in Tribal communities in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. The ITCA TEC currently supports Tribal programs through grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including the Tribal Public Health Infrastructure Project and Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country, Indian Health Services TEC Core funding and IHS Behavioral Health Division funding to support Tribal Methamphetamine & Suicide prevention and Domestic violence prevention, National Institutes of Health funding to support disease surveillance and reporting activities, and a contract with National Indian Health Board for Zika virus preparedness activities.
DESIGNATED FEDERAL OFFICIAL
Kimberly Lochner, ScD
Deputy Associate Director for Science
Designated Federal Officer, OPHPR Board of Scientific Counselors
Kimberly Lochner, ScD
Dr. Kimberly Lochner is Deputy Associate Director for Science (DADS) in the Center for Preparedness Response (CPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She provides guidance for and oversight of CPR’s scientific integrity and quality and Board of Scientific Counselors’ activities and is the Designated Federal Official for CPR’s Board of Scientific Counselors. Prior to joining CPR, Dr. Lochner was a senior researcher in the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) where she led a comprehensive research and data development program on the health status of Medicare beneficiaries focused on chronic conditions, including the epidemiology and implications for Medicare spending and clinical care. She worked for CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) leading the Data Linkage Program, which links NCHS surveys to data collected from U.S. vital statistics records, Medicare/Medicaid, and the Social Security Administration. Before entering Federal service, she was a Program Officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and an advisor to the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program. Dr. Lochner received her doctoral degree from the Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in social epidemiology.
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