Health Disparities Subcomittee Members and Bios

Lynne D. Richardson, MD, FACEP
Lynne D. Richardson

Professor and Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine
Professor of Population Health Science and Policy 
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

(Serves as Chair, Health Disparities Subcommittee and member of the Public Health – Health Care Collaboration Workgroup)

Dr. Lynne D. Richardson is Professor and Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine and Professor of Health Evidence and Policy at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. A native New Yorker, she holds Bachelor’s degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Life Sciences and Management; and the MD degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Jacobi Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed a research fellowship with the AAMC Health Services Research Institute.  Dr. Richardson is a nationally recognized Emergency Medicine health services researcher; her areas of interest are access and barriers to care, and improving effective utilization of health care resources.  She was the Principle Investigator for the New York City Site of the PAD Trial, an international, randomized, controlled trial of public access defibrillation; and is currently the Principal Investigator for the “Community VOICES” Study, an NIH-funded study of “Community Views on Informed Consent in Emergency Situations.”  Dr. Richardson serves on the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Health Public 2010 Task Force and the American College of Emergency Physicians Public Health Committee.  She is a member of the New York City Board of Health, the first emergency physician ever to serve in that Board’s one hundred and thirty-nine year history, and was recently nominated to serve on the Institute of Medicine Committee to Review the NIH Strategic Plan to Reduce and Ultimately Eliminate Health Disparities.

Garth N. Graham, MD, MPH, FACP, FACC
Garth N. Graham

President, Aetna Foundation

Garth Graham, MD, MPH, is president of the Aetna Foundation. In his role, Dr. Graham is responsible for the Foundation’s philanthropic work, including its grant-making strategies to improve the health of people from underserved communities and increase their access to high-quality health care.

Dr. Graham previously served as deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he also led the Office of Minority Health. His numerous achievements include implementing key health equity provisions of the Affordable Care Act and guiding the development of the first federal action plan to eliminate health disparities under the Obama administration.

Immediately prior to joining the Aetna Foundation, Dr. Graham was the assistant dean for health policy and chief of health services research at the University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville. There he was the principal investigator on a number of grants related to improving health outcomes in underserved populations. Dr. Graham is a widely recognized researcher, writer and editor on health disparities. He has authored articles that have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs and Circulation. He has served on the faculty of the University of Florida School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. He has also served on a number of boards including Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, World Health Organization Scientific Group on Equity Analysis and Research, Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights and he was appointed to the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. He was also named the Distinguished Millennium Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Dr. Graham holds a medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, a master’s in public health from Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor of science in biology from Florida International University in Miami. He completed clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins where he trained in cardiology and interventional cardiology. He holds three board certifications including internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine.

LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH
LaMar Hastrouck

Senior Advisor, Strategy and Growth
American Medical Association

A nationally recognized public health leader, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck has led at every level of the governmental public health enterprise: local, state, federal, and global. He served as the only county official in New York State to simultaneously lead the health and mental health departments.  He spent nearly twelve years at the CDC (1998 – 2009), served as CDC’s Country Director and Chief of Party in Guyana, South America, and was actively engaged in two of the largest global health initiatives in history: the World Health Organization’s polio eradication program; and, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Currently, Dr. Hasbrouck serves as Senior Advisor for Strategy and Growth at the American Medical Association (AMA). As a member of the Improving Health Outcomes (IHO) team, he is charged with growing relationships with health care systems, FQHCs, and other public/private entities to eliminate gaps in blood pressure control across all populations, including driving to scale efforts with the American Heart Association. He also assists with strategies to accelerate the momentum and magnify the impact of IHO’s other chronic disease prevention initiatives, including the diabetes prevention program.

Previously, Dr. Hasbrouck was the Executive Director for the National Association of County and City Health Officials which represents the nation’s 3,000 local health departments. Prior to that, he was the 17th Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (2012 – 2014) responsible for protecting health and improving the lives of 13 million residents of IL. While there, he collaborated to implement the ACA, including Medicaid expansion, the healthcare marketplace, and State Innovation Model (SIM) planning. He also co-chaired the state’s Ebola Task Force, and led efforts that resulted in statewide blueprints for health workforce expansion, population health-healthcare integration, and national PHAB accreditation.

Dr. Hasbrouck has been on the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, New York Medical College, and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health.  He is a diplomat with the American Board of Internal Medicine, a former CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellow, and US Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow.  He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Health Promotion Practice and is a member of the Advisory Committee to the CDC Director, Health Disparities Subcommittee. The recipient of numerous awards for his governmental and non-governmental work, he was recently recognized as one the “Top Blacks in Healthcare” by the Johns Hopkins Center for Disparities Solutions and

Dr. Hasbrouck received his BA and MPH degrees from the University of California-Berkeley, and graduated Dean’s Scholar from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His internal medicine residency took place at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He received a certificate in State Health Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School. Recently, he published his memoir titled, G Street Lion: Stalking a Dream (May 2016), which chronicles his personal story and how he fought long odds, naysayers, and self-doubts to become a dream catcher.

Willi Horner-Johnson, PhD
Willi Horner-Johnson

Associate Professor in the Institute on Development and Disability at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and in the collaborative OHSU-Portland State University School of Public Health

Dr. Horner-Johnson received her PhD in Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in disability and health at OHSU. Dr. Horner-Johnson’s research interests include disability-related disparities in health and access to care, reproductive health of women with disabilities, and compound disparities experienced by people with disabilities who also belong to other marginalized groups. She has also conducted community-based training on recognizing and responding to maltreatment of people with disabilities. Dr. Horner-Johnson has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on multiple projects focused on the health of people with disabilities with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. She is currently Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Disability Section and she co-founded the Disability Section of the Oregon Public Health Association.

Maureen Lichtveld
Maureen Lichtveld

Professor and Chair, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, has over 35 years of experience in environmental public health and is Professor and Chair, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She holds an endowed chair in environmental policy and is Associate Director, Population Sciences, Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. Her research focuses on environmentally-induced disease, health disparities, environmental health policy, disaster preparedness, public health systems, and community resilience. Lichtveld’ s track record in community-based participatory research includes the impact of chemical and non-chemical stressors on communities facing environmental health threats, disasters and health disparities. As Director, Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership, and Strategic Initiatives, she serves as Principal Investigator of several Gulf Coast-associated environmental health research and capacity building projects.

Dr. Lichtveld is a member of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council of the Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; the U.S. EPA Scientific Advisory Board; the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Global Health and the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine; She is a member of the Health Disparities Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee, Director CDC; Serves as Chair, Editorial Board, American Journal of Public Health, and President of the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools. She was inducted in the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars, honored as CDC’s Environmental Health Scientist of the Year, and twice named Woman of the Year by the City of New Orleans.

Marguerite Ro, DrPH
Marguerite Ro

Chief of the Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation (APDE) unit and the Director of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP) section of Public Health – Seattle & King County

Dr. Ro has spearheaded and implemented health initiatives to achieve health equity among our nation’s most at-risk populations through better use of data, community engagement in policy and systems change, and building the evidence-base of strategies to achieve health equity. Current local initiatives that she is excited to work with include King County’s Best Start for Kids Initiative, Communities of Opporunity, and the King County Accountable Community of Health.  Dr. Ro served as the as Deputy Director of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health advocacy organization, and was an assistant professor at Columbia University.  Dr. Ro obtained her masters and doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Will Ross, MD, MPH
Will Ross

Associate Dean for Diversity and Professor of Medicine in the Nephrology Division at Washington University School of Medicine

Will Ross, MD, MPH is associate dean for diversity at Washington University School of Medicine and professor of medicine in the Nephrology Division.   For over two decades he has recruited and developed a diverse workforce of medical students, residents and faculty while promoting health equity nationally and globally through collaborations with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and public health officials in Ethiopia and Haiti. As a public health and health-care policy expert he has worked on conceptual frameworks to reduce health-care disparities. He is a founding member of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence and served on the task force that created the Washington University Institute for Public Health.  He has been instrumental in redesigning local access to health care for the underserved as the founder of the Saturday Free Health Clinic and co-founder of Casa de Salud Health Center. He is also a founding member of the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, a magnet health professions high school in St. Louis.  Dr. Ross previously served as the chief medical officer and director of ambulatory clinics for the St. Louis Regional Medical Center, the last public hospital in St. Louis. He is a charter and founding member of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, which has leveraged millions of dollars annually to St. Louis to maintain an integrated network of safety net primary care clinics and public health services.  He served as Chairman of the board of directors of the Missouri Foundation for Health, where he helped create the nonprofit, Health Literacy Missouri.  He is Chairman of the board of directors of the Mid America Transplant Services Foundation, Chairman of the St. Louis City Board of Health, and a member of the CDC Health Disparities Committee.  Dr. Ross was recently appointed to a region-wide task force to assess strategies to enhance St. Louis City and County coordination.  Dr. Ross is the associate editor of the public health journal, Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion.  Dr. Ross has numerous scientific publications and book chapters. He has been honored with the 2005 State of Missouri MLK Distinguished Service in Medicine Award, the 2009 Washington University Medical Center Alumni Faculty Achievement Award, the 2011 Health Literacy Missouri Trailblazer Award, and the 2013 Samuel Goldstein Leadership in Medical Education Award.  A Yale University graduate, he completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine, an Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University, and a Renal Fellowship at Washington University.  He completed a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health.

Mildred Thompson
Mildred Thompson

President of MT Designs and Consulting

Mildred Thompson has been working in health equity for over two decades. Prior to launching her consultancy she served as Senior Director at Policylink, and was Director of the Center for Health Equity. Her work primarily focused on understanding the connections between race, place and health. In this capacity she was instrumental in advocacy efforts to advance the health equity agenda through trainings, policy change, public speaking, publications and critical partnerships.

Prior to joining Policylink Thompson was Director of Alameda County Public Health Department’s Community Health Services Division, where she assisted in the reorganization of the agency’s various departments to strategically focus on community participation and engagement through the creation of this new division. This successful effort provided the foundation for the agency to become one of the most progressive public health departments addressing health equity.

In her earlier years Mildred worked as a nurse, social worker, and therapist. She also worked as a consultant with organizations seeking to increase diversity in their workplaces. She has taught at Mills College and SF State University and has an MSW from NYU, a BS from Richmond College, and an AAS in Nursing. She has served on several boards and commissions, including as Co-Chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity the Elimination of Health Disparities, member of the CDC’s Health Disparities Subcommittee, Dartmouth School of Medicine’s Health Equity Center’s Advisory Committee, NYC’s Fund for Social Policy and Practice, and Board Member of the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Donald Warne, MD, MPH
Donald Warne

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health in the College of Health Professions at North Dakota State University

(Oglala Lakota)

Donald Warne is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health in the College of Health Professions at North Dakota State University, and he is the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.  Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, SD and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men.  He received his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health.

Professional activities include:

  • Member, National Board of Directors, American Cancer Society
  • Member, Minority Affairs Section and Association of American Indian Physicians Representative to the American Medical Association
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Member, National Institutional Review Board, Indian Health Service
Cheri C. Wilson, MA, MHS, CPHQ
Cheri C. Wilson

Cheri C. Wilson received a BA in Russian from Howard University, an MA in Russian Area Studies from the University of Minnesota, was a PhD candidate (ABD) in Russian history at the University of Minnesota, and received an MHS in Health Finance and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is multilingual—fluent in Russian, speaks French and Spanish with a reading knowledge of German.

Ms. Wilson is a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion, cultural and linguistic competence, and health equity subject matter expert, who is also a highly regarded public speaker and trainer. Most recently, she served as the Director, Corporate Office of Diversity and Inclusion at RWJ Barnabas Health in New Jersey. Previously, Ms. Wilson was an Assistant Scientist in the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and an Acting Assistant Director of the Quality Improvement Department at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ms. Wilson is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), a Past President of the Maryland Association for Healthcare Quality, and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Ms. Wilson was a member of: the Leadership Council of the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, the Steering Committee of the Commission to End Health Care Disparities (CEHCD), where she chaired the Patient Level Data Collection Reporting and Use Workgroup, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Maryland Health Disparities Collaborative, where she served on three workgroups, the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council (MHQCC), Cultural and Linguistic Competency Workgroup, and the Maryland Health Care Commission Maryland Medical Care Database Workgroup for Reporting Utilization by Race, Ethnicity, and Language. In addition, Ms. Wilson co-chaired the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and was a reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Communication and Dissemination Research panel.

Ms. Wilson educates clinical and support staff in healthcare, health, behavioral health, human and social service organizations, public health, medical, and nursing students, K-12 students as well as community members. She has presented at national, state, and local conferences on the issues of cultural and linguistic competence, unconscious bias, overcoming language barriers, health and healthcare disparities, health equity, and the social determinants of health. The focus of her work is primarily upon the intersection between cultural competence, health and healthcare disparities, health equity and patient safety and healthcare quality. Ms. Wilson is particularly interested in health and healthcare disparities and health equity as they relate to racial/ethnic, language, and gender and sexual minorities and the provision of culturally competent patient-centered care in language understandable to all patients.

Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH
Wilma J. Wooten

Public Health Officer, County of San Diego
Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Services
San Diego, CA

Dr. Wilma J. Wooten is trained in Family Medicine and has a Master’s degree in Public Health. She received both professional degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, followed by residency training at the Georgetown/Providence Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Washington, DC.  In 1989, she completed Preventive Medicine Residency with emphasis in Sports Medicine in the joint San Diego State University (SDSU), Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH)/University of California San Diego (UCSD) program. After this one year training, Dr. Wooten practiced medicine as a faculty member in the UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine from 1990 to 2001.  She remains a volunteer Associate Clinical Professor in the department and is an Adjunct Professor at SDSU/GSPH. She has been with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency since 2001, initially as the Deputy Health Officer and now serving as the Public Health Officer since February 2007.  In her current role, she has oversight for almost 500 employees and a budget of over $100M, serving a county of 3.2 million residents.  She is an ardent supporter of public health and has a strong interest in health disparities.  Dr. Wooten is a Board member and past president (2011-13) of the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO) and Board member and current President (2013-15) of the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC).  She is also a past Board member (2009-2011) of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).  Dr. Wooten began her three-year term on the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) of Directors in January 2012.

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