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Dr. Timothy Jones earned a medical doctorate degree from Stanford University and completed a residency in Family Medicine and a Maternal/Child Health Fellowship at the Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island program. He practiced in an underserved population in Utah before joining CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service in 1997. He now serves as the State Epidemiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health, overseeing programs including Immunizations, TB, HIV/STD, Emergency Preparedness, Foodborne Diseases, Healthcare Associated Infections, Vectorborne and Zoonotic Diseases, Environmental Epidemiology, Prescription Drug Overdose Epidemiology, and general communicable disease surveillance and control. He serves on CDC’s Board of Scientific Counselors and is active on the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), including serving as President (2013−2014). Dr. Jones has authored over 120 peer-reviewed publications on a variety of public health topics.
Dr. Matthew L. Boulton is a Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine and Health Management & Policy in the School of Public Health and Professor of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Division in the University Health System at the University of Michigan. He is serving as the first Senior Associate Dean for Global Public Health at the School of Public Health and as Director of the Office of Global Public Health. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Director, Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies. He is the former, and first, Associate Dean for Practice and founded the school’s Office of Public Health Practice. Before coming to the University of Michigan, he worked for many years in public health practice, first as a local health department Medical Director for four different health departments and later as the governor’s Chief Medical Executive and State Epidemiologist, serving as the lead physician/epidemiologist at the state health department.
Dr. Virginia A. Caine is Director of the Marion County Public Health Department and Associate Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine Infectious Disease Division.
Dr. Caine established the first HIV/AIDS integrated health care delivery system involving major hospitals, community health centers, social service agencies, and HIV dental clinics in Indianapolis, Indiana.
She has served as a member of the American Public Health Association, as Past President; the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Prevention and Control of STDs; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Coordinating Committee on Clinical Preventive Services.
Dr. Caine is active in the National Medical Association; the National Association of County and City Health Officials; the Fairbanks Institute Board of Directors; the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Treatment; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) National Preparedness and Response Science Board; and the Indiana Health Information Exchange.
She has served as a board member for the DHHS Steering Committee for the Bright Futures for Women’s Health and Wellness Initiative, CDC’s Elimination of Health Disparities through Translation Research Panel, the Council on Education for the Public Health Board, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Committee for Common Ground: Transforming Public Health Information Systems.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and her medical degree at New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. She received her infectious disease training at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Dr. Katherine Lyon Daniel is CDC’s Associate Director for Communication. She leads the agency’s external and internal communication aimed at putting the best information available into the hands of people who need it to protect their health or the health of others. Dr. Daniel combines her experience in strategic communication and behavioral science to advance CDC’s mission of saving lives and protecting people. Dr. Daniel earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. in social ecology from the University of California at Irvine. Her dissertation research focused on communicating long-term health risks to the U.S. Senate. During 2010–2011, she completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. Dr. Daniel has conducted and published research on risk perception and understanding risk behavior. She has received numerous professional communication awards, including two HHS Secretary’s Awards for Distinguished Service, the International Academy of Arts and Sciences Questar Grand award, the MarCom Creative Gold award, and the Public Relations Society of America’s prestigious Silver Anvil award.
Dr. Jonathan Fielding has contributed to the fields of public health and prevention for 45 years in multiple leadership positions. He is a Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and has been a Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA since 1979.
Dr. Fielding served as the Los Angeles County Director of Public Health and Health Officer for 16 years. In this role, he was responsible for all public health functions including surveillance and control of both communicable and non-communicable diseases, and health protection (including against bioterrorism) for the County’s 9.8 million residents. His prior experience includes serving as Commissioner of Public Health for Massachusetts.
He is a founding member and chair of the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force and was a founding member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. He is a Presidential appointee to the national Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. He also serves on CDC’s Advisory Committee to the Director. Formerly he chaired the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s expert advisory group on the national 2020 Healthy People Project. Dr. Fielding is an elected member of the Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Fielding has authored more than 300 articles, commentaries and editorials on public health and prevention issues and is the Editor of the Annual Review of Public Health. He received his medical, public health and history of science degrees from Harvard University and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of Business.
Dr. David W. Fleming is PATH’s vice president of Public Health Impact, which encompasses programs in reproductive health, maternal and child health and nutrition, noncommunicable diseases, malaria control and elimination, and HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. He also oversees cross-programmatic collaboration at PATH, which seeks to maximize the impact of work critical health areas, including maternal and neonatal health, diarrheal disease, and malaria.
Before joining PATH in 2014, Dr. Fleming served as the director and health officer for Public Health—Seattle and King County (PHSKC), with a budget of more than $300 million, serving a resident population of 2 million. Prior to that, Dr. Fleming was director of Global Health Strategies at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing a grant portfolio of more than $1 billion in vaccine-preventable disease, nutrition, maternal and child health, leadership, emergency relief, community health programs, and human resources and health information. Dr. Fleming also served as deputy director at CDC for Science and Public Health and as deputy administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Dr. Fleming is a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Oregon Health Services Center and his preventive medicine residency at CDC.
Dr. William Halperin is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology of the Rutgers School of Public Health and formerly chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine in the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Associate Dean for the Newark Campus of the School of Public Health. His current focus is on teaching epidemiology and supervising MD-MPH students. He was formerly with CDC, where he held numerous positions, including Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Preventive Medicine Resident, and Deputy Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Halperin has an extensive background in occupational and environmental health particularly in field epidemiology, surveillance, and large scale cohort studies. He received his medical doctorate from Harvard Medical School and earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and the American Board of Occupational Medicine. Dr. Halperin is a past member and chair of the Committee on Toxicology of the National Research Council and is currently on the NRC’s Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology.
Dr. Robin Ikeda is the Deputy Director for CDC’s Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health (ONDIEH). In this position, she is responsible for providing guidance and leadership to the CDC′s scientific and programmatic portfolios. Previously, she served as Acting Director for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) from January to November 2010, while also serving as Deputy Director. Prior to these appointments, from April 2006 to September 2009, Dr. Ikeda served as NCIPC′s Associate Director for Science. From 2003 to 2006, she held the position as Associate Director for Science within CDC′s Epidemiology Program Office and the Office of Workforce and Career Development. During 1993–2006, she held a range of positions within NCIPC, including team leader and staff epidemiologist, and worked on a number of injury prevention issues including youth violence, suicide, and motor-vehicle related crashes. She began her career at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control at the New York State Department of Health. Dr. Ikeda earned a BA degree from Stanford University, an MD from Cornell University Medical College, and an MPH degree in epidemiology from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She is board certified in both internal medicine and preventive medicine and holds the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Public Health Service.
Dr. Phyllis Meadows is a Senior Fellow in the Health Program at the Kresge Foundation. She engages in all levels of grant-making activity. Since joining the Kresge Foundation in 2009, she has advised the Health team on the development of its overall strategic direction and provided leadership in the design and implementation of grant-making initiatives and projects. Dr. Meadows also has coached team members and created linkages to national organizations and experts in the health field. In addition, she regularly reviews grant proposals, aids prospective grantees in preparing funding requests, and provides health-related expertise. She also shares a portion of her time as Associate Dean for Practice at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and is a Clinical Professor in the department of Health Management and Policy, where she teaches courses in applied public health leadership and policy. Dr. Meadows’ 30-year career spans the nursing, public health, academic, and philanthropic sectors. During 2004–2009, she served as Deputy Director and as Director, and Public Health Officer at the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion. In the early 1990s, she traveled abroad as a Kellogg International Leadership Fellow and joined the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as a program director focusing on education, higher education, health and technology. Dr. Meadows’ professional experience includes leadership roles in public health, community health, nursing and philanthropy. She recently served on the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement: Strategies to advance the Public’s Health, and is currently a member of roundtables on the Elimination of Health Inequities, and Population Health Improvement.
Dr. Jewel Mullen is a public health physician leader with experience in federal and state government, health administration, clinical medicine, academia and community service. She is the former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the former chair of the CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Federal Advisory Committee, and has served on both the Advisory Committee to the CDC Director and the Public Health Accreditation Board. She also was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Quality Measures for the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators.
Board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Mullen received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public health from Yale University, where she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in psychosocial epidemiology. She graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she was elected to AOA, the National Medical Honor Society. She did her residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mullen also holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Dr. Jeff Niederdeppe is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. His research examines the mechanisms and effects of mass media campaigns, strategic health messages, and news coverage in shaping health behavior, health disparities, and social policy. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles in communication, public health, health policy, and medical journals, and his work has been funded in recent years by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is an Associate Editor for Communication Methods and Measures and serves on the editorial board for four other communication journals. Dr. Niederdeppe was awarded the Lewis Donohew Outstanding Scholar in Health Communication Award from the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication in 2014. Prior to joining Cornell’s faculty in 2008, he received his Ph.D. in 2006 from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin from 2006 to 2008.
Dr. Patricia Quinlisk is the Medical Director and State Epidemiologist at the Iowa Department of Public Health. She earned a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University and a medical doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin. Her background includes training as a clinical microbiologist, training microbiologists while a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal, and training as a field epidemiologist in the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. For 12 years she conducted epidemiologic training courses in Europe and is a professor at the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin, Des Moines University, and Iowa State University. She has served on CDC’s Board of Scientific Counselors, on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and as President of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). She was on the Institute of Medicine’s committees on Microbial Threats to Health in the 21st Century, Animal Health at the Crossroads, Preparing for the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism, and Antivirals for Pandemic Influenza. In 2009 she received an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from Iowa State University, and for five years she served as chair for the National Biodefense Science Board.
Dr. Patrick L. Remington is Associate Dean for Public Health and Professor of Population Health Sciences at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). He began his public health career in 1982 at CDC, serving as an Epidemic Intelligence Services (EIS) Officer with the Michigan Health Department and as a medical epidemiologist with the Division of Nutrition in Atlanta. In 1988, he returned to Madison to work as an epidemiologist in the Wisconsin Division of Health, eventually serving as the first Chief Medical Officer for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. Since joining UW in 1997, he has served as Associate Director of the Carbone Cancer Center and was the founding director of the Population Health Institute and the Master of Public Health Program. Dr. Remington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology and a medical doctorate degree from UW, completed an Internal Medicine Internship at the Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, was an EIS officer and completed a Preventive Medicine Residency at CDC, and received an MPH degree from the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on developing methods to measure the health of communities and communicate this information to the public and policy makers. He was the founder of the RWJ-funded “County Health Rankings” project, which ranks the health of the counties in all 50 states and examines strategies to improve population health. He has authored or co-authored over 300 publications and teaches courses on public health practice to undergraduate, medical, and public health students.
Mr. Carlos Roig is Executive Vice President at Subject Matter, a District of Columbia–based communications and public affairs agency. He leads strategic initiatives for the firm and its clients and has been instrumental in shaping Subject Matter’s offerings over the past six years. Mr. Roig built the firm’s first Digital Strategy unit and directed the Content and Media divisions before moving into his current companywide role. He is a frequent public speaker on the intersection of journalism, advertising and strategic communications. Prior to joining Subject Matter, he led the site-wide development of new online communities for USA Today and directed the news organization’s full digital coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign, election and inauguration. In addition to his work in media and communications, he is a recipient of the Teaching Excellence and Service Award for his instruction in Georgetown University’s graduate journalism program. He has received academic and reporting fellowships from the Knight Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the McCormick Foundation and Columbia University. His investigative reporting on data mining and terrorism prosecutions has been featured in The Washington Post, and he has contributed to multi-platform projects with ABC News, the Associated Press, BBC, the Los Angeles Times, and Wired magazine. Mr. Roig received a Master of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University; a Master of Arts degree in Spanish (with an emphasis in Hispanic literature) from New York University; and a Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. William Schaffner is Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Health Policy and Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.
After graduating from Yale University in 1957, Dr. Schaffner attended the University of Freiburg, Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar. He attended Cornell University Medical College and completed residency training and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt. He then joined the U.S. Public Health Service as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with CDC in Atlanta for two years. While with CDC, Dr. Schaffner became familiar with public health and investigated outbreaks of communicable diseases both in the United States and abroad. He returned to Vanderbilt and established a collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Health. Dr. Schaffner’s primary interest is the prevention of infectious diseases. He is a strong proponent of collaboration between academic medical centers and public health institutions. He has worked extensively on the effective use of vaccines and has been a member of numerous expert advisory committees that establish national vaccine policy.
Dr. Schaffner is the Medical Director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and has served on the Board of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Schaffner often is invited to comment in local and national media on communicable disease issues, translating research advances and public health events into language that the public can understand.
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