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Plenary Speakers

Opening Plenary Speakers Announced: Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH and Judith Monroe, MD

Join us September 11th at 12:30 for the Fireside Chat

The 12th National Conference on Health Communication, Media and Marketing is proud to announce our Opening Plenary Session speakers! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from two people who are truly on the front lines of public health today and hear what they have to tell health communicators. Both of them have served at the state and local levels as well as at the federal level, bringing a keen understanding of the challenges in each. They will share their stories and insights from a personal point of view.

Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH

Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH U.S. Surgeon General

Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, was sworn into office on September 5th, 2017. Dr. Adams, a board-certified anesthesiologist, served as Indiana State Health Commissioner from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Adams, a Maryland native, has bachelor’s degrees in both biochemistry and psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a master of public health degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He has pledged to lead with science, facilitate locally led solutions to the nation’s most difficult health problems, and deliver higher quality healthcare at lower cost through patient and community engagement and better prevention.

Judith Monroe, MD

Judith Monroe, MD President and CEO, CDC Foundation

Dr. Judith Monroe’s professional focus has centered on the intersection of primary care and public health. Her career has taken her from private medical practice to academia, hospital administration and public health protection. Monroe received her doctor of medicine from the University of Maryland and a bachelor of science degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Cincinnati, a rural faculty development fellowship through East Tennessee State University, and a mini-fellowship in obstetrics through the University of Wisconsin. In February 2016, Monroe was named president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. The CDC Foundation mobilizes philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) critical health protection work. The Foundation manages over 300 CDC-led programs in the United States and in more than 130 countries.

Closing Plenary Speaker: Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D.

Join us Thursday, September 13, 2018 2:30 p.m

Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D.

Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D.

Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D. was appointed dean of the Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in July 2018. Previous to that he served as chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University (GWU), Milken Institute School of Public Health. He joined GWU after 25 years on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he was the William & Nancy Richardson Professor in Health Policy and Founding Director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, his doctorate degree from the University of Michigan and completed postdoctoral studies in gerontology and Health Management & Policy at the Michigan School of Public Health.

Dr. LaVeist’s research focuses on health equity. He has conducted major studies of cultural competency in healthcare, social determinants of health, and health policy analysis. In addition to his extensive record of publication in scientific journals, he has written for NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE, BALTIMORE SUN, and other mass media outlets. He has authored or edited six books, and is executive producer, and narrator for THE SKIN YOU’RE IN, a documentary series about racial inequalities in health that is currently in production.

His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, Commonwealth Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sage Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

He is the recipient of the “Innovation Award” from the National Institutes of Health, and the “Knowledge Award” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. In 2013 he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine.

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