The Dr. William ‘Bill’ Jenkins Health Equity Lecture Speaker and Panelist Biographies

June 7th, 2021  |  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Donna Hubbard McCree

Donna Hubbard McCree, PhD, MPH, RPh

Donna Hubbard McCree, PhD, MPH, RPh, is the Associate Director for Health Equity for the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), CDC. Dr. McCree joined CDC in 2001 and has held a range of positions including serving as the Associate Director for Health Equity in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention since 2010.

She previously served as CDC Co-Chair for the Health Equity Goal, HIV National Strategic Plan: A Roadmap to End the HIV Epidemic 2021-2025. She is Guest Editor for an AIDS and Behavior Supplement on HIV-related stigma, and was lead Co-Editor of a book focused on HIV in African American communities, African Americans and HIV: Understanding and Addressing The Epidemic, and Guest Co-Editor for a theme issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. McCree was recently honored in Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine (Masters of Public Health: The MPH Centennial, Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine ( icon).  Additionally, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2012 prestigious Distinguished Alumna Award from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland; 2018 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award, American Public Health Association, Pharmacy Section; and 2017 HUCOP Alumni Legacy by Decades Award from the Howard University Pharmacy Alumni Association.

Dr. McCree completed her Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Public Health degrees at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Health Policy and Management with a specialty in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Preventive Medicine with a specialty in sexually transmitted disease prevention at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Pharmacy from Howard University and is a registered pharmacist in the states of Maryland, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia.

Deron Cornell Burton

Deron Cornell Burton, MD, JD, MPH

Deron Cornell Burton, MD, JD, MPH (CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service) is the Deputy Director of NCHHSTP. CAPT Burton plays a key role in formulating and implementing NCHHSTP’s goals, objectives, research, and policy, and serves as a principal advisor for the Center.

Previously, CAPT Burton led the Center’s Office of Health Equity (OHE) to promote health equity and the reduction of health disparities among populations disproportionately affected by HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, and other related conditions. He supported activities in NCHHSTP research and surveillance, policy, health communication, prevention and intervention programs, capacity building, and partnerships aimed at reducing health inequities among affected populations. He also led activities to promote the science of health equity in the Center.

CAPT Burton has served in a variety of roles during his CDC career. Prior to joining the NCHHSTP, he was Team Lead for the Methodology and Analysis Team, Clinical Research Branch, in NCHHSTP’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. He also has worked as Special Advisor for Infectious Diseases to the CDC Director, Head of International Emerging Infections Program activities in western Kenya, and Associate Director for Health Equity in CDC’s former National Center for Health Marketing (NCHM). CAPT Burton joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in 2004 in the Respiratory Disease Branch, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. He has published more than 25 journal articles and presented at numerous conferences. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2003, a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2002, and his Juris Doctor degree from UCLA School of Law in 1995.

Diane L. Rowley

Dr. Diane L. Rowley, MD, MPH

Dr. Diane L. Rowley, MD, MPH is Professor Emerita in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She retired from the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps after a 21-year career at CDC which included being the Associate Director for Science of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Before joining the UNC faculty, she directed a Research Center on Health Disparities at Morehouse College from 2001 to 2008. Her research focuses on disparities and inequities in pregnancy and infant health outcomes. Dr. Rowley has a broad range of expertise in maternal and child health, publications on pregnancy and infant health, a track record of funded community-based participatory research, and experience in program evaluation.

Dr. Rowley received her medical degree from Meharry Medical College and a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.

In 2018, the rate of reported chlamydia cases among Asians was 132.1 cases per 100,000 population. The overall rate of reported chlamydia cases among Whites was 1.6 times the rate among Asians.

F. DuBois Bowman

F. DuBois Bowman, PHD

A renowned expert in the statistical analysis of brain imaging data, F. DuBois Bowman, PHD is dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, one of the nation’s top public health programs. Dr. Bowman’s work mines massive data sets and has important implications for mental and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, schizophrenia, and substance addiction. His research has helped reveal brain patterns that reflect disruption from psychiatric diseases, detect biomarkers for neurological diseases, and determine more individualized therapeutic treatments. Additionally, his work seeks to determine threats to brain health from environmental exposures and optimize brain health in aging populations.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Dr. Bowman was chair and Cynthia and Robert Citrone-Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a tenured professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Emory University. Dr. Bowman has also been a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University and a visiting assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, and was the founding director of Emory’s Center for Biomedical Imaging Statistics.

As a principal investigator, Dr. Bowman has received seven National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, has been a co-investigator on several federally sponsored grants, and has been an integral collaborator on an international research project led by the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Dr. Bowman has also served on advisory boards for NIH programs that target underrepresented minority undergraduate students at historically black colleges and universities and has led NIH diversity pipeline training programs.

Dr. Bowman is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and previously served as president of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Morehouse College, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, as well as a Master of Science degree in biostatistics from the University of Michigan and a PhD in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Georges C. Benjamin

Georges C. Benjamin, MD

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, has been the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA) since 2002, where he has been leading the Association’s efforts to make America the healthiest nation. He came to APHA from his position as Secretary of Health for the state of Maryland. Prior to that he served for four years as the state’s Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services. As a secretary, Dr. Benjamin oversaw a department with a budget of over $4.5 billion and 10,000 state and local employees. He was successful in expanding and improving the quality of the state’s Medicaid program as well, and improved the health of Marylanders.

Dr. Benjamin is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and a Master of the American College of Physicians. He is the author of more than 160 scientific articles and book chapters. His recent book, The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History is an exposé of the nearly 100-year quest to ensure quality, affordable health coverage for all using political cartoons. Dr. Benjamin is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. He also serves as a board member of various organizations, including Research!America, the Reagan-Udall Foundation, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Truth Initiative. In 2014 and 2008, he was named one of the top 25 minority executives in health care by Modern Healthcare Magazine, in addition to being voted among the 100 most influential people in health care from 2007-2018, and one of the nation’s most influential physician executives from 2009-2015. He is also a former member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, a council that advises the President on how best to assure the security of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Leandris Liburd

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA is the Associate Director for the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role she leads a wide range of critical functions in the agency’s work in minority health and health equity, women’s health, and diversity and inclusion management. She plays a critical leadership role in determining the agency’s vision for health equity, ensuring a rigorous, evidence-based approach to the practice of health equity, and promoting the ethical practice of public health in vulnerable communities. The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity ensures a pipeline of diverse undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in public health and medicine through its administration of the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program and the James A. Ferguson Graduate Fellowship.

Dr. Liburd has been instrumental in building capacity across CDC and in public health agencies to address the social determinants of health, and in identifying and widely disseminating intervention strategies that reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. She has skillfully executed innovative models of collaboration that have greatly expanded the reach, influence, and impact of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE), and raised the visibility of health equity through peer-reviewed scientific publications, engagement with academic institutions, presentations at national and international conferences, partnerships with national and global organizations, and other communications and educational venues.

Dr. Liburd has received honors for her leadership and management accomplishments. Among them, Jackson State University presented her with the John Ruffin Award of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities by Jackson State University (2016). The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and named her one of the Top Blacks in Healthcare in 2014 for her outstanding and noteworthy achievements in the healthcare field. In 2010, the National REACH Coalition honored her with the Distinguished Service and Leadership Award. In 2002, CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation presented her with the Excellence in Collaboration Award for her seminal role in developing local, national, and international partnerships.

She is highly regarded inside and outside of CDC for her tireless commitment, effectiveness, leadership, and passion in working to improve minority health and achieve health equity for all people.

Dr. Liburd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, a master of public health in health education/health behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master of arts in cultural anthropology and a doctor of philosophy degree in medical anthropology from Emory University.

Hazel D. Dean

Dr. Hazel D. Dean, ScD, DrPH (Hon), FACE

Dr. Hazel D. Dean, ScD, DrPH (Hon), FACE is the Editor-in-Chief of Public Health Reports (PHR), the official, scientific journal of the US Public Health Service and the Office of the Surgeon General. Before this position, she was the deputy director of CDC’s lead federal center for preventing and controlling HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis and for supporting HIV and STD prevention efforts in the nation’s schools. In that position, she led agencywide initiatives on public health, policy development and translation, health equity, public health leadership development, and employee recognition.

Dr. Dean is internationally recognized for her work in health disparities and health equity research and policy and has worked in public health at the local, state, federal, and international levels and at nonprofit organizations. She has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, policy reports, and other publications about infectious and chronic diseases, public health surveillance, applied epidemiologic methods, social and structural determinants of health, and public health workforce development. She frequently serves on national and international advisory groups and committees addressing infectious and chronic diseases among underserved populations and public health workforce diversity.

Among Dr. Dean’s numerous honors are the Presidential Rank Honor Award for Distinguished Service (2012) and the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Distinguished Service Award (2013), two of the nation’s highest civilian awards. In 2014, she received an honorary doctorate in public health from Spelman College for her distinguished international leadership in addressing health disparities. She also was elected a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology that year for her substantial and sustained contributions to that field of research. Dr. Dean earned her BS in biology (Spelman College), her MPH in international health and biostatistics, and her ScD in biostatistics (both, Tulane University).

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