Guest Speaker and Panelists for the 2023 Dr. William ‘Bill’ Jenkins Health Equity Lecture
Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH
Ana V. Diez Roux is the Dana and David Dornsife Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology at the Dornsife School of Public Health and Director of the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative. Originally trained as a pediatrician in her native Buenos Aires, she completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Before joining Drexel University, she served on the faculties of Columbia University and the University of Michigan, where she was Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health.
Dr. Diez Roux is internationally known for her research on the social determinants of population health and the study of how neighborhoods affect health. Her work on neighborhood health effects has been highly influential in the policy debate on population health and its determinants. Her research areas include social epidemiology and health disparities, environmental health effects, urban health, psychosocial factors, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, social environment-gene interactions, and the use of multilevel methods and complex systems approaches in population health. She has led large NIH and foundation funded research and training programs in the United States and in collaboration with various institutions in Latin America and is currently Principal Investigator of the Wellcome Trust funded SALURBAL (Salud Urbana en América Latina) study.
Dr. Diez Roux has served on numerous editorial boards, review panels and advisory committees including most recently the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) of the Environmental Protection Agency (as Chair), the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) of the National Center for Health Statistics, the Committee on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment of the International Council for Science (ISCUS), and CDCs Community Preventive Services Taskforce.
She has received the Wade Hampton Frost Award for her contributions to public health from the American Public Health Association and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology from the American College of Epidemiology. She is an elected member of the American Epidemiological Society and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2009. Dr. Diez Roux has been an active mentor of doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty from diverse backgrounds.
Donna Hubbard McCree, PhD, MPH, RPh
Donna Hubbard McCree is the Associate Director for Health Equity for the National Center for HIV, 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 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 (jhsph.edu)). 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.
Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS)
Jonathan Mermin is the Director of the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), and a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service. He oversees the nation’s efforts to prevent HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis. These infections affect millions of Americans and cause tens of thousands of deaths each year. NCHHSTP focuses on high impact prevention strategies that are cost-effective, scalable, and grounded in the latest research. These strategies save lives, save money, reduce health disparities, and protect the health of all Americans.
From 2009-2013, Dr. Mermin directed CDC’s Division of AIDS Prevention, overseeing the agency’s HIV efforts in the United States. He previously served as Director of CDC-Kenya and HHS Public Health Attaché for the U.S. Embassy from 2006-2009, and as Director of CDC-Uganda from 1999-2006. In Uganda, he oversaw implementation of the first antiretroviral treatment program funded by CDC outside of the United States, gaining practical experience for PEPFAR and supporting widespread HIV treatment efforts in developing countries.
Dr. Mermin began his career at CDC in 1995 as an EIS officer with the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch. He completed an internal medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital and a preventive medicine residency at CDC and the California Department of Health Services. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford University School of Medicine and received his MPH from Emory University. He has co-authored more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Public Health.