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Ana F. Abraido-Lanza, PhD, MA


Program Director, Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

Director, DrPH Program

Department of Sociomedical Sciences

Mailman School of Public Health

Columbia University

New York, New York

Ana F. Abraido-Lanza

Dr Abraido-Lanza’s research focuses on cultural, psychosocial, and socioeconomic processes that affect psychological well-being, adjustment to chronic illness, and mortality rates among Latinos, as well as health disparities between Latinos and non-Latino whites. Her current research projects include the study of acculturation and cancer-related behaviors among Latinos, as well as coping and psychosocial adjustment and socioeconomic status and disability among Latinos with arthritis. Her work on cancer screening among Latinas compares the extent to which socioeconomic factors and quality of health care predict breast and cervical cancer screening among Latinas and non-Latina whites. Dr Abraido-Lanza is also director of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development at the Mailman School of Public Health. She received a BA from New York University and an MA and PhD from City University of New York.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, PhD, MPH


Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences

Global Research Against Noncommunicable Diseases (GRAND)

Georgia State School of Public Health

Atlanta, Georgia

Collins O Airhihenbuwa

Dr Airhihenbuwa is the author of the PEN-3 model and a global expert and pioneer in how to centralize culture in health behaviors. He is a consultant to several United Nations agencies, including WHO, UNFPA, and UNAIDS. He led an early UN effort to galvanize multidisciplinary efforts to address HIV and AIDS globally, which resulted in the publication of UNAIDS Communications Framework for HIV/AIDS: A New Direction (2000). He has authored more than 120 articles and book chapters and is a coauthor of Public Health Critical Race Praxis. He is a former President and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education and a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Dr Airhihenbuwa received a BS from Tennessee State University and an MPH and PhD from the University of Tennessee.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Hector Balcazar, PhD, MS

Dean, College of Science and Health

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, California

Hector Balcazar

Prior to his current position, Dr Balcazar was the regional dean of public health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, El Paso Regional Campus, where he was also a professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences. Dr Balcazar is a leader in public health education, research, service and community outreach. He received the National Hispanic Medical Association Academic Leader of the Year award. From 2003 to 2013, Dr Balcazar was co-director of the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center, an NIH-funded initiative in collaboration with the College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing of the University of Texas at El Paso. He was chair of the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health from 200 to 2011. Dr Balcazar specializes in the study of public health problems of Latinos and Mexican Americans. Dr Balcazar received a BS from Iberoamericana University and a MS and PhD from Cornell University.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Carolyn Brooks, ScD, MA

Director of Strategic Initiatives

UnitedHealthcare Community & State

Atlanta, Georgia

Carolyn Brooks

At UnitedHealthcare, Dr Brooks works to build strategic partnerships and to develop, test, and scale initiatives aimed to improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs for low-income individuals, including pregnant women, children, seniors, and those living with disabilities. She worked for the Harvard Prevention Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she contributed to several communication, policy, research, and programmatic initiatives, including Communities Putting Prevention to Work and Healthy People 2020. Much of her work has focused on implementing and evaluating community-level policy and environmental interventions that address social determinants, chronic disease prevention, and health disparities. She received a dual Doctor of Science degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Social & Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition Departments and a Master of Arts degree in Health Communication from the University of Georgia.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019



Clyde P. Brown, PhD, MSPH


Institute of Public Health

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Florida A&M University

Tallahassee, Florida

Clyde P Brown

Dr Brown’s research focuses on medical and public health informatics, health disparities, cardiovascular epidemiology and prevention, and birth defects. He teaches courses in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, maternal and child health epidemiology, geographic information systems, advanced epidemiological and statistical methods, and data management and analysis. He also directs the GIS, Data, and Spatial Analysis Laboratory, which provides hardware, software, data management, and analytical support for faculty members and students. Dr Brown’s experience in public health and epidemiology includes epidemiology of infectious diseases (smallpox in Bangladesh, sexually transmitted diseases in Los Angeles; HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles, Zaire, Brazil, and Thailand; and tuberculosis in Los Angeles) and chronic diseases (cancer and cardiovascular disease) and environmental and occupational epidemiology. He also is honorary professor in the School of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Dr Brown received a BA from California State University, Los Angeles, and an MSPH and DrPH from the Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019



Jack Dennerlein, PhD


Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Jack Dennerlein

Dr Dennerlein is a professor in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University and an associate director of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, & Well-being. Dr Dennerlein is an engineer whose public health research takes a systems approach to understanding and preventing work-related injuries and improving worker health and well-being. He received a BS from the University of Buffalo, an SM from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019



Krista Fremming, MPA

Director, Division of Chronic Disease

North Dakota Department of Health

Bismarck, North Dakota

Krista Femming

Krista Fremming is director of the Division of Chronic Disease at the North Dakota Department of Health, a position she has held since September 2014. Krista’s professional experience includes roles in human resources administration, community engagement, fund development, and program development and evaluation. She has held positions in various areas of public health, including comprehensive cancer control, tobacco prevention and control, and coordinated chronic disease. Krista is a member of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Regional Representatives Council. She has received extensive training in evidence-based public health, supervisory management, and strengths-based leadership. Krista has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Dakota.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Lauren Gase, PhD, MPH

Senior Researcher

Spark Policy Institute

Denver, Colorado

Lauren Gase

At Spark Policy Institute, Dr Gase partners with stakeholders throughout the country to develop innovative, research-based solutions to complex societal problems. She has served as the chief of health and policy assessment in the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Throughout her career, she has led several applied research and evaluation projects to prevent chronic disease and improve the social determinants of health. Much of her work has focused on identifying ways to improve the holistic health and well-being of children and adolescents in partnership with the education and juvenile justice systems. Dr Gase received a BS from University of California–Santa Barbara, an MPH from Emory University, and a PhD from the Fielding School of Public Health, University of California–Los Angeles.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Lawrence W. Green, DrPH, ScD(Hon), MPH

Professor Emeritus

University of California–San Francisco

San Francisco, California

Larry Green

Dr Green is best known by health education researchers as the originator of the PRECEDE Model and co-developer of the PRECEDE-PROCEED Model, which is used to guide health program intervention design, implementation, and evaluation and has led to more than 1,000 published studies. He is a past president and distinguished fellow of the Society for Public Health Education and honorary fellow of the American School Health Association. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Academy of Health Behavior. He is the recipient of two of the American Public Health Association’s highest awards, the Distinguished Career Award and Award of Excellence, and the Sedgwick Medal. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science. He was distinguished fellow/visiting scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), director of the CDC–World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centres on Global Tobacco Control from 1999 to 2001, and acting director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health in 2001. He has served as associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the American Journal of Health Behavior, and 12 other journals. He has served on the public health and/or medical faculties of the University of California–Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, University of Texas, University of British Columbia, and University of California–San Francisco. Dr Green received a BS, an MPH, and a DrPH from the University of California–Berkeley.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019



Melissa Grim, PhD, MA

Chair and Professor

Department of Health and Human Performance

Radford University

Radford, Virginia


Dr Grim is chair and professor at the Department of Health and Human Performance at Radford University where she serves 650 to 675 students and 21 full-time faculty members. She is active in the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and is completing her seventh year of service as a deputy editor for Health Promotion Practice. She co-authored a chapter in SOPHE’s textbook Health Promotion Programs: From Theory to Practice and also co-edited both the sixth and seventh editions of The Health Education Specialist: A Study Guide for Professional Competence published by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Dr Grim received the Radford University Distinguished Faculty Advising Award and the College of Education and Human Development Scholarly Activity Award. She received a BS from Bowling Green State University and an MA and PhD from the Ohio State University.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Roberta B. Hollander, PhD, MPH, MA

Professor and Interim Chair

Department of Health, Human Performance and Leisure Studies

Howard University

Washington, DC

Roberta Hollander

Dr Hollander’s research and publications focus on women’s health, patient–provider interactions, sexual violence, and health disparities. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in program planning, implementation, and evaluation; women’s health; disease prevention and health promotion; and the foundations of health promotion. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr Hollander has been the advisor and committee member on many theses and dissertations in the United States and Australia in health education, health communications, and nutritional sciences. She has been active in the American Public Health Association since the 1970s and has held several positions in the association, including chairperson of the Public Health Education/Health Promotion section. Dr Hollander received a BA from Boston University, an MA from George Washington University, an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD from American University.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019



Philip Huang, MD, MPH

Medical Director and Health Authority

Austin Public Health

Austin, Texas


Before joining Austin Public Health, Dr Huang was the state chronic disease director at the Texas Department of State Health Services. He served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a past president of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. Dr Huang currently serves as chair of the Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee and chair of the Texas Comprehensive Cancer Coalition. He received a BA from Rice University, an MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and an MPH from Harvard University.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019



Sara L. Huston, PhD

Lead Chronic Disease Epidemiologist

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Augusta, Maine


In addition to her post at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr Huston is an assistant research professor at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. She is also an Epidemic Intelligence Service alumna. Dr Huston has more than 20 years of experience in applied epidemiology and surveillance for chronic disease at state health departments. She also served on the executive board of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. She received a BA from Hampshire College and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019



Rachel Kaufman, PhD, MPH

Associate Director for Science

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Atlanta, Georgia


Dr Kaufmann is the associate director for science for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NCCDPHP houses programs in population health, cancer control and prevention, diabetes translation, heart disease and stroke prevention, reproductive health, physical activity and nutrition, oral health, and tobacco use. Before joining NCCDPHP in 2016, she served in similar roles for CDC’s Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office, and Office on Smoking and Health. She was also seconded by CDC to the World Bank for Pollution Management and Environmental Health for 5 years. Dr Kaufman received a BA from Brown University and an MPH and PhD from the University of Michigan.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019



Eugene J. Lengerich, VMD, MS

Professor of Public Health Sciences

Pennsylvania State University

State College, Pennsylvania


In addition to his post at Pennsylvania State University, Dr Lengerich is associate director for health disparities and engagement for the Penn State Cancer Institute. He is an epidemiologist with expertise in community-engaged research focused on the development, testing, and dissemination of evidence-based practices to reduce the burden of cancer among people in medically underserved and minority communities. He has created digital atlases to quantify patterns in cancer incidence and mortality. Before joining Penn State, Dr Lengerich was the state chronic disease epidemiologist for North Carolina and a staff epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr Lengerich received a BS from Bowling Green State University, an MS from The Pennsylvania State University, and a VMD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019



Christopher Maylahn, DrPH

Program Research Specialist

New York State Department of Health

Albany, New York


Mr Maylahn’s area of expertise is chronic disease epidemiology. He has more than 35 years of experience as a program research specialist with the New York State Department of Health, where he provides operational support for the state public health improvement plan. His areas of research include risk factor and disease surveillance, system structure and performance, interorganizational relationships and partnerships, factors associated with sustainable public health partnerships for community health needs assessments, and evidence-based decision making. He received his BA from the University of Vermont, MPH from Yale University, and DrPH in health policy from the State University of New York School of Public Health.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019



Lloyd Michener, MD

Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, Duke School of Medicine

Clinical Professor, Duke School of Nursing

Adjunct Professor, Public Health Leadership, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Lloyd Michener

Dr Michener is professor and past chair of Community & Family Medicine at Duke. He has served as director of the Duke Center for Community Research; co-chair of the Community Engagement Steering Committee for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards of the NIH; and president of the Association for Prevention, Teaching and Research. He has also been a member of the National Academies Institute of Medicine Committee on Integrating Primary Care and Public Health; the board of directors of the Association of Academic Medical Colleges; the NIH Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; and the National Academic Affiliations Advisory Council for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He now leads the Practical Playbook with the support of the deBeaumont Foundation, linking health care, public health, and communities.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022



Jean O’Connor, JD, DrPH, FACHE


Task Force for Global Health and National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Decatur, Georgia

Jean O' Connor

Dr O’Connor is a consultant to both the Task Force for Global Health and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. She is an adjunct associate professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory and at Health Policy and Management at the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. She was the chief policy officer and chronic disease prevention director for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), where she led policy development and evaluation activities for the agency, focusing on health behavior and systems of prevention. She has nearly 20 years of experience in public health practice, public health law, and health policy. Before joining DPH, she worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a health scientist and in other policy and strategy roles in state government. She is a past president of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, a member of the Board of Directors for Heluna Health, and past president of the alumni board for the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr O’Connor received her BS, JD, and MPH from Emory University and her DrPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the bar.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Nico Pronk, PhD


HealthPartners Institute

Bloomington, Minnesota


In addition to his post at HealthPartners Institute, Dr Pronk is chief science officer at HealthPartners, Inc, and has a faculty appointment as adjunct professor of social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr Pronk’s work focuses on connecting evidence of effectiveness with the practical application of programs and practices, policies, and systems that measurably improve population health and well-being. Dr Pronk serves as co-chair of the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2030 Advisory Committee and is a member of the Community Preventive Services Task Force. He received a BS from Davis & Elkins College, an MA from Kearney State College, and a PhD from Texas A&M University.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019



Patrick L. Remington, MD, MPH

Associate Dean for Public Health and Professor of Population Health Sciences

School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Patrick Remington

Dr Remington directs the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Preventive Medicine Residency program and the PRIME program, a federally funded educational program to enhance public health education of medical and physician assistant students. Dr Remington worked as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Division of Public Health for 15 years before joining the University of Wisconsin in 1997. While at the University of Wisconsin he served as associate director of the Carbone Cancer Center and was the founding director of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Master of Public Health program. His research focuses on developing methods to measure the health of communities and communicate this information to the public and policy makers. He is the founder of the County Health Rankings project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr Remington received a BS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MPH from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and an MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.

Appointment Term: 2017–2019


Shamarial Roberson, DrPH, MPH

Chronic Disease Director

Florida Department of Health

Tallahassee, Florida

Shamarial Roberson

Dr Roberson joined the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention at the Florida Department of Health in 2013 as an epidemiologist. In addition to serving as the chronic disease director, she is the co-chair of the Health Equity Program Council. She supervises staff members in various activities, including prevention and intervention activities in areas such as heart disease and stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, and lupus. She supervises the School Health Services team and the chronic disease Epidemiology and Evaluation team. Her research is oriented toward reducing health inequities, especially as they relate to heart disease and related risk factors. Dr Roberson received a PhD in public health in epidemiology and biostatistics from Florida A&M University and an MPH and BS from Florida State University.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020


Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD

Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Services and Practice Transformation

Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Baltimore, Maryland

Rodriguez De Bittner Magaly

Dr Rodriguez de Bittner is executive director of the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Her work has led to the development of innovative and nationally recognized programs, including the Giant Diabetes Education Program and the Maryland P3 Program. She served as director of the Community Pharmacy Residency Program at the University of Maryland (1996–2006) and currently is a preceptor. She has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advance the role of pharmacists in chronic disease management. She is past president of the Maryland Pharmacists Association and the American Pharmacists Association Foundation Board from 2006 to 2008. Her leadership has led to quantifiable improvements in chronic disease management through medication use by improving medication adherence and developing diabetes and cardiovascular programs based on national treatment guidelines and evidence-based medicine. She received the American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s Pinnacle Award for Individual Career Achievement in 2015. She received a BS from the University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy and a PharmD from the University of Maryland.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Gia Rutledge, MPH

Lead Health Scientist, Division of Diabetes Translation

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Atlanta, Georgia

Gia Rutledge

Gia Rutledge is a lead health scientist in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She serves as the team lead for the Performance Improvement and Evaluation team providing evaluation guidance and technical assistance to states, communities, and national partners. She also provides evaluation expertise on special projects, contracts, and workgroups across the division and center. She received an MPH in community health practice from the University of Arizona and a BS in biology from the University of California at San Diego.

Appointment Term: 2017–2020



Victor D. Sutton, PhD, MPPA

Director for the Office of Preventive Health and Health Equity

Mississippi State Department of Health

Ridgeland, Mississippi

Victor D. Sutton

Dr Victor D. Sutton serves as the director for the Office of Preventive Health and Health Equity and is a member of the senior management team. In this role, he oversees the Preventive Health Program, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) role with the Jackson Heart Study, and the Office of Health Equity. He provides operational and fiscal oversight to the bureaus of Community and School Health, Chronic Disease, the Delta Health Collaborative, and the Injury and Violence Prevention Program. He also manages the programmatic planning, implementation, and evaluation of several federal and state grants.

Dr Sutton received his PhD from Jackson State University in public policy and administration with a concentration in health administration. He also completed additional educational studies and received a certification in public sector management at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York.

He has a faculty appointment with the University of Mississippi Medical Center in the Department of Preventive Medicine and serves as principle investigator for the Jackson Heart Study, Community Engagement Center at MSDH. He has worked and held leadership positions for a number of community-based organizations, foundations, non-profits, and state government agencies. He has also served on a host of local, regional, and national boards.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022



Matthew Valliere, MPA

Chief Executive Officer

CareSouth Medical & Dental

Baton Rouge, Lousiana

Matthew Valliere

Matthew Valliere is the chief executive officer for CareSouth Medical & Dental and serves on the board of the Louisiana Primary Care Association. Mr Valliere has more than 10 years of experience in program design, implementation, and evaluation. He served as director of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Unit with the Louisiana Department of Health where he was responsible for providing leadership over programs addressing asthma, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, tobacco control, healthy communities, and projects involving the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Mr Valliere is a member of the Evaluation Advisory Board for Xavier University Center for Minority Health Disparities and Research. He also serves on the Baton Rouge Leadership Council for American Cancer Society (2018 to present) and served as president for the Louisiana Public Health Association (2016–2017). Mr Valliere holds many positions on state and local panels, organizations, and boards. He received a Master of Public Administration from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022



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