Ross C. Brownson, PhD
Bernard Becker Professor
Director, Prevention Research Center
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
Dr. Brownson studies the translation of evidence to public health practice, with a content focus on environmental and policy determinants of physical activity and obesity. He is the author of 9 books and more than 450 peer-reviewed articles. His books include Applied Epidemiology, Evidence-Based Public Health, and Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. Dr. Brownson is noted as being among the most productive public health scholars and was recently named by Thomson Reuters as one of the world’s most influential scientific minds. He is a former board member of the American Cancer Society and former president of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. He is also active in the American College of Epidemiology, of which he is a past president.
Martin G. Cherniack, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
University of Connecticut Health Center
Dr. Cherniack is an occupational medicine physician and professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center and director of its Ergonomics Technology Center. He has studied work-related musculoskeletal diseases, management of chronic disease in the working population, hand–arm vibration, the physiology of aging of the workforce, integrated interventions in manufacturing and public-sector work forces, ergonomic tool development, and radiation-related health effects at Chernobyl. He recently became engaged in translational research, combining biomedical and social sciences with the goal of developing preventive health interventions. Since 2006, he has been the co-director of the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace, a NIOSH-funded center of excellence for work–life research.
Jack Dennerlein, PhD
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 has degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley.
David Fleming, MD
Vice President, Public Health
Dr. Fleming is vice president of PATH’s public health sector, which houses programs in reproductive health; maternal, newborn, and child health; noncommunicable diseases; malaria and neglected tropical diseases; HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis; health systems strengthening; global health securities; and nutrition innovations and digital health solutions. Before joining PATH in 2014, Dr. Fleming was the director and health officer for Public Health–Seattle and King County. Before that, he was the director of Global Health Strategies at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Fleming also served as Deputy Director for Science and Public Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and deputy administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Ralph Fuccillo, MA
Dr. Fuccillo is senior advisor to DentaQuest’s chief executive officer. For 10 years, he was president of the DentaQuest Foundation, the nation’s largest grant-making organization focused solely on oral health. He is vice-chair of Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel), a founding board member of the US National Oral Health Alliance, a board member of the Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation, a trustee of Mount Ida College, and a board member of the Texas Health Institute. He was co-chair of the US Department of Health and Human Services Region 1 Regional Health Equity Council from 2011 to 2016. In 2012, he was inducted into the Santa Fe Group, a group of scholars and leaders from business and the professions who are bound by a common interest to improve oral health.
Philip Huang, MD, MPH
Medical Director and Health Authority
Austin Public Health
Before joining Austin Public Health, Dr. Huang was the state chronic disease director at the Texas Department of State Health Services. He received a bachelor’s degree from Rice University, a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard. 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.
Sara L. Huston, PhD
Lead Chronic Disease Epidemiologist
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
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 received a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 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.
Rachel Kaufman, MD, MPH
Associate Director for Science
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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.
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. In addition, 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.
Christopher Maylahn, MPH
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 has a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and is currently a doctoral candidate in health policy at the State University of New York School of Public Health.
Nicholas G. Mosca, DDS, DrPH
New Orleans, Louisiana
Dr. Mosca was the director of the sexually transmitted diseases/human immunodeficiency virus program for 6 years and state dental director for 9 years at the Mississippi State Department of Health. He also directed a hospital-based dental program for the University Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). In 1996, he was the Harry W. Bruce, Jr, Legislative Fellow for the American Dental Education Association. He was also a US Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow in 2005 and the Meskin Fellow for the Santa Fe Group in 2012. Dr. Mosca is past president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry.
Nico Pronk, PhD
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.
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
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.
Martina V. Taylor, BS, MT(ASCP)
Senior Prevention Science Advisor
Division of Cancer Prevention
National Cancer Institute
Ms. Taylor is a primary advisor to the division director, planning officer, and liaison for legislative and intergovernmental activities. Her responsibilities include identifying opportunities and monitoring the division’s collaboration and partnership activities within the National Cancer Institute and with other agencies and organizations as well as developing the division’s program and budget reports. She also works on special projects, including the current collaboration with the China National Cancer Center. Ms. Taylor is an active member of several intergovernmental groups at the Department of Health and Human Services with responsibility for developing national plans and programs, including initiatives related to the National Prevention Strategy, the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team, Healthy People 2020, and Healthy People 2030.
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