PH-TIPP Biographies

PH-TIPP Class of 2019 and Program Staff

PH-TIPP Class of 2019 and Program Staff

PH-TIPP 2018 Staff

PH-TIPP Class of 2018 and Program Staff

PH-TIPP Class of 2017

PH-TIPP Class of 2017 and Program Staff

Kristi Anderson, MD, MPH, FACOG

Senior Medical Officer
CDC World Trade Center Health Program, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Kristi Anderson

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Develop additional analytical and leadership skills within policy development and program evaluation, ultimately cultivating expertise to apply innovative programmatic efforts aimed at promoting optimal patient care coordination.

Background: Kristi served as a Commissioned Corps Officer in the United States Public Health Service, working for the Indian Health Service in New Mexico as an OB/GYN. She provided quality clinical care in a low resource environment. She championed numerous initiatives aimed at improving pregnancy and neonatal outcomes in patients with high risk pregnancies complicated by obesity and diabetes. She helped standardize regional care practices and increased access to quality and healthy food choices. As a Senior Medical Officer for the World Trade Center Health Program, Kristi oversaw a nationwide health plan serving over 90,000 enrollees. She also provided subject matter expertise on medical and pharmaceutical benefit eligibility and treatment authorization. She developed comprehensive policies framed within legal authority to enhance value-based care and improve patient outcomes and satisfaction in the setting of complex clinical and social scenarios.

Rodrigo Karlop Arce Cardozo, MD, MPH, CCRP

Project Manager
Population Health Department, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

Rodrigo Karlop

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Develop and implement a Population Health PhD Training Program (PHP) within New York University School of Medicine. Evaluate Data Medicine and Health Cluster doctoral program: epidemiology, biostatistics, and population health.

Background: Rodrigo focused his work on clinical research, public health, and healthcare education. He served as Project Manager for the New York University School of Medicine, managing several educational programs including their Epidemiology and Biostatistics doctoral programs, and multiple other projects in population health research. He was appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at City University of New York-Hunter College School of Urban Public Health.

Tiffany M. Jones, DrPH

Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist
Karna LLC, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Tiffany M. Jones

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Influence policy through stakeholder engagement and evaluate community education and outreach programs.

Background: Tiffany worked to understand why individuals make certain choices regarding their health. She examined the costs of cancer care, how patients understand outcomes and health information, and supported multiple government agencies in program evaluation, assessments, analysis, and reporting. Tiffany gained the opportunity to work with commercial clients, including a large insurer and a major health system, to evaluate their community-based programs and recommend policies for expanding their population health projects.

Arianna Keil, MD

Quality Improvement Director
Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Family Health Section, Madison Wisconsin

Dr. Arianna Keil

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Strengthen a statewide child health quality collaborative informed by public health priorities

Background: Arianna served as Quality Improvement (QI) Director for Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, in collaboration with the WI Department of Health Services’ Family Health Section. She advised the planning and execution of program improvement efforts, acting as an expert consultant on improvement science and data-driven decision making, and building organizational capacity in QI methods and team facilitation. Arianna led multiple public health projects to advance child health, including statewide physician and efforts of care team member to promote early identification of children with developmental delays, mental health integration into pediatric primary care, and shared care planning for children with chronic conditions.

Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, MBA

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, California

Dr. Alice Kuo

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Gain experience in program development and evaluation to increase Child Health Policy skills.

Background: Alice earned double-boards in internal medicine and pediatrics in Los Angeles. Alice served as president of the Southern California chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and authored or co-authored ten policy statements for the AAP on social determinants of child health. Alice worked in vaccine advocacy in the state of California, building systems of early childhood developmental services, and addressing teenage vaping. Alice also worked to develop committees on immigrant health and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Mark Lamb, MSN, MPH, FNP-C, ENP-C

Nurse Practitioner
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare – Indian Health Services, Chinle Arizona

Mark Lamb

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Design and implement a quality improvement project evaluating the health-seeking behaviors of Navajo patients seen in Chinle Comprehensive Health Center’s (CCHC) Emergency Department/Urgent Care (ED/UC) in order to better accommodate how patients utilize our health system.

Background: Mark served as a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department/Urgent Care on the Navajo Reservation. He used his clinical experience in emergency medicine, community health, care management, nursing, global health, mental health, critical care, and inpatient/outpatient care. Mark evaluated the integrated behavior health program at a health center serving Atlanta’s uninsured and homeless population. He also developed a survey evaluating the perceptions of mental illness amongst traditional healers in Karnataka, India. Mark also worked to perform a community needs assessment of mental health of university students and evaluated perceptions of sexual violence amongst graduate students.

Teresa Pfaff, MPH, MSN, RN, APHN-BC, CPH

Director, Babies Born Healthy
Baltimore County Health Department
Division of Prenatal and Early Childhood Programs

Teresa Pfaff

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Expand and enhance knowledge of program evaluation and policy development methods to strengthen maternal child health care coordination and navigation programming at the local health department level.

Background: Teresa practiced as a public health nurse with over 10 years of public health experience in program development, implementation, evaluation, knowledge management, and strategic planning and research in resource-limited settings.

Judith M. Policicchio, DNP, MS, MPA

Clinical Instructor
University of Michigan School of Nursing Undergraduate Studies, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Judith Policicchio

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Develop the knowledge and skills required to plan and implement population health projects while enhancing the ability to conduct program and policy evaluation.

Background: Judith’s projects focused on teaching nurses in southeastern Michigan about the care and management of asthma, and teaching community health workers on an American Indian Reservation about the care and management of diabetes. Judith joined the clinical faculty at the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan where her work was instrumental in developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) and the University of Michigan School of Nursing. This MOU enabled Judith to collaborate with the social work community to develop an interdisciplinary team including nursing, social work, kinesiology, and medicine. Judith collaborated with local community agencies to begin to address the effects of poverty in the students of DPSCD schools and their families.

Puthiery Va, DO, MSc

Population Health Director
Division of Public Health for Chinle Services Unit Population Health Department

Dr. Puthiery Va

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Gain skills to support the role as Population Health Director for the Chinle Service Unit focused on population health, program evaluation, and policy development.

Background: Puthiery trained in internal medicine at Jacobi Medical Center, a public hospital in the Bronx. She served an underserved population with a disproportionate burden of disease and excess mortality. Her experience with this unique patient population underscored the interconnectedness of health and access, history, socioeconomic factors, and social circumstance. She focused on primary care prevention and chronic disease self-management. As an EIS officer assigned to the Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, she systematically evaluated sodium surveillance in a U.S. population using the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey. She evaluated dietary behaviors and cardiovascular outcomes and led a multiagency collaborative project between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Department of Agriculture, National Cancer Institute, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to evaluate measurement error in 24-hour dietary recall for assessing sodium and potassium intake among US adults. Puthiery’s EIS training provided her with the opportunity to participate in a mumps outbreak investigation and event-based surveillance surrounding Zika Virus spread in the Americas.

Benjamin Kaplan, MD, MPH, FACP

Internal Medicine Clerkship Director
Orlando Health Internal Medicine Faculty Practice
Clinical Assistant Professor
Florida State University College of Medicine, Orlando Campus

Dr. Benjamin Kaplan

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Explore new ways and strengthen current efforts to develop and implement patient care coordination policy, workflows, and strategies to achieve quality metrics for defined patient populations.

Background: Benjamin, alongside a team of colleagues in the Population Health Department at Orlando Health, planned and implemented new methods and reinforce current strategies that focus on quality reporting and outcomes. He managed the implementation and operation of the shared medical appointments program, where he used population health management systems along with quality metric dashboards to assimilate and document the outcomes of patients that use shared medical appointments.

Susan A. Lippold, MD, MPH

Medical Director
CDC Occupational Health Clinic, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Susan A. Lippold

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Gain an applied understanding of population health interventions with a focus on developing leadership and management skills related to policy development and analysis and program evaluation.

Background: During her career as a Commissioned Corps officer in the United States Public Health Service, Susan worked for the Indian Health Service (NM, AZ), Health Resources Services Administration (IL), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (IL, GA). She gained experience in chronic disease, infectious disease, emerging infectious disease, deployment, and outbreak investigations and was involved in CDC’s Ebola, MERS-CoV, Zika virus, and hurricanes Irene, Issac, Sandy, responses. Susan also worked as a Medical Director for the City of Chicago’s Tuberculosis Control Program for six years.

Monica Livengood, MPH, BSN, RN, CHES, CPH

National Director of Nursing
AbsoluteCare, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Monica Livengood

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Expand knowledge of effectively applying program evaluation methods to thoroughly identify opportunities for process improvement of a comprehensive, biopsychosocial home health program.

Background: Monica worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings that emphasized high quality care for vulnerable populations. She worked for the Florida Department of Health, Central Office, in the Division of Communicable Diseases. As a nurse consultant, she gained valuable experience with clinical compliance monitoring; development of program guidelines and policies; and process improvement.

Christina Mikosz, MD, MPH, FACP

Medical Officer
Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, CDC

Dr. Christina Mikosz

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Strengthen skills in policy development and program evaluation to create actionable tools that assist health systems in creating achievable plans to address opioid overprescribing and overdose.

Background: Christina participated in the CDC Experience fellowship, spending a year working at CDC in the Division of Viral Rickettsial Diseases. During her internal medicine residency at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), she researched preventable characteristics among city tuberculosis (TB)-related deaths. After spending some time working as a hospitalist at UCSF, she spent two years as an EIS officer assigned to Los Angeles County, and then worked as the TB medical consultant and acting TB controller for the Alameda County Public Health Department.

Alison Ridpath, MD, MPH

Medical Officer
LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service
Division of STD Prevention, CDC

Dr. Alison Ridpath

PH-TIPP Project: Evaluate the Division of STD Prevention’s STD Outbreak Response and Coordination Effort.

Background: In 2017, the Division of STD Prevention established a division-wide collaboration effort to respond to requests for technical assistance related to STD outbreaks or clusters. As the Division of STD Prevention’s Outbreak Response and Coordination Effort lead, Alison evaluated the group’s activities to identify gaps and barriers related to prior technical assistance and make recommendations to improve future responses. Her evaluation assisted the division to provide more effective and efficient assistance in the future.

Leo Ndiangang Achembong, BDS, MPH

Health IT Policy Project Manager
Center for Health Policy and Performance, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas

Leo Ndiangang Achembong, BDS, MPH

PH-TIPP Project: Advance Interoperability between Texas Health and Human Services Agencies. As a directive from the Texas state legislature, agencies within Texas’s Health and Human Services (HHS) are developing plans to more efficiently link their health information systems. This will allow stakeholders to exchange the data between systems and use it to improve health care services, manage costs, facilitate research, and protect the public from health risks. As the plans are developed, the Texas HHS agencies must draft and share reports for the state legislature to share the progress of their efforts to advance the interoperability of health information systems.

Dr. Achembong’s role in this project consists of collaborating with stakeholders to determine recommendations for changes to existing Texas HHS policies, practices, and infrastructure to enhance interoperability efforts and plan for further adoptions of data standards. He coordinates subcommittee activities, researches and prepares subject material, contributing to a work plan, and preparing text.

Appathurai Balamurugan, MD, DrPH, MPH

State Chronic Disease Director
Medical Director, Chronic Disease Branch
Associate Director for Science, Center for Health Advancement, Little Rock, Arkansas

Appathurai Balamurugan, MD, DrPH, MPH

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Evaluate the Arkansas Department of Health’s Quality Improvement Plan for Hypertension. In early 2016, the Arkansas Department of Health’s (ADH) began to implement strategies to address hypertension throughout the state. The ADH established a work group for this task. The workgroup identified major objectives to increase identification, education, and referral of residents with high blood pressure through a team-based care approach.

As the State Chronic Disease Director and Medical Director for the Chronic Disease Branch at the Arkansas Department of Health, Dr. Balamurugan will evaluate the strategic plan and assess the progress made to date, identify gaps and barriers for strategy implementation, and make recommendations to achieve success. His evaluation will assist the ADH in its efforts to mitigate the burden of hypertension and its associated costs to the state.

Michelle Chevalier, MD, MPH

LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service
Medical Officer
Division of Global HIV/TB, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia

Michelle Chevalier, MD, MPH

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Develop CDC PEPFAR guidance on blood safety initiatives. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) guidance for international blood safety programs calls for the eventual transition of funding for local blood safety programs from PEPFAR to local ministries of health (MOH) in PEPFAR countries. In order to successfully navigate this transition, it is important that CDC country offices build the capacity of local governments so that CDC and MOH country investments continue to support PEPFAR and WHO blood safety targets. A successful transition relies upon having a coordinated and comprehensive transitional plan that is supported by U.S. governmental policy.

Dr. Chevalier is working to develop a policy for the transition of funds for blood safety programs within PEPFAR countries. She coordinates with key stakeholders in strategic planning meetings to draft blood safety transition planning guidance and presents best practices to the field staff, national blood transfusion services, and CDC country offices of PEPFAR priority countries.

Bruce Doblin, MD, MPH

Founder and Medical Director
Attuned Health, Chicago, Illinois

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Understanding the Medical Needs of Older Supportive Living Residents. During the transition some older adults make from their homes to a supportive living facility (SLF), their relationships with their medical care team are often severed. Continuity of care is critical for effective and well-coordinated medical care among this population; the trust that has been developed between these patients and their care providers has been linked to positive health outcomes.

Dr. Doblin, medical director of Attuned Health, will study the circumstances that require older adults to transition from their own medical care team to SLFs. He will also perform a policy analysis to review the medical care needs of SLF residents and develop interventions to avoid complex medical care transitions and allow older adults to receive their care at home.

Jennifer Faith, PhD, RD

Deschutes County Health Services, Portland, Oregon

Jennifer Faith, PhD, RD

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Identify Potential Policy Solutions for Perinatal Care Continuum Screening and Referral. Central Oregon has developed a regional approach to a perinatal care continuum (PCC) model. This approach laid the groundwork for a referral system for pregnant women that includes nurse home visiting services, community resources, and maternal mental health programs, among others. This approach seeks to link pregnant women to needed resources, ultimately increasing the proportion of pregnant women who receive prenatal care in the first trimester, promote healthy behaviors during pregnancy, and reduce the prevalence of low birth weight among live-born infants in Central Oregon.

In collaboration with regional PCC staff and partners, Dr. Faith will develop an evaluation plan for Central Oregon’s PCC model using population-level data on timing of prenatal care, maternal and infant health outcomes, behaviors during pregnancy, costs, and client/partner satisfaction.

Sandra Leonard, DNP, RN, FNP

Health Education Specialist and Program Consultant
Division of Adolescent and School Health, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia

Sandra Leonard, DNP, RN, FNP

PH-TIPP Project Focus: Condom Availability Programs in Schools. Condom availability programs (CAPs) have been implemented in high schools since the early 1990s as one of many strategies to reduce the transmission of HIV and other STIs and unintended teenage pregnancy. These programs make condoms available to students in places like the school nurse office, school-based health centers, classrooms, and vending machines. Over the course of the last few decades, there has been public debate over whether CAPs are effective in preventing negative outcomes and whether or not they cause negative consequences by promoting sexual activity among adolescents. This underscores the need to assess the policies that support CAPS and evaluate the current attributes of CAPs, among 1,308 state, territorial, and local education and health agencies who receive funding from CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH).

Dr. Leonard will work with the DASH policy and evaluation staff, as well as all 1,308 DASH grantees, to conduct a systematic literature review and synthesize the findings; translate the findings and best practices from the field to develop recommendations and materials on how to implement a CAP; and create a policy briefing document to highlight successful programs and policy supports for CAP – which will contribute to the DASH technical package for adolescent sexual health services.

This population health project addresses the following Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship project areas:

  • Policy analysis and development
  • Program evaluation

Shereitte Stokes IV, PhD, MPH, MIAD

Health Scientist
Public Health Associate Program, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia

Shereitte Stokes IV, PhD, MPH, MIAD

PT-TIPP Project Focus: Curriculum Analysis of the Public Health Associates Program. Since PHAP’s inception in 2007, more than 1,000 associates have been placed on the front-lines of public health at local, state, tribal, and territorial health departments and non-governmental organizations, known as host sites, in the United States and its territories. These associates have engaged in a number of programmatic activities that have had an impact on CDC population health strategic priorities. The PHAP curriculum is an important component of the program and is foundational to an associate’s success in the field. The curriculum, however, has not been analyzed to determine if a framework has been created that maximizes the reach, effectiveness, and impact of associate programmatic activities.

Dr. Stokes will conduct an analysis to identify courses and learning outcomes that are ineffective, and create an environment that facilitates the development of a new curriculum that will maximize the training and educational potential of PHAP. It is theorized that the new curriculum will help improve the reach, effectiveness, and impact of associate population-based health services delivery at the state, local, tribal, and territorial health department, and non-governmental organization levels.