Prevention Advisory Group Members
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Jeffrey Levi (Chairperson) | JudyAnn Bigby | Richard Binder | Valerie Brown | Dave A. Chokshi | Ned Helms
Patrik Johansson | Jerry L. Johnson | Janet R. Kahn | Charlotte Kerr | Jacob Lozada | Elizabeth Mayer-Davis
Dean Ornish | Barbara Otto | Linda Rosenstock | John Seffrin | Ellen Semonoff | Susan Swider
Sharon Van Horn | Kimberlydawn Wisdom
Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to making disease prevention a national priority. As Executive Director of TFAH, Dr. Levi leads the organization’s efforts to advance a modernized public health system. He is also a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, where he teaches courses in health policy and has conducted research on HIV/AIDS, Medicaid, integrating public health, and the healthcare delivery system. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Levi was Deputy Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (1994-1996). Previously, he served as an associate editor of the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Levi has been engaged in HIV policy work since the beginning of the epidemic and is widely recognized as a leading national advocate for gay-lesbian and HIV-related issues. He holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.A. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from The George Washington University.
JudyAnn Bigby, M.D., a Senior Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research, has more than 25 years of experience in primary care internal medicine, and in health policy, community and public health programming and evaluation, and systems transformation. At Mathematica, she is evaluating state Medicaid programs and health reforms and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on public health programs. Prior to joining Mathematica, she served as Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2006 to 2013. In this role, she successfully implemented many aspects of the state’s 2006 health reform law that helped Massachusetts achieve near universal coverage. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, she served as the Director of Community Health programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she was oversaw the hospital’s community health programs and developed and evaluated community-based initiatives to reduce disparities in infant mortality, breast and cervical cancer, and asthma. She also was formerly Director of Harvard Medical School’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, a program focused on improving research, education, and clinical care for women, including those from vulnerable populations. Dr. Bigby serves on the board of South Africa Partners where she also serves as an advisor to their health and health professional programs. She holds degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard Medical School and honorary degrees from Lesley University, Pine Manor College, and the New England College of Law.
Richard Binder, M.D., is currently a consultant to the Department of Medicine at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Binder is a Professor on the faculties of both Virginia Commonwealth University and Georgetown University Schools of Medicine. He served as a Medical Director from 2010-2013 at McKesson/US Oncology, an oncology practice management firm, where he was a medical practice advisor and mentor to oncology practices throughout the country. In addition, he is a consultant to the Federal Aviation Administration where he evaluates the appropriateness of cancer patients to pilot an aircraft. From 2005 to 2010, he worked in an advisory capacity in the Office of the President of Inova Health System in Falls Church, Virginia. From 1965 to 2005, Dr. Binder was in the private practice of hematology and oncology. Dr. Binder holds a B.S. Ch.E. from Northeastern University College of Engineering and an M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is certified by them in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Oncology. For his teaching excellence, he has been awarded The Golden Apple and the Vicennial Medal by and Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Vernon Vance Memorial Award by Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Valerie Brown, M.A., was appointed by the Governor of California to serve as First District County Supervisor for the County of Sonoma in 2002 and was elected to that position in 2004 and 2008. In her role as County Supervisor, Ms. Brown had oversight over all county departments and initiatives involving water management, transportation, mass transit and rail, economic development, environmental protection, and health services. She recently launched the nationally-acclaimed Network of Care for Healthy Communities Project, an innovative local delivery web portal that provides the public, healthcare providers, local government leaders, and community organizations with easy-to-find resources and understandable key data. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Brown served as a City Council member and Mayor for the City of Sonoma, California, and was an elected official in the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1998. She is an active member of the U.S. National Association of Counties, having served as Vice President in 2006 and as President in 2009. In 2010, Ms. Brown was selected as County Official of the Year by Public CEO and Leader of the Year by California Women Lead. She holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Missouri, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lindenwood College in Missouri.
Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc is an Assistant Vice President at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation—the largest public health care system in the U.S.—where he leads the Office of Ambulatory Care Transformation. He practices primary care (internal medicine) at Bellevue Hospital and is an Assistant Professor of Population Health and Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Chokshi was Director of Population Health Improvement at NYU Langone. In 2012-13, he served as a White House Fellow at the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, where he was the principal health advisor in the Office of the Secretary. His prior work experience spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including positions with the New York City and State Departments of Health, the Louisiana Department of Health, a startup clinical software company, and the nonprofit Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), where he was a founding member of the Board of Directors.
Ned Helms, Jr., M.A., serves as Director of the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire, a position he has held since February 2001, when he became its founding director. Mr. Helms oversees the Institute’s research efforts to improve population health and provide technical assistance to State and Health Care agencies in order to enhance their health care delivery systems. Over the past 30 years, he has focused on health policy and held key roles in public and private entities, including Chief Administrative Officer of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Hampshire, founder and President of Helms & Company (a health policy consulting firm), Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services for New Hampshire, and Executive Assistant to the Office of the Governor for Health Policy in New Hampshire. Earlier in his career, Mr. Helms served as Legislative and Administrative Assistant for Health Policy in the U.S. Senate. He holds a B.A. from Drew University and an M.A. from the University of New Hampshire.
Patrik Johansson, M.D., M.P.H., is the Director of the Rural Health Education Network and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Social, and Behavioral Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health. Previously, Dr. Johansson served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Greater Southeast Community Hospital, an Assistant Research Professor at the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health, and an Instructor of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the Nebraska Rural Health Association Board of Directors and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Alumni Council. Dr. Johansson is a past recipient of the Harvard Medical and Dental School Dean’s Community Service Award. He holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health, and an M.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine.
Jerry Johnson, M.S., M.A., has served as the President and CEO of Heffler Advisors, LLC, a certified public accounting and consulting firm, since February 2013. Effective March 2015, the firm has changed its name to Axum Advisors, LLC. Axum Advisors is a consulting firm that provides business advisory services to a variety of entrepreneurs and business executives in finance, technology, and healthcare. Axum Advisors is a part of Axum Partners, which Mr. Johnson has owned since 2000. He is also the founder and co-chairman of ESmith Legacy, Inc. and chairman of Auxum Partners, LLC, positions he has held since 2007 and 2000 respectively. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Johnson served as the President of eMoney Advisory, Inc. Prior to joining eMoney, he was an Executive Vice President at Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a position he held from 1995 to 2002. He currently serves on the boards of Bryn Mawr Trust Company, Savanna Inc., Coriell Institute, Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education, and the Union League of Philadelphia. He previously served as Vice Chairman of PWRT Services, Inc. In 2010, Mr. Johnson was awarded the Distinguished Community Leadership Award from Operation Understanding. He was previously named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the Top 40 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America. Mr. Johnson holds a B.S. in Education from Truman University, a M.S. in Management from Massachusetts Institute Technology, and a M.A. in counseling and guidance from Northern Illinois University.
Janet R. Kahn, Ph.D., currently has appointments in the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine and College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is Senior Policy Advisor to the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, a consortium of over 55 academic health centers. She also sits on the board of the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Dr. Kahn’s research focuses on a program, Mission Reconnect, which she co-designed to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families, on equitable and affordable health care delivery models, and on the role of massage therapy in the treatment of chronic pain and other common conditions. In the past, Dr. Kahn helped found the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium in 2002, where she was on the Steering Committee until 2005, thereafter serving as Executive Director until 2011. She was the Director of Integrated Health Care of the Community Health Center of Burlington from 2008 to 2010, the Director of Research of the Massage Therapy Research Consortium from 2003 to 2008, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women from 1997 to 2000. Dr. Kahn has served on a number of boards, including the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health since 2009. She holds a B.A. from Antioch College, an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University.
Sister Charlotte Rose Kerr, R.S.M., B.S.N., M.P.H., M.Ac., is a practitioner of traditional acupuncture, a healthcare consultant, and a faculty emerita member of the Maryland Institute of Integrative Medicine (MUIH — formerly Tai Sophia Institute). Prior to joining MUIH, Sister Charlotte Kerr was an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She has served on various education and health-related boards, including the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University, the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, and the Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health Alternative Medicine Program, among others. In 2002, Sister Charlotte Kerr was identified as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, a statewide daily business newspaper. She holds an R.N. from St. Joseph's Infirmary in Atlanta, a B.S.N. from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina, and an M.Ac. from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in England.
Jacob Lozada, M.A., Ph.D., is a former Member of the Board of Directors of AARP and currently serves on the Board of the National Medical Music Group and the Association of University of PR Alumni and Friends Abroad. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Supervisory Committee and member of the Budget and Core Loan Review Committees at Andrews Federal Credit Union. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Lozada previously served as a Senior Advisor for Diversity Strategies at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), where he managed the Interagency Task Force on Hispanic Employment from 2003 to 2005. Prior to his work at OPM, Dr. Lozada was the Assistant Secretary of Human Resources and Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs from 2001 to 2003. Among his numerous awards for his extraordinary public service, he was bestowed the VA Exceptional Service Award and LULAC’s Presidential Citation Award. He has also worked as Principal at Booz Allen & Hamilton’s Healthcare Practice, Management Consultant at Electronic Data Systems, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The George Washington University, and Principal at the Council for Excellence in Government. He served with distinction in the U.S. Army Medical Department retiring with the military rank of Colonel. Dr. Lozada holds a B.A. in Science from the University of Puerto Rico, an M.A. in Health Administration from Baylor University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Walden University.
Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, Ph.D., is the Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies the epidemiology and natural history of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and adults. Her work involves translational research to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions designed to facilitate improvement in diabetes self-management, metabolic status, and quality of life for individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes who live in medically underserved communities. Dr. Mayer-Davis is currently the national chairperson of the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study, a multi-center study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and also serves as principal investigator for the SEARCH Carolina Site. At UNC, she is also an active member of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (Nc TraCS). Dr. Mayer-Davis is also Past-President of Health Care and Education for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Her past service with ADA includes numerous national appointments, including a term on the board of directors, as well as roles on the publications policy committee, the cardiometabolic risk initiative subcommittee and the healthcare reform task force. She holds a B.S. in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Tennessee, an M.S. in public health from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease and other chronic diseases without drugs or surgery. Medicare is now covering these services. Dr. Ornish is the author of six bestselling books, including The Spectrum. He serves on the board of directors for the St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelter and was previously appointed to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy during the Clinton Administration. During his career, Dr. Ornish has received numerous awards and honors, including being selected as a “National Public Health Hero” by the University of California, Berkeley, “one of the 125 most extraordinary University of Texas alumni in the past 125 years,” “one of the fifty most influential members of his generation” by LIFE magazine, and by Forbes magazine as “one of the world’s seven most powerful teachers.” He was a Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1981 to 1984. Dr. Ornish received a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas in Austin in 1975 (where he gave the baccalaureate) and his M.D. in 1980 from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Barbara Otto, B.A., has been in leadership with Health & Disability Advocates (HDA) since 1994. HDA is a driving force behind building smarter systems of health, disability employment, education, and income supports for vulnerable people and places across the nation, state of Illinois, and metropolitan Chicago. Ms. Otto is a policy analyst with extensive expertise in Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security as well as other public benefits programs for older adults, children, and adults with disabilities. Spurred by the Affordable Care Act, HDA and the Chicago Department of Public Health convened the Healthy Chicago Hospital Collaborative, a partnership of Chicago’s twenty-seven hospitals focused on making a collective impact on health outcomes in the City of Chicago. Hospital partners are providing in-kind research and data support, and HDA will provide technical support to hospitals and community-based partners to engage in sustainability planning on the front end of their investment in community- benefit-related interventions. The intent is to create alignment whenever possible with both Healthy Chicago and the National Prevention Strategy’s strategic priorities. Previous to her work with HDA, Ms. Otto worked on health care reform issues and on working women’s issues. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), and is an author of several publications including the No Nonsense Guide Series on Employment & Disability and Access to Health Care. She is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and holds certificates from both the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Business School.
Linda Rosenstock, M.D., M.P.H., is Dean Emertius of the School of Public Health (2000 – 2012) and a Professor of Healthy Policy and Management, Medicine, and Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Rosenstock is a recognized authority in occupational and environmental health, and in the fields of public health and science policy. From 1994 to 2000, she served as the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), where she was instrumental in creating the National Occupational Research Agenda, a framework for guiding occupational safety and health research. In recognition of her efforts, Dr. Rosenstock received the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award, the highest executive service award in the government. Prior to this appointment, she was a faculty member in Departments of Medicine and Environmental Health at the University of Washington. Dr. Rosenstock has held leadership roles in, and served on the boards of, various organizations, including the World Health Organization, the United Auto Workers/General Motors Occupational Health Advisory Board, the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, the Association of Schools of Public Health, and the Society of Medical Administrators, among others. She has also been active in teaching and research in many developing countries and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Dr. Rosenstock holds an A.B. from Brandeis University, and an M.D. and an M.P.H. from The Johns Hopkins University.
John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., served as chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society for more than 20 years, and led the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Dr. Seffrin also serves as an adjunct professor of behavioral science and health education at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Prior to being named the American Cancer Society’s top executive, he served at Indiana University as Professor of Health Education and Chairman of the Department of Applied Health Science. Dr. Seffrin has been active in numerous organizations, including the Advisory Committee to the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Geneva-headquartered Union for International Cancer Control, and the Board of Independent Sector, among others. In 1999, he was selected to be a charter member of C-Change (formerly the National Dialogue on Cancer) Steering Committee, which was co-chaired by former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush. Also in the late 1990s, Dr. Seffrin served on the board of National Cancer Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine and was appointed by Senator Dianne Feinstein to co-chair the National Cancer Legislation Advisory Committee. He helped to create the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids (now the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids), among his many collaborations and affiliations. Dr. Seffrin is the 2010 recipient of the Society for Public Health Education’s Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award. He holds a B.S. degree from Ball State University, an M.S. from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in health education from Purdue University.
Ellen Semonoff, B.A., J.D., is currently the Assistant City Manager for Human Services in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ms. Semonoff also serves as the Chair of the Board of the Cambridge Health Alliance, a public safety net hospital and teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Previously, she served the City of Cambridge in various key management roles, including Deputy Director of the Department of Human Services and Assistant to the City Manager. Ms. Semonoff also served the State of Massachusetts as Coordinator of Employment Services in the Massachusetts Department of Employment and Training. Earlier in her career, she practiced law at the firm Hill & Barlow. Ms. Semonoff clerked for Chief Judge Frank Kaufman in the U.S. District Court in Maryland, Judge Spottswood Robinson III in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. She holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Susan Swider, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., is a Professor in the College of Nursing at the Rush University Medical Center, an academic health sciences center in Chicago. Prior to joining Rush University, Dr. Swider served on the faculty of the School of Nursing at St. Xavier University and in the College of Nursing of the University of Illinois. Over the past 20 years, her research has focused on program development and evaluation of community health workers, and on engaging urban communities in health promotion. From 1992 to 2009, Dr. Swider served on the Board of Directors for the Erie Family Health Center, a Federally-qualified health center, and was a Kellogg International Leadership Program Fellow from 1995 to 1998. She has also been a member of numerous professional organizations in public health and nursing, including the American Public Health Association, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, and the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, where she served as president. She was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2012. Dr. Swider holds a B.S. in Nursing from De Paul University, and an M.S. in Public Health Nursing and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois.
Sharon Van Horn, M.D., M.P.H., is a pediatrician with a longstanding interest in the prevention of childhood and adolescent health and behavioral problems. In 2009, she completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where she focused on prevention and integrative health issues. Prior to that, Dr. Van Horn was a pediatrician at Chapel Hill Pediatrics and has served as an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also worked as a consultant for Healthy E Me, Inc., a company that uses technology and behavior modification to treat obesity via e-mail and text messaging. Dr. Van Horn holds a B.A. from Kansas Newman College, an M.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., M.S., is the Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer at Henry Ford Health System. She is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician, the Chair of the Gail and Lois Warden Endowment on Multicultural Health, and Michigan’s and the nation’s First State-level Surgeon General. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty of University of Michigan (UM) Medical School’s Department of Medical Education and adjunct professor in the UM School of Public Health. Dr. Wisdom focuses on health disparities/health care equity, infant mortality/maternal and child health, chronic disease, unintended pregnancy, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, and tobacco use. She has worked collaboratively with school districts, faith-based organizations and the business community. Dr. Wisdom provides strong leadership in community benefit/population health, and improving the health of those disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes. She founded the award-winning African American Initiative for Male Health Improvement (AIM –HI) and most recently, the Women Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network which aims to improve access to healthcare and reduce infant mortality in neighborhoods in Detroit. Since 2008, she has chaired the Detroit Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force. In 2007, she founded a youth leadership development effort – Generation With Promise (GWP) – designed to equip youth to drive policy, environmental and behavioral change in their school and community. GWP youth were featured on the cover of Modern Healthcare in June 2014. Dr. Wisdom is the recipient of numerous awards, has authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and appeared on national television, including ABC’s Nightline, and has presented to audiences across the country and internationally. Dr. Wisdom earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School, and an M.S. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.