Susan M. Allan, JD, MD, MPH is the Health Director for the Department of Human Services in Arlington County, Virginia. Dr. Allan has extensive experience in planning, development, organization, and direction of public health initiatives. Prior to her promotion to Arlington County Health Director, Dr. Allan was the county’s Medical Supervisor of Public Health Clinics, and the Public Health Physician. She was a scholar in the inaugural year of the Centers for Disease Control’s Public Health Leadership Institute. She has also had medical training in small rural clinics in such developing countries as Colombia. Dr. Allan has presented widely and published in health issues related to immigrants and refugees, local and state roles in public health care services, and leadership and health care. She has been very active in a number of capacities with the National Association of County and City Health Officials and is also the NACCHO representative to the Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice. Most recently, she served on the Committee on Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2010.

Kaye Bender, PhD, RN was appointed Deputy State Health Officer for the Mississippi State Department of Health in October 1998. As Deputy, Dr. Bender is second in command of the statewide public health system. Previous to this position, Dr. Bender served 10 years as the Chief of Staff of the State Health Officer at the Mississippi State Department of Health. Her responsibilities included directing the offices of Policy and Planning, Public Health Nursing, Field Services, Primary Care Development, among others. Over her professional career, Dr. Bender has served in leadership positions as Director of Public Health Nursing, Field Services Nurse Consultant, District V Supervising Nurse, and Maternal-Child Health Nurse Consultant with the Mississippi State Department of Health. Dr. Bender is active in the American Nurses Association, Mississippi Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Senior Deputies.

Dan G. Blazer, III, MD, PhD, MPH is JP Gibbons professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. During Dr. Blazer’s tenure as Dean of Medical Education at Duke, he expanded a Master of Public Health program for medical school students which now attracts over 20 percent of the medical school class. Dr. Blazer is the author or editor of over 25 books and author or co-author of over 260 peer-reviewed articles on topics including depression, epidemiology, and consultation liaison psychiatry. He is a fellow of the American College of Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association with expertise in geriatric psychiatry medical education, religion and medicine, preventive medicine, and public health. He was elected to the IOM in 1995.

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