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Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary Appendix B Workshop Presenters’ Biosketches and Participant List Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Ph.D., MPA-URP, has a doctoral degree in public policy and demography (Princeton University, 1996). She is an associate professor in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the effect of social determinants (e.g., residential segregation, immigrant adaptation) on health disparities along racial and ethnic lines; the role of nonhealth policies (e.g., housing policies, immigrant policies) in reducing those disparities; and the health and well-being of children with special needs and their families. Dr. Acevedo-Garcia is a member of the Social Science Advisory Board of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council. She is vice president of the Board of Directors of the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston and chairs its Research Committee and she is a member of the Massachusetts Consortium for Children with Special Health Care Needs. Dr. Acevedo-Garcia is co-project director for DiversityData (http://diversitydata.sph.harvard.edu), an interactive website on socioeconomic indicators in U.S. metropolitan areas. DiversityData is an ongoing project of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Center for the Advancement of Health, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Health Policy Institute. She is also co-founder and faculty mentor for the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Urban Planning and Public Health, an organization of students who have joined together around common interests at the intersection of the fields of public health and urban planning and design. With funding from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, and the Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Acevedo-Garcia has led the creation of the Cross-national
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Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary Initiative on Place, Migration and Health, a diverse research network committed to understanding the links between migration processes and the health of (im)migrants, their families, and their sending and receiving communities using a cross-national lens for research and policy. Angela Glover Blackwell, J.D., is founder and chief executive officer of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute that works collaboratively to develop and implement local, state, and federal policies to achieve economic and social equity. Previously, she was senior vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also founded the Urban Strategies Council, a pioneering community-building organization in Oakland, California, and served as a partner with Public Advocates, a nationally known public interest law firm. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Janis Campbell, Ph.D., is the surveillance coordinator for Chronic Disease at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. She has served in that position for 4 years. She has over 15 years experience with public health research and surveillance in Oklahoma. Dr. Campbell is the principal investigator for the Oklahoma Central Cancer Registry and the Oklahoma REACH 2010 Native American Project to Address Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes. Dr. Campbell received her Ph.D. in anthropology in 1997 from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Campbell is an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma University College of Public Health. She has published and presented locally and nationally on many occasions on topics related to health care among Native Americans in Oklahoma. William (Bill) Dotson is chief of the Bureau of Family, School, and Community Health for the St. Louis Department of Health. He received his undergraduate degree from Webster University and graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology and Organizational Behavior from Washington University in St. Louis. He was also awarded an Honorary Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Colorado for his HIV/AIDS work in minority communities. Mr. Dotson is a founding appointee to the Minority Health Advisory Committee in the State of Missouri Department of Health, and a founding Mayoral appointee and co-chair to the Ryan White Planning Council for the City of St. Louis. With over 15 years of public health service as a manager and educator for the City of St. Louis Department of Health, Mr. Dotson has had responsibility for developing community collaborations, securing funding, and implementing initiatives designed to impact critical health disparities in the City of St. Louis. He is also a distinguished lecturer on minority health.
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Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary Katherine Gottlieb has an M.B.A. from Alaska Pacific University and has been President/CEO of the Southcentral Foundation since 1987. Under her leadership, Southcentral Foundation has grown from fewer than 100 employees to more than 1,200 and from an annual operating budget of about $3 million to one of $100 million. It provides more than 65 medical and behavioral health services programs. Ms. Gottlieb is of Aleut descent, and is a member of CIRI, which is 1 of 12 in-state Native regional corporations established by Congress under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Carol Horowitz, M.D., M.P.H., is an assistant professor in the Departments of Health Policy and Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. As a primary care physician and health services researcher, her primary interest is in understanding and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities using community-based participatory research methods. Currently, she directs the East Harlem Diabetes Center of Excellence, a community-based coalition with a goal to better the lives of individuals with diabetes. She is also the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, and of the Community Core of an NIH-funded center, both of which aim to improve chronic disease outcomes amongst residents of Harlem, New York City, through community-based research interventions. She received her B.S. and M.D. from Cornell University, trained in internal medicine and primary care at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the Bronx, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle. Edward F. Lawlor, Ph.D., holds a B.A. in economics, government, and legal studies from Bowdoin College. He received his Ph.D. from the Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University. He is currently the dean and William E. Gordon Professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Lawlor has published widely on access to health care, health care reform, policy analysis, and aging. He is the author of Redesigning the Medicare Contract: Politics, Markets, and Agency and founding editor of the Public Policy and Aging Report. Mary McFadden received a B.A. in health science from State University of New York at Cortland in 1988, began a career in public health at the Broome County Public Health Department with the Women, Infants, and Children’s program as a public health representative in 1991, and was instrumental for developing and implementing the first WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling program in Broome County. In addition, she was instrumental in the development and incorporation of the Southern Tier Breast-
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Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary feeding Coalition. In 1996 she was promoted to a public health educator for the Cancer Services program, and in 1998 promoted to supervising public health educator to implement and oversee an integrated chronic disease risk reduction program. In 2000, Ms. McFadden received the New York State Department of Health’s Partner of Distinction Award. In September 2003 to the present, she has overseen the Steps to a HealthierNY program in Broome County. Ms. McFadden has presented the successes of Broome County’s Steps program around the Country, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Centers for Disease Control Annual National Prevention Summit. Lastly, and most importantly, she is the mother of two young boys who provide her with the ultimate challenge of her health education expertise. Christopher J. L. Murray, D.Phil., M.D., is the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington School of Medicine. A physician and health economist, his early work focused on tuberculosis control and the development with Dr. Alan Lopez of the Global Burden of Disease methods and applications. In this work, they developed a new metric to compare death and disability from various diseases and the contribution of risk factors to the overall burden of disease in developing and developed countries. This pioneering effort has been hailed as a major landmark in public health and an important foundation for policy formulation and priority setting. He has also contributed to the development of a range of new methods and empirical studies to strengthen the basis for population health measurement and cost-effectiveness analysis. He worked at the World Health Organization from 1998 to 2003 where he served as the Executive Director of the Evidence and Information for Policy Cluster while Gro Harlem Brundtland was Director-General. Since 1998, a main thrust of his work has been on the conceptualization, measurement, and application of approaches to understand the inputs, organization, outputs, and outcomes of health systems. From 2003 until 2007, he was the director of the Harvard University Initiative for Global Health and the Richard Saltonstall Professor of Public Policy. Dr. Murray has authored or edited 14 books, many book chapters, and more than 120 journal articles in internationally peer-reviewed publications. He holds a B.A. from Harvard College, a D.Phil. from Oxford University, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Lisa Pivec is the Director of Community Health Promotion for Cherokee Nation Health Services. She holds a master’s degree from Northeastern State University in college teaching with an emphasis in health. Ms. Pivec
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Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary has been with the Cherokee Nation since 1991 and currently works closely with the Oklahoma State Department of Health REACH 2010 project, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Steps to a HealthierUS and Tobacco Control Tribal Support Center projects, and she chairs the Cherokee Nation Community Health Services Committee. Ms. Pivec is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is originally from the Peavine community in Adair County. She hopes to continue working with and for Cherokee people throughout her career. Charmaine Ruddock, M.S., project director, Bronx Health REACH, the Institute for Urban Family Health, has been involved in the administration of health care services to medically underserved communities for more than 10 years, notably in the design, development, and operational oversight of Medicaid Managed Care Organizations serving communities in New York City, Long Island, and Connecticut. She has sat on the Board of Directors of the New York Prenatal Care Steering Committee and HHFII, organizations dedicated to improving the health outcomes of New Yorkers. Ms. Ruddock joined the Institute for Urban Family Health in 2000 to direct Bronx Health REACH, a coalition of 40 community- and faith-based organizations, funded by the Centers for Disease Control REACH 2010 initiative. In addition to REACH, Ms. Ruddock also directs two other diabetes-focused initiatives—the Diabetes Prevention and Control Initiative funded by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Chronic Diseases Services and an NIH-funded initiative exploring the use of faith-based organizations to provide diabetes education. Bronx Health REACH’s goal is the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes in the southwest Bronx. The health priority focus is diabetes and heart disease. Ms. Ruddock is working with several community groups, faith-based organizations, and health care providers to implement several initiatives, namely the Primary Prevention and Public Health Education Program; Community Health Advocacy; Faith-Based Outreach efforts; a Legal and Regulatory workgroup; and the Grocer and Restaurant Outreach Program. Ms. Ruddock holds a bachelor’s degree in literature and social sciences from the University of the West Indies and a masters of science in management and policy analysis from the Graduate School of Management, The New School for Social Research. Diane Schwartz is the president and CEO of the American Conference on Diversity. Ms. Schwartz manages the American Conference on Diversity’s community, program, public relations, and marketing functions throughout the State of New Jersey. She has over 25 years of experience in the field. Ms. Schwartz holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from Monmouth University and has done postgraduate work in marketing. A published author, her arti-
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Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary cles on health care, management, and human relations issues have appeared in national and state publications. With over 25 years of experience in creating and implementing organizational development programs for nonprofit groups in the state, she has revitalized and expanded community groups and organizations to maximize their potential. For years, Ms. Schwartz produced and hosted Healthview, a half-hour television information program airing weekly on CTN of New Jersey. She has appeared on numerous television programs sharing information and expertise on human relations issues. She is an active participant in the community as a member of the NJN-New Jersey Public Television Diversity in Action Committee and as a member of the New Jersey Human Relations Council Advisory Board. Ms. Schwartz is also a member of the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission and has served on the Long Range Planning Committee for the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Leadership New Jersey and was a Fellow of Leadership New Jersey, Class of 2002. She is a member of the Executive Women of New Jersey. Prior to joining the American Conference on Diversity, Ms. Schwartz was Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Raritan Bay Health Services Corporation, a two-hospital, multifaceted health care system in central New Jersey, and she also managed the Raritan Bay Healthcare Foundation. She has served variously as president of both the Perth Amboy and Old Bridge Chambers of Commerce; president of the Perth Amboy Rotary, where she was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow; and as a director of the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce. She is a past chair of the Business Coalition for Perth Amboy Youth, a coalition of business, education, and municipal representatives developing jobs for urban youth. She served as a director of Camp Kiddie Keep Well, a New Jersey camp for underprivileged children. She was a member of the Mayor’s Economic Development Committee for the City of Perth Amboy, and was on the Marketing Committee of the Old Bridge Economic Development Corporation. In 1992, the Perth Amboy Chamber of Commerce named her Executive of the Year. Ms. Schwartz is former vice president of the Hospital Fund Raising Executives of New Jersey, a past president of the New Jersey Hospital Public Relations and Marketing Association, and a featured speaker and consultant for various business, industry, and nonprofit organizations throughout the region. Ms. Schwartz is married and has four grown children. She and her husband live in Colts Neck, New Jersey. Donald M. Suggs, D.D.S., was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and attended the public schools there. He graduated with B.S. and D.D.S. degrees from Indiana University, then did his postgraduate work at Washington University Dental School and Homer G. Phillips Hospital. He served as chief of oral surgery at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and was the first African
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Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary American to serve as an associate clinical professor at St. Louis University Dental School. Dr. Suggs was a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgeons and has a limited private practice in his specialty. Active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and 1970s, he served as chairman of the Poor People’s March-on-Washington in 1968. Later, he became founder and chairman of the African Continuum, organized to bring serious noncommercial African American artistic endeavors to St. Louis. He was a long-time president of the Alexander-Suggs Gallery of African Art based in St. Louis and New York City (1970–1989). He is a founding member of the Center for African Art (now the Museum of African Art in New York City) and is a former member of the board of directors of the Studio Museum in New York. Dr. Suggs currently serves on the St. Louis Art Museum Board of Commissioners. He was the first African American to serve as president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of St. Louis. His business activities also include president of Arch Concessions and a partner with D & D Concessions and the City Plaza Project. Dr. Suggs has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Harris-Stowe State University, and St. Louis University and is the recipient of many civic awards. He is currently president and publisher of the St. Louis American Newspaper, Missouri’s largest black newspaper. He is the father of Donald M. Jr., Dawn Marie, and Dina Margaret. Captain Nancy Williams has been working in public health for over 30 years. She has been with the U.S. Public Health Service for 23 years, working in the Indian Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She received her MSPH from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has worked as the first Tribal Health Educator for the Hopi Tribe, with the Arizona Department of Health, and the San Bernardino County Health Department. While in the Indian Health Service, she worked in the Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Nashville areas. She spent 2 years detailed to the Department of the Interior working with the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. While at CDC, she worked with the Office on Smoking and Health, and the Steps to a HealthierUS Program Office, where she is presently the acting lead for the Program Team.
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Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary PARTICIPANT LIST Dara Autumn Missouri Foundation for Health St. Louis, MO RADM John Babb Department of Health and Human Services Kansas City, MO Ryan Barker Missouri Foundation for Health St. Louis, MO Caroline Battles Missouri Foundation for Health St. Louis, MO CAPT Jose Belardo Department of Health and Human Services Kansas City, MO Judy Bentley Community Health-In-Partnership Services (CHIPS) St. Louis, MO Rudy Bess Hope Light Foundation Hazelwood, MO Sarah Betsworth St. Louis University School of Public Health St. Louis, MO Angela Bowman, MSW, PLCSW Bi-Lingual International Assistant Services St. Louis, MO Gloria Brand OWH Department of Health and Human Services Jefferson City, MO Marilyn Brown St. Louis University School of Public Health St. Louis, MO Moira Cahan Missouri Foundation for Health St. Louis, MO Aurita Caldwell Department of Health and Human Services St. Louis, MO James Campbell Oklahoma State Department of Health Oklahoma City, OK Maria E. Cepeda, MHA Office of Minority Health Department of Health and Senior Services Jefferson City, MO Catrina Chambers, MSPH St. Louis University St. Louis, MO Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Midcontinental Region Creighton University Health Omaha, NE
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Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary Debbie Chase Clayton, MO Leann Chilton Barnes-Jewish Healthcare St. Louis, MO Arthur Colbert Missouri Foundation for Health St. Louis, MO LaVonda Cotton Williams & Associates, Inc. St. Louis, MO Ana-Paula Cupertino, PhD University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City, KS L. Dauernheim St. Louis, MO Jesse DeLeon Southeast Missouri Health Network Kennett, MO Mary Deverman Cenlene Foundation for Quality Healthcare Clayton, MO Margaret Donnelly State Representative St. Louis, MO Monica Dykas Interfaith Partnership St. Louis, MO Kate Eddens St. Louis University School of Public Health St. Louis, MO Bert Emmons Sober Living-Midwest St. Louis, MO Jannis Evans Office of Minority Health Jefferson City, MO Angela Fleming, MPH Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St. Louis/Faith Beyond Walls St. Louis, MO Ben Francisco, PhD, PNP, AE-C University of Missouri, Columbia Vannessa Frazier Howardville Community Betterment Howardville, MO Alicia Galan Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Region VII Kansas City, MO CAPT Edwin Galan Department of Health and Human Services Kansas City, MO Toni Garrison, MHA Passport Health—The Vaccine People St. Louis, MO
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Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary Elizabeth George Deacon Foundation St. Louis, MO Hannah Gilk Institute of Family Medicine St. Louis, MO James E. Green Williams & Associates, Inc. St. Louis, MO Deidre Griffith St. Louis University School of Public Health St. Louis, MO Rosalind Guy St. Louis, MO Sandi Leland Hawk St. Louis Maternal, Child and Family Health Coalition St. Louis, MO Cynthia Hayes Missouri Foundation for Health St. Louis, MO Kym Hemley SOCF Cleveland, OH Rich Hennicke Nurses for Newborns Foundation St. Louis, MO Warren Holloman, Jr. Williams & Associates, Inc. St. Louis, MO Mary E. Homan, MA St. Louis University School of Public Health St. Louis, MO Ellen Horan Catholic Health Association St. Louis, MO William Hudson Freelance Writer St. Louis, MO Betty Kao St. Louis Christian Chinese Community Service Center St Louis, MO Rosetta Keeton St. Louis ConnectCare Community Health Centers St. Louis, MO Pamela Kelly, MBA Missouri Telehealth Network St. Louis, MO Yit Mui Khoo St. Louis Christian Chinese Community Service Center St Louis, MO Karley M. King Chesterfield, MO Hope Krebill National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service Kansas City, KS
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Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary Christy Lapka St. Louis University School of Public Health St. Louis, MO Johnnie Miller Matlock St. Louis, MO Joe McCarthy Missouri Foundation for Health St. Louis, MO Martin McCrary St. Louis, MO Joan McGivney St. Louis, MO Joris Miller Community Alternatives St. Louis, MO Margie Minor OMH—Department of Health and Human Services St. Louis, MO Carolyn Montgomery Southeast Missouri Health Network Portageville, MO Bobbi Morris Southeast Missouri University Cape Girardeau, MO Ibrahim A. Muhammad Muhammad Blamic Academy St. Louis, MO Saffiyah Muhammad Hazelwood, MO E. Rachel Mutrux Missouri Telehealth Network Unversity of Missouri School of Medicine Columbia, MO Marcia Newton St. Louis City Health Department St. Louis, MO Warren Nichols St. Louis Department of Health St. Louis, MO Akihiko Noudin St. Louis University St. Louis, MO Sandy Ortia Southeast Missouri University Cape Girardeau, MO Bev Pfeifer-Harms Missouri Foundation for Health St. Louis, MO David Pfieffer St. Louis University School of Public Health St. Louis, MO Debbie Pfeiffer, MA St. Louis University School of Public Health St. Louis, MO Nancy Phillips, MSW, LCSW Midtown Catholic Charities Community Services St. Louis, MO
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Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary Salim Phillips Williams & Associates, Inc. St. Louis, MO Terry Plain Missouri Foundation for Health St. Louis, MO Cynthia L. Price Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation St. Louis, MO Evelyn Pullian Southeast Missouri Health Network Kennett, MO Gwen Ratermann Center for Health Policy University of Missouri Columbia, MO Leslie Reed Missouri Foundation for Health St. Louis, MO Evelyn Reid Webster University St. Louis, MO Karen Roth St. Louis Business Health Coalition St. Louis, MO Mitch Schneider West End Word St Louis, MO Lisa Schwarb University of Missouri Columbia, MO Deena Scott Missouri Foundation for Health St. Louis, MO Donna Shoff Missouri Foundation for Health St. Louis, MO Linda Spinn Nurses for Newborns Foundation St. Louis, MO Jill Thompson Maternal Child & Family Health Coalition St. Louis, MO Vetta L. Thompson St. Louis University St. Louis, MO Donna Vent Southeast Missouri Health Network New Madrid, MO Eduardo J. Vera Language Access Metro Project (LAMP) an Agency of Catholic Family Services St. Louis, MO Heather Weeden St. Louis, MO Consuelo Hopkins Wilkins, MD Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, MO Erise Williams Williams & Associates, Inc. St. Louis, MO
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Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities: Workshop Summary Paula E. Wills Health Visions of East St. Louis East St. Louis, IL Jennifer Wood Missouri Foundation for Health St. Louis, MO
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