Noreen M. Clark, Ph.D. (Vice Chair), is Myron E. Wegman distinguished university professor, professor of health behavior and health education, professor of pediatrics, and director of the Center for Managing Chronic Disease at the University of Michigan. From 1995 to 2005, she served as dean of public health and Marshall Becker professor of public health. Dr. Clark is interested in systems, policies, and programs that promote health, prevent illness, and enable individuals to manage disease. Her work focuses on the social, psychological, and behavioral aspects of disease management and how they interact with clinical factors. Her research is directed toward people at risk for disease and its complications, as well as those who can help them: family members, clinicians, communities, and systems. Her studies of disease management have contributed to the research literature and the field of practice by demonstrating that educational interventions for patients and providers can decrease both asthma- and heart-related hospitalizations and medical emergencies and increase patients’ quality of life. Interventions for respiratory disease tested by her team are used across the country and around the world. Dr. Clark currently heads exploratory studies of the management of diabetes, epilepsy, and digestive and neurological conditions, including consequences of pain, as well as physical, psychological, and social functioning. She has held many leadership positions in public health and is a member of the IOM.
Olivia D. Carter-Pokras, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Carter-Pokras was an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she currently serves as adjunct faculty. She is the previous director of the Division of Policy and Data, Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Carter-Pokras has conducted research on health disparities for three decades in the federal government. She has an extensive history of ensuring that the community has a voice in research conducted at the national and local levels. Dr. Carter-Pokras lectures on epidemiologic methods, cultural competency, and health disparities to medical, dental, and public health students. She is principal investigator for two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded grants to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate cultural competency and health disparities curriculum, and for a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) community-based participatory research grant on oral health among Latino and Ethiopian children and their mothers. She just completed a project evaluating state tobacco disparities and is research director for the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded University of Maryland Prevention Research Center.