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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ASTHO
Michael Fraser has served as ASTHO’s executive director since August 2016. Most recently, he served as the executive vice president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Medical Society in Harrisburg, Pa. During his tenure there, he worked with physician leaders to transform the organization into a dynamic, relevant, and effective membership organization representing all of the state’s physicians, and tackling critical issues such as the opioid misuse and drug abuse crisis. Read more about Dr. Fraser.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Magdalena Cerda is an Associate Professor in the Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Cerda’s research focuses on the neighborhood causes and mental health consequences of violence, life course influences on substance use trajectories, and the emergence of new drivers and forms of substance use. Dr. Cerda holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, Master of Public Health from Yale University, and a Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard University.
VICE PRESIDENT AND FOUNDING DEAN, UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS COLLEGE OF HEALTH
Dr. MayKao Y. Hang is Vice President and Founding Dean of the St. Thomas College of Health – officially launching the new college that reimagines how future professionals can solve systemic health care problems. Previously, MayKao Hang was the President & CEO of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving lives in the greater St. Paul, Minnesota community and beyond through direct services, research, and community building. She has extensive experience in the public and nonprofit sectors, serving low-income and disadvantaged populations. Dr. Hang is committed to achieving an equitable society where everyone can prosper and believes that harnessing and building social and civic capital can transform the world. Dr. Hang holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brown University, a Master of Arts in Social Policy and Distributive Justice from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctorate in Public Administration from Hamline University.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF HEALTH COMMUNITIES, THE CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT
Anthony Iton is the Senior Vice President of Health Communities at The California Endowment. His primary focus includes the health of disadvantaged populations and the contributions of race, class, wealth, education, geography, and employment to health status. Dr. Iton oversees the organization’s 10-year, multi-million-dollar statewide commitment to advance policies and forge partnerships to build healthy communities and a healthy California. Dr. Iton holds a Bachelor of Science in Neurophysiology from McGill University, Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, and Medical Degree from Johns Hopkins University.
DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND PSYCHIATRY, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, DENVER
Spero Manson is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, directs the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, and serves as the Associate Dean of Research at the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado, Denver. His research focuses on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of physical, alcohol, drug, as well as mental health problems over the developmental lifespan of Native people. Dr. Manson is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading authorities in regards to Indian and Native health. Dr. Manson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Washington and a Master of Arts and Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota.
DIRECTOR OF HEALTH DISPARITIES INSTITUTE AT UCONN HEALTH
Wizdom Powell is Director of the Health Disparities Institute and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UConn Health. Formerly, Dr. Powell was Associate Professor at Health Behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and Research Associate Professor in UNC’s Department of Social Medicine. Dr. Powell also served as Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity Research, faculty member at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Director of the UNC’s Men’s Health Research Lab. In 2011-2012, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. In this role she provided subject matter expertise on Military Mental Health (e.g., PTSD, Suicide, and Military Sexual Trauma). Her community-based research focuses on of the role of modern racism and gender norms on African American male health outcomes and healthcare inequities. Read more about Dr. Powell.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH, POLICYLINK
Victor Rubin is the Vice President for Research at PolicyLink, a national nonprofit institute for policy change. He leads, designs, and conducts knowledge-building activities to create a strong research base for PolicyLink. Dr. Rubin is an urban planner with broad experience in community development, education, and social policy and has guided PolicyLink analyses on the issues that include infrastructure, economic growth, healthy communities, and youth development. Dr. Rubin holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago and a Master of City Planning and a Doctorate in Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGIST AND PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS, SEATTLE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Brian Saelens is a Health Psychologist and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He conducts research in environmental influences on physical activity and eating behaviors and on the psychosocial factors that influence individual choice for weight-related behaviors, which includes examining how the neighborhood environment impacts weight status, physical activity and dietary behaviors across the lifespan. Dr. Saelens holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and Doctorate in Clinical/Health Psychology from State University of New York at Buffalo.