The election is open June 7 to July 19. You must be an individual member of IAPHS by July 19 to vote. If you are not already a member, click here to join.
Those continuing on the Board during 2024 and their 2024 positions include Magdalena Cerda (President), Mark Hayward (Past President), Suzanne Bevan (Executive Director), Board members Jennifer Karas Montez, Marino Bruce, Elaine Hernandez, Kaori Fujishiro, Caryn Bell, Alexander Tsai, Elizabeth Wildsmith, and Katrina Walsemann. Retiring members include Taylor Hargrove, Anna Zajacova, Katherine Theall, and Sandte Stanley.
Thanks to Past President Roland Thorpe, who chaired the Nominations Committee, Nominations Committee Members, and a special thanks to our candidates for their willingness to serve IAPHS.
Results will be announced shortly. Thank you for voting!
This person will serve as the President-Elect in 2024, President in 2025 and Past-President in 2026. In 2024, they will appoint individual(s) to chair the 2025 Program Committee as well as other new members of IAPHS committees in 2025.
Philip Alberti Candidate Statement:
Interdisciplinary population health science is foundational to achieving health equity, which has been the singular focus of my passion, research, and advocacy for nearly 25 years. Population health science – mixed methods, community-centered, interdisciplinary population health science – is fundamental to co-developing the kind of evidence, that when embedded in policy, can shift structures and systems to ensure all communities thrive. IAPHS is a unique space to advance and amplify that kind of scholarship. I am proud to call it my professional home and am deeply honored to have been nominated to serve as its President-elect. Read more
I received my doctorate in Sociomedical Sciences, which in my case meant an NIMHD Fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology with a sub-concentration in social psychology. My training was an inherently interdisciplinary endeavor and my research focused on racial and ethnic differences in barriers to mental health service use, including stigma and mistrust. ‘Social conditions as fundamental causes of disease’ underscores every aspect of my population health and health equity approach.
I have half-jokingly told many an IAPHS mentoring roundtable that going to grad school was “…the most ignorant decision I ever made.” As a first-generation high school / college student from a working-class background, I did not know, for example, what a post doc was until 2 years into my program, or that scientists survived on the soft money hustle. Hence my deep commitment to mentorship and a strong belief that scientists can be academic outside of academia. To that end, I have been an active mentor both within and beyond IAPHS’s own program and recently served as Co-Chair of IAPHS’s Professional Development Committee.
After graduate school, for several years I worked for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, leading the city’s health equity research and evaluation efforts. This was the on-the-ground public health service I yearned for and the lessons I learned from the community members with whom we partnered – humility, responsibility, transparency, intentionality, etc. – solidified my belief that the process of health equity-focused science is as important as the product of that work. If our collaborations are anything less than authentic, sustainable solutions to health injustice will remain out of reach.
That spirit of community and multisector collaboration is at the heart of the AAMC Center for Health Justice, an entity that I have had the privilege of a lifetime to ideate, build, and found. To walk the talk, we flattened our hierarchy, brought on board an advisory team comprised of (paid) local and national leaders representing the many diverse sectors and disciplines that contribute to population health, and deepened the ways in which we work with our 1,400-person strong national, interdisciplinary health equity collaborative to ensure that diversity of lived and academic experience informs all we do.
For IAPHS to grow its membership, influence, and impact requires building bridges between the diverse disciplines, sectors, organizations, and people needed to advance a trustworthy and effective population health agenda. While over the years I have been fortunate to publish dozens of papers and reports, give scores of presentations and addresses, and serve on panels and advisory boards for organizations of all kinds, including the NIH, CDC, and CMS, I am proudest of my ability to create such a diverse network of health equity champions. IAPHS is a crucial node and connector in that network – in our movement – to ensure all communities reach their full health potential. It would be an honor to bring my passion and perspective to IAPHS’ leadership.
Erin Hagan Candidate Statement:
As Deputy Director of Evidence for Action, Dr. Hagan oversees the day-to-day operations of the National Program Office. Erin has worked across the non-profit, academic, and public sectors. Her experience spans social justice and health equity advocacy, public policy, business, and research. Prior to joining Evidence for Action, Dr. Hagan was the acting Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Read more
The Board provides oversight and strategic guidance to IAPHS. It meets by conference calls throughout the year and in-person just before the annual IAPHS Conference. The three Board Members elected this year will serve 3 year terms beginning November 1, 2023.
BOARD MEMBER – JUNIOR
Elizabeth Wrigley-Field Candidate Statement:
Elizabeth Wrigley-Field is a sociologist and demographer at the University of Minnesota, specializing in racial inequality in mortality and historical infectious disease. She co-leads an ongoing project on Covid-19 mortality in Minnesota and sometimes specializes in finding comparisons and metrics that illuminate the human meaning of mortality disparities. She is also a quantitative methodologist, developing models designed to clarify relationships between micro and macro perspectives on demographic relationships.
Megan Todd Candidate Statement:
I am a demographer and epidemiologist working in public health as the Chief Epidemiologist at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. I believe that collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches are essential to achieving progress in population health, and as a board member would hope to bring the perspective of public health practice to IAPHS. My work focuses on understanding how social and structural factors influence health disparities, mortality, and aging, with an emphasis on translation for policy and other public audiences. I hold a PhD in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University and an AB in economics from Harvard University. I have previously served IAPHS as a mentor, a member of the awards committee, a member of the program committee, and an abstract reviewer.
BOARD MEMBER – MID-CAREER
Sean Valles Candidate Statement:
Sean Valles was conference co-chair (with Kat Theall) of the 2022 IAPHS conference. IAPHS is his favorite professional society, and he wishes to devote more of his time and effort into fostering its work.
Valles is an interdisciplinary philosopher studying the interplay of ethical and evidentiary aspects of how to build societies that are conducive to communities’ well-being. He is the Director of the MSU Center for Bioethics and Social Justice, in the College of Human Medicine as well as the Interim Director of the college’s Office of Medical Education Research and Development. Read more
Valles is a passionate advocate for the value of population health science, with most of his recent scholarship devoted to arguing in favor of the theoretical and ethical benefits of using population health science approaches. In 2018, he authored the first academic book devoted to the philosophy/ethics of population health, specifically arguing that health improvement efforts require the foregrounding of equity, community empowerment, intellectual humility, and respect for the knowledge of every person in a community. He is also co-editor of the Oxford University Press book series, “Bioethics for Social Justice”. His recent work includes participating in a vaccine racial and ethnic equity research project funded by the CDC, and forthcoming work advocating for more bioethics scholarly engagement with the problem of Mass Incarceration.
Valles has variety of experience on boards, steering committees, and leadership teams of professional societies, including a recently completed term as an elected member of the Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association.
Sarah Gollust Candidate Statement:
Sarah Gollust is an Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She is a co-lead of the Collaborative on Media and Messaging for Health & Social Policy, an interdisciplinary group of researchers who study how media and messaging shape public opinions, attitudes, and behaviors. Dr. Gollust is a social scientist studying the intersections of communication, politics, and health policy. Read more
BOARD MEMBER – SENIOR
Silvia Martins Candidate Statement:
Dr. Silvia S. Martins is a tenured Professor of Epidemiology, the Director of Columbia’s Policies and Health Initiatives for Opioids and Other Substances (PHIOS) Interdisciplinary Group, and the founding Director of the Substance Use Epidemiology Unit in the Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University. She is also the co-director of the Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training program at Columbia University that trains pre-doctoral fellows and post-doctoral fellows in substance use epidemiology. She is a psychiatrist and an epidemiologist. She has co-authored >260 peer-reviewed epidemiological and substance use articles (>100 first or senior-authored), >90 of them led by her current or former mentees. Read more
John Robert Warren Candidate Statement:
John Robert Warren is Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota and is Director of the Minnesota Population Center. With support from the National Institute on Aging he is co-leading the effort to re-interview the High School & Beyond cohort in 2021-2022 (1 R01 AG058719-01A1); linking five major surveys of older people to records from the 1940 U.S. Census (1 R01 AG050300-01A1); and building a longitudinal database on all early 20th century American twins to study the effects of education on mortality (1 R21 AG054824-01A1). He was recently editor of Sociology of Education.
This person will serve for a 3-year term as a student representative on the IAPHS Board and as Chair of the IAPHS Student Committee.
Michael Green Candidate Statement:
Dear IAPHS Members,
I am writing to express my strong desire to serve as the Student Representative within the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS). As a rising 3rd-year Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Population Health Sciences within the Duke University School of Medicine, my research focus, interdisciplinary health sciences background, and dedication to leadership make me an ideal candidate to represent my fellow students in the organization and contribute to the mission of the IAPHS Board. Read more
My research examines the impact of unequal treatment, both interpersonally and clinically, on preventative care for cardiovascular disease. As an IAPHS member for the past two years, I have actively engaged with the organization’s online content and resources designed for students and contributed to the IAPHS community as an annual conference abstract reviewer. I am confident that IAPHS will significantly impact the field of Population Health Sciences, and I am eager to contribute to its mission.
In alignment with the current IAPHS Board’s dedication, I am excited to support their ongoing initiatives such as developing the membership organization, overseeing committee work, refining the IAPHS business plan and communications activities, connecting with other organizations and leaders in the field, and managing the budget. As the organization transitions to an elected Board, I am committed to maintaining the momentum and progress achieved thus far.
I bring an interdisciplinary background in health sciences, having graduated from Dartmouth College in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with Honors and a minor in Environmental Sciences. My undergraduate education focused primarily on medical anthropology, culminating in a senior honors thesis on the illness experience of families with a child suffering from severe congenital heart disease. Currently, my work involves quantitative analysis of social determinants of health’s impact on cardiovascular disease risk factors.
At Dartmouth College, I received the prestigious Ernest Everett Just (EE Just) Undergraduate Fellowship, aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented minority individuals pursuing STEM research careers in academia. As an EE Just Fellow, I served as a counselor for the “Adventures in STEM” pre-orientation program and directly advised two undergraduate students who have since pursued careers in computation-based research.
Leadership and student representation have been essential to my personal and professional development. I held leadership roles in sports and academic organizations during high school and continued this commitment throughout my undergraduate education at Dartmouth College. I served as an executive board member of the global health organization GlobeMed for three years, was a student representative on the “Council on the Library”, participated in an Associate Dean search committee, and received two prestigious awards during my senior year for my commitment to community service and the college.
As a graduate student at Duke University School of Medicine, I have been a teaching assistant for the master’s level course “Population Health Sciences Research Design and Study Methods I.” In 2022, I joined the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee in my department and was appointed to the “Building Research Inclusion & Diversity in Graduate Education” (BRIDGE) program subcommittee. In this role, I actively contribute to the program, which empowers a diverse and skilled workforce through education, mentorship, and support to enhance population health, minimize health disparities, and promote health equity both locally and internationally.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions or would like more information about my background and experiences. I appreciate your consideration for the IAPHS Student Representative position, and I am excited about the opportunity to make a lasting impact in the field of Population Health Sciences.
Michael D. Green
Shaylynne Shuler Candidate Statement:
Shaylynne Shuler a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) at the University of Connecticut. Her research on social sources of health inequity, specifically stigma processes that link sexual and gender minorities (SGM), to disadvantaged health. She has recently extended her work on stigma and minority stress to HIV prevention and PrEP uptake with Black sexual minority men (BSMM) in the southeastern United States. Dr. Shuler obtained her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Health from Northern Arizona University in 2022.