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Elections

The election is open June 1 to July 15. You must be an individual member of IAPHS by July 14 to vote. If you are not already a member, click here to join.

Those continuing on the Board during 2022 and their 2022 positions include Roland Thorpe (President), Kathleen Mullan-Harris (Past President), Cindy Colen (Treasurer), Sue Bevan (Executive Director), Board members Taylor Hargrove, Darrell Hudson, Selena Ortiz, Katherine Theall, Steven Woolf, and Anna Zajacova.  Retiring members include Fred Zimmerman, Richard Carpiano, Dustin Duncan, and Julie Maslowsky.

Thanks to Past President Fred Zimmerman, who chaired the Nominations Committee, Nominations Committee Members, and a special thanks to our candidates for their willingness to serve IAPHS.

 

PRESIDENT-ELECT

This person will serve as the President-Elect in 2022, President in 2023 and Past-President in 2024.  In 2022, they will appoint individual(s) to chair the 2023 Program Committee as well as other new members of IAPHS committees in 2023.

Mark D. Hayward, PhD

AFFILIATION:
Department of Sociology and Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

DISCIPLINE:
Sociology/demography
 
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:

Mark D. Hayward is a professor of sociology, a Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts, and a faculty research associate of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas. Hayward is a health demographer and population health scientist with a long history of NIA and NICHD research grants supporting his research program. Currently, his work is focusing on two major questions: 1) “upstream institutional levers” of adult mortality trends and disparities, and 2) early life developmental origins of cognitive health and dementia in the older population. Hayward is a recipient of the Matilda White Riley Award from the National Institutes of Health for his contributions to behavioral and social scientific knowledge relevant to mission of NIH. Read more

Erika Blacksher, PhD

AFFILIATION:
Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center

DISCIPLINE:
Bioethicist
 
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:

Erika Blacksher, PhD, is the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics and Research Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, both in Kansas City. Dr. Blacksher studies ethical and policy questions raised by U.S. health inequalities and the role of democratic deliberation in advancing health equity. Her current scholarly work examines questions of responsibility and justice raised by white mortality trends in low education white people and the potential roles of whiteness and early life adversity in these trends. Her scholarship has also addressed controversial debates over the use of stigmatization as a tool of health promotion and disease prevention and the role of personal responsibility in health outcomes. Read more

BOARD MEMBERS

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, 2021.

BOARD MEMBER – JUNIOR

Virginia Chang, MD, PhD

AFFILIATION:
New York University

DISCIPLINE:
Sociology, Medicine, Public Health

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: I am Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at NYU School of Global Public Health and Associate Professor of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. I was recently the Interim Department Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and prior to joining NYU, I was at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In terms of training, I received my BS and MD degrees at the University of Michigan. I then completed a residency in internal medicine, a fellowship with the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program, and a PhD in Sociology, all at the University of Chicago. My work has broadly centered on social disparities in health, with an emphasis on obesity, cardiovascular disease, and mortality. As a physician and sociologist, I have always tried to engage multiple disciplines in my research and professional life, and I know well the challenges of bringing different approaches (and their biases) into conversation. Read more

Elaine Hernandez, PhD, MPH

AFFILIATION:
Indiana University
 
DISCIPLINE:
Department of Sociology
 
 
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:

I am a medical sociologist and health demographer in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. I study the structural and social forces that contribute to health inequities. I am particularly interested in isolating when and how inequalities emerge, and whether health care clinic protocols and other policies can be used to ameliorate them. My training is interdisciplinary, with degrees in public health administration and policy (MPH), medical sociology (PhD), and postdoctoral training in health demography. Over the past decade, my research has fostered important collaborations outside of the university, serving on the Indiana Maternal Mortality Review Committee as well as the Indiana State Health Department Vaccine Allocation Committee. Read more

BOARD MEMBER – MID-CAREER

Jennifer Karas Montez, PhD

AFFILIATION:
Syracuse University
 
DISCIPLINE:
Sociology and Demography
 
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Jennifer Karas Montez is a Professor of Sociology, the Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies, Director of the Center for Aging and Policy Studies, and Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab at Syracuse University. Her research investigates trends and disparities in population health since the 1980s and the growing influence of U.S. state policies and politics on those outcomes. A major focus of her work examines why health trends are particularly worrisome for women, for people without a college degree, and for those living in states in the South and Midwest. Read more

Rita Hamad, MD, PhD

AFFILIATION:
University of California San Francisco

DISCIPLINE:
Social epidemiology
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:

Rita Hamad is a social epidemiologist in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. She is also the 2020-2022 James C. Puffer American Board of Family Medicine / National Academy of Medicine Fellow. As the director of the Social Policies for Health Equity Research Program, her research focuses on the pathways linking poverty and education with health disparities across the life course. In particular, she studies the health effects of social and economic policies using interdisciplinary quasi-experimental methods, with the goal of informing policymaking to eliminate health inequities. Read more

BOARD MEMBER – SENIOR

Philip Alberti, PhD

Senior Director, Health Equity Research & Policy Founding Director, AAMC Center for Health Justice Association of American Medical Colleges

DISCIPILINE:
Sociomedical Sciences/Epidemiology

WEBSITE

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
My life’s work has been driven by a passion to research, implement, and evaluate systems and policies that will lead our communities and our nation toward health and health care equity. From my doctoral research at Columbia which aimed to understand cultural and structural barriers to mental health service use, to my tenure at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene leading that city’s community-partnered health equity research and evaluation efforts, to my current role as Founding Director of the Association of American Medical College’s Center for Health Justice, I have been relentless in pursuit of a vision that ensures all communities can attain their full health potential. Read more

Marino Bruce, PhD, MSRC, MDiv

AFFILIATION:
Department of Population Health Science, John D. Bower School of Population Health, University of Mississippi Medical Center

DISCIPLINE:
Sociology/Population health

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Marino A. Bruce, PhD, MSRC, MDiv is a Professor, Director of the Program for Research on Faith, Justice, and Health, and Director of Faculty Development in the Department of Population Health Science in the John D. Bower School of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also Principal Investigator of two research training and mentoring programs for individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical and social sciences: (1) the Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC-GTEC) and (2) the Obesity Health Disparities Program to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health Related Research (OH PRIDE). Dr. Bruce is a sociologist who has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reports focusing on the full range of determinants impacting the health and well-being of African Americans. Read more

Student Representative

Sandte Stanley, MA, MPH

AFFILIATION:
Washington State University

DISCIPLINE:
Sociology

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:

Sandte Stanley is a first-generation Black and Native American (Muscogee (Creek)) doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University (WSU). Broadly, Sandte studies racial and ethnic health and mortality disparities as they relate to social determinants of health, racism, and discrimination. Currently, her dissertation explores the association between the high mortality burden among racial and ethnic minorities and experiences of historical racial trauma and social inequities in Washington state. She has also spent much of her career investigating and publishing research pertaining to the prevention of breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer. Read more

Olivia Veria, MPH Candidate

AFFILIATION:
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

DISCIPLINE:
Public Health with a focus on Health Equity
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:

 Olivia Veira is a Master of Public Health candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While completing her undergraduate coursework in Public Health at Brown University with a focus on race, gender, and health, she conducted research about existing interventions to prevent intimate partner violence. Upon graduation, she worked at Baltimore City Public Schools through Teach for America for three years, teaching 7th and 8th-grade students health, science, and sex education. As an MPH student, she has completed significant coursework in health equity research, in addition to courses in biostatistics, biological sciences, and epidemiology. Read more