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Those continuing on the Board during 2023 and their 2023 positions include Mark Hayward (President), Roland Thorpe (Past President), Suzanne Bevan (Executive Director), Board members Marino Bruce, Elaine Hernandez, Taylor Hargrove, Jennifer Karas Montez, Katherine Theall, and Anna Zajacova. Retiring members include Cynthia Colen, Andrew Fenelon, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Darrell Hudson, Selena Ortiz, and Steven Woolf.
Thanks to Past President Kathleen Mullan Harris, who chaired the Nominations Committee, Nominations Committee Members, and a special thanks to our candidates for their willingness to serve IAPHS.
This person will serve as the President-Elect in 2023, President in 2024 and Past-President in 2025. In 2023, they will appoint individual(s) to chair the 2024 Program Committee as well as other new members of IAPHS committees in 2024.
Erika Blacksher, PhD
Erika Blacksher, PhD, is the John B. Francis Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics and Research Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Blacksher studies ethical and policy questions raised by U.S. health inequalities and the role of democratic deliberation in advancing health equity and social justice. Read more
Prior to being named the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics, Dr. Blacksher was Associate Professor (with tenure) and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington, in Seattle, WA (2010 to 2020). From 2006 to 2008, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University in New York City, after which she joined The Hastings Center, a bioethics think tank in New York, as Research Scholar, focused on population health ethics and policy (2008 to 2010). Dr. Blacksher has masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia’s bioethics program and undergraduate degrees in philosophy and journalism from the University of Kansas.
Magdalena Cerdá is a Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy, in the Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Her research focuses primarily on two great challenges to improving population health and health equity: substance use and violence. Specifically, her work addresses: (1) the social and policy determinants of substance use from childhood to adulthood; and (2) the causes, consequences, and prevention of violence. Read more
Dr. Cerdá has served on multiple scientific advisory boards and professional societies, including a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Committee and the Society for Epidemiologic Research Executive Board. Currently, she chairs an Expert Review Group for the National Academy of Medicine Opioid Collaborative. Dr. Cerdá also serves as a Senior Editor of the International Journal of Drug Policy. Dr. Cerdá has been an active member of IAPHS since its inception, and has served on the Program Committee.
Dr. Cerdá obtained her doctorate from the Harvard University School of Public Health in 2006, and is a former Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar. Prior to her current position at NYU, Dr. Cerdá was an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and Associate Professor at the University of California at Davis School of Medicine.
The Secretary serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The Board meets by conference calls throughout the year and in-person just before the annual IAPHS Conference. The Secretary elected this year will serve 3 year terms beginning November 1, 2022.
The Ohio State University
School of Public Policy
Katrina Walsemann is the Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Health Policy at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center. She is a population health and life course scientist whose research examines the ways in which the U.S. education system creates, perpetuates, and reproduces health inequities. Read more
She holds a Ph.D. and MPH in Health Behavior from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and completed a National Institute of Aging (NIA) post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center. Prior to joining the University of Maryland at College Park, she was associate professor of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the University of South Carolina and Founding Director of the Carolina Consortium on Health, Inequalities, and Populations. She has been active in IAPHS since its inception, writing posts for the IAPHS blog, joining the conversation on the IAPHS podcast Sick Individuals/Sick Populations, and serving as a member of the 2017-2018 IAPHS Program Committee and the IAPHS early career award committee from 2018 – 2021.
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, 2022.
BOARD MEMBER – JUNIOR
Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Caryn Bell is an Assistant Professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is a social and behavioral public health scientist and her research focuses on the unique impacts of socioeconomic status (SES) and place on cardiovascular disease risk factors in Black Americans and racial disparities. Her work explores the nuanced ways in which SES is associated with obesity and related behaviors in Black women and men by examining the role of family- and work-related factors. She also examines how place shapes structural racism in the United States and the implications for Black health and racial health inequities.
Atheendar S. Venkataramani, MD, PhD
Atheendar Venkataramani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and a staff physician at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He directs the Penn Opportunity for Health Lab, a research group that focuses on life-course origins of health and socioeconomic inequality and policies to reduce population health disparities. Dr. Venkataramani’s research focuses on relationship between economic opportunities and health behaviors and outcomes and the spillover health consequences of social and economic policies. Read more
BOARD MEMBER – MID-CAREER
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Public and Population Health
Dr. John Prochaska is Associate Dean for Student Affairs and an associate professor in University of Texas Medical Branch’s newly launched School of Public and Population Health. Dr. Prochaska joined UTMB in 2009, serving first as a member of the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities in the Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs, and then joining the faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine & Population Health in 2014. Read more
Dr. Prochaska earned both a Doctor of Public Health and Master of Public Health from the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. Since joining the faculty of UTMB in 2014, he has led research efforts around community-engaged methods of assessing cumulative health impacts from both environmental and social determinants of health, with a particular focus on these impacts within the context of environmental justice communities. He is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Gulf Research Program’s Enhancing Community Resilience (EnCoRe) initiative’s Oversight Committee.
DISCIPLINE: Psychiatry, Population Health Science
Alexander Tsai, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is a core faculty member in the Center for Global Health and Mongan Institute. He is also Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is a faculty affiliate in the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Through his research, he seeks to understand how large-scale social forces such as violence, stigma, racism, and food insecurity conspire to undermine health and mental health among the poor and excluded. Read more
BOARD MEMBER – SENIOR
Kaori Fujishiro, PhD
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Social and Occupational Epidemiology
Kaori Fujishiro, PhD, is a Senior Research Epidemiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a social epidemiologist in an agency dedicated to improving working people’s health, Kaori has done extensive research on the role work plays in creating health inequalities. Her position at NIOSH has afforded her a unique vantage point for seeing the great potential in linking population health science and occupational health science, two lines of research that so far have developed separately. Read more
Build Healthy Places Network (a program of the Public Health Institute)
Medicine (pediatrics), Public Health, Community Development
Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH is the founder and Executive Director of the Build Healthy Places Network, a national organization with the mission to transform the way organizations work together across the health, community development, and finance sectors to more effectively reduce poverty, advance racial equity, and improve health in neighborhoods across the United States. Read more
For seven years, Dr. Jutte has been a member of the Mercy Housing Board of Trustees, the nation’s largest non-profit affordable housing developer. He sits on advisory committees for Enterprise Community Partners and the Primary Care Development Corporation, two nationally prominent community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and he is a member of CommonSpirit Health’s Community Economic Initiatives committee and Trinity Healthcare’s Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Group. He also helped initiate and lead the Federal Reserve Bank and RWJ Foundation’s Healthy Communities Initiative, which convened over 40 cross-sector gatherings throughout the country over the past decade.
Prior to founding the Network, Dr. Jutte worked for nearly 20 years as a pediatrician in low-income community clinics and as a neonatal hospitalist. He was also a faculty member for 15 years in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health where he taught and served as associate director of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. He has published in Pediatrics, Epidemiology, AJPH, Social Science & Medicine and Health Affairs.
Dr. Jutte received his BA from Cornell University, MD from Harvard Medical School, and MPH from UC Berkeley. He trained in pediatrics at Stanford University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in population health at UCSF through the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program.