2021 – David Kindig
David A. Kindig is Emeritus Professor of Population Health Sciences and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine. He is Emeritus and Founding Co-Chair of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. He Co-Directed the Wisconsin site of the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program, was an initial Co-PI on the Robert Wood Johnson MATCH grant under which the County Health Rankings were developed, was the Founder of the RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize and an IAPHS Founding Board Member. Read more
He has published extensively on population health including his 1997 book “Purchasing Population Health: Paying for Results” and the widely cited 2003 American Journal of Public Health article with Greg Stoddart “What is Population Health?” From 2011 to 2103 he was Editor of the “Improving Population Health” blog. He has remained active in his Emeritus role: His paper “Population Health Improvement: A Community Health Business Model” with George Isham won the the 2014 ACHE Dean Conley Article of the Year Award; his “Meeting the Institute of Medicine’s 2030 US Life Expectancy Target” was AJPH Editor’s Choice in 2018; and he has contributed occasionally to the IAPHS blog including “A Population Health Boot Camp” in 2020.
He received a B.A. from Carleton College in 1962 and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago School of Medicine in 1968. He completed residency training in Social Pediatrics at Montefiore Hospital in 1971. He was Director of Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center (1976-80), Deputy Director of the Bureau of Health Manpower, U.S. DHEW (1974-76), and the First Medical Director of the National Health Services Corps (1971-73). He was National President of the Student American Medical Association in 1967-68. He was Senior Advisor to Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1993-95. In 1996 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. (See more at www.pophealth.org).
He lives with his wife Margi, has three children and six grandchildren, enjoys wood splitting and carving, fly-fishing, prairie restoration, and reading political biography and western literature.
Nancy E. Adler, Ph.D. is the Lisa and John Pritzker Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at UCSF and Director of the Center for Health and Community. She received her BA from Wellesley College and her PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard University. Read more
Adler’s early research examined the utility and limitations of rational choice decision models for understanding reproductive health behaviors, including adolescents’ use and non-use of contraception and responses to unwanted pregnancy and to infertility treatment . Growing out of her experience in the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Health-Promoting and Disease-Preventing Behavior, she established the MacArthur Research Network on SES and Health. She engaged leading researchers from a wide range of disciplines in identifying social, psychological and biological mechanisms by which SES influences health. Her current work includes health effects of subjective social status and interventions to reduce health inequalities.
Adler co-directed the UCSF-UC Berkeley site for the RWJF Health and Society Program and directed an NIMH T32 Fellowship Program, Psychology and Medicine. She currently heads the National Program Office for the RWJF Evidence for Action Program. Adler has served on various advisory committees, including the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH and the Visiting Committee for the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). Adler received the Chancellor’s Award for Advancement of Women, George Sarlo Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award, and the Lloyd Holly Smith award from UCSF; the James McKeen Cattell Award from the American Psychological Society (APS); Distinguished Scientific Award for the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Association (APA); the Marion Spencer Fay Award from the Institute for Women’s Health Leadership; the David Rall Medal from the National Academy of Medicine, and the Medal for Distinguished Contributions to Biomedical Research from the New York Academy of Medicine.
2019 – J. Michael McGinnis
Michael McGinnis, MD, MA, MPP is a longstanding field leader in population health, through his research, publications, and actions. Awarded one of the field’s most prominent recognitions—the 2018 Fries Prize for Improving Health—he was cited for “fundamentally transforming our nation’s understanding about how to improve health by re-conceptualizing the nation’s perspective on its leading health threats [see Actual Causes of Death in the United States (JAMA) and The Case for More Active Policy Attention to Health Promotion (Health Affairs)], and establishing the Healthy People process of national goals and objectives to target action.” Read more
In addition, as founding director of the health group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, he conceived and led the establishment of the Health & Society Scholars Program and the Young Epidemiology Scholars Program, as well as a suite of grantmaking activities targeted to building the field of population health. Earlier, in a tenure unusual for political and policy posts, he held continuous appointments through the Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton Administrations at the Department of Health and Human Services, with policy responsibilities for disease prevention and health promotion. In this capacity, he was founder and steward of various still ongoing programs and policies, including: the Healthy People program, the HHS/USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and the Ten Essential Services of Public Health.
Internationally, he served as chair of the World Bank/European Commission Task Force for Health Reconstruction in Bosnia; director of the World Health Organization’s smallpox eradication program in Uttar Pradesh, India, and director of the U.S.-Eastern Europe cooperative health research program. An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and Fellow of he American Association for the Advancement of Science, he is currently NAM Senior Scholar and Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer at the NAM, Executive Director and creator of the NAM Leadership Consortium for a Value & Science-Driven Health System, and founder and facilitator of its Learning Health System initiative. Educated at Berkeley (AB), UCLA (MA, MD), and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (MPP), other honorific recognitions include the federal Distinguished Service Medal, the 1996 National Health Leader of the Year award, the 2013 national Public Health Hero Award. Full CV is available here.