Dr. Rodríguez directs the Dell Center for Place-Based Initiatives and is Associate Professor of Population Health at the Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin, where she works on community-engaged research and practice projects. Previously, as Program Officer at the New York State Health Foundation, she supported neighborhood-level interventions to increase healthy food options and improve the built environment; advance public policies that promote healthy living; and increase access to resources and programs that address social determinants of health. As associate director of community partnerships for the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative at City Harvest, she oversaw community engagement activities to help address diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other diet-related diseases in low-income neighborhoods of New York City. From 2004–2012, she co-directed the Urbanism and the Built Environment track in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She co-edited a book examining community mobilization for health, and authored publications on the subjects of violence prevention, health of vulnerable populations, mental health, community mobilization, and active living. Dr. Rodríguez received a BS in Industrial Biotechnology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, an MPH from the University of Connecticut, and a DrPH from Columbia University.
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Sarah A. Stoddard is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Stoddard’s career has focused on promoting the health and well-being of youth living in communities characterized by substantial health and social disparities, and includes professional experience as a local public health nurse focused on maternal-child health, a nurse practitioner in community- and school-based clinics, and the State Adolescent Health Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Health. Her research focuses on understanding how social and environmental factors influence the future orientation, behavior, and health of vulnerable populations of youth. She is currently funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the role place-based factors play in the co-occurrence of violence and alcohol and drug use among youth. In addition, she studies the application of behavioral and ecological approaches to preventing youth violence and alcohol and drug use. She holds a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in nursing from Minnesota State University – Mankato.
Wizdom Powell is Associate Professor of Health Behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and Associate Director of UNC’s Center for Health Equity Research. Her research on male health inequities appears in the American Journal of Public Health, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, and Child Development. In 2011-2012, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as White House Fellow to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. In 2009, she gave invited testimony to the President’s Cancer Panel. Dr. Powell is an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Burch, Institute of African American Research, and Ford Foundation Fellow who received a Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She chairs the APA’s Workgroup on Health Disparities in Boys and Men and co-chairs the Health Committee for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in Durham County. Dr. Powell received the APA’s 2014 Distinguished Professional Service Award. In 2015, she received the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Outstanding Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty, a Bellagio Center academic writing residency from the Rockefeller Foundation, and was named an Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow.
Hedy Lee is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. She received her BS in Policy Analysis from Cornell University in 2003 and her PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. After receiving her PhD, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Michigan from 2009 to 2011. She is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Research on Demography and Ecology, West Coast Poverty Center, and Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences and co-leads the Northwest Region Scholars Strategy Network. She was also recently appointed to the 30-member Executive Council for UW’s new Population Health Initiative. As a council-member she will lead the development of a 25-year vision for population health at the UW. She has a broad background in sociology and demography. Her research focuses on the social contexts that characterize the lives of vulnerable and racial/ethnic minority populations and how this shapes health and the production of health disparities. Her previous research involves working in interdisciplinary collaborations to examine relationships between race, racism, criminal justice contact, socioeconomic status, and multiple dimensions of social well-being and health.
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 Co-Chair of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. He Co-Directed the Wisconsin site of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program, was an initial Co-PI on the RWJF MATCH grant under which the County Health Rankings were developed and was the Founder of the RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize. From 2011 to 2103 he was Editor of the Improving Population Health blog. He received a B.A. from Carleton College (1962) and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago School of Medicine (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.
Dr. Tiffany Green is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar from 2007-2009. Dr. Green is an economist and population health researcher whose primary research agenda centers on the causes and consequences of early life health disparities, with an emphasis on immigrant and minority populations. She has previously received funding from the Foundation for Child Development to investigate the links between insurance coverage, health behavior, and health outcomes among black immigrants and U.S.-born blacks. She is currently building a research program on the role of the policy environment and neighborhood context in driving disparities in maternal health behaviors and child health outcomes. Dr. Green is also investigating race/ethnic disparities among U.S.-born and immigrant adults. Dr. Green maintains a strong commitment to training future scholars in population health and health disparities research, including teaching graduate students in her home department and serving as the Program Coordinator for the Research and Education Training Core for the VCU NIMHD Comprehensive Center of Excellence.
Lindsey Leininger is a senior health researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, where she leads quantitative studies informing health insurance design for vulnerable populations. Leininger’s work uses data from both population-based surveys and administrative data systems to study a variety of policy contexts, including eligibility reform, delivery system reform, risk stratification efforts, and quality measurement. Her clients include both state and federal agencies and she particularly enjoys technical assistance efforts that disseminate empirical insights to these audiences. She also enjoys working with policymakers to identify and shape research questions that are directly relevant to their operational needs. Before joining Mathematica in 2015, Leininger held research and faculty positions at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois-Chicago, respectively. During this time she spent seven years as a core investigator evaluating eligibility and delivery system reforms within the Wisconsin Medicaid program, work initiated during her tenure as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy studies from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Bruce Link is Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Sociology, University of California Riverside and Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Dr. Link received his Ph.D. (Sociology) and Masters (Biostatistics) from Columbia University. Awards include the Leonard Pearlin Award for career achievement from the Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association, the Leo G. Reeder Award from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, and the Rema Lapouse Award from the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association. He was elected to the US National Academy of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Link’s interests are centered on topics in psychiatric and social epidemiology as they bear on policy issues. He has written on the connection between socioeconomic status and health, homelessness, violence, stigma, and discrimination. With Jo Phelan, he has advanced the theory of social conditions as fundamental causes of disease. He currently conducts research on the life course origins of health inequalities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, consequences of social stigma for life chances among people who are subject to stigma, and evaluating intervention efforts aimed at reducing mental illness stigma in children attending middle school. […]
Alonzo L. Plough, Ph.D., M.P.H., joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as vice president, Research-Evaluation-Learning and chief science officer in January 2014. He leads the Foundations long standing focus on building the evidence base to foster innovation in health services and systems and improve population health. He is responsible for Foundation-wide organizational learning and the two program areas that support those activities, the global and pioneer teams. Plough came to the Foundation from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, where he served as director of emergency preparedness and response from 2009–2013. In that role, Plough was responsible for the management of the public health preparedness activities protecting the 10 million residents of Los Angeles County from natural disasters and threats related to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. He coordinated activities in emergency operations, infectious disease control, risk communication, planning, and community engagement. Prior to this position, Plough served as vice president of strategy, planning and evaluation for The California Endowment from 2005–2009. He led the Endowment’s strategic planning and development, evaluation, research, and organizational learning activities. Plough also served 10 years as director and health officer for the Seattle and King County Department of Public Health, […]
J. Michael McGinnis, M.D., M.A., M.P.P., is an active front-line participant in national and international health policy and programs for more than four decades, Michael McGinnis is currently Senior Scholar and Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). He is also an elected Member of the NAM, Executive Director of the NAM Leadership Consortium on Value & Science-Driven Health Care, and founder and facilitator of its Learning Health System initiative. In a tenure unusual for political and policy posts, he held continuous appointment 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 of national goals and objectives, the HHS/USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and the Ten Essential Services of Public Health. In other appointments, he served as founding director/chair of: the health program group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the World Bank/European Commission Task Force for Health Reconstruction in Bosnia; the federal Office of Research Integrity, and the HHS Nutrition Policy Board. […]