2023 MENTORING ROUNDTABLES
Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 12:15pm – 1:30pm
Mentoring Roundtables will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 from 12:15 – 1:30pm at the Conference Hotel. Each table will be hosted by a Mentor with 8-10 registered Mentees to engage in an informal discussion. Lunch is included in the session. Each participant is required to pay a $25 fee to cover the cost of the lunch. Pre-registration is required to participate.
Roundtable Topic: Cultivating and nurturing an interdisciplinary professional network
Sean A. Valles is Associate Professor and Director of the Michigan State University Center for Bioethics and Social Justice. He is author of the 2018 book, Philosophy of Population Health: Philosophy for a New Public Health Era (Routledge Press), and co-editor (with Quill R. Kukla) of the Oxford University Press book series, “Bioethics for Social Justice”. He is a philosopher of health, focusing on the evidentiary and ethical complexities of how social context shapes health.
Roundtable Topic: Considering non-academic careers
As the Founding Director of the AAMC Center for Health Justice and Senior Director, Health Equity Research & Policy at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Philip sparks, supports, and contributes to community-driven, multi-sector efforts that build evidence for programs, policies, practices, and partnerships that eliminate health inequities. Read more
He is a population health scientist whose singular professional commitment to health equity research and action spans over 20 years. He is widely published, a frequent public speaker, has served on advisory boards and expert panels for numerous organizations and federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and is the President-Elect of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. In 2021, Philip founded the AAMC Center for Health Justice as the natural next step in a career focused on building evidence in support of the structural changes needed to ensure all communities thrive.
Prior to joining AAMC in 2012, Dr. Alberti led research, evaluation, and planning efforts for a Bureau within the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that worked to promote health equity between NYC neighborhoods. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and was a Fellow in the National Institute of Mental Health’s Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program.
Roundtable Topic: Navigating the challenges of entering the academic job market
Alexander Tsai, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is founding Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Social Science and Medicine – Mental Health. Read more
Roundtable Topic: What I wish I would have known in my first year of a tenure-track position?
Anna Zajacova is a demographer and sociologist whose work focuses on population health, especially chronic pain and educational patterns in health. Anna is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario.
Roundtable Topic: How to develop your research program; differentiate yourself from your advisor (student focused)
Dr. Lauren Gaydosh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Research Associate at the Population Research Center, and Research Affiliate at the Center on Aging and Population Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research focuses on better understanding the role of early life environments in shaping health across the life course. Read more
Dr. Gaydosh was a Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Postdoctoral Fellow supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a PhD in Sociology, Social Policy, and Demography from Princeton University. Her work has been published in Demography, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, American Journal of Public Health, and Social Forces.
Roundtable Topic: Building your brand: developing your own center or lab around a research agenda
Lindsay Fernández-Rhodes is a trained epidemiologist with experience in the areas of Genetic, Epigenetic, and Social Epidemiology. Her interdisciplinary research seeks to 1) elucidate the complex etiology of chronic diseases, and 2) identify key drivers of health disparities in the United States, both across the life course and across generations. Read more
Roundtable Topic: The impact of sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination (SOGI) on individual and population health
Patricia Homan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and the Associate Director of the Public Health Program at Florida State University. She is also an Associate at FSU’s Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy and The Center for Demography and Population Health. Read more
Roundtable Topic: Fostering complex collaborations to achieve population impact
Elizabeth L. Cope, PhD, MPH, is Vice President of Health Systems Improvement at AcademyHealth where she oversees a portfolio focused on the advancement of just, resilient, humanity-affirming systems of care. With expertise in epidemiology and implementation, Dr. Cope leads evidence translation collaboratives, performance improvement projects, and multi-stakeholder coalition-building initiatives. Read more
Roundtable Topic: Sharing your research with media and the public: demonstrating trustworthiness and credibility
Steven H. Woolf, M.D., M.P.H, is Director Emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health. He holds the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Distinguished Chair in Population Health and Health Equity. Dr. Woolf has edited three books and published more than 200 articles in a career that has focused on raising public awareness about the social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health and perpetuate inequities. Read more
Dr. Woolf received his M.D. in 1984 from Emory University and underwent residency training in family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Woolf is also a clinical epidemiologist and underwent training in preventive medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his M.P.H. in 1986. He is board certified in family medicine and in preventive medicine and public health. He served on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) in 2001.
Roundtable Topic: Communicating for impact: sharing your research and inspiring action
Dr. Vinu Ilakkuvan is the Founder and Principal Consultant of PoP Health (www.pophealthllc.com), a public health consulting firm she created in 2017 to bridge the gap between where systems-level solutions to community health improvement are developed and where they are put into action – on the ground, in communities. Read more
PoP Health partners with community coalitions and collaboratives to transform health in communities through policy and systems change, with a range of services focused on community collaboration, action planning, participatory evaluation, and effective storytelling.
Vinu brings a unique lens to this work, informed by her engineering, communications, and public health training; her commitment to participatory facilitation, collaborative planning, and actionable strategy; and her passion for advancing public health, health equity, and racial and social justice.
Vinu is passionate about communicating public health research and work in compelling and inspiring ways. Her love of communication was fostered through many years of learning and performing Indian classical dance, writing for school newspapers, and giving tours at the University of Virginia. She recently gave a TEDx talk entitled “Square Peg, Round Hole: Fixing Our Approach to Health” (https://www.ted.com/talks/vinu_ilakkuvan_drph_square_peg_round_hole_fixing_our_approach_to_health).
Vinu received her DrPH in Health Behavior from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health as a Milken Scholar, a Master’s degree with a concentration in Health Communication from the Harvard School of Public Health, and Bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Economics from the University of Virginia. She currently serves as a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University, where she advises thesis students. Vinu began her public health career coordinating the Virginia Department of Health’s bullying and youth violence prevention program and later, evaluating the national truth antismoking campaign and managing policy and communications projects at Trust for America’s Health.