Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally renowned expert on mental health in ethnic populations. As on-site principal investigator of the Mexican American Prevalence and Services Survey—the largest mental health study conducted in the United States on Mexican Americans—he identified the most prevalent mental health disorders in the Mexican-origin population in California’s central valley; showed that the rate of disorders increases the longer the individual resides in the United States; and demonstrated that children of immigrants have even greater rates of mental disorders. From this study, he developed a model of service delivery that increased access to mental health services among the Central Valley’s low-income, underserved, rural populations. Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola conducts cross-national epidemiologic studies on the patterns and correlates of psychiatric disorders in general population samples. He is the coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Survey, and coordinates the work of the National Mental Health Institute surveys in Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, and Portugal. He also develops culturally and linguistically sensitive diagnostic mental health measures, and translates mental health research into practical information for consumers and their families, health professionals, service administrators, and policy makers.
Silas Buchanan is an experienced underserved community outreach and engagement strategist. He is the founding CEO of the Institute for eHealth Equity where he leads partnerships with health care payer, provider, pharma, life sciences, medical device, government, and academic stakeholders. Mr.
Buchanan has expertise in crafting web-based ecosystems that solve for known, underserved community outreach and engagement failure points. He recently launched OurHealthMinistry.com in partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine, and co-developed AMECHealth.org as the official health information-sharing channel for the AME Church, the largest mainline, historically Black denomination in the world (2,000 congregations/2 million members). Mr. Buchanan currently works closely with the Milken Institute, FasterCures Workgroup on DEI in Clinical Trials, the American Telemedicine Workgroup on Eliminating Health Disparities, and the Digital Medicine Society Data Steering Committee. He has contributed thought leadership to HIMSS, Accenture, National Academy of Medicine, the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, and the Harvard Business School, Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator. Mr. Buchanan has testified before the HHS, HIT Policy Committee. He was selected as member of the White House Summit to Achieve eHealth Equity and selected as co-chair of the Awareness Committee for Region V of the HHS National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. He is an Inaugural member of the National eHealth Collaborative Consumer Committee and is a member of the Ohio Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.
Brea Burke is a trained community health worker through Penn’s Center for CHW. She is a Virginia Certified CHW and has also received training through the Institute for Public Health Innovation. She has spoken about the work of CHWs for numerous virtual workshops and was a guest on the the National Center for Quality Assurance podcast discussing the importance of CHWs in both rural and larger communities. She was recently interviewed by The Atlantic about the importance of CHWs and their pivotal role in seeing their communities through the pandemic. Ms. Burke is the founder and leader of the CHWUnited group of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. She is a member of CHAMPP (Community Health Workers Advocating for Movement in Policy and Practice), the Bristol VA/Bristol TN Community Homeless Coalition, and the Community Based Workforce Alliance policy workgroup.
Lilia Cervantes, M.D., is the director of immigrant health and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado (CU) Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Cervantes received her undergraduate degree at CU Boulder and completed her medical degree and internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Cervantes is recognized for spearheading an innovative change to a Medicaid payment rule in Colorado to give undocumented patients with kidney failure access to life-saving maintenance dialysis. The collaborative effort came after the passing of her patient and friend, Hilda, a young mother of two boys who was ineli-
gible for routine dialysis due to her undocumented status. Her loss was life-changing for Dr. Cervantes, and she coped with the loss through commitment and action. Through strategic documentation and dissection of the enormous human and economic costs of the status quo, and through grit and persistence, Dr. Cervantes conducted research, developed a coalition of allies, and a policy remedy to save others like Hilda. The efforts have garnered national attention and partnerships, leading, in turn, to efforts to enable routine dialysis for underserved patients in several other states. Following this defining experience, Dr. Cervantes’s work has focused on eliminating structural racism in kidney health disparities. Dr. Cervantes conducted mixed-methods studies to understand the social challenges and perspectives of Latinx with kidney failure and in partnership with a community advisory panel, translated her findings to create community-based interventions. Dr. Cervantes has received over 15 awards for her service to her community and is a member of nine civic and community activity boards.
Krisda Chaiyachati, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., is the physician lead for value-based care and innovation for Verily Health Platforms at Verily, an Alphabet company and formerly Google Life Sciences, a division of Google X. He is a physician executive with extensive background in health care innovation, health services research, epidemiology, and health policy with a lens toward the role of health care technology in transforming care delivery to make it more efficient, equitable, and accessible. He has led the development and evaluation of telemedicine, artificial intelligence, or automation in health care. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and is a coauthor of an upcoming book, Seems Like a Good Idea: Evidence-Based Innovation in Medical Care Delivery and Financing. Prior to Verily, Dr. Chaiyachati held leadership roles at the University of Pennsylvania Health System as the medical director for Penn Medicine OnDemand Virtual Care, the medical director for PennOpen Pass, and the director for the Leonard Davis Institute-Penn Medicine Research Laboratory. Dr. Chaiyachati completed his internal medicine training in Yale’s Primary Care Residency Program where he served as a chief resident. In addition to his medical degree from the University of Michigan, Dr. Chaiyachati holds a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a master’s degree in health policy research from the University of Pennsylvania as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.
Abby Collier, M.S., is the director at the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention (National Center), a program of MPHI. In this role, Ms. Collier leads the National Center in providing technical assistance and support to local and state child death review and fetal infant mortality review programs throughout the United States. Additionally, Ms. Collier oversees the National
Fatality Review-Case Reporting System (NFR-CRS), which is used by child death review and fetal infant mortality review teams in 47 states. NFR-CRS captures information about how and why children die to help prevent future deaths. Ms. Collier provides training and technical assistance on a wide variety of topics including best practices in fatality review, reducing secondary trauma, improving data quality, improving equity in fatality review, and building partnerships. Ms. Collier has a master’s degree in counseling and is pursuing a doctorate in public health.
Anne Gaglioti, M.D., M.S., FAAFP, is a family physician and serves as an associate professor at the Population Health Research Institute at The MetroHealth System and Case Western Reserve University and the Center for Community Health Integration at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a senior strategic adviser and associate professor at the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and completed her medical school and residency training in family medicine at Case Western Reserve University and completed fellowship training in primary care health policy and research at Georgetown University and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. She received her master of science degree in clinical research at Morehouse School of Medicine. Her academic career as a teacher and researcher has been focused on advancing equity, patient and stakeholder engaged research infrastructure, and measurement of the impact the primary care system has on health and health equity. As co-director of the Southeast Regional Clinicians Network, a practice-based research network made up of Federally Qualified Health Centers across eight southeastern states, she conducts practice-based research in the primary care safety net grounded in a robust patient and stakeholder engagement infrastructure. She is also a health services researcher and her work with health care claims and other large data sets focuses on the intersection of primary care, place, and health equity among populations disproportionately impacted by health inequities.
Karen Glanz, Ph.D., M.P.H., is George A. Weiss University Professor, and professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). She is associate director for community-engaged research and program co-leader for the cancer control program at the Abramson Cancer Center at UPenn. Her research in community and health care settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; reducing health disparities; dissemination and implementation science; and health communication technologies. She has published over 540 articles and chapters and is lead editor on five editions of the widely used text, Health Behavior: Theory, Research and Practice (Jossey-Bass: 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2015).
Dr. Glanz was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013.
Cynthia Gonzalez, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a first-generation Mexican American lifetime resident of Watts that brings a strong background in community-based participatory research, cultural anthropology, and social ethnography to the understanding of community wellness. Influenced by her upbringing, Dr. Gonzalez is interested in participatory research as a tool for equity, social justice, and critical multidisciplinary scholarship. She has developed partnerships between community, government, and academia and has served as a community adviser to numerous place-based and racial justice focused projects. As the former senior project manager of the Watts Rising Collaborative, she led a multi-million-dollar infrastructure grant for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. Most recently, Dr. Gonzalez serves as the director of the Pardee RAND Graduate School’s Community-Partnered Policy and Action Stream Ph.D. program in policy analysis where students prepare to be future scholars that are mindful of how social dynamics impact research, using an equity and racial justice lens. In addition, Dr. Gonzalez is an assistant professor in the M.P.H. Program in Urban Health at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and currently advises on COVID-19 related projects to ensure local community representation and inclusion. She leads a COVID-19 education project for mental health clinicians serving communities like where she grew up. Dr. Gonzalez graduated UCLA with a B.A. in Chicana/o studies and public health, completed an M.P.H. in biostatistics and epidemiology from USC and a Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Andrea Graham, Ph.D., is assistant professor in the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, with an affiliation in the Center for Human-Computer Interaction + Design. Trained as a clinical psychologist and implementation scientist, her program of research focuses on the design, optimization, and implementation of evidence-based digital mental and behavioral health interventions. She is a leader in applying human-centered design methods to design digital tools that meet stakeholders’ needs and implementation plans that support the integration of digital interventions into practice. She also has expertise in designing and overseeing coaching protocols and clinical workflows for digital interventions.
Reshma Gupta, M.D., M.S.H.P.M., is a practicing internist, the chief of population health and accountable care at University of California Davis Health in Sacramento, CA, and part of the Population Health Leadership Team for
strategy across all UC Health campuses. She is a creative physician-leader with executive management experience in clinical and operational strategy, quality improvement, digital health, and care model design. Dr. Gupta has been featured as a Top Executive Population Health Leader in Becker’s Hospital Review. She has led hundreds of clinician and care team members in population health and affordability improvement initiatives, linking initiatives to trainee education, and managing health system value analytics through a learning health system model. Dr. Gupta’s work has focused on health system innovation, policy, and implementation to better define and improve the culture of delivering more affordable care to patients. She has worked as a senior adviser with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations’ Comprehensive Primary Care program to test new models of value promoting payment reform. Her research created the first High-Value Care Culture Survey, evaluated drivers of value-based decision-making in medical centers across California, and evaluated interventions to reduce expenditures for high-cost conditions. She serves as a senior adviser of Costs of Care where she leads a learning community of over 500 health system managers and educators across six countries. Dr. Gupta has consulted and speaks nationally on population health and health care affordability. She has published in journals such as the JAMA, Health Affairs, NEJM Catalyst, Journal of General and Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, and media outlets including NPR, CNN, and ABC NewsRadio. Dr. Gupta received a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and doctor of medicine degree from UC San Francisco. She completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington Seattle and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship and Masters in Health Policy and Management at UCLA. She is a distinguished leader of the California Health Care Foundation and Presidential Leadership Scholars programs.
Dawn Hunter, J.D., M.P.H., is director of the Southeastern Region of the Network for Public Health Law. She is an experienced state health department policy maker and legislative director whose work focuses on research, analysis, implementation, and capacity building related to the use of law and policy to improve health outcomes and advance racial equity. She previously served as deputy state health official in New Mexico, where she led legislative planning and policy development, strategic planning, performance management, and public health accreditation. Currently, Ms. Hunter leads an ongoing assessment of declarations of racism as a public health crisis and related efforts to address health inequities. She also focuses on strategies to improve health outcomes through civic engagement and conducts training on equity in public health messaging. Ms. Hunter started her career in child protective services in Hillsborough County, Florida. She later transitioned into research and development as a microbiologist at the USF Center for Biological Defense
before embarking on her current path. Ms. Hunter is certified in public health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. She received her A.B. in English literature from Princeton University, her B.S. in microbiology and her M.P.H. in global communicable disease from the University of South Florida, and her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.
Shreya Kangovi, M.D., M.S., founding executive director of the Penn Center for Community Health Workers, and an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, is a leading expert on improving population health through evidence-based community health worker (CHW) programs. Dr. Kangovi founded the Penn Center for CHWs, a national center of excellence dedicated to advancing health in low-income populations through effective CHW programs. She has authored numerous scientific publications and received over $25 million in funding, including federal grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She is the recipient of the 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Award, an elected member of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity.
Tamar Krishnamurti, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of medicine and clinical and translational science at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Krishnamurti draws on (and develops) methods in the social and decision sciences, working with cross-disciplinary experts and community, to examine issues at the intersection of health, risk, technology, and the environment. Dr. Krishnamurti was the recipient of S&R Foundation’s 2020 Kuno Award for Applied Science to develop mobile health strategies to identify and intervene on maternal health risks. She is a co-founder of the FemTech Collaborative, housed within the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Innovative Research on Gender Health Equity.
Nivedita Mohanty, M.D., is the chief research officer at AllianceChicago. Dr. Mohanty is a board-certified pediatrician with 15 years of experience in community health, clinical research, academic medicine, and international volunteerism. AllianceChicago is a national network of over 50 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across 19 states and a Practice-Based Research Network. Dr. Mohanty joined AllianceChicago in 2015 after spending a year in Washington, DC, as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in the Smart and Connected Health program, a program jointly supported by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a fellow within a federal agency, she gained firsthand exposure to
the synergies health services research, clinical practice, and policy and the role of Health Information Technology (HIT) in advancing national health priorities. Dr. Mohanty works closely with FQHCs to leverage AllianceChicago’s HIT infrastructure and strategic partnerships to support high-quality care in community health and the generation of new and relevant evidence through community-driven research. She has led the implementation and community engagement for multiple clinical trials funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and NIH. Dr. Mohanty is a clinical associate professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and continues to provide patient care at Erie Family Health Center and Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Mohanty has served families in 10 countries on numerous international medical initiatives with organization such as Operation Smile, Rotaplast International, and the International Children’s Heart Foundation.
Donald E. Nease, Jr., M.D., is a professor of family medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where he serves as the Green-Edelman Chair for Practice-Based Research, director of community engagement for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, vice chair for community in the Department of Family Medicine and director of the SNOCAP Practice-Based Research Network Collaborative. He completed his undergraduate degree and medical school at the University of Kansas, residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Nease’s passion is to improve health in partnership with communities, patients, and clinicians and their practices. He works this territory from the level of individual interactions to community- and population-based interventions.
Robert L. Phillips, Jr., M.D., M.S.P.H., is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of Florida College of Medicine where he graduated with honors for special distinction. He trained in family medicine at the University of Missouri, followed by a fellowship in health services research and public health. Dr. Phillips was the director of the Robert Graham Center in Washington, DC, from 2004–2012. In 2012, he moved to the American Board of Family Medicine as vice president for research and policy and in 2018, Dr. Phillips was named the founding executive director of the Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care. Dr. Phillips currently practices part time in a community-based residency program and is a professor of family medicine at Georgetown University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He also has faculty appointments at George Washington University and Harvard Medical School. He previously
served on the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education, as president of the National Residency Matching Program, vice chair of the U.S. Council on Graduate Medical Education, and co-chair of population health on the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics. He served as a Fulbright Specialist to the Netherlands in 2012 and New Zealand in 2016. A nationally recognized leader on primary care policy and health care reform, Dr. Phillips was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2010 and currently chairs the NAM Membership Committee.
Mary C. Politi, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Politi’s primary research interests include health communication and shared decision-making. Her work helps patients and the public understand health information, explore what is important to them when making health decisions, and collaborate to make evidence-informed decisions that meet their needs. She also trains health care professionals, public health advocates, and members of the public interested in shared decision-making and patient engagement. Dr. Politi’s research includes a focus on reducing health disparities by engaging communities with unmet health needs and including them in both research and dissemination efforts. She works extensively with stakeholders to ensure her research is relevant to end users in clinical and community settings.
Monica Ponder, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., is an assistant professor of health communication and culture in the Cathy Hughes School of Communication at Howard University. Dr. Ponder’s research interests are focused on organization-level health and crisis communication practice. She is the co-lead of Project REFOCUS (Racial Ethnic Framing of Community-Informed and Unifying Surveillance), an initiative that addresses social stigma related to COVID-19 and racism. Dr. Ponder is also the creator of The Henrietta Hypothesis, an interdisciplinary model for crisis communication. It is a 16-construct model aptly named “The Henrietta Hypothesis” in honor of Henrietta Lacks’ iconic health care case. This scholarship offers crisis communication recommendations for public health organizations seeking to understand, reach, and engage historically marginalized and underrepresented groups during public health emergencies. As a scholar activist, Dr. Ponder has led many successful public health initiatives including advocating for the establishment of lactation rooms (pods) at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport—the world’s busiest airport, as well as leading plans for lactation support services for the 2017 National Women’s March (Washington, DC). As a lifelong learner and practitioner, Dr. Ponder leverages, in her teaching, her 10+ year career in health communication at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Pon-
der views the classroom as a safe space and hopes that, through this process, students become aware of their own power as scholar activists, empowered learners, and as emerging public health change-makers. Dr. Ponder holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from Clark Atlanta University, an M.S.P.H. in epidemiology from Emory University and a Ph.D. in communication from Georgia State University.
Gary A. Puckrein, Ph.D., is the founding president and chief executive officer of the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF), a nonprofit health care research, education, and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. The mission of NMQF is to reduce patient risk by assuring optimal care for all. NMQF conducts evidence-based, data-driven initiatives to eliminate premature death and preventable illness. NMQF’s vision is an American health services research, delivery, and financing system whose operating principle is to reduce patient risk for amenable morbidity and mortality while improving quality of life. Dr. Puckrein received his doctorate from Brown University.
Jonathan Purtle, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., is associate professor of public health policy and management and director of policy research at New York University’s Global Center for Implementation Science. Dr. Purtle is an implementation scientist whose research focuses on mental health policy. His work examines questions such as how research evidence can be most effectively communicated to policy makers and is used in policy-making processes, how social and political contexts affect policy making and policy implementation, and how the implementation of policies “on the books” can be improved in practice. He is also interested in population-based approaches to mental health and how mental health can be integrated into mainstream public health practice. Dr. Purtle’s work has been consistently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). He is currently leading NIMH-funded projects focused on the implementation of policies that earmark taxes for mental health services and understanding the dynamics of research evidence in mental health policy making and a RWJF-funded project that experimentally tests different ways of communicating evidence about child maltreatment to the public and policy makers. His research is regularly published in journals such as Implementation Science, Psychiatric Services, The Milbank Quarterly, and Annual Review of Public Health. He has been the chair of the policy section of the AcademyHealth/NIH Dissemination and Implementation in Health Conference since 2017 and was awarded the 2018 Champion of Evidence-Based Interventions Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies for his work on evidence use in mental health policy making.
George Rust, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, FACPM, is a professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee, FL, where he also directs the Center for Medicine and Public Health. He also serves as medical executive director for the Leon County Health Department and five surrounding rural counties. He is board-certified in both family practice and in preventive medicine. He completed a family medicine residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and then began his career serving 6 years as medical director for the West Orange Farmworkers Health Association in Central Florida, where he developed innovative community programs such as the diabetic promotora project. He then taught for 24 years on faculty at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where he was founding director of the Morehouse Faculty Development Program as well as the National Center for Primary Care. He also served as lead author for the Georgia Health Disparities Report plus Hispanic and Asian health disparity supplements. He was a key leader in an academic-private partnership for population health management that was estimated to have saved Georgia Medicaid over $100 million. In 2015, he was senior scientific adviser to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. As a population health outcomes and health equity researcher, Dr. Rust has authored over 120 peer-reviewed publications, and has received numerous local, state, and national awards for teaching and service. His career as a family physician and scholar has consistently focused on primary health care and community health for those in greatest need, and on charting a path to health equity.
James Schuster, M.D., M.B.A., is the chief medical officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Insurance Services Division where he has served in leadership roles for nearly two decades. In addition, Dr. Schuster oversees the UPMC Center for High-Value Healthcare which has an extensive record of multiple research awards and publications and he is a member of the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. Schuster received his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his medical education at the University of Louisville and his residency in psychiatry and an M.B.A. at the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a clinical professor in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry and has an extensive record of publications. He also has board certifications in general, addictions, and geriatric psychiatry.
Manisha Sharma, M.D., FAAFP, is a board-certified family medicine physician who works at the intersection of health justice and equity, patient care, health policy, system design, and clinical innovation. Dr. Sharma leads and provides strategic advisory support on multiple local, state, and national initiatives geared to dismantle structural racism in medicine and end health
inequities. She appears often on several major television networks, including NBC, MSNBC, CNN, CBS, and Fox News addressing topics such as health and racial equity, health in all policy, social justice, wellness, and health. She has organized and led numerous grassroots physician campaigns through the organization Doctors for America where she served as the national director of leadership cultivation. She is the senior medical director of Community Health Group and a recent graduate of the California Health Care Foundation Leadership and Innovation Fellowship. She is a co-founder of Civic Health Alliance (a nonpartisan coalition of health professionals and students, committed to helping peers and patients register to vote and vote safely), and CentiVox Media Group, a social impact firm that transforms public health communications by elevating health care providers, scientists, and health and equity experts as trusted messengers.
Rachel C. Shelton, Sc.D., M.P.H., is a social and behavioral scientist with training in cancer and social epidemiology, and expertise in implementation science, sustainability, health equity, and community-based participatory research. She is associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she is co-director of the Community Engagement Core Resource at the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (CTSA), and is director of a university-wide Implementation Science Initiative. Dr. Shelton has taught implementation science courses and trainings nationally and globally for nearly 10 years, including TIDIRC, TIDIRH, and the Institute for Implementation Science Scholars. Dr. Shelton has 15 years of experience conducting mixed-methods research focused on advancing the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based interventions in community and clinical settings to address health inequities, particularly in the context of cancer prevention/control; her research program is funded by NIA, NCI, NIMHD and American Cancer Society.
Alisa J. Stephens-Shields, Ph.D., is an associate professor of biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Her research focuses on extensions and innovative applications of causal inference to enhance the design and analysis of clinical trials. She also works in the development of patient-reported outcomes to inform population-appropriate trial endpoints. Dr. Stephens-Shields collaborates in several areas, including pediatrics, pharmacoepidemiology, behavioral economics, and implementation science. She is currently the lead statistical investigator for the Handoffs and Transitions in Critical Care–Understanding Scalability study, a stepped wedge randomized trial aiming to improve patient outcomes through designing and implementing standardized, tailored protocols for transitioning patients from operating rooms to intensive care units, and the recently American Heart Association--
awarded Behavioral Economics to Transform Trial Enrollment Representativeness Center, which will evaluate methods to increase diverse participation in clinical trials. Dr. Stephens-Shields was a recipient of the inaugural Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Leadership Academy award and currently serves as an associate editor of Biostatistics and a statistical consultant for the Annals of Internal Medicine. She holds Ph.D. and A.M. degrees in biostatistics from Harvard University and a B.S. in mathematics with minor in Spanish from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Renuka Tipirneni, M.D., M.Sc., is an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Divisions of General Medicine and Hospital Medicine, and serves as faculty adviser to the Policy Engagement Team at the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on investigating the impact of health reform policies and programs on low socioeconomic status, minority, aging, and other vulnerable populations, and on delivery of care in the health care safety net. Her current work includes examinations of Medicaid policy, Medicare and other health reform policy for older adults, and integration of social determinants of health into clinical practice. She has evaluated the Affordable Care Act, Michigan’s Medicaid expansion, and other state and federal policies, and is a recipient of a K08 career development award from the National Institute on Aging for her work examining the impact of coverage expansions on near retirement adults. Dr. Tipirneni is passionate about the translation of research into implementation of health policies and health care delivery, including sharing lessons learned across communities and states.
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