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Gail Christopher, DN W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Dr. Gail Christopher is vice president for program strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, where she serves on the executive team that provides overall direction and leadership for the Foundation. She also leads the Food, Health & Well-Being, Racial Equity, and Community & Civic Engagement programming. Gail is a nationally recognized leader in health policy, with particular expertise and experience in the issues related to social determinants of health, health inequities and public policy issues of concern to our nation's future. She is nationally recognized for her pioneering work to infuse holistic health and diversity concepts into public sector programs and policy discourse. Prior to joining the Foundation, Gail was vice president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies' Office of Health, Women and Families in Washington, D.C., where she led the Joint Center Health Policy Institute. She has also launched, led, and managed three public commissions. Under her sponsorship, the landmark Dellums Commission research into conditions faced by young men of color produced policy recommendations to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.
A prolific writer and presenter, Gail is the author or co-author of three books, a monthly column in the Federal Times, and more than 250 articles, presentations, and publications. Her national print and broadcast media credits are numerous, and include The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Times, National Journal, Essence,"Good Morning America," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," National Public Radio, and documentaries on PBS and CBS.
Gail holds a doctor of naprapathy degree from the Chicago National College of Naprapathy in Illinois and completed advanced study in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in holistic health and clinical nutrition at the Union for Experimenting.
David Cooke, Grow Appalachia
David Cooke is a native of southern West Virginia and the youngest child of a coal miner and a school teacher. He holds degrees from Berea College and West Virginia University. Since 2005 he has been the director of the Berea College Appalachian Fund, which issues grants in central Appalachia in the fields of healthcare and education, and since 2008 the director of Grow Appalachia, an outreach program of Berea College’s Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. Cooke served 13 years as an extension agent in southern West Virginia working extensively with small landholders and other entrepreneurs in agroforestry and other natural resource based small business enterprises. In seven years as director of Grow Appalachia Cooke has seen the food security/rural community gardening program expand from 100 families in five eastern KY counties to over 4000 families in 53 Appalachian counties in six states. He lives in Berea, KY.
Randa Deaton, Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
Randa Deaton is currently serving as the Co-Executive Director of the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC) and the Corporate Director of the UAW/Ford Community Healthcare Initiative in Louisville, Kentucky. She has over 20 years of experience leading organizational change and development. In her current role, she is responsible for building leading, collaborating, and aligning multiple key healthcare stakeholders to drive innovative, systemic improvements to health and healthcare in the community. The KHC is a non-profit coalition deeply committed to supporting and leading multi-stakeholder collaborative efforts that promote healthcare transparency, measurement, and transformation.
Robert Eckardt, DrPH, The Cleveland Foundation
Bob Eckardt is Executive Vice President at The Cleveland Foundation. He provides overall direction and supervision for grants totaling more than $85 million annually. He also has responsibility for managing activities related to program related investments and evaluation. He directly supervises ten senior program staff and provides overall supervision and administrative leadership for a program staff of more than 20.
Dr. Eckardt graduated with honors from Grinnell College in Iowa. After graduation, he spent two years as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow studying care of the elderly in Europe. He resided in Madrid and Copenhagen and studied with the Spanish Office of Social Security, The Danish Institute for Social Research, the Jonkoping Gerontology Center, and the Norwegian Gerontological Institute.
After his return to the US, he attended the University of Michigan for graduate studies. In 1977 he received both his Masters in Public Health (Health Planning and Administration) and a Certificate of Specialization in Aging. In 1984 he enrolled in the Pew Doctoral Program at Michigan and received his Doctor of Public Health (Health Policy) degree in 1990. He is the 2006 recipient of the Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy and the 2010 Distinguished Grantmaker Award from the Council on Foundations.
Ellen Hahn, PhD, RN, FAAN, Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy
Ellen J. Hahn is an Alumni Professor in the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health at UK and Director of BREATHE including the Tobacco Policy Research Program, the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy (KCSP), and the Radon Policy Research Program. She holds the Marcia A. Dake Endowed Professorship in the College of Nursing. Dr. Hahn is Associate Director for the Center for Health Services Research, Faculty Associate at UK’s NCI-designated Markey Cancer Center, and facilitator for the Lung Cancer Translational Research Group. Dr. Hahn received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. She earned a Master of Arts in Health Education from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in community health nursing from Indiana University. In 1992, she completed a PhD in health policy/health of the community with a minor in substance abuse and the family at Indiana University School of Nursing. Through KCSP, Dr. Hahn and her colleagues have assisted many of Kentucky’s 42 communities to go smoke-free. Hahn and colleagues have published multiple smoke-free workplace policy outcome studies showing positive health effects and no harm to business. In 2011, Dr. Hahn was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Hahn was named the 2012 UK Provost’s Public Scholar, and is Ambassador for Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research.
Glen Mays, PhD, MPH, F. Douglas Scutchfield Endowed Professor in Health Services and Systems Research
Glen P. Mays is the Scutchfield Endowed Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, and chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy. His research examines delivery and financing systems for population health improvement strategies, with a focus on evaluating the health and economic impact of these initiatives. He directs the Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research at UK and leads the Systems for Action national research program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Mays holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Brown University, M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees in health services research from UNC-Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health economics at Harvard Medical School.
Emily Parento, JD, LLM, BBA, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Professor Emily Whelan Parento joined McGeorge in July 2015 as Associate Professor and the Gordon D. Schaber Health Law Scholar. Her primary scholarly focus is the intersection of domestic health law and policy with the human rights framework for the right to health and health equity. Professor Parento has written in both national and global health law and policy, examining issues such as the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health disparities, legal strategies to strengthen health equity, and global trends in obesity-related regulation. Prior to coming to McGeorge, Professor Parento served as Executive Director of the Office of Health Policy for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, advising the administration of Governor Steven L. Beshear during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Before her government service, Professor Parento held a fellowship at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center; she also served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where she taught courses in health, food and drug, and administrative law. Earlier in her career she served as a federal judicial clerk and practiced litigation at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and California.
AJ Scheitler, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
AJ Scheitler, EdD is the Manager of Stakeholder Relations at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the Director of New Initiatives at the UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health. At both centers, Dr. Scheitler is a part of the strategic development team for projects, funding, and educational programs. Dr. Scheitler also conducts research in health policy, and is a lead analyst for the California Health Benefits Review Program.
Prior to joining the team at UCLA, Dr. Scheitler conducted federal resource development activities for a number of institutions of higher education and lobbied Congress for the interests of education organizations and post-secondary schools. She has experience at the state government level as well, having served as the Chief of Staff for the Florida Senate Minority Leader.
Scheitler holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, a master’s in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Central Florida.
Doran Schrantz, ISAIAH
Doran is the Executive Director of ISAIAH, a faith-based community organization of faith communities across the state of Minnesota. Ms. Schrantz has been at the center of ISAIAH’s development from a small, more locally focused organization of 64 member institutions, to an organization considered one of the most powerful voices in the state around issues of racial and economic justice. In the past 8 years, ISAIAH has explored the intersection of community organizing, movement-building, policy, and research. ISAIAH has led three community-grounded Health Impact Assessments around school integration, housing and payday lending as well as partnered with agencies at the local, regional and state level to tackle racial and economic equity—working on issues such as sentencing reform, transit investments, expanding access to paid leave and school disciplinary practices.
Ms Schrantz has also worked to launch Healthy Heartlands, a five state collaborative working at the intersection of the social determinants of health and democracy building, staging strategic interventions which reduce health inequities. Currently, ISAIAH is a core partner with the University of Minnesota on a new Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Leadership for Change Program, working to train a new generation of researchers to be leaders for heath equity and social change. In 2012, she was awarded the Young Leader Award from Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, an award which recognized 10 leaders under 40 who are innovating around health and health care. She is a 2010 alumni of the Rockwood Year Long Leadership from the Inside Out Program. Ms. Schrantz is also a Board Member of Human Impact Partners
Adewale Troutman, MA, MD, MPH, NBPHE, University of South Florida, former President, American Public Health Association
Adewale Troutman identifies himself through his commitment to social justice, human rights, community activism, health equity and national and global health. His life’s work has been a testimony to this fact. Dr. Troutman has over 40 years of dedication through action to the principles of universal freedoms and the elimination of racism, injustice and oppression. His unique educational background has been a major factor in this quest. Dr. Troutman has an MD from New Jersey Medical School, a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University, Masters in Black Studies from the State University of New York in Albany,and as of October 2009, board certification from the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He is a residency trained Family Physician graduating from residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. His career has included clinical emergency medicine, hospital administration,academicand public health practice. He served as an Associate Professor in the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences while directing the Metro Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness.
His experience includes special consultancies with the World Health Organization in Thailand and Japan, health assessment missions in Angola, Jamaica and Zaire and training in India and Austria. His commitment to Justice has evolved into his nationally recognized efforts to create health equity and the supremacy of the social determinants of health, the founding of the first Center for Health Equity at a local health department and the creation of the Mayors Healthy Hometown Movement. He is also credited with the passage of one of the strongest anti-smoking ordinances in the country.
William B. Wagner, MSSW, Family Health Centers
William B. Wagner, MSSW is the CEO of the Family Health Centers Inc. (FHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been with FHC for the past 35 years and has served as CEO since 1998. He is responsible for seven community health center sites that serve approximately 40,000 individuals each year in Louisville and Jefferson County.
Mr. Wagner is on the board of the Louisville Primary Care Association and the Louisville Metro Board of Health. Mr. Wagner also serves on the board of Passport Health Plan, is the past Chairman of the Board and served as Chairman of Passport’s Partnership Council for 13 years. He earned his BS degree in 1974 from the University of Dayton, and is a 1981 graduate of the University of Louisville where he earned a Masters Degree in Social Work with concentration in comprehensive health services.