#NPRSource: Pierre Vigilance

Pierre Vigilance is an Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. He is an expert on health policy, public and community health, social determinants of health, and policy and program development. Previously, Vigilance was the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health. He also served as Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health, and as the Assistant Commissioner for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Baltimore City.

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#NPRSource Of the Week: Vivek Murthy

Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014-2017. He addressed public health issues including the Ebola outbreak, the opioid epidemic, low rates of physical activity, and e-cigarette popularity among youth. Murthy has drawn attention to emotional well-being as an important driver of health, and issued the first Surgeon General’s report on alcohol, drugs, and health. He has cared for thousands of patients in his career and co-founded VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India and the United States. He has also done research on vaccine development and studied the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials.

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#NPRSource of the Week: Regina Shih

Regina Shih is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation where she leads the Climate Change and Health Group. She conducts research in three primary areas: environmental health, aging, and mental health.

Shih has led environmental health projects to develop a toolkit to improve older adults’ resilience to climate change, to identify chemical exposures following climate change-related storms and flooding, and to estimate the health effects of lead exposure and ambient air pollution. She has been cited in outlets such as NPRCNN, and US News and World Report.

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#NPRSource of the Week: Ninez A. Ponce

Ninez A. Ponce is an associate center director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She studies immigrant and global health, social penalties on health and access to health care, and health disparities among different populations in the U.S.

Ponce has led pioneering efforts in multicultural survey research, improving how health surveys account for measures of racial/ethnic identity, acculturation, generational status, and discrimination. Her research has focused on understanding the effects of macroeconomic changes on health and health care access in developing countries, and in low-income neighborhoods and racial/ethnic groups in the U.S.

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This Week’s #NPRSource: MAGDALENA CERDÁ

Magdalena Cerdá is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses primarily on two areas: (1) the causes, consequences, and prevention of violence; and (2) the social and policy determinants of substance use from childhood to adulthood.

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Our #NPRSource This Week: Anita Chandra

Anita Chandra is the director of the Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment program at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on long-term disaster recovery, community resilience, and urban planning. Chandra’s recent publications have focused on the private sector’s role in emergency preparedness and disaster response.

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#NPRSource of the Week: Raynard Kington

Dr. Raynard Kington (RAY-nard) has been the president of Grinnell College since 2010. With an MBA and Ph.D. in Health Policy and Economics, Kington’s research interests are in “socioeconomics and race and how they impact health and health care.”

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