Dolores Albarracín

Dr. Dolores Albarracín is a professor of psychology, business and medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She’s an expert in social and clinical psychology and can provide insight on how the anti-vaccination movement and the spread of misinformation on social media are affecting the coronavirus pandemic.

At the University of Illinois, Albarracín directs the Social Action Lab and the Health, Social Media and Technology Group, where she studies social cognition and action, communication, misinformation and changes in behaviors and attitudes.

Her work there has focused on COVID-19, substance use, HIV/AIDS and vaccines. Recent publications include a study on the ways anti-vaccination social media posts influence vaccine behavior and her April 2020 research finding that Americans who consume conservative media are more likely to believe conspiracy theories about the coronavirus.

Albarracín has authored five books and 170 journal articles and book chapters and served as the editor-in-chief of Psychological Bulletin from 2014 to 2020. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997, and has been a tenured professor at the University of Florida and at the University of Pennsylvania.

Location: Urbana, IL

Expertise Field: Social and clinical psychology, behavior and attitudes, communication, misinformation and public health

Contact information:

Email: dalbarra@illinois.edu 

Phone: 217-840-2383

Twitter: @socialactionlab

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Last updated September 8, 2020

Stephen Lockhart

Dr. Stephen Lockhart is the chief medical officer at Sutter Health, where he oversees the quality and safety of the organization’s patient care, as well as research and education. Sutter Health is a nonprofit health care network in California.

Lockhart has more than 30 years of experience in the field, including as a hospital administrator, board-certified anesthesiologist and university professor. He led the development of Sutter’s Health Equity Index, which uses health system data, combined with other information, like demographics, to quantify and predict health outcomes for specific racial or ethnic groups. When the index was launched in 2016, it was used to quantify disparities in patient care for conditions such as asthma and diabetes. 

Previously, Lockhart was the chief administrative officer at the St. Luke’s campus of Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, located in San Francisco. There, he was involved in the entitlement process for the center’s new hospitals, improving operations and engaging in community outreach.

The National Medical Fellowships awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019 for his service in health care and humanitarian work. Lockhart is also the chairman of the nonprofit Parks California, which supports the state’s parks. 

As a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a Master of Philosophy degree in economics from Oxford University, and Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in biostatistics degrees from Cornell University.

Location: Oakland, Calif.

Expertise: Health equity, anesthesiology, biostatistics, herd immunity, hospital pandemic preparedness, patient care and safety 

Contact information:

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Phone: 916-494-9547

Email: sheetsa@sutterhealth.org

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dean Seneca

Dean Seneca is CEO of Seneca Scientific Solutions, a consulting agency that provides tribal nations and other clients with assistance in economic and community development. The agency’s services include strategic planning, epidemiology and health research.

Seneca has been interviewed by Indian Country Today and Democracy Now!, among other news outlets, about how COVID-19 is impacting Indian Country. 

With over 20 years of experience with infectious disease outbreaks, Seneca has worked to combat Anthrax, H1N1, Ebola, Zika and COVID-19. Seneca was previously a senior health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, where he was responsible for building the CDC’s ability to support health departments across the country.

Prior to his time at the CDC, Seneca was the tribal planning director for the Seneca Nation of Indians, which is based in western New York.

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Location: Cattaraugus, N.Y.

Expertise: Chronic and infectious diseases, emergency preparedness and response, environmental health, toxicology and maternal/child health, American Indian/Alaska Native health

Contact info:

Phone number: (678) 524-5177

Email: thundereagle1042@gmail.com 

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Last updated: May 17, 2020

Aletha Maybank

Dr. Aletha Maybank is the first chief health equity officer of the American Medical Association and one of its vice presidents. Her role is to oversee efforts across the entire organization to address disparities in health care, and she leads the association’s Center for Health Equity.

A pediatrician by training, Maybank was the deputy commissioner at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she launched their Center for Health Equity. 

Before that, she was an assistant commissioner in the NYC Health Department with the Brooklyn District Public Health Office. There, she oversaw several centers that worked to connect community organizations, health care providers and patients in predominantly minority neighborhoods throughout New York. Maybank was also the founding director of the Office of Minority Health in the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, located in New York, from 2006-2009.

Alongside her work in government, Maybank has taught medical students on topics such as public health leadership and management, and community organizing in health. She was previously the president of the Empire State Medical Association, the New York affiliate of the National Medical Association. 

She also helped create the “We are Doc McStuffins” campaign, based on the popular Disney cartoon character, which aimed to inspire young African American girls to practice medicine. The group eventually formed the Artemis Medical Society.

Location: NYC and Chicago, Ill.

Expertise: health equity, minority health, community engagement 

Contact information:

Cristina Mutchler, AMA public information officer

Phone: 312-464-4710

Email: Cristina.Mutchler@ama-assn.org

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Sylvia Partida

Sylvia Partida is the CEO of the National Center for Farmworker Health, where she oversees efforts to train medical professionals at community health centers serving uninsured or underinsured patients on the health needs of agricultural workers. The organization works with 174 community health centers across the country that receive federal funding to serve farmworker families. The center also collaborates with state health departments, universities and the CDC.

Partida has been interviewed by HuffPost on why migrant farmworkers face high health risks during the coronavirus pandemic, and by U.S. News & World Report for a story about how children of migrant farmworkers in rural Yakima Valley in Washington state receive treatment for cancer. 

Prior to Partida’s role at NCFH, she researched and developed community programs for at-risk youth, many of whom were Latino, and those impacted by HIV/AIDS. At the University of Texas Health Science Center, she led a project studying the HIV risks of farmworkers in South Texas in order to provide them with accessible care. 

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Expertise: Public health, farmworker health

Location: Buda, Texas

Contact information: 

Email: partida@ncfh.org

Phone: (512) 312-5457 (o)

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Last updated: April 13, 2020

 

Jean Accius

Jean Accius is senior vice president of thought leadership and international affairs for AARP. His expertise is in aging, longevity, health and long-term care policy. 

He has been quoted by Kaiser Health News on the rising costs of long-term care, TIME on how millennials are increasingly providing care to their older relatives, and U.S. News & World Report on what to consider before joining a continuing care retirement community.  He’s also written about the growing numbers of  male caregivers in the U.S. 

In 2018, Accius was a Gerontological Society of America Fellow,  and he received a 40 Under 40 Award from the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund. Additionally, Black Enterprise named him a “Modern Man of Distinction.”

Accius holds a master’s degree in aging studies from Florida State University, and a doctorate in public administration from American University.  

JeanAccius_3345X3445Expertise: Health, long-term care policy, male caregivers

Location: Washington, D.C. 

Contact information:

Email: media@aarp.org 

Phone: 202-434-265, AARP media relations

Twitter: @JeanAccius

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Last Updated: March 23, 2020

Nat Gyenes

Nat Gyenes is a researcher who focuses on the intersection of the internet and public health. She leads the Digital Health Lab at Meedan, a technology nonprofit, and studies health and technology as a research affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Gyenes has looked at how epidemics, prolonged public health challenges and digital health misinformation affect societies. She co-wrote an article for The Atlantic which explains the growing challenge of digital health misinformation and how falsehoods online fueled the spread of tooth decay, Ebola and measles.

She was quoted by NBC News urging public health authorities to use social media to address health rumors and myths that circulate  online. And she told CNBC that health misinformation online can reduce compliance with health treatments and prevention efforts.

Expertise: health systems, access to information, science communications, technology, misinformation, public health 

Contact Information: 

Email: nat@meedan.com

Twitter: @GyenesNat

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Last Updated: March 16, 2020

Krutika Kuppalli

Dr. Krutika Kuppalli is an infectious diseases physician who has focused on the care of vulnerable patients in the U.S. and abroad. She is an Emerging Leader in Biosecurity Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. As the vice chair of the Global Health Committee at the Infectious Diseases Society of America,  she is spearheading efforts to prepare and train physicians to handle infectious diseases. 

Kuppalli has recently focused on ways to control the COVID-19 outbreak. In an op-ed, Kuppalli and the chair of the Global Health Committee highlight the need for increased funding to government health agencies to strengthen global pandemic responses. 

 

Kuppalli has worked in Ethiopia, India, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Haiti and elsewhere. During the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014, she supervised treatment at an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone. She has experience caring for patients with HIV/AIDS, leading preparations for pandemic responses in resource-limited situations, and in the development of therapeutics for emerging pathogens. 

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Expertise: Emerging infections, outbreak preparedness and response, biosecurity

Location: Palo Alto, Calif.

Contact information: 

Email: krutika.kuppalli@gmail.com

Phone: 650-930-0252 (cell)

Twitter: @KrutikaKuppalli

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Michelle Ko

Dr. Michelle Ko is an assistant professor of public health at the University of California, Davis. She researches the connections between policy, health care and social inequality.

Her research and teaching span a range of topics including: 

  • Medicaid
  • Racial inequities in health care 
  • Aging and long-term services and supports
  • Access to care for urban and rural underserved communities
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in the health care workforce

Ko was the lead researcher on a study that found women and minority health professionals face harassment and discrimination rural areas, and are sometimes even driven out by it.

Areas of expertise: Medicaid, inequalities in health care, care for the aging

Location: Davis, California

Contact Information: 

Email: mijko@ucdavis.edu

Phone: 530-752-7709 

Twitter: @michelleko2d 

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Last updated: Feb. 12, 2020

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.

Currently, Vigilance teaches and advises students and executive learners, oversees the applied learning platform, and co-directs the school’s Diversity and Inclusion work.

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Areas of Expertise: Public health, community health, population health, policy and program development

Location: Washington D.C.

Contact Info:

       Email: pierre.vigilance@gmail.com

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