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.
Areas of Expertise: Public health, community health, population health, policy and program development
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.
MD, Vice Admiral
Areas of Expertise: Public Health, Opioid Epidemic, Ebola, Zika, Exercise, Mental Health, HIV/AIDS, Medical Research
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.
Assistant Center Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy and Research Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Areas of Expertise: Health Economics, Health Policy, Multicultural Survey Research,
Community-based Participatory Research, Global Health, Social Determinants of Health and Health Access, Disparities in Health
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.
Her current studies include a simulation of the impact that different types of firearms disqualification criteria could have on rates of firearm-related violence, as well as other research focused on prescription drugs, opioid overdose, and marijuana legalization.
Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, Davis
Areas of Expertise: Firearms, Firearms Violence, Violence Prevention, Social Determinants of Health, Neighborhoods and Health, Drug and Alcohol Use, Trauma
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.
Chandra has been cited by a number of outlets, including NBC, PBS, and the Washington Post. Prior to her position as JIE director, she served as director of RAND’s Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department. She earned a Dr.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Director of the Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment program, RAND Corporation
Areas of Expertise: Community Resilience, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, Urban Planning, Mental Health and Illness, Military Families, Childhood Development, Community-based Health Care
Dior Vargas is an activist and spokesperson with expertise in mental health in communities of color. She is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a venture that aims to address the invisibility of people of color in media representations of mental illness. Vargas was the recipient of The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations award. She is located in New York, New York.
Activist, Spokesperson and Creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project
Maria Mayorga is an Associate Professor of Personalized Medicine in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is an expert in developing predictive models of health and economic outcomes by improving ever changing complex health systems. Mayorga also focuses on the allocation of resources for Emergency Medical Service systems using applied probability and mathematical models. She won the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her work in integrating patient preference in predictive models. In addition to teaching, Mayorga serves as president of the Minority Issues Forum of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University
Areas of Expertise: Developing Predictive Models of Health and Economic Outcomes By Improving Ever Changing Complex Health Systems
Bindu Kalesan, MPH., Ph.D. teaches epidemiology at Columbia University as an adjunct assistant professor. She also serves as the Vice-President of Gun Violence Survivors Foundation. She is a clinical epidemiologist and biostatistician who has collaborated with clinical researchers and other scientists performing research studies in cardiovascular and injury epidemiology. Her current research focuses on the public health consequences of gun violence in the United States along with short and long term health outcomes of patients receiving treatment for cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Kalesan was born in India, having completed her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MD and PhD from University of Bern, Switzerland, is now settled in the US. She has over 12 years of cumulative experience in research and teaching. Her recent research on fatal and non-fatal gun injuries has earned international experience in this field and is one of the most sought after experts in gun violence research.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Public Health Consequences of Gun Violence, Social Gun Culture and Gun Ownership, Depression and Firearm-Related Injury; Racial and Ethnic Heterogeneity in Trends of Firearm-Related Fatality
Yanira Cruz is CEO and President of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) in Washington, D.C. NHCOA focuses on improving the quality of life for the older Latino population as well as their families and caregivers. She is an expert in public health, aging issues, and advocating for health programs and policies for Hispanics. Dr. Cruz is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Global Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. She also serves on the Advisory Panel on Medicare that advises the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the effectiveness of a Medicare educational program. Prior to joining NHCOA, she served at several Hispanic focused health organizations including the Institute for Hispanic Health at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).
CEO and President, National Hispanic Council on Aging
Areas of Expertise: Public Health, Aging Issues, Advocating For Health Programs and Policies For Hispanics
Lanhee J. Chen is the director of domestic policy studies and lecturer in the public policy program at Stanford University. He currently serves as the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has worked on several high-profile political campaigns including Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential bid, as well as assisting Mitt Romney as his chief policy adviser in 2012.
He is a member of the Social Security Advisory Board – an independent, bipartisan panel that advises the president, Congress, and the commissioner of social security administration. In 2015, Chen was included in the POLITICO 50, a list of “thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics.” His writings have appeared in many different news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Bloomberg View.
Director of Domestic Policy Studies & Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University
Location: San Francisco, CA
Areas of Expertise: Health care policy, law, public policy, social security, tax policy, U.S. budget, U.S. elections