Martha Gulati is a professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona-Phoenix. Her research interests include the study of women’s heart health and heart disease prevention practices in women. Before joining the University of Arizona’s faculty, she held the Sarah Ross Soter Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health and was the Section Director for Women’s Cardiovascular Health and Preventive Cardiology at Ohio State University.
Gulati has written extensively about the impact of heart disease on the lives of women. She is the current Editor-in-Chief of the American College of Cardiology’s magazine, CardioSmart and author of Saving Women’s Hearts, a bestseller. In 2012 she was named one of Chicago’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business. Her work has been published in a number of news outlets and peer-reviewed journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times and CBS National News.
Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology, University of Arizona at Phoenix
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Areas of Expertise: Cardiology, women’s health, higher education, medical journalism
Seema Yasmin is a reporter at the Dallas Morning News, professor of public health at the University of Texas at Dallas and Medical Contributor for both CNN and NBC Channel 5. An expert in epidemiology, she has served as a disease detective at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has her own column for the Dallas Morning News called ‘Debunked’, which exposes medical myths.
Yasmin has examined epidemics in Kenya, Botswana, the United Kingdom and the Americas, working in environments ranging from maximum security prisons to American Indian reservations. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as the Scientific American and Reuters. In 2016 her reporting on Chagas Disease won an Emmy for Continued Coverage. The same year, her first collection of poetry won the Diode Editions chapbook contest.
Reporter at Dallas Morning News and Professor of Public Health at University of Texas at Dallas
Location: Washington, D.C.
Areas of Expertise: Epidemiology, journalism, media studies, gender-based violence, public health, multimedia storytelling
Georges Benjamin is the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association in Washington, D.C. He is an expert on infectious diseases and administrative leadership in health systems. Benjamin is a board certified doctor in internal medicine and Modern Healthcare Magazine named him of the top 25 minority executives in health care.
He’s served various leadership roles within hospitals and public health entities including the interim director of the Emergency Ambulance Bureau of the District of Columbia Fire Department. Benjamin has authored several book chapters including his own exposé The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History. He can be heard on this NPR Morning Edition story “Many Dislike Health Care System But Are Pleased With Their Own Care”.
Executive Director, The American Public Health Association
Areas of Expertise: Infectious Diseases and Administrative Leadership in Health Systems
Location: Washington, DC
You may contact him through one of the following APHA press kit contacts
Diana Hernández is an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She is an expert on community-based health care, minority health, environmental risk factors, and urban health. She focuses her research on the intersections between infrastructure, poverty and health, with a stress on energy efficiency. Funding from several development organizations allows Hernández to serve as a Co-Investigator on projects for energy efficiency upgrades, improvement on public housing models and the relief of poverty-related health effects.
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
Areas of Expertise: Community-Based Health Care, Minority Health, Environmental Risk Factors, and Urban Health
Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello is a Northwestern University Research Professor in Preventive Medicine. Her research focuses on social and racial health disparities and chronic diseases. She was named One of 25 Most Influential Latinos in America by Times Magazine and received the Health Equity Champion Award by CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (MHHE). She works in Evanston, Illinois.
Her research has been funded by The University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, and Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).
Dr. Raina Merchant is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care. She is the Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program (CSP) at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab. Dr. Merchant was recently recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of 10 young investigators likely to have a significant impact on the future of health and health care in the US.
Her work is at the intersection of health and social media, mobile media, and crowdsourcing. She has specifically conducted projects evaluating health behaviors and communication on social media sites like Facebook, Yelp, Instagram, Foursquare, and Gigwalk. One of her projects in this area involves “banking language” through the development of a unique longitudinal database of social media data merged with health record data. Much of her work also bridges new technologies in the field of cardiovascular health and resuscitation science. In this context, she is the Director of the MyHeartMap Challenge, a social media and crowdsourcing project aimed at improving AED (automated external defibrillator) access and awareness by engaging the public to serve as citizen scientist. Her current research focuses on the impacts on Twitter and cardiovascular health.
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise: Public health, Social media research, crowdsourcing, resuscitation science
Julio Frenk is the president-elect of The University of Miami. He was previously the Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Minister of Health of Mexico, from 2000 to 2006. He has written extensively about universal health coverage and health equity. In 1998, Dr. Frenk joined the World Health Organization (WHO) as executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy. He served as a senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as president of the Carso Health Institute in Mexico City. In 2008 Dr. Frenk received the Clinton Global Citizen Award.
President of the University of Miami
Areas of Expertise: Public Health, Health Care Policy, Global Health, Higher Education
Akilah R. Carter-Francique teaches Sport Management in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Her most current research focuses on African-American girls and women in sport and physical activity in terms of access and opportunity, mentoring, as well as mediated images and narratives.
As a former collegiate athlete in track and field from the University of Houston, where she received her bachelor’s degrees in Kinesiology-Exercise Science and Psychology, her practical experiences include, intercollegiate athletic experience, counseling and coaching at the K-12 education levels, and seven years as a facility and special event administrator in colligate campus recreation,
Carter-Francique’s has researched racial (e.g., Blacks, Hispanics, Asians) and gendered minorities in sport, health, and education in the American context with specific emphasis on Black girls and women. She also co-founded (with Deniece Dortch) and directs Sista to SistaTM (http://sistatosista.org), a co-curricular leadership development program designed to foster sense of connectedness amongst Black female collegiate athletes on predominantly white institutions of higher educational campuses.
Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University
Areas of Expertise: Historical and Contemporary Experiences of Participants in Sport and Physical Activity, Experiences of Black Females and Males in Educational Institutions (K-20) Health and Well-Being for Women Of Color
Maite Arce (Mai-tay Ahr-say) is a leading voice in creating access and enhancing opportunities for Latino communities to connect with information, partners, and resources they need for a better life. She is the founder and President/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF), a DC-based, national nonprofit, well-known for its vast network of community based partners that work together to create trustworthy support systems that promote community action.
Her interest in innovative community engagement practices that build sustainable connections that lead to protecting health, culture, natural resources and community spans her 21-year career in the nonprofit sector.
Founder and President/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation
Areas of Expertise: Latino culture, environment, and issues related to Latinos and financial literacy, health and education
Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D. is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. His research is focused on health and health care disparities by race and ethnicity with a special emphasis on minority aging, cancer prevention and cigarette smoking cessation among diverse populations.
He has also led efforts in cancer prevention increased use of Pap smear and mammography cancer screening tests for Latina women. As director of the UCSF Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations (MERC), Dr. Pérez-Stable studied health and health care disparities among diverse populations.
Aside from working domestically, Dr. Pérez-Stable has researched tobacco control in Argentina, and worked extensively with physicians there.
Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine
Areas of Expertise: Health and Health Care Disparities by Race and Ethnicity (with a special emphasis on cancer prevention), Cigarette Smoking Cessation among Diverse Populations, Minority Aging