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
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
Maria Mayorga is an associate professor of Personalized Medicine in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. She is an expert in developing predictive models of health and economic outcomes using data.
Mayorga also works 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.
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
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
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