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.
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
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 HuffPoston why migrant farmworkers face high health risks during the coronavirus pandemic, and by U.S. News & World Reportfor 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.
Her research interests focus on improving sanitation in manufacturing plants to mitigate environmental and public health harm. She teaches online classes on food science and risk assessment at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.
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
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
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
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