As President and CEO, Elizabeth Mitchell advances the organization’s strategic focus areas of redesigning health care delivery, driving affordability, and optimizing markets. Mitchell leads PBGH in mobilizing purchasers, to support high-quality affordable care – achieving measurable impacts on health outcomes and affordability including quality, patient-reported outcomes and satisfaction, and the appropriateness of delivered care.
At PBGH, Mitchell leverages her extensive experience in working with healthcare purchasers, providers, policymakers, and payers to improve quality and cost. Mitchell previously served as Senior Vice President for Healthcare and Community Health Transformation at Blue Shield of California, during which time she designed Blue Shield’s strategy for transforming practice, payment and community health. Mitchell also served as the President and CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a network of regional quality improvement and measurement organizations; served as CEO of Maine’s business coalition on health (the Maine Health Management Coalition); worked within an integrated delivery system (MaineHealth); and was elected to the Maine State Legislature, serving as a State Representative.
Mitchell served as Vice Chairperson of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, Board and Executive Committee Member of the National Quality Forum (NQF), Member of the National Academy of Medicine’s “Vital Signs” Study Committee on core metrics, and a Guiding Committee Member for the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network.
Mitchell holds a degree in religion from Reed College and studied social policy at the London School of Economics.
Anti-competitive practices are increasingly concerning to large employers. What we’re seeing happening right now is the collapse of independent primary care,"[...] it is a big ask to ask a customer to change an industry; I can’t think of any other industry that expects that other than health care."
Patricia E. Molina, MD, PhD, is the Richard Ashman Professor and Head of Physiology, and Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans’ School of Medicine. Dr. Molina's training as a physician prior to completing training in physiology provides her with a unique systems approach to study the biomedical consequences of chronic heavy alcohol use, with emphasis on the pathophysiological mechanisms that aggravate HIV disease progression. Her research focuses on the interaction of chronic alcohol consumption on progression of HIV disease in preclinical models and in translational studies. Her research involves integrating in vivo with ex vivo approaches to understand the contribution of organ systems to disease pathogenesis. Another area of research interest and ongoing investigations is the interaction of alcohol with outcomes from traumatic brain injury. Her work examines the mechanisms that lead to greater alcohol drinking during the post-injury phase, and the potential role of the endocannabinoid system in modulating those responses. Dr. Molina is interested in translating research findings to the community at large, and in educating the lay public on the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption. This is particularly relevant to young students and parents as they make decisions on alcohol drinking throughout their life.
It is not just about knowing that driving under the influence is dangerous. It is about understanding how alcohol affects all organs in the body and what the signs that should be recognized by peers that you someone is in danger.
Senior advisor for global health to Georgetown University President John J DeGioia; senior fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy; and senior scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Monahan served as the special advisor for Global Health Partnerships at the US Department of State (2010-2014) as well as a counselor to the secretary and director of global health affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2010). While at HHS, Monahan served as the U.S. Government’s primary contact with the leadership of the World Health Organization during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and helped coordinate the U.S.-led diplomatic strategy to secure commitments from developed countries for donating influenza vaccines to low-income countries.
Monahan can discuss the obligation of WHO and member states to support and respond to disease outbreaks.
Gilberto Montibeller is a Full Professor of Management Science at Loughborough University (UK) and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern California (USA). He joined Loughborough in 2015 after spending a decade as a tenured faculty in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics. He has taken senior management roles at Loughborough University, as Associate Dean for Enterprise and Head of the Management Science and Operations Group.
He has a BSc in Electrical Engineering (UFSC), MSc in Engineering Economic Analysis (UFSC) and PhD in Engineering Economic Analysis (UFSC/Univ. of Strathclyde). After his doctorate, he continued his studies as a pos-doc research fellow in Management Science at the University of Strathclyde.
Prof Montibeller is an expert on strategic risk and decision analysis. His main areas of application are global health prioritisations and health risk management, having led projects for the World Health Organization, Pan-American Health Organization, UK Department for Environment, Health and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), UK Department of Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), USAID, among others.
He is Associate Editor of the Informs Decision Analysis journal and has served as area editor of the Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis. He has published widely in top journals in decision sciences. The quality of his research has been recognised by best publications awards from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (Informs), the Society for Risk Analysis, and the International Society on Multi-Criteria Decision Making.
He has been a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, Austria), and CNRS Lamsade at Paris Dauphine University (France). He is a visiting professor at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Adjunct Professor at the Hertie School of Government (Germany) and IE Business School (Spain).
Prof Montibeller has extensive experience with executive education over more than 20 years, having taught courses at the LSE executive schools (UK), LSE corporate education (UK), Warwick Business School (UK), Hertie School of Government (Germany) and IE Business School (Spain).
“There are a lot of parallels between health threats and security threats, like terrorism. And one thing we know about these kinds of threats is that the perceived risk is very high. Both because it is dreadful, the fear of dreadful consequences, but also because of the unknown caused by an emerging disease and so not only you have actual risks but also perceived risks that play a role and while you can manage actual risks, we have to just try to also manage those passive risks”,“The health capabilities of the current system, the American system, the Western European system is mainly focused on chronic diseases and I think we could learn from the mediator on how to be prepared against infectious diseases. Pandemics, endemics, and everything that capacity planning can provide us. So that’s the second issue.”
Lurking within every Premier League statement about ‘Project Restart’ is a supposedly comforting reference to their “priority” of health and safety.,“Epidemiologists have been driving policy, which is great, but we need to know other impacts beyond the number of people infected and the care they need. There is a lot of science, such as risk analysis, that hasn’t been included in this debate."
,“Covid-19 is a classic example of a high perceived risk. Any policy has to deal with both perceived and actual risk and understand why people are feeling afraid.
“You cannot open the economy and expect activity to resume at steady levels, because there
Dr. Larissa Mooney is a board certified addiction psychiatrist with expertise in the treatment of substance use disorders and psychiatric comorbidity. After obtaining residency training at New York University, she completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Mooney is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic, where she teaches psychiatrists in training in the clinical management of dual diagnoses. Dr. Mooney serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP). She has conducted research on treatment interventions for addictive disorders, including methamphetamine, cocaine and opioid use disorder and has received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study clinical outcomes in individuals with cannabis use disorder.
"Smoking is inherently unhealthy, and by sending the message that we're smoking something to take the edge off or to cope with pain, that sends a message to our children.”
"One's reaction time may be slowed; coordination, the ability to respond in an emergency may be impaired.",,There is a window of opportunity of usually several hours between when someone who has overdosed might just be looking sleepy and when he or she may die. In some of these situations, the person may never make it to the emergency room.
Ann Morning, author of The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference (University of California), is an associate professor of sociology at New York University. She is a member of the U.S. Census Bureau National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations and has served as a statistician for the bureau. Morning has also authored reports for the National Research Council’s Committee on the Use of Social Science Knowledge in Public Policy and the United Nations’ Statistics Division. Morning is also the academic director of 19 Washington Square North, NYU Abu Dhabi’s home in New York.
Morning previously worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. From 1995 to 1997, she was an Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Morning received her B.A. magna cum laude from Yale, her Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton. She also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.
Stephen Mosher is a professor of sport management and media. Mosher has coached youth sports himself for over 25 years and studies the issues of sport in popular culture. He is currently working on an ethnography of bowling, which discusses how that sport plays a central role in the civic engagement of blue collars workers. In 2001, he wrote a series of columns for ESPN.com on the Little League World Series scandal involving pitcher Danny Almonte, who played despite being two years over the age limit.
“The balance of power in professional sports now rests more with the performers than the owners. Without a labor force, Robert Kraft has nothing but an empty stadium. He has to let his employees make these political statements if he wants to win.”
Amr M. Moursi, DDS, PhD, is a professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at NYU College of Dentistry. His research focuses on early childhood oral health, including the use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) to fight cavities, birth defects of the head and skull, nutrition and oral health, and developing the pediatric dentistry workforce.
Dr. Moursi is the author or co-author of more than 100 published articles, book chapters, and policy briefs, and is the editor of the textbook "Clinical Cases in Pediatric Dentistry" (Wiley-Blackwell). He is also a contributor for the 2020 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health.
Dr. Moursi is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He serves on the Executive Committee and as a National Spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). He has extensive experience with print and broadcast media and is host of "The Dental Health Show" on Doctor Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio.
Watch Dr. Moursi on ABC 7 discussing how to keep baby teeth healthy: https://youtu.be/ybKe5G1kodw
Dr. James M. Musser his medical training at the University of Rochester and his residency in laboratory medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed postdoctoral research in molecular evolutionary genetics at Pennsylvania State University. Musser conducts research that focuses on the molecular basis of host-pathogen interactions in group A Streptococcus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. His areas of expertise include Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Group A Streptococcus, infectious disease and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Professor of Pathology Mayo College of Medicine, Consulting Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, Chair of College of American Pathologists Council on Scientific Affairs.
Dr. Raouf E. Nakhleh has been practicing medicine for 29 years. Dr.Nakhleh graduated from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1985. He practices medicine in Jacksonville, FL, and specializes in Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology. Dr. Nakhleh is affiliated with Mayo Clinic.
His interest includes Transplantation, Liver disease, Quality Improvement, Laboratory Medicine, Pathology.
“If you were infected and you’ve gotten over the illness, we want to see if you have immunity so the illness won’t affect you again. That's one reason. Another reason we do this testing is to potentially use the individual’s plasma to treat other patients with active infections. The other, the last point I want to make about having antibodies is that this is one of the mechanisms that’s used to check the response to a potential vaccine.”,“Part of the problem is even if you have good tests if the prevalence of the infection is low, your accuracy really drops. If the prevalence is very high then the accuracy gets better and that’s why it can be false, you get the wrong results in up to 50% of the cases.”
“In the midst of the enormous pressure laboratories are facing, along with everyone working in health care during the COVID-19 crisis, laboratories are seeking to measure their performance when testing for the disease,”
Prof. Nazeeruddin's current research at EPFL focuses on Perovskite Solar Cells and Light-emitting diodes. He has published more than 627 peer-reviewed papers, ten book chapters, and is an inventor/co-inventor of over 75 patents, which are well cited 87’047 with an h-index of 137 having an average citation of over 141. Google Scholar h-index is 152, and total citations are 112’012. His group has developed layer-by-layer growth of 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional perovskites yielding solar to the power conversion efficiency of 23.5% certified at Newport calibration PV lab earlier this year. His group has earned worldwide recognition and leadership in perovskite solar cells as evidenced by Times of higher Education selection as “the top 10 researchers in the world working on the high impact perovskite materials and devices”. This recognition is based on the accumulated results and impacts generated between 2014 and 2018. He is elected to the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC), and Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry. According to ISI listing, he is one of the most cited chemists in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and one of the 20 scientists identified by Thomson Reuters as The World Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015, 2017, and 2018 from all scientific domains.
Donald Nieman is Binghamton University’s Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and also Professor of History. His research focuses on law, race, and civil rights in U.S. history, emphasizing the role that African Americans have played in using law and the Constitution to expand the nation’s understanding of citizenship, rights, politics, and the Constitution.
Chris Norwood, is a prize-winning author and healthcare advocate, was one of the first journalists to sound an alarm about HIV/AIDS in the early 1980s before it was widely recognized as a deadly epidemic. Norwood broke the story in Ms. Magazine that women with AIDS were routinely undercounted with their deaths attributed to other causes. She also authored the first book on women and HIV, “Advice for Life: A Woman’s Guide to AIDS.” That book, which came out in 1987, became the inspiration for her founding Health People (then known as Health Force) in 1990 as a women’s prevention and support program.
A pioneer in using peer education to enable communities to take control of their health, Chris has been recognized nationally and internationally for her work in HIV/AIDS and peer-delivered health education. In 2005, Chris was one of 1,000 women nominated worldwide for a special Nobel Peace Prize for women’s work in community health.
She is a member of the Community Coordinating Council for the Bronx Center to Reduce and Eliminate Ethnic and Racial Health Disparities (Bronx CREED), an NIH-funded Center of Excellence at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; the Bronx-Einstein Alliance for Tobacco-Free Health (Bronx BREATHES); the Community Advisory Board of Albert Einstein College of Medicine AIDS Research Center; and the Chronic Disease Prevention Group of the NY State Health Department Prevention Agenda Committee. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Public Health Association of New York City.
Chris has contributed extensively to research on community health issues. She is a graduate of Wellesley College.
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Michael Leroy Oberg, the author of Native America, is Distinguished Professor of History at SUNY-Geneseo and director of the Geneseo Center for Local and Municipal History, founded in February of 2019. In addition to this textbook, he has written the following works: Dominion and Civility: English Imperialism and Native America, 1585-1685 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999); Uncas: First of the Mohegans, (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003); Samuel Wiseman’s Book of Record: The Official Account of Bacon’s Rebellion in Virginia, (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2005); The Head in Edward Nugent’s Hand: Roanoke’s Forgotten Indians, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007); the first edition of Native America; Professional Indian: Eleazer Williams’s American Odyssey, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015); and Peacemakers: The Iroquois, the United States, and the Treaty of Canandaigua, 1794, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015). He has published, as well, articles and reviews, and has worked as a historical consultant for native communities in New York and North Carolina, as well as for the Indian Resources Section of the United States Department of Justice. He has won awards for his teaching and research in Montana and in New York, including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
A native of Ventura, California, Professor Oberg earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the California State University at Long Beach. He took his Ph.D in 1994 from Syracuse University. From 1994 until 1998, Professor Oberg taught at Montana State University at Billings, before moving back to upstate New York in 1998. With the exception of one year spent teaching at the University of Houston, he has been at SUNY-Geneseo ever since. He lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife Leticia Ontiveros and their five children.
Professor Oberg is at work on a history of the Onondaga Nation, from the the time of the formation of the Iroquois League to the present, under the working title Onondaga: The Rise, Fall and Reinvention of a Native American Capital City. He teaches classes at Geneseo in the College’s freshman writing program, its Humanities sequence and, for the Department of History, courses in Native American History, American Indian Law and Public Policy, and on the history of the Iroquois.
New York State is to be applauded for implementing the Excelsior Program to make attendance at a SUNY school affordable for working-class families. But because Excelsior does not cover room, board, and books, and because students must maintain a full cour
Deputy Director, Chair of Gynecologic Oncology and the M. Steven Piver Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Areas of expertise: Ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer, women’s cancers, immunotherapy, cancer vaccines, cancer therapies
Dr. Christopher Ohl is an infectious disease specialist in Winston Salem, North Carolina and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D. is a Professor of the La Jolla Institute for Immunology and one of the world’s leading experts in pandemic and emerging viruses, such as Ebola, Marburg and Lassa. Dr. Saphire directs the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Immunotherapeutic Consortium (VIC), an NIH-funded Center of Excellence in Translational Research. The VIC unites 43 previously competing academic, industrial and government labs across five continents to understand which antibodies are most effective in patients and to streamline the research pipeline to provide antibody therapeutics against Ebola, Marburg, Lassa and other viruses.
Dr. Saphire's research explains, at the molecular level, how and why viruses like Ebola and Lassa are pathogenic and provides the roadmap for developing antibody-based treatments. Her team has solved the structures of the Ebola, Sudan, Marburg, Bundibugyo and Lassa virus glycoproteins, explained how they remodel these structures as they drive themselves into cells, how their proteins suppress immune function and where human antibodies can defeat these viruses.
A recent discovery revealed why neutralizing antibodies had been so difficult to elicit against Lassa virus, and provided not only the templates for the needed vaccine, but the molecule itself: a Lassa surface glycoprotein engineered to remain in the right conformation to inspire the needed antibody response. This molecule is the basis for international vaccine efforts against Lassa.
Dr. Saphire is the recipient of numerous accolades and grants, including the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering presented by President Obama at the White House; the Gallo Award for Scientific Excellence and Leadership from the Global Virus Network; young investigator awards from the International Congress of Antiviral Research, the American Society for Microbiology, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the MRC Centre for Virus Research in the United Kingdom; the Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and the Surhain Sidhu award for the most outstanding contribution to the field of diffraction by a person within five years of the Ph.D. Dr. Saphire has been awarded a Fulbright Global Scholar fellowship from the United States Department of State and a Mercator Fellowship from the German research foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, to develop international collaborations around human health and molecular imaging through cryoelectron microscopy.
Dr. Saphire received a B.A. in biochemistry and cell biology and ecology and evolutionary biology from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Scripps Research. She stayed on at Scripps Research as a Research Associate to conduct postdoctoral research and rose through the ranks to become a Professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology. In early 2019, Dr. Saphire joined La Jolla Institute for Immunology to establish a molecular imaging facility for cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) at the Institute. The extremely detailed images produced by cryo-EM reveal precisely how essential mechanisms of the immune system operate.
“The recent resurgence of Lassa, the difficulties in containing Ebola outbreaks and the re-emergence of alphaviruses in multiple locations in the United States make development of therapies against these threats an urgent local and global concern,” said Dr
“So we’re flying from San Diego to Congo with eight crates of supplies to go and do our laboratory work there and bring the data back here,” said Erica Ollmann Saphire, a professor at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, and director of a consortium of ,
Dr. Ersula J. Ore is the Lincoln Professor of Ethics in the School of Social Transformation and Associate Professor of African & African American studies. Her research agenda focuses on the suasive strategies of Black Americans and investigates the relationship between physical and discursive violence, citizenship, and race. Dr. Ore’s book, Lynching: Violence, Rhetoric, & American Identity (2019), which explores American lynching as an ongoing practice of racialized citizenship connected to anti-Black policing, received the 2020 RSA Book Award from the Rhetoric Society of America.
“Defund the police is really a call to radically reimagine an inactive future that doesn't currently exist now, that can't exist within the white racial framework, within a framework that’s predicated upon a history of policing situated within logics of slavery, capture, confinement.”,“Fight for black liberation is nothing new, nor is it particularly endemic to the United States, it just so happens that the confluence of various variables, one of those major variables being COVID created an opportunity for us to sit and watch and pay attention and to be present in ways we historically have not been able to, have not been permitted.”
The program enacts FWOCC’s mission to promote ongoing dialogue about inclusion across the university and to integrate issues of diversity, access, and equity into the university’s mission.,African American studies, and rhetoric, traces the history of lynching as a means of civic engagement for white people. She argues that for white people, lynching is a way of declaring what they believe America to be: a nation of white people.
Robert Paine III, M.D. is an experienced Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine physician who has been board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He cares for outpatients with a wide variety of pulmonary problems and has a particular interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and unexplained shortness of breath. He has a major interest in the care of critically ill patients in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) and has an ongoing research program related to the causes and treatment of acute lung injury.
“The relationship of air pollution to the severity of pneumonia was particularly striking,” says co-author Robert Paine, MD
Utahns are used to periods of bad air. Every winter the inversion descends upon the valleys, trapping us in a layer of muck that makes breathing difficult and conditions deadly for those with certain medical conditions.
Dr. Rahul Pandit is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Pandit completed his medical training at Rush Medical College. He completed a residency and a fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery at the University of Iowa. His research interests include dry eye and other ocular surface diseases, corneal diseases and cataract surgical outcomes. Pandit's clinical area of interest include dry eye, corneal disease and transplantation, cataract surgery and glaucoma.