PHHP Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series
The College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series brings some of the nation’s top health professions and public health researchers to the University of Florida campus. Lectures are free and open to the public. Check back frequently for more details on the lectures as information becomes available.
Donna J. Petersen, Sc.D., M.H.S., C.P.H.
Interim Senior Vice President for USF Health and Dean, College of Public Health, University of South Florida
“Framing the Future: From National Debate to Local Action”
Dr. Petersen earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in maternal and child health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has held faculty and senior leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and served as Director of the Division of Family Health at the Minnesota Department of Health. She is the author of numerous publications, book chapters and a textbook on needs assessment in public health. She is a frequent lecturer on topics related to maternal and child health, health care reform, and systems change and leadership, and has provided extensive technical assistance and training to over 25 state health departments in the areas of needs assessment, data system development, systems level accountability and the development of population-based indicators.
Hosted by the PHHP Office of the Dean.
Juan E. Gilbert, Ph.D.
Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair and the Associate Chair of Research in the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department, University of Florida
“Societal Impacts through Research and Diversity: Who We Are and What We Do”
Dr. Juan E. Gilbert leads the Human Experience Research Lab in the UF College of Engineering’s Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering. He is a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, a national associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, an ACM distinguished scientist, and a senior member of the IEEE. Dr. Gilbert has research projects in spoken language systems, advanced learning technologies, usability and accessibility, ethnocomputing (culturally relevant computing) and databases/data mining. In 2012, Dr. Gilbert received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama, and he was recently named one of the 50 most important African Americans in Technology.
Hosted by the PHHP Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Dr. Sonia Saxena
Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health
Imperial College London
“Tackling the problems of obesity in children: lessons from the UK”
Dr. Saxena is a clinical reader and general practitioner academic who runs the Child Health Unit at Imperial College London, UK in research that addresses key needs of British children. She has championed the role of the GP in tackling medical problems through better prevention and early diagnosis and has a strong track record in research examining childhood obesity and early cardiovascular risk. She has led studies reporting rising medical problems in British children who are obese, evaluated the impact of the National Childhood Measurement Programme in England and developed guidance and tools for GPs to assess and advise families with children who are overweight. She has led a public health campaign to raise awareness of child obesity and contributed to the UK government’s plans to add health education on food and nutrition to literacy and numeracy core curriculum in British schools.
Hosted by the PHHP Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy.
Jason Altmire, M.H.A.
Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Community Engagement
“How the ACA Implementation Impacts Florida’s Healthcare Delivery System”
Mr. Altmire is responsible for leading and managing Florida Blue’s Government and Community Affairs organization, which also includes oversight of the Florida Blue Foundation and the Florida Blue Center for Health Policy. Prior to joining Florida Blue in 2013, Mr. Altmire served three terms as a United States Congressman. A nationally recognized leader on health care policy, he has been profiled by National Public Radio, Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. Before being elected to Congress, he led the department of government relations and community health at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and before that worked at the Federation of American Hospitals.
Hosted by PHHP’s Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy.
Donna Hubbard McCree, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.Ph.
Associate Director for Health Equity, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“Social determinants of HIV-related health inequities in the United States”
Dr. McCree has more than 28 years of experience in public health and pharmacy and has held numerous positions in academia, bioavailability research, professional association management, and retail and hospital pharmacy practice. Her training and expertise are in developing and conducting STD/HIV behavioral interventions. At CDC, her work includes projects focused on HIV testing strategies for African American women and men who have sex with men, behavioral interventions for heterosexually-active African American men, HPV prevention and diagnosis, STD/HIV prevention for long haul truckers, and the development of training materials to improve the ability of pharmacists to counsel patients about HIV and other STDs.
Hosted by PHHP’s Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health and the PHHP Diversity Taskforce.
“Explaining Health Disparities: Place is more important than race, but race matters, too”
Dr. LaVeist’s research and writing has focused on three broad thematic research questions: 1. What are the social and behavioral factors that predict the timing of various related health outcomes (e.g. access and utilization of health services, mortality, entrance into nursing home?), 2. What are the social and behavioral factors that explain race differences in health outcomes?, and 3. What has been the impact of social policy on the health and quality of life of African Americans? Dr. LaVeist seeks to develop an orienting framework in the development of policy and interventions to address race disparities in health-related outcomes.
Hosted by PHHP’s Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and the PHHP Diversity Taskforce.
April 5, 2013
Kathleen F. Gensheimer, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Medical Officer, Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, FDA
“FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network: A Multidisciplinary/One Health Approach to Foodborne Outbreak Investigations”
Dr. Gensheimer joined the FDA in 2011 in a new senior position with the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine–Chief Medical Officer/Director of CORE. She has overall responsibility for leadership, policy development, decision making, strategic planning, and day-to-day operations for food-related outbreaks and food incidents affecting the public health of the nation and under the purview of the FDA.
Hosted by PHHP’s Department of Environmental and Global Health
January 28, 2013
“Public health efforts to fight the stigma of mental disorders”
Dr. Sartorius joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1967 and soon assumed charge of the programs of epidemiology and social psychiatry. He was also principal investigator of several major international studies on schizophrenia, depression and health service delivery. In 1977, he was appointed Director of the Division of Mental Health of WHO, a position which he held until mid-1993. In June 1993 he was elected President of the World Psychiatric Association. READ MORE
Hosted by the UF Department of Epidemiology
December 5, 2012
Myron Cohen, M.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health; J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology; Public Health Director, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases; Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases; Director, Center for Infectious Diseases
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Transmission and prevention of transmission of HIV: Where do we go from here?”
Dr. Cohen’s work focuses on the prevention of transmission of HIV, with emphasis on the role played by STD co-infections. He has conducted landmark studies related to the biology of HIV transmission, and use of antiretroviral agents for prevention. In 2005, Dr. Cohen received an NIH MERIT Award for ongoing support of this work. READ MORE
Hosted by the Rural South Public Health Training Center
May 16, 2012
“What does semantic dementia tell us about semantic memory?”
The focus of Dr. Grossman’s research is the neural basis for language and cognition. He pursues comparative studies in patients with a variety of neurodegenerative conditions, and obtains converging evidence using fMRI studies in healthy adults. He relates these observations to biofluid biomarkers and biochemical brain analytes obtained at autopsy in neurodegenerative patients. READ MORE
Hosted by the PHHP Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
March 21, 2012
“Creating Health Equity: More Than an Apple a Day and a Walk in the Park”
Adewale Troutman identifies himself through his commitment to social justice, human rights, community activism, health equity and national and global health. His life’s work has been a testimony to this fact. Dr. Troutman has over 40 years of dedication through action to the principles of universal freedoms and the elimination of racism, injustice and oppression. READ MORE
Hosted by the PHHP Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health
January 25, 2012
“Eliminating Health Care Disparities for Persons with Disabilities”
Dr. Iezzoni has spent more than two decades conducting health services research focusing on three primary areas: risk adjustment methods for predicting cost and clinical outcomes of care; use of administrative data for assessing health care quality; and health care experiences and outcomes of persons with disabilities. READ MORE
Hosted by the PHHP Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy
September 14, 2011
“What Patients Aren’t Telling Us Because We’re Listening in the Wrong Places: Patients as Teachers, Health Trainees as Filmmakers, and the Video Slam”
Hosted by the PHHP Department of Clinical and Health Psychology