PHHP Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series

The College of Public Health and Health Professions is pleased to announce three upcoming PHHP Distinguished Scholar Lectures.

Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D., an expert on racial health disparities, will speak on Wednesday, February 19 at 4 p.m. at the McKnight Brain Institute, DeWeese Auditorium. Donna Hubbard McCree, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.Ph, a leading researcher on STD/HIV behavioral interventions, will present on Wednesday, March 19 at 3 p.m. in the HPNP Complex, room G-101. Health care policy leader Jason Altmire, M.H.A., will speak on Wednesday, April 16 at 4 p.m. in the HPNP Complex, room G-101.

Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist

LaVeist is the director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy at Johns Hopkins University. His research and writing have focused on three broad themes: the social and behavioral factors that predict the timing of various related health outcomes, the social and behavioral factors that explain race differences in health outcomes, and the impact of social policy on the health and quality of life of African Americans. In his research, LaVeist seeks to develop an orienting framework in the development of policy and interventions to address race disparities in health-related outcomes.

LaVeist’s lecture is hosted by the college’s department of clinical and health psychology and the Ad Hoc Diversity Committee.

Dr. Donna Hubbard McCree

McCree is the associate director for health equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. She has more than 28 years of experience in the fields of public health and pharmacy and has held numerous positions in academia, bioavailability research, professional association management, and retail and hospital pharmacy practice. At the 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.

McCree’s lecture is hosted by the college’s department of behavioral science and community health and the Ad Hoc Diversity Committee, and is held in conjunction with PHHP Diversity Day.

Mr. Jason Altmire
Mr. Jason Altmire

Altmire is the senior vice president of public policy and community engagement at Florida Blue where he 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, 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.

Altmire’s lecture is hosted by the college’s department of health services research, management and policy.

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.