States of Despair: Understanding Declining Life Expectancy in the United States

This is the expert list for the briefing held on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, titled, "States of Despair: Understanding Declining Life Expectancy in the United States."



Marvin Figueroa


Commonwealth of Virginia, Deputy Secretary of the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources

(804) 786-7765

Richard McKeon Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, Chief of Suicide Prevention Branch

(240) 276-1310

Anand Parekh Bipartisan Policy Center, Chief Medical Advisor

(202) 204-2400

David Radley


The Commonwealth Fund, Senior Scientist of Tracking Health System Performance

(315) 930-2253

Joe Thompson Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, President and CEO

(501) 526-2244


Experts and Analysts

Robert Anderson Center for Disease Control and Prevention,  National Center for Health Statistics, Chief of Mortality Statistics Branch

(301) 458-4073

Nicholas Eberstadt American Enterprise Institute, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy

(202) 862-5825

Robin Gelburd FAIR Health, President

(855) 301-3247

Michael F. Cannon Cato Institute, Director of Health Policy Studies

(202) 218-4632

Andrew Kolodny


Brandeis University, Co-Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management

(781) 736-4542

Bertha Madras Harvard Medical School, Professor of Psychobiology in Department of Psychiatry;
Co-author of the 2017 President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis Report
(617) 855-2406
Benjamin F. Miller Well Being Trust, Chief Strategy Officer

Shannon Monnat Syracuse University, Lerner Chair of Public Health Promotion and Associate Professor of Sociology

(315) 443-2692

Morenike Murphy Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Director of Crisis Services and Suicide Prevention

(615) 253-7306

Wendy E. Parmet Northeastern University School of Law, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center for Health Policy and Law

(617) 373-2019

Andrew Sperling National Alliance on Mental Illness, Director of Legislative and Policy Advocacy

(703) 524-7600

Monique Tula Harm Reduction Coalition, Executive Director

(510) 285-2871