Rebuilding Trust in Public Health Messaging

J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., MSCE, is the president and chief executive officer of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public health policy, research and advocacy organization that promotes optimal health for every person and community and makes the prevention of illness and injury a national priority. Dr. Gracia is a national health equity leader with extensive leadership experience in federal government, the nonprofit sector, academia, and professional associations. Prior to joining TFAH, Dr. Gracia served in the Obama Administration as the deputy assistant secretary for Minority Health and director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In that capacity, she directed departmental policies and programs to end health disparities and advance health equity, and provided executive leadership on administration priorities including the Affordable Care Act and My Brother’s Keeper. Previously, she served as chief medical officer in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, where her portfolio included adolescent health, emergency preparedness, environmental health and climate change, global health, and the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Contact: ngracia@tfah.org

Juliann Van Liew, MPH, serves as director of the Wyandotte County Unified Government Public Health Department. She joined the department in 2018 and, within two years, led the health department to achieve accreditation while working as planning and operations manager. Juliann became the department director in May of 2020 and is focused on improving health for Wyandotte County residents through providing excellent public health services and community-led policy, systems, and environmental change. Before working in local public health, she implemented several community health programs for a large safety net health system in the Twin Cities, including nurse home visiting programs, a new CMS Hospice model, and a state model for Behavioral Health Homes. Juliann received her Bachelor of Arts from Drake University and her Masters of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She is now pursuing her Doctorate of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

Contact: jvanliew@wycokck.org

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