Strengthening and Modernizing the Public Health System

Andrew Bazemore, M.D., MPH, serves as the Senior Vice President of Research and Policy for the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). As Senior Vice President for Research and Policy, Dr. Bazemore is responsible for managing all ABFM research functions and staff, development and implementation of an enterprise-wide strategy for research, co-directing the new ABFM Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care in Washington DC, coordinating and developing an existing and expanding ABFM leadership/scholarship portfolio that includes ABFM Visiting Scholars & Fellowship, Pisacano Scholars & Puffer Fellowship programs, developing national and international collaborative research partnerships, and continuing to grow his own research in measures that matter for primary care, workforce & training, and access to primary health care for vulnerable populations. Dr. Bazemore previously served for 7 years as the Director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine in Washington, DC, and as its Assistant Director for 7 years prior to that. Dr. Bazemore helped cultivate the growth and evolution of the Graham Center into an internationally-known primary care research center with diverse funding sources. He guided and participated in the Graham Center’s research with special interest in access to care for underserved populations, health workforce and training, and spatial analysis. Dr. Bazemore also led the Graham Center’s emphasis on developing tools that empower primary care providers, leaders, and policymakers. He developed HealthLandscape, an innovative data engagement platform entirely funded by grants and contracts, including the nearly $1.5 million/year federal Uniform Data System Mapper contract that guides funding for all the nation’s Federally Qualified Centers. Dr. Bazemore has authored over 220 peer-reviewed publications and helped to create novel primary care policy thought and evidence conversations such as the Starfield Summit series, the Embassy Series and evolving Primary Care Forum Series on and around Capitol Hill. He has served in national leadership, board, and committee roles for Family Medicine for America’s Health, the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), the National Research Network, the Rural Training Track Consortium, the Beyond Flexner Alliance, WONCA, GHEC, the National Academies of Medicine, and the Council on Graduate Medical Education. He was elected as a member of the National Academies of Medicine in 2016 and named a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians last year. Dr. Bazemore serves on the faculties of the Departments of Family Medicine at Georgetown University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Toronto. He continues to see a continuity panel of patients at Fairfax Family Practice Centers, and to offer regular global health service in rural Honduras and Guatemala under the banner of Shoulder to Shoulder. Dr. Bazemore previously served on faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and as a Professorial Lecturer of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health. Dr. Bazemore graduated from Davidson College, received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Carolina, and his MPH from Harvard University School of Public Health. He also completed a Global Health Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, and is a Diplomate of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.

Contact: abazemore@theabfm.org

Joneigh S. Khaldun, M.D., MPH, FACEP, is a nationally recognized healthcare executive, health policy and public health expert who currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer for CVS Health. In this role she advances strategy, programs and policy to achieve health equity across all CVS Health lines of business. Prior to this she served as Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan and Chief Deputy Director for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, where she oversaw public health, Medicaid, behavioral health, and aging services. She was the lead strategist guiding Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 response and in 2021 was appointed by President Biden to the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Dr. Khaldun has spearheaded the design and implementation of several system-changing projects at the intersection of public health and clinical medicine. She is known for her ability to lead teams through crisis as well as take innovative and bold ideas from conceptualization to precise operational execution and results. Prior to her role in the State of Michigan, she was appointed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to lead the rebuilding of the Detroit Health Department. There, her accomplishments include building the city’s opioid overdose response efforts; spearheading programs to address infant mortality and teen pregnancy during a time when Detroit saw the lowest infant mortality rate ever recorded in history; designing and implementing a neighborhood-based lead outreach and testing program; launching Detroit’s first online restaurant inspection reporting system; creating a professional development program for staff; and successfully leading Detroit’s response to the largest hepatitis A outbreak in modern U.S. history. Dr. Khaldun formerly served as Chief Medical Officer of the Baltimore City Health Department overseeing all clinical operations and worked in the Obama-Biden Administration’s Office of Health Reform, supporting implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She has received multiple awards including 40 under 40 Leader in Minority Health by the National Minority Quality Forum; 40 Under 40 Leader in Public Health by the deBeaumont Foundation; George Washington University Monumental Alumni Award; 2020 Crain’s Detroit Newsmaker of the Year, Detroit News 2021 Michiganian of the Year; and 2022 USA Today Woman of the Year. She is a board- certified practicing emergency medicine physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Contact: joneigh.khaldun@cvshealth.com

Howard K. Koh, M.D., MPH, is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School. He has previously served as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2014) after being nominated by President Barack Obama, and as Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1997-2003) after being appointed by Governor William Weld. A graduate of Yale College and the Yale University School of Medicine, he has trained at Boston City Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, has earned board certifications in 4 medical fields, held major academic positions at Boston University and Harvard University, published more than 250 articles in the medical and public health literature and has received over 70 awards for accomplishments in public health, as well as six honorary doctorate degrees. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, The Network for Public Health Law and New England Donor Services.

Contact: hkoh@hsph.harvard.edu

Erika Martin, Ph.D., MPH, is a Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she is also a faculty fellow at the Center for Collaborative HIV Research in Practice and Policy and the Center for Technology in Government. She draws from her training in health services research and epidemiology to study infectious disease policy, the allocation of scarce public health resources, the adoption and impact of public health policies, public health infrastructure and data systems, and state health policy initiatives. Her research is frequently in partnership with government agency staff, with a goal of translating evidence-based research into public health practice. She directs the Coalition for Applied Modeling and Prevention, a multi-institution academic consortium funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that is dedicated to creating models that improve public health decision-making at the national, state, and local levels in the areas of HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, and school/adolescent health. She received her BA from Brown University, her MPH from the University of Michigan, and her PhD from Yale University. She teaches courses on program evaluation and research design.

Contact: emartin@albany.edu

Rachel Nuzum, MPH, is vice president for the Federal and State Health Policy initiative at The Commonwealth Fund, working closely with policymakers at the state and federal level. Ms. Nuzum is responsible for developing and implementing the Fund’s national policy strategy for improving health system performance, ensuring that the work of the Fund and its grantees informs the policy process in both the legislative and executive branches of state and federal government. Ms. Nuzum’s work also includes fostering public–private collaboration on health system performance improvement with state and federal stakeholders and organizations. Ms. Nuzum has over 15 years of experience working in health policy at the federal, state, and local levels of government, as well as in the private sector. Before joining the Fund in January 2007, Ms. Nuzum was a legislative advisor for Senator Maria Cantwell (Wash.) on health, retirement and tax issues. Prior to joining Senator Cantwell’s office, she served as a David Winston Health Policy Fellow in Senator Jeff Bingaman’s (N.M.) office. In this role, Ms. Nuzum staffed the Senator on the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. Before arriving in Washington, D.C., she served former Governor Roy Romer of Colorado in the office of Boards and Commissions and worked as a health planner in west central Florida. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Colorado and an M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management from the University of South Florida. She is on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Nursing and Health Professions and is on the board of the Winston Health Policy Fellowship.

Contact: rn@cmwf.org

Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, P.N., is the founding Executive Director of the National Association of Community Health Workers where she currently leads national advocacy on Community Health Worker capacity and roles to center community voice, drive equity and strengthen public health response during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Smith has contributed to national initiatives and research to integrate community health workers into the ACA marketplace and during COVID-19, improve trust and communication between providers and patients on cost and value in treatment options, and elevate patient and community governance in learning healthcare systems. As a RWJF Culture of Health Leader, Denise pursues a culture of health where individuals have self-determination and dignity, where communities meaningfully contribute to system design and governance and where societies eliminate structural barriers to well-being.

Contact: dsmith@nachw.org

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