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Announcing the #CSTE2016 Plenary Speakers and Mann Memorial Lecturer

Posted By CSTE, Friday, April 15, 2016
Updated: Friday, April 15, 2016
CSTE is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of speakers at this year’s conference in Anchorage, Alaska with diverse professional backgrounds and insightful presentations to share. Each speaker will shed light on applied public health epidemiology, year’s conference theme “Exploring New Frontiers.”

Camara Phyllis Jones – Jonathan M. Mann Memorial Lecture

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD is President of the American Public Health Association, and a Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism). (read more)

Robin Bronen

Robin Bronen works as a human rights attorney and has been researching the climate-induced relocation of Alaska Native communities since 2007. Her research has been publicized by CNN and the Guardian among others. She has worked with the White House Council on Environmental Quality to implement President Obama’s Climate Change Task Force recommendation to address climate displacement as well as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Climate Change Office. (read more)

Valerie “Nurr’araaluk” Davidson

Valerie “Nurr’araaluk” Davidson was appointed by Governor Bill Walker as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services in December 2014. Prior to leading the department, she worked for over 15 years as a national policy maker on matters affecting Alaska Native and Indian health. Ms. Davidson currently serves on the U.S. Department of Justice Advisory Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence and as a Trustee of the First Alaskans Institute. (read more)

Susan Huang

Susan Huang, MD MPH is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Health Policy Research Institute at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, and the Medical Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention at UC Irvine Health. She received her MD degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in Quantitative Methods. She completed her residency at the University of California San Francisco and her ID fellowship at the combined Harvard program at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. (read more)

Michael Landen

Michael Landen is the State Epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health. His principal areas of professional interest include tribal epidemiology, substance abuse epidemiology, and injury prevention. Michael Landen has worked as a family physician and clinical director for the Indian Health Service in Arizona and New Mexico, and as a volunteer physician in Belize. In 1995 he began work as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer assigned to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. He has been with the New Mexico Department of Health since 1997. He served as a CSTE Executive Board member from 2007-2010.

Stephen Ostroff

Dr. Stephen Ostroff, M.D., has been FDA’s Acting Commissioner since April 2015. Previously, he was FDA’s Chief Scientist, where he was responsible for leading and coordinating FDA’s cross-cutting scientific and public health efforts. The Office of the Chief Scientist works closely with FDA’s product centers, providing strategic leadership and support for FDA’s regulatory science and innovation initiatives. Dr. Ostroff joined FDA in 2013 as Chief Medical Officer in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and Senior Public Health Advisor to FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine. (read more)

Pam Pontones

Pam Pontones, State Epidemiologist, has served at the Indiana State Department of Health for 25 years. She began her career as a microbiologist in 1990 and transitioned to epidemiology in 1999, serving as the Enteric Epidemiologist, Field Epidemiology Director, and Director of Surveillance and Investigation. During this time, she led investigations of many infectious disease outbreaks and served a key role in the 2009 influenza pandemic response. (read more)
To learn more, visit www.csteconference.org. Remember to register by April 29 to take advantage of the Early Bird discount.

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