Jody R. Lori
Jody R. Lori, Ph.D., M.S., C.N.M., FACNM, FAAN, is a Certified Nurse Midwife. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Associate Dean for Global Affairs and World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center Director at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Her program of research centers on community-based interventions to address the high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she is working in collaboration with the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) on a major multi-year project addressing midwifery pre-service education and faculty retention in Ghana and Cambodia. Her research in Ghana is focused on describing pathways for posting professional midwives to underserved and deprived rural areas to encourage rural service for the Ministry of Health. Past field work experience has included travel to Ghana, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mexico and Zambia. Dr. Lori has taught numerous courses focused on global health, health promotion, risk reduction, and integrating midwifery practices in global settings. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Arizona.
Jeanne Miranda, Ph.D., M.S., is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. She is a mental health services researcher who has focused her work on providing mental health care to low-income and minority communities. Dr. Miranda's major research contributions have been in evaluating the impact of mental health care for ethnic minority communities. She is currently working with two community partners, TIES for Families and the Center for Adoption Support and Education to evaluate an intervention her team developed to provide care for families adopting older children from foster care. She is also working to develop appropriate depression interventions for young women in Uganda and evaluating a government micro-finance program in Uganda. Dr. Miranda is an investigator in two UCLA centers focusing on improving disparities in health care for ethnic minorities. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a recipient of the Emily Mumford Award for Contributions to Social Medicine from Columbia University. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Kansas and completed post-doctoral training at University of California, San Francisco.
Ruth M. Parker
Ruth Parker, M.D., is Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of Faculty Development for the Division of General Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. She holds secondary appointments in pediatrics and in epidemiology at the University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Her primary research interests and activities are in medical education and health services of underserved populations (particularly health literacy). She recently completed a position as Chair NDAC (non-prescription drug advisory committee) for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the committee that reviews all drug applications for the switch from prescription to over-the-counter status. She served as the expert in label comprehension for this group, and frequently works with various FDA Advisories representing issues related to health literacy and patient/consumer understanding of drug information. She is a member of a PCORI Advisory group and serves on an Expert Panel for the USPharmacopeia. Dr. Parker was principal investigator in the Robert Wood Johnson Literacy in Health Study, and worked with collaborators to develop the Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults (TOFHLA), a measurement tool to quantify patients' ability to read and understand health information. She chaired the American Medical Association Foundation steering committee for the national program on health literacy and also chaired the American College of Physicians Foundation Patient Literacy Advisory Board. Dr. Parker consults with various federal agencies (including the Department of Education, the office of the Surgeon General, the NIH, the CDC, HRSA, AHRQ) for proposals and organizational issues related to health literacy. She works closely with professional societies on their efforts to advance health literacy, and has consulted with numerous members of industry (including large health care provider organizations, chain drug stores, and members of the pharmaceutical industry) regarding their efforts to improve health literacy. Dr. Parker earned her M.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She holds Board Certification in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
Deborah E. Powell
Deborah E. Powell, M.D., is Dean Emeritus of the medical school, and professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota. She joined Minnesota in 2002 and led the University of Minnesota Medical School until 2009. She was also Assistant Vice President for Clinical Sciences, Associate Vice-President for New Models of Education and McKnight Presidential leadership Chairman at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Prior to coming to Minnesota, she served as an Executive Dean and Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs at the University of Kansas School of Medicine for 5 years. Previously, she served as Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and as Vice Chairman and Director of Diagnostic Pathology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She is a medical educator and has more than 30 years’ experience in academic medicine. Additionally, she has been the President of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and the President of the American Board of Pathology. She served as the Chairman of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges and as Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2009-2010. She has served as a Director of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Fairview Health System, the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Association of American Medical Colleges and Hazelden. She is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Powell is a board-certified Surgical Pathologist. She received her Medical Degree from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Eva K. Pressman
Eva K. Pressman, M.D., is the Henry A. Thiede Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester. She formerly served as Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM), Director of the MFM Fellowship training program, Director of Reproductive Genetics, and Director of OB/GYN Ultrasound. Before coming to Rochester in 1999, Dr. Pressman was an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins from 1994-1999, where she was also Associate Director of the OB/GYN Residency Program, Director of the Fetal Assessment Center, and of the High Risk Obstetrical Clinic. Dr. Pressman is Board Certified in OB/GYN and in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her current areas of interest include medical complications of pregnancy including diabetes and psychiatric disorders and nutrition and metabolism in pregnancy. She received her medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Pressman did her residency training in OB/GYN as well as a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University.
Michael L. Raggio
Michael L. Raggio, M.D., is an obstetrician/gynecologist and former Senior Physician Director of Quality, Risk, and Safety with the Colorado Permanente Medical Group, an 1100-physician group that works exclusively with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado (KP Colorado). Dr. Raggio has more than 30 years of clinical experience in obstetrics and gynecology. In his 23-year tenure as Physician Director of Quality for KP Colorado, he co-managed NCQA readiness, 30 clinical department-based peer review committees, and quality and patient safety improvement consultation for the Denver region and the larger national Kaiser Permanente program. Dr. Raggio was a founding reviewer for the KP Medical Directors Quality Review, an internal standards-based quality review, since its inception in 1994. He served on the Colorado Medical Board for 4 years. Dr. Raggio is certified by the American Board of Medical Quality. Earlier in his career, he chaired the OB/GYN Quality Assurance Committee at Saint Joseph Hospital (Denver) and the OB/GYN Department Quality Committee at KP Colorado. Now retired, he consults in the areas of patient safety, quality measurement and improvement, practitioner performance assessment and improvement, governance, and medical and institutional ethics. Dr. Raggio earned his M.D. at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Alina Salganicoff, Ph.D., is Vice President and Director of Women’s Health Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Widely regarded as an expert on women’s health policy, she has written and lectured extensively on health care access and financing for low-income women and children. Her work at the Foundation focuses on health coverage and access to care for women, with an emphasis on challenges facing underserved women throughout their lifespan. Dr. Salganicoff was also an Associate Director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and worked on the health program staff of the Pew Charitable Trusts. She has been a member of numerous federal, state, and non-profit advisory committees. Dr. Salganicoff holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from Penn State.
Paul B. Shekelle
Paul G. Shekelle, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., is the co-director of the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center at the RAND Corporation. He is a staff physician in internal medicine at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and also a professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. Dr. Shekelle is a past chair of the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians. He earned his M.D. from Duke University and his Ph.D. from UCLA.
Susan M. Wolf
Susan M. Wolf, J.D., is the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law; and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is also Chair of the University's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. Professor Wolf teaches in the areas of health law, law and science, and bioethics. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). She has served on a variety of governmental and institutional panels, including the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, American Bar Association Coordinating Group on Bioethics and the Law, American Society for Reproductive Medicine Ethics Committee, New York City AIDS Review Panel, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Ethics Committee. Professor Wolf currently serves on the National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine and Public Policy. She is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law, Medicine & Health Care and a past board member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School.