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Mary Pittman Appointed to National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Advisory Committee

November 16, 2016

Public Health Institute's President and CEO Mary A. Pittman was appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. Dr. Pittman joins a distinguished group of subject matter experts who are charged with helping develop the nation’s disease prevention and health promotion objectives for Healthy People 2030.

"Now is the time to look forward and think carefully about how to best articulate priorities and metrics for improving the health and well being of all of our people," said Mary A. Pittman. "Science and evidence present our best hope for addressing the systemic barriers that can put health out of reach for some communities, and I'm proud to work alongside these health visionaries to chart an achievable path."

The full press release from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health follows.


 

Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services acting assistant secretary for health today announced the appointment of 13 nationally recognized subject matter experts in health promotion, disease prevention, epidemiology, health literacy, communication, law, and state and local public health practice to serve on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. Over the next two years, the Committee will examine current scientific evidence and submit recommendations to the Secretary of HHS with rationales to inform the development and implementation of the nation’s disease prevention and health promotion objectives for Healthy People 2030. Along with public and federal agency comments, these recommendations will be used by HHS to develop the next iteration of the Healthy People initiative.

Since 1979, the Healthy People initiative has set disease prevention and health promotion objectives for the nation. Healthy People establishes specific, science-based, measurable objectives with targets that are used to benchmark and monitor progress over the course of a decade.  Healthy People 2030 will be the fifth iteration, charting the course to improve the nation’s health starting in the year 2020 through 2030.

“A key component of Healthy People is its emphasis on eliminating health disparities by addressing social determinants of health,” said Dr. DeSalvo. “Healthy People drives action across sectors to improve the health of our nation’s communities and prevent health disparities due to factors like zip code, economic stability, education, community, and access to health care."

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS will lead the development of Healthy People 2030 and host the Advisory Committee’s public meetings. The first meeting will take place on December 1-2, 2016.  For information about the meetings, including how to register to attend, visit www.healthypeople.gov.

The following individuals have been appointed to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030:

Dushanka V. Kleinman, DDS, MScD, Co-Chair
Professor and Associate Dean for Research, University of Maryland School of Public Health

Nico Pronk, PhD, MA, FACSM, FAWHP, Co-Chair
Vice President for Health Management and Chief Science Officer, HealthPartners

Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, MBA, MA, Chair Emeritus
Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine; Founder and Director, UCLA Center for Health Advancement

Abdulrahman El-Sayed, MD, DPhil
Executive Director & Health Officer, Detroit Health Department, City of Detroit

Susan F. Goekler, PhD, MCHES
Emeritus CEO, American School Health Association

Cynthia A. Gómez, PhD
Director, Health Equity Institute, San Francisco State University

Paul K. Halverson, DrPH, MHSA, FACHE
Founding Dean and Professor, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indiana University

Mary A. Pittman, DrPH
President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Institute

Therese S. Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation,  University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing

Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Clinical Operations, Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Edward J. Sondik, PhD
Former Director, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Joel B. Teitelbaum, JD, LLM
Associate Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health and School of Law, and Co-Director , National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, The George Washington University

Glenda L. Wrenn Gordon, MD, MSHP, FAPA
Director, Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences