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Working Groups

Working Groups are the heartbeat of collective impact, translating the National Consortium’s goals and strategies into impact. With guidance from the Steering Committee, the Working Groups will design and implement activities that ensure the governmental public health workforce has the skills, resources, and support it needs to address the social determinants of health and achieve health equity.

Steering Committee Members

The Steering Committee was responsible for developing the National Consortium’s common agenda, clarifying the challenges, identifying the goals, and defining the strategies the Consortium will undertake. Collectively, they determined that an equity-centered approach was an imperative.

Kaye Bender
American Public Health Association
Lauren Powell
Takeda (Co-Chair)
Amber Williams
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Andre Fresco
Yakima Health District (WA)
Ashley Edmiston
National Association of County and City Health Officials
Betty Bekemeie
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, University of Washington
Cynthia Harris
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Denise Smith
National Association of Community Health Workers
Donna Petersen
University of South Florida College of Public Health
Lauren Ramos
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (ex officio member)
Liljana Baddour
Louisiana Department of Health
Michael Meit
East Tennessee State University Center for Rural Health Research
Mighty Fine
American Public Health Association
Monica Valdes Lupi
Kresge Foundation
Pattie Simone
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ex officio member)
Paul Kuehnert
Public Health Accreditation Board
Rita Kelliher
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
Ron Bialek
Public Health Foundation
Vincent LaFronza
National Network of Public Health Institutes
Wilma Wooten
County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

Founders Committee Members

The Founders Committee came together to create a vision for the collective movement to change the public health workforce. They were responsible for imagining and defining what a successful collaborative change effort would look like, adjusting this original vision to account for the global COVID-19 pandemic, selecting a systems change expert to lead the work through a request for proposal process, and providing guidance to the selected applicant, FSG, about how to build the foundation of this collective impact process.

Ashley Edmiston
National Association of County and City Health Officials
Dorothy Cilenti
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Gaby Benenson
Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
Gen Meredith
Cornell University Public Health
Heather Krasna
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Jennifer McKeever
WE Public Health
Jessica Solomon Fisher
Public Health Accreditation Board
Jovonni Spinner
Food and Drug Administration
Kathleen Amos
Public Health Foundation
Kaye Bender
American Public Health Association
Kyle Bogaert
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Liljana Baddour
Louisiana Department of Health
Monica Valdes Lupi
Kresge Foundation
Rita Kelliher
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
Rivka Liss-Levinson
Center for State and Local Government Excellence and ICMA Retirement Corporation
Shirley Orr
SOCO Consulting and Association of Public Health Nurses
Steve Reynolds
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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