Presentations and Panels
Richard Besser, MD
Richard Besser, MD, is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a position he assumed in April 2017. Besser is the former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and ABC News’ former chief health and medical editor.
In Besser’s role at ABC News, he provided medical analysis and reports for all ABC News programs and platforms. His weekly health chats on social media reached millions.
At RWJF, Besser leads the largest private foundation in the country devoted solely to improving the nation’s health. RWJF’s work is focused on building a comprehensive Culture of Health that provides everyone in America with the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible, regardless of finances, geographic location, race, ethnicity, or physical challenges. Access to healthy food, safe housing, employment, transportation, education, as well as clean air and water, are all important contributors to health and well-being.
Panel 1: How can technology support healthy behaviors?
Nanette Steinle, MD, RDN, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Chief Endocrinology and Diabetes Section, Maryland Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Angela Evatt, Chief, Health Information Exchange, Maryland Health Care Commission
Praduman Jain, Founder and CEO, Vibrent
Panel 2: Health and science literacy for trust-building with the public
Megan E. (Smith) Humphries, Senior Vice President, Edelman Federal Government Services
Leni Preston, Vice-President, Consumer Health First
Elsie M. Stines, DNP, CRNP, Assistant Vice President, UMB Special Projects and Initiatives
Walkiria E. Pool, President and Founder, Center for Assistance to Families
Panel 3: Do data matter? Informing personal and community decision-making
Soren Bentzen, PhD, DMSc
Professor and Division Director, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics,
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Barbara Curbow, PhD, MA, BA, Professor and Chair, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health
Luisa Franzini, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Services Administration, University of Maryland School of Public Health
Edward Sondik, PhD, Former Director, National Center of Health Statistics, CDC; Member, DHHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives
Quynh Nguyen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Maryland School of Public Health
Panel 4: Widening the lens on the opioid epidemic
Amelia Arria, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Center on Young Adult Health and Development, School of Public Health
Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, CGP, FASCP, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science & Executive Director, Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging, School of Pharmacy
Kim Burton, Director of Older Adult Programs , Mental Health Association of Maryland
Kathleen A. Cameron, MPH, Senior Director, Center for Healthy Aging, National Council on Aging
Laura Place, MSW, LCSW-C , Coordinator of Substance Use Intervention and Treatment programs, University of Maryland Health Center, Staff Advisor, Terps for Recovery
Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director, HC DrugFree
Eric D. Wish, PhD, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) , University of Maryland College Park