Join us for an engaging session on the future of public health as we conclude our celebration of APHA’s 150th anniversary. You will hear from four public health experts as they discuss their visions for the future of our field, bringing unique perspectives from the community, national, global and cross-sectoral levels.
Share lessons learned from collaborative efforts to transform public health;
Examine major threats and opportunities for the next generation; and
Reflect on how we can engage communities and partners to create new champions for public health and equity
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Georges Benjamin, MD
MODERATOR Georges C. Benjamin,
MD, is well-known as a health leader, practitioner and administrator. Benjamin
has served as the executive director of the American Public Health Association,
the nation's largest organization of public health professionals,
since December 2002. He is a former secretary of health for the state of
Charlotte Haberaecker is President and CEO of Lutheran Services in America. Under Charlotte’s leadership, Lutheran Services in America has consistently been recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Forbes as one of the nation’s top nonprofit organizations. She is at the forefront of developing and implementing groundbreaking initiatives and collaborative learning models to drive systemic change.
Prior to joining Lutheran Services in America in 2012, Charlotte was the #2 Executive at Global Impact and held senior leadership positions at Price Waterhouse and Fannie Mae. She also was the recipient of the 2018 Rebrand 100 Global Award for one of the top 100 brand transformations in the world, the 2017 Humanitarian award from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the 2015 NonProfit Times Magazine’s “Power & Influence Top 50.” Charlotte holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in management science from the University of Illinois
Dr. Vicki Collie-Akers, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In 2020, she was named the Professor of Public Health Practice for KUMC-Kansas City. Dr. Collie-Akers completed her M.P.H. at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Collie-Akers’ work focuses on creating and examining the impact of cross- or multi-sector partnerships to improve health. A focus of this work has been establishing partnerships between academic and governmental public health to strengthen public health practice, provide learning and training opportunities for faculty, staff, and students, and develop applied collaborative research and evaluation opportunities. In 2013, she led the establishment of the first academic health department in Kansas with Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. In addition, Dr. Collie-Akers has an extensive history of research and evaluation projects aimed at understanding the impact of community-based initiatives on chronic disease and health equity. For example, she served as co-principal investigator for a 10-year+ community-based participatory research partnership addressing health equity among Latinos in Kansas City, Kansas.
Elisha Dunn-Georgiou is Global Health Council’s President and Executive Director. Elisha is a lifelong advocate with a passion for improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations in the U.S. and globally. She has spent more than 20 years advancing political will and increasing resources for policies and programs to improve the health of communities worldwide.
As an executive leader, Elisha has a demonstrated track record in strategic planning, program design, advocacy, and new business development. She has strong organizational and financial management acumen, with experience building empowered, goal-oriented, and cohesive organizational and program teams for global impact in public health policy and international development. Elisha holds a J.D. from the University of Buffalo School of Law, an M.S. from the State University of New York, Buffalo, and a BA from St. John’s College. Elisha also serves on the Board of Directors of the Anacostia Watershed Society and is an English as a Second Language Tutor at the Washington English Center.