NLAPH Advisors

Eric Baumgartner

Eric Baumgartner, MD, MPH , NLAPH Coach

Director, Policy and Program Development - Louisiana Public Health Institute

Dr. Eric Baumgartner is a career public health physician engaged in a variety of community and national activities focused on population health and access to care issues. He currently serves as Policy and Program Planning Director for the Louisiana Public Health Institute and is a member of the Georgia Health Policy Center Technical Assistance Program team for Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Rural Health Policy grantees. Dr. Baumgartner served as Director of the Tulane University School of Medicine Preventive Medicine Residency in 2006. He continues to engage in public speaking, facilitation, and community coaching for access to care initiatives nationally.

Formerly, Dr. Baumgartner served as the Director of the Community Access and State Planning Programs of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration in Rockville, Maryland. Prior to that position, he served in a variety of posts in state public health agencies in the states of Mississippi, Hawaii, Texas and Louisiana. While in Louisiana, he served as the State Health Officer for three years. In Texas, he served as the Chief of the Bureau of Managed Care of the Texas Department of Health where he shared in the responsibility for converting Medicaid to managed care.

Dr. Baumgartner received his Medical Degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and his Masters of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He completed a residency in general pediatrics at the University of Arkansas and completed a second residency in general preventive medicine at Tulane. He is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Bill Beery, MPH, Evaluation Advisor

Director - Center for Community Health and Evaluation - Group Health Resarch Institute

Bill leads the community health and evaluation team within Group Health’s Research Institute and is a Professor (Affiliate) in the Health Services Department at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine. His work is focused on the evaluation of community-based health improvement efforts, health promotion in vulnerable populations, and the efforts of health-related philanthropy. The former Director of Group Health’s Center for Health Promotion and its Department of Community Service, he has been with Group Health for over 25 years. Previously, he worked in academia, the non-profit sector, and international health organizations. He currently serves as Principal Investigator/Director of multiple projects, working in 10 states with 10 different foundations.

Arthur Chen, MD, NLAPH Coach

Art Chen is a Senior Fellow at Asian Health Services(AHS), a community health center in Oakland, CA where he has practiced as a family physician providing inpatient and outpatient medical care since 1983. He served as the Medical Director and Special Programs Director at AHS (1984-1996), was the Health Officer for Alameda County (1996-2001) and was the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of the Alameda Alliance for Health, serving 100,000 low income residents of Alameda County (2001-2009).

Donna R. Dinkin DrPH, MPH

Donna R. Dinkin, DrPH, MPH, Advisor

Global Public Health Leadership Consultant and Action Learning Team Coach

Donna Dinkin is a Public Health Leadership Consultant and an Action Learning Specialist and Coach. She is recognized for her expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating leadership development experiences for mid- to senior level health and human service professionals. She serves as a co- trainer for the Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL) Leadership Beyond Boundaries Program in Africa and has been a Capacity Building and Training Evaluator for several global health projects in the US and in Africa.

Dr. Dinkin’s unique contribution to the practice of leadership development is her experience in the area of Action Learning. She is a seasoned Team Learning Coach and has recently led or been involved in several initiatives that were designed to help people, organizations and communities build sustainable leadership capacity through the use of strategic action learning team projects.  Donna has served as the lead Action Learning Consultant and Coach for the CCL-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Ladder to Leadership Program, the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute (PHLI), the Leaders Across Borders (Mexico and the US) Program, the California-Hawaii PHLI and the new Plaza Partnership ReAL Collaborative in Nebraska.

Prior to consulting, Donna worked for the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health as the Director of the National Public Health Leadership Institute (NPHLI) and the Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute (SEPHLI.) SEPHLI and NPHLI are both year-long leadership development programs for mid- to senior level public health officials. She also led several NC Community Health Improvement Projects for Health Faculty Consultants and was the lead for community health coalitions that focused on issues related to breast cancer, tobacco use and HIV/AIDS. She currently serves as the Facilitator for the Community Transformation Grant in North Carolina - Region 3.

Dr. Dinkin has a Masters degree in Public Health, Public Health Nutrition (MPH) and a Doctorate (DrPH) in Public Health Leadership/ Health Policy & Administration from the University of North Carolina (UNC), Gillings School of Global Public Health. Donna is an adjunct member of the Center for Creative Leadership, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Health Policy and Management Department and the Health Education Department at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.

Joyce Essien, MD, MBA, FAACP, NLAPH Coach

Director - Center for Public Health Practice, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Dr. Essien is a retired Captain, US Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; a retired founding Director , Visiting Associate Professor, Center for Public Health Practice, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; and a registered civil mediator, State of Georgia.

Culminating a career that spans academic medicine, the private health sector and public health, the current focus of her work explores the complex dynamics occurring at the intersection between cross- sectoral health promoting assets and social systems to generate health, and how and where to intervene within the system to optimize health and equity at the population level. Dr. Essien currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Public Health 2030 Project for the Institute for the Future, to develop scenarios describing expectable, challenging, and visionary futures of public health in the U.S. This work is funded by the Kresge and RWJ Foundations to consider uncertainties, trends, and forces that will influence the health of the public, public health agencies and other providers within the healthcare system. She also serves as a co- facilitator for the Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) Deceased Donor Potential Study, a HRSA commissioned study of deceased donor potential for transplant organs in the US. Dr. Essien is a leadership coach in The Center for Health Leadership and Practice of the Public Health Institute providing coaching support for teams who successfully competed for participation in National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health , a one year action-learning, training and leadership development program to strengthen cross- sectoral leadership, to drive the adoption of evidence-based practices; better align medicine and public health and improve health outcomes through sustainable systems change, funded by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr. Essien is co-author of the Public Health Competency Handbook- Optimizing Individual and Organizational Performance for the Public’s Health (2003) and recently concluded service on the Committee on Public Health Strategies, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2009-2012
which produced 3 reports:

  • National Research Council. For the Public's Health: The Role of Measurement in Action and Accountability. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2011.
  • National Research Council. For the Public's Health: Revitalizing Law and Policy to Meet New Challenges. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2011.
  • For the Public's Health: Investing in a Healthier Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2012.

Dr. Essien has served on the Boards of Trustees of the Bon Secours Hospital System, Southwest Hospital and Medical Center, the Atlanta Regional Health Forum and ZAP Asthma Consortium Inc. She served as invited members of three national initiatives to improve population health outcomes by realigning public, private and community health assets; and served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Committees of the Association for Community Health Improvement of the American Hospital Association ; two National Advisory Committees for the Institute for Alternative Futures: Disparity Reducing Advances and Biomonitoring Futures Project; and the Advisory Committee for the American Health Information Management Association .

Dr. Essien is recipient of the 2011 Physician of the Year Award from the Atlanta Medical Association; a recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Medicine Award from the American Medical Association Foundation; and a member of the team that received the 2008 Inaugural Applied Systems Thinking Award from the Applied Systems Thinking Institute for the magnitude of the problems that were being addressed (chronic disease syndemics and health system transformation). The ZAP Asthma Consortium, Inc., co- founded by Dr Essien, is the recipient of the Rosalyn and Jimmy Carter Partnership Award for service and contributions to the public’s health. Dr. Essien was a recipient in l999 of the Women in Government Award from Good Housekeeping Magazine, The Ford Foundation, and The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. She is also the recipient of the Thomas Sellars Award for teaching excellence from the Rollins School of Public Health and the Unsung Heroine Award from Emory University.

Joseph Hafey, MPA, NLAPH Coach

President Emeritus - Public Health Institute

Joe Hafey is President Emeritus of the Public Health Institute (PHI). Under Joe’s direction as President and CEO for 20 years, PHI grew into an organization with over $80 million in annual revenue, 600 employees, and 20 centers with over 250 distinct projects. PHI works in partnership with state and local public health agencies, foundations, provider groups, community-based organizations, and scientists to implement a variety of specialized programs that include research, training, technical assistance, media and public health advocacy, program design, evaluation, and leadership and public policy development.

Joe began his career in health planning over 30 years ago. As the Executive Director for the Center for Health Planning, he led technical assistance to State and Regional health planning agencies. He was instrumental in creating the first Healthy Cities program, the Center for Health Law and Policy, the Community Benefits program, and the Regional Asthma Management program. While President and CEO of PHI, he was instrumental in the evolution of the National Public Health Leadership program from writing the first proposal and running the program from 1991-1999 through the development of the module on intersectoral leadership in 2009. Joe was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the National Network of Leadership Programs.

He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from UCLA and has served as a lecturer at UCLA, UC Berkley, and Harvard University.

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Milano Harden, NLAPH Coach

President & Founder, The Genius Group, Inc.

Milano Harden is Principal and President of The Genius Group, Inc. (TGG), which provides: organization strategy and grant making design support to private foundations; technical assistance and capacity building support to the grantees of foundation-funded initiatives; and solutions in strategic planning, program evaluation, board development, financial management, diversity and inclusion. Harden has extensive experience and training in: philanthropic strategy; leadership and organizational development; nonprofit management; equity and inclusion; and community health improvement. TGG works with leaders of all kinds with an emphasis on philanthropic/nonprofit leaders working on social change and community building themes.

Harden has deep interests in ethnic philanthropy, the effectiveness of next generation leaders, and the human development of young men and boys of color. Most recently, Harden was the Program Director of The Healthcare Georgia Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. Harden has also served as: Manager of Education Initiatives for the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Development Manager of Executive Education at the Health Research & Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association; Program Evaluator for the Department of Community Services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; and the District Health Coordinator for the Illinois Primary Health Care Association. In 1996, Harden co-founded Imago Dei, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to improving the social condition, educational attainment, and psychological well-being of young men and boys of color.

Harden holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and a graduate degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Harden was in the 2009-2010 class of Connecting Leadership Fellows of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE). In 2003, Harden was selected by the Southeastern Council of Foundation as a Hull Leadership Fellow for emerging leaders in philanthropy and in 1998 by the Harvard University as an Administrative Fellow for high potential administrators of color on staff at Harvard.

Harden serves on several boards and committees including: Board of Directors of the Business Resource & Incubation Center (THE BRIC); Board of Directors of Project on the Money; the steering committee of the Southeastern Network of African Americans in Philanthropy (SNAAP!); the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Program; The YMCA of the USA’s Activate America!; and the National Expert Panel on Communities of Color.

Harden is the happy husband to Joan Harden, M.D. and proud father of two boys – Zachery Alexander and Seth Emmanuel.

Mark Horton, MD, MSPH, NLAPH Coach

Dr. Mark B Horton is a physician and public health official with eighteen years’ experience in the clinical practice of pediatrics and over fifteen years’ experience directing state and local public health agencies. He was appointed to the position of California State Public Health Officer in 2005. From November 2005 through June 2007, he served as State Public Health Officer and Chief Deputy Director over Public Health Programs for the California Department of Health Services. In 2007 he was appointed as the first Director of the newly created California Department of Public Health and served in that position until early 2011.  Dr. Horton has also served as the Deputy Agency Director for Public Health Programs, the Health Officer for the County of Orange Health Care Agency, Vice President for Community Programs at San Diego Children's Hospital and Health Center, and State Public Health Officer and Director of Health for the state of Nebraska. Dr. Horton currently is on the faculty of the University of California Berkeley School Of Public Health and is a consultant to the Center for Health Leadership and Practice at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California. He received his Medical Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Medicine and his Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina School Of Public Health. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Deborah Meehan, Learning and Development Advisor

Founder and Executive Director - Leadership Learning Community

Deborah Meehan is the founder and executive director of the Leadership Learning Community (LLC). In 1991 Deborah received a Kellogg National Leadership fellowship. In 1991 Deborah was a Salzburg Fellow and returned to Salzburg in 2007 as a member of the Global Youth Leadership faculty. Deborah also conducts an annual Women’s Leadership Seminar for women law fellows. She has served as a consultant for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to build an alumni association for the 700 leadership alumni of the Kellogg program. She served as a board member for the International Leadership Association, the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance and currently sits on the board of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of MN. Deborah has created a consulting services arm of LLC and conducted evaluations for national and international leadership programs and produced leadership scans, literature reviews and made program recommendations on behalf of 30 foundations that include a mix of small, regional, state and prominent national foundations.

Kelly Moore, MD, FAAP, NLAPH Coach

Kelly Moore, MD, FAAP, is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma, and currently an Associate Professor and the Co-Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's REACH U.S. 2012 program at the Centers of American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) at the Colorado School of Public Health on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Prior to joining the CAIANH in 2008, Dr. Moore served in the Indian Health Service (IHS) for 20 years, with her last assignment as a Clinical Consultant with the IHS national program office for diabetes, the Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

While with IHS, she spent 15 years serving as a clinician and administrator among the Navajo in Kayenta, Arizona, the Gila River Pima in Sacaton, Arizona, the Ute on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah, the Quinault of the Washington Olympic Peninsula, and Northern Plains tribes of Montana and Wyoming. She is the immediate past Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Native American Child Health. She is also a former Chair of the American Indian/Alaska Native Work Group of the National Diabetes Education Program. She is a retired Captain in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her major research interests include urban Indian health, childhood type 2 diabetes and obesity, chronic disease management and health disparities.

She lives in Albuquerque with her husband Jon. They have two grown children, Matthew and Tava, and two grandsons. 

Joan Twiss, MA, NLAPH Coaching Advisor

Executive Director - Center for Civic Partnerships, Public Health Institute

Joan M. Twiss is the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Civic Partnerships, a support organization that provides leadership and management support to build healthier communities and more effective non-profit organizations. Joan has over 30 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors at the local, state and national levels with extensive expertise in program planning, community indicators, implementation, technical support, training, policy development and evaluation.

Twiss is responsible for the center's development, strategic direction, management and program evaluation in both community and organizational development. She designed and continues to direct California Healthy Cities and Communities, the first and largest program of its kind in the United States. She researches, publishes, presents and consults on the factors which allow for aging well in communities.

Twiss has extensive experience leading multiple statewide technical support programs, often as part of comprehensive community health improvement initiatives. She has authored numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals and practitioner-oriented publications.

Twiss has a Master’s of Arts degree in Health Education, with coursework in urban studies, from the University of Maryland. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Public Health degree from the University of Massachusetts. She is a certified Charrette Planner.

Geoffrey Downie, MPA, NLAPH Coach

Geoffrey Downie, MPA is the Program Manager for the Ryan White Part A program in Palm Beach County, Florida. Prior to this position, he served as the Program Manager for the Mid America Regional Public Health Leadership Institute (MARPHLI, 2005-12). He started his public health career in northwest Indiana in environmental health (food safety, onsite wastewater disposal, hazardous materials management), and also served as the Administrator for the LaPorte County (IN) Health Department from 1998-2002. Between 2002 and 2005 he was a Regional Manager for the Governors Commission for a Drug Free Indiana, where he focused on community coalition development for substance abuse prevention and treatment initiatives. He was a MARPHLI Fellow in the Year 10 Cohort (2001-02), as well as a Mentor (2002-03). He also was a Fellow in the National Public Health Leadership Institute, 2009-10. He is working to complete his doctoral thesis from UIC-SPH, Dr. PH program. This project is a social network analysis/case study of the HIV/AIDS service delivery system in Broward County, Florida. 

 

Cathy Slemp, MD, MPH, NLAPH Coach

Dr. Cathy Slemp currently is in private practice as a public health consultant working with organizations at both state and national levels. Her prior experience includes numerous leadership positions in state public health as well as advisory committees and organizations at national, state, and local levels. Prior to her medical and public health career, she trained as a family practitioner and volunteered internationally in community development.

From 2002-2011, Dr. Slemp served as West Virginia’s State Health Officer with the WV Bureau for Public Health. There, she oversaw immunization programs, outbreak and disease control programs, emergency preparedness and response efforts, and agency quality improvement activities. Concurrently, she served as the state’s Emergency Preparedness Director, directing preparedness programs, managing multi-million dollar grants, and leading public health agency responses, including the state’s response to the 2009 influenza pandemic. She has worked extensively in risk communication, serving as lead agency spokesperson for a wide variety of public health emergencies. Prior to these roles, she was the founding director of the state’s Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and epidemiologist for the WV Cancer Registry. Throughout her career, Dr. Slemp has worked closely with public health agencies, health care facilities, and other partners to build both epidemiology and emergency preparedness infrastructure within communities.

Dr. Slemp has and continues to serve on numerous CDC, ASTHO, IOM, and university advisory committees, workgroups, and projects in a variety of leadership positions. In 2008-09 she chaired ASTHO’s Directors of Public Health Preparedness.

Dr. Slemp is board certified in both Public Health / Preventive Medicine and in Family Practice. She undertook her medical training at Duke University, her preventive medicine residency and MPH at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her family practice residency at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and has undertaken leadership training through both the Southeast and National Public Health Leadership Institutes.

Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH, NLAPH Coach

Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH has worked for more than 28 years developing and supporting public health professionals and programs in both practice and academic settings. Dr. Allan’s experience includes 20 years in local public health, with 18 years as department director (Arlington, Virginia), and three years as state public health director (Oregon). She is currently Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health, and until March 2013 served as the Director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, which provides training and practice-based research to state, local and tribal public health in the six northwest states and nationally.

She has served on many national public health boards and committees related to developing public health excellence and the public health workforce, including the Institute of Medicine committees and reports on “Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century” and “Training Physicians for Public Health Career”;  the Council on Education for Public Health, which accredits schools and programs of public health; the Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice; the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine; CDC workgroups on Law Enforcement and Public Health Emergencies, and Community Mitigation for Pandemic Influenza; and the Public Policy Advisory Council of the National March of Dimes.

Her education includes a BA from Seattle University, MD from Harvard Medical School, JD from Harvard Law School, and MPH from Johns Hopkins.  She notes that she can’t think of any field more rewarding, interesting, frustrating and underappreciated than public health!