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WPHA Keynote Presenters Announced!

Monday, February 26, 2018  
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WPHA Keynote Presenters Announced!

May 23 | 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Joseph Telfair, DRPH, MSW, MPH President, American Public Health Association

Professor, Dual Chair and Karl E. Peace Distinguished Chair of Public Health, Georgia Southern University

Dr. Telfair brings nearly 30 years of experience working with the populations in primary care and public health settings directly as a clinician, researcher, evaluator, project director and advocate; he has been a public health faculty member and leader in three schools of public health for 23 years; been a faculty member, co-director or director of a number of HRSA, NIH and CDC funded training programs (as an MCH and Community Public health faculty, environmental health) and research and coordinating Centers. He has served and serves on numerous local, state, national and international expert medical, health and public health research and evaluation, advisory committees and workgroups/taskforces (as both member and leader) for numerous agencies including states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Alabama departments of public health, NIH, HRSA, DHHS (OPA, AHRQ), and CDC. He has developed materials for and taught courses designed to build, enhance the knowledge and skills of community, medical and public health workers in maternal and child health, research and evaluation design and methods, issues of access to, and utilization of, health care. He has extensive experience training, working with and assessing performance of providers at all level in USA and developing countries experiencing high levels of social, economic and health disparities including Africa, India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

He has devoted his career to and is internationally known for his research, teaching, and practice in the areas of cultural and linguistic competency, public health genetics, elimination of health inequities, community-based and rural health practice, and program evaluation. 


May 24 | 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Debra Joy Perez, PhD

Chief Officer for Measurement, Evaluation and Learning at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Baruch College

Debra Joy Perez, PhD has extensive experience in developing and leading high-quality research, evaluation and monitoring practices in philanthropy. She has been a leader in advancing evidence-based practices in evaluation and building new fields of research in health, healthcare and evaluation. Debra is an expert in designing integrated processes to support evaluation, research and learning across discrete program areas. Debra has worked in strategic philanthropy since 1997 when she served as Deputy Director of New Jersey Health Initiatives, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). She has developed many national programs and projects in multiple areas including health care quality, public health, research and evaluation, addressing disparities and designing research training for fellows and scholars.


Much of her work with RWJF’s Public Health Team focused on building the evidence for effective public health practice. She was instrumental in developing and building the field of public health services systems research (PHSSR). With a focus on systems, PHSSR builds the evidence for how the organization, structure, governance and financing of public health practice ultimately impacts community health outcomes. PHSSR examines the performance of the entire public health system. As the former Program Officer for the Disparities Team, she developed a major initiative designed to find interventions that work to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in healthcare called Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change.


May 24 | 1-2 p.m.

Final Keynote Presenter Details Coming Soon!

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