Emory PERRC Advisory Board Members

James Curran, MD, MPH, Dean of the RSPH and professor of Epidemiology will serve as chair of the advisory board and will be a permanent member. He serves as chair of the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice (formerly known as the Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention) of the IOM. Before becoming Dean, Dr. Curran led HIV prevention efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, retiring from the US Public Health Service as an Assistant Surgeon General. Before CDC, he held research positions with local health departments in Tennessee and Ohio, and faculty appointments at the University of Tennessee and Ohio State University School of Medicine. He was also a Fellow at the Harvard Center for Community Health and Medical Care. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is past President of the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Other members include:

Leslie M. Beitsch, MD, JD, Director, Center on Medicine and Public Health, Florida State University
(Public Health Systems Research)

Charley English, Director, Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Georgia Homeland Security
(Preparedness in Georgia)

Sandra E. Ford, M.D., M.B.A, Director, DeKalb Board of Health and Georgia District Health Director, and Interim Director, Georgia Division of Public Health
(State and Local Public Health)

Vicki Freimuth, MA, PhD, Professor, University of Georgia
(Communications)

Robert S. Harshman, MD, Medical Director, Georgia Power Company
(Business Preparedness)

Lumarie Polivka-West, MS, Sr., Director of Policy, Florida Health Care Association

Cathy Slemp, MD, Director, TPI and Acting State Health Officer, West Virginia Bureau for Public Health

Kathy Kinlaw, MDiv, Associate Director of the Emory University Center for Ethics, Director of the Center's Program in Health Sciences and Ethics
(Ethics, Theology)

Paul Lombardo, PhD, JD, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law
(Legal Preparedness, Ethics)

Gary Miller, MS, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, RSPH
(Toxicology, Chemical and Radiological Terrorism)

Kathleen Miner, PhD, Director,  Associate Dean for Applied Public Health, Emory Academic Center for Public Health Preparedness, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, RSPH (Public Health Preparedness, Training and Education, Public Health Workforce)

J. Patrick O'Neal, MD, Director of Health Protection, Georgia Department of Public Health
(Public Health Preparedness)

David A. Ross, MD, Program Director, Common Ground
(State and Local Public Health, Public Health Business Processes, and Public Health Informatics)

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