AJPH and NPHW: A public health dialogue

APHA's American Journal of Public Health has long been a leader in promoting the public health conversation, especially around NPHW. Moderator and AJPH Editor-in-Chief Alfredo Morabia, MD, PhD, and AJPH authors discussed what the future of public health will look like, and the steps we can take to get there.

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Keith FerdinandKeith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA, FNLA, FASCP
Keith Ferdinand is Professor of Medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine and previously Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Xavier University, New Orleans and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Ferdinand received his medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, certified in the subspecialty of nuclear cardiology, and a specialist in clinical hypertension.

Ferdinand is a member of the Association of University Cardiologists, past Chair of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and prior Chief Science Officer and chair of the Association of Black Cardiologists. He has also served on the board of the American Society of Hypertension, the Southwest Lipid Association, International Society of Hypertension in Blacks and presently on the board of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology.

In 2004, Ferdinand received the Louis B. Russell, Jr. Memorial Award of the American Heart Association. Other awards include the Congressional Black Caucus Health Trust for journalism, the Charles Drew award for medical excellence from the National Minority Quality Foundation, the Wenger Award for Medical Leadership by WomenHeart, ABC Spirit of the Heart Distinguished Leadership Award, the 2019 Xavier University Champion Award for health equity and AHA 2019 James B. Herrick Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cardiology.

Julie GerberdingJulie Louise Gerberding, MD, MPH
Julie Gerberding is executive vice president and chief patient officer at Merck & Co., Inc., where she is responsible for global public policy, communications, patient engagement, corporate social responsibility and other functions. She joined Merck in 2010 as president of vaccines and was instrumental in increasing access to the companyís vaccines to people around the world.

Previously, Gerberding was director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she led the agency through SARS and over 40 emergency responses to public health crises. She serves on the Boards of Cerner Corporation and MSD Wellcome Trust Hilleman Laboratories, a non-profit that develops new technologies for developing countries. She also co-chairs the CSIS Commission on Strengthening Americaís Health Security.

Gerberding received her undergraduate and MD degrees from Case Western Reserve University and a Masters of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine and fellowship in clinical pharmacology and infectious diseases at the University of California, San Francisco, where she is currently an adjunct associate professor of medicine.

Howard RodenbergHoward Rodenberg, MD, MPH, CCDS
Howard Rodenberg is the adult physician advisor for clinical documentation integrity/revenue cycle at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida. An emergency physician by training, his multifaceted career also includes time spent as an associate professor at the University of Florida, an EMS medical director, with NASA in support of the Space Shuttle program, and the clinical practice of emergency medicine. He has led public health agencies as director of the Health Department for Volusia County, Florida (Daytona Beach) and as director of the Division of Health and State Health Officer for the State of Kansas.

Rodenberg has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and is a nationally-recognized contributor and speaker within the CDI Industry. He maintains his public health interests working in population health and writing for the American Journal of Public Health. He has great hair for his age, is modest to a fault and blogs (irreverently) at writingwithscissors.blogspot.com.

Alfredo MorabiaAlfredo Morabia, MD, PhD, MPH, MSc
Alfredo Morabia is editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Public Health, professor of epidemiology at Queens College of City University of New York and professor of clinical epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

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