Upping Our Game: Engagement with Health Care and Communities
Monday, June 26 | 10:30am – 11:45am
Angela Dunn, CSTE President
Janet Hamilton, CSTE Executive Director
Andrew T. Pavia, MD, FAAP, FACP, FIDSA
University of Utah
Andrew Pavia M.D. is the George and Esther Gross Presidential Professor and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. He also serves as Director of Hospital Epidemiology at Primary Children’s Medical Center and Associate Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. He received his MD from Brown University and was a resident and Chief resident in Medicine at Dartmouth. He served as an EIS officer and Preventive Medicine Resident at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he worked on diarrheal disease and HIV. He did Pediatric and Adult ID fellowship at the University of Utah.
He is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed papers and 45 invited reviews, editorials and textbook chapters. He currently serves as an advisor to CDC and the Utah Department of Health on COVID-19, and is a member of the NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel. He is a member of the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s (formerly known as the IOM) Preparedness Forum. Dr. Pavia co-chairs the Influenza Guidelines Writing Committee for the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), and chaired the IDWeek Program Committee for 2018. He previously served on the Board of Scientific Counselors for CDC, was a board member of IDSA and chair of the IDSA Pandemic Influenza task force and the IDSA Public Health Committee. He has served on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee and the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) where he chaired the influenza working group during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.
He was voted “Utahn of the year” by the Salt Lake Tribune for his efforts to advocate for children during the COVID-19 pandemic and was awarded the “Roz McGee Children’s Champion” award by Voices for Utah Children.
Jill Jim, PhD, MPH, MHA
Dr. Jill Jim, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and former member of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. Dr. Jim has a Ph.D in Public Health, a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration, a second Master’s in Public Health from the University of Utah. Her career has focused on prevention of chronic diseases and addressing healthcare and health disparities among Native Americans. She has served urban and tribal communities in non-profit, state, federal agencies and most recently tribal government as an Executive Director for the Navajo Department of Health.
Environmental Justice/Advocacy: One Planet for All of Us
Tuesday, June 27 | 10:30am – 11:45am
Sarah Lyon-Callo, CSTE President Elect
Willy Lanier, Planning Committee
Distinguished Leader Award
Rising Leader Award
Ben Abbott, PhD
Brigham Young University
Ben Abbott was born in Nashville Tennessee and grew up in Orem Utah. He got interested in science and nature from watching TV and mountain biking in the foothills of Mount Timpanogos. Near the end of his senior year at Orem High, he slipped on a pamphlet for the Quinney Scholarship at Utah State University and applied to the Watershed and Earth Systems Science program. During his B.S., he worked as an undergraduate researcher in northern Alaska, investigating how fish influence nutrient cycles in Arctic lakes. That led to his Ph.D. at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he studied permafrost climate feedbacks using interdisciplinary techniques to quantify how Arctic and Boreal ecosystems respond to climate change. After finishing his Ph.D. in 2014, he worked as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the French National Science Foundation (CNRS). While in western France, he studied the effects of agriculture and urbanization on aquatic and marine ecosystems.
Ben is currently an assistant professor in the Environmental Science & Sustainability program at BYU. He works with a large team of creative and passionate students and postdoctoral researchers to understand and encourage sustainability and reciprocity among all members of the human family and all creation. Specifically, they use methods from ecosystem ecology, evolutionary biology, energy system modeling, and social science to understand and decrease environmental pollution, measure and mitigate the effects of climate change, and protect vulnerable human and nonhuman communities worldwide. He has been married to Rachel Gianni Abbott for twelve years, and they have four children who take after them in their love of animals, TV, and biking. For more information, visit his blog, Approximately Limitless.
Abdul El-Sayed, PhD, MD
Wayne County Department of Health, Human & Veterans Services
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a physician, epidemiologist, and public servant. He serves as director of Wayne County’s Department of Health, Human & Veterans Services and health officer for the county, serving 1.8 million residents of Michigan’s largest and most diverse county under Chief Executive Warren Evans. Abdul hosts Crooked Media’s award-winning “America Dissected” podcast, attracting tens of thousands of weekly listeners to go beyond the headlines to explore the intersection between health and society. His three books include “Healing Politics,” calling for a politics of empathy to cure our epidemic of insecurity, and “Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide” with Dr. Micah Johnson. His over 100 peer-reviewed publications have earned over 3,000 citations. He holds academic appointments at the intersection between public health, public policy, and politics at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Wayne State University, and American University. He is formerly the health director for the city of Detroit, candidate for governor of Michigan in 2018, and commentator at CNN. He’s a proud member of the National Writers Union, AFT Locals 477 and 6244, SEIU Local 500, and the AAUP.
Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture
Tuesday, June 27 | 12:00pm-12:30pm
Angela Dunn, CSTE President
Dr. Alfred (Al) DeMaria, Jr., MD
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Dr. DeMaria is a Medical and Laboratory Consultant at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where he previously served as Medical Director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences, and for many years as State Epidemiologist for Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Boston University and Harvard Medical School. He trained in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, New York and in infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital and the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. DeMaria is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. He currently is a member or advisor on multiple committees of the Massachusetts Medical Society, as well as serving on the boards of the Grimes King Foundation and the Boston Medical Library, and as President of the Board of Directors of The Public Health Museum. He is a past president of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the Massachusetts Infectious Diseases Society and the Northeast Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.
Public Health Communications: Putting the Community in our Communications
Wednesday, June 28 | 10:30am – 11:45am
Ruth Lynfield, CSTE Vice President
Amelia Salmanson, Planning Committee
Katelyn Jetelina, MPH, PhD
Population Health Analytics
Katelyn Jetelina, MPH PhD is an epidemiologist, data scientist, and internationally renowned scientific communicator. She is the Director of Population Health Analytics a nonprofit, non-partisan health policy think tank. She is also a Senior Scientific Advisor to a number of government and non-profit agencies, including the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Resolve to Save Lives, and Make-A-Wish Foundation. On the side, Dr. Jetelina is the publisher of Your Local Epidemiologist– a public health newsletter that “translates” ever-evolving science to the general public, which has reached over 300 million views. Dr. Jetelina has received several national awards for her work, including National Academies of Science and a medal of honor from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Emergency Management and Medical Operations, Field Operations, and Response. Katelyn resides in San Diego, California with her husband and two toddlers.
Lena H. Sun, MA
National Reporter Focusing on Health, Washington Post
Lena H. Sun, MA is a national reporter for The Washington Post covering health, with a special focus on public health and infectious disease. A longtime reporter at The Post, she has covered
a variety of beats, including the Metro transit system, immigration and education. She has also served as The Post’s Beijing bureau chief.
Honors and Awards: Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of the war on terrorism, part of national reporting team, 2002; Robert F. Kennedy journalism award, international print, 1994
Professional Affiliations: Association of Health Care Journalists Education: Cornell University, BS in communication; Columbia University, MA in journalism
Languages spoken in addition to English: Mandarin, some French, some Spanish