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Colleagues:

On behalf of ACPM, I encourage all eligible members (Associate, Emeritus, Full Member & Fellows) to participate in this year’s elections for President-Elect and three Board of Regent At-Large positions. Your nominating committee is recommending two candidates for President-Elect, and four candidates competing for the three At-Large positions.

We greatly appreciate you taking the time to participate in the process of selecting leaders for the College!

Yours in Prevention,

Robert (Bob) Williams Carr, MD, MPH, FACPM
President - Elect
Chair, Strategy and Board Development



Voting will concluded on April 4, 2017

 Please note, only Associate, Full Member, Fellows and Fellow Emeritus are allowed to vote in this election and may only vote once.

President-Elect

Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM Stephanie Zaza, MD, MPH, FACPM

 

 

AT-LARGE REGENT CANDIDATES

 

Olugbenga Obasanjo, MBBS, PhD, MPH, MBA, FACPM

(Incumbent)

 Jason M. Spangler, MD, MPH, FACPM 

Ayanna V. Buckner, MD, MPH, FACPM

Joseph Woodring, DO, MPH, MTM&H, FACPM 

 

 

 

 

 Candidate for President-Elect

 

Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM

State Health Officer and Public Health Division Administrator
Wyoming Department of Health

 

Reported Potential Conflicts of Interest:
Member, Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) Stakeholder Engagement Workgroup; Director, ABPM Board 

 

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Candidate Statement

It would be a privilege to continue service to the American College of Preventive Medicine as your President-Elect. Since joining ACPM as a new resident in 2005, I have served the College continuously and in numerous capacities. I have served on multiple annual meeting committees and was the Chair of PM2010.  I have also participated in several ad hoc task forces and have represented ACPM on the AMA Section Council on Preventive Medicine since 2011. Being a member of ACPM’s Health Policy Committee since 2007 and the CME/COM Committee (which I currently chair) since 2009 has afforded me an integral role in developing and maintaining the College’s policy/advocacy agenda and CME/MOC member benefits. Finally, I previously served on the Board of Regents as Young Physician, Central/Southwest, and At Large Regent and am currently Secretary.

With the US health care system poised to undergo fundamental change, there is tremendous need for credible voices advocating for prevention - from continuing inclusion of clinical preventive services as essential health benefits to ongoing funding for the Nation’s public health programs, workforce, and infrastructure. ACPM’s voice should be among the loudest. Federal leaders in Congress and the Executive Branch are seeking timely, accurate, impartial information, and we should be their go-to source. While preventive medicine residency funding will always be a critical part of the College’s advocacy efforts, I believe we can and should have a more comprehensive policy platform. Working with our public health partner organizations, ACPM can better leverage the expertise within the College ’s membership to create a stronger presence on Capitol Hill, as well as within local and state government. 

ACPM’s exciting new messaging campaign will assist members in articulating the value of preventive medicine, as well as strengthening our own professional narratives. As awareness and appreciation of our specialty grows, so will the demand. In anticipation, the College needs to redouble its current efforts to place ACPM members in positions of influence - on national advisory committees, in key government and non-profit roles, and as academic and thought leaders.  

ACPM members place high value on the College’s educational offerings, and we can do more and better in this regard. Creating additional, high quality CME and MOC offerings and revamping the process through which diplomates fulfill the MOC Part IV Assessment of Practice Performance requirement would be priorities for me.

All these efforts take sustainable, diversified funding and talented staff, as well as committed, activated members. ACPM needs to build on recent successes, such as our partnership with CDC on health systems transformation, continuing to grow our grant portfolio, attract and retain high quality employees, and increase value to our members. Thank you for allowing me to share my vision for ACPM’s continued growth and success. I would greatly appreciate your vote for President-Elect, as I continue to lend my voice and support to the College in the exciting times ahead.

 

 

Stephanie Zaza, MD, MPH, FACPM

Retired
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

This Candidate Reported No Conflicts of Interest

 

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Candidate Statement

In September 2016 I retired from the US Public Health Service after a 25-year career serving at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During that time, I completed my training in preventive medicine and public health (including acquiring my Masters in Public Health), became board certified, and joined ACPM.

I have been active in the College since I joined in 1997 - first as a young physician, then as a mentor, board member (Southeast Regional Regent), conference planning committee member, and conference planning chair. During these years, I have learned a tremendous amount about the variety of ways one can practice preventive medicine - whether as a clinician, policy maker, administrator, or academic. And, I have grown to appreciate the common threads that bring our specialty into focus as a single entity.  An important driver to my leaving Federal service was the opportunity to serve the College more fully through committee membership, conference attendance, and eventually Board service.

I hope to channel my varied experiences into a cohesive platform on which to focus my Board service; there are two components to this platform. First, I want to assure that decisions and priorities of the College continue to and increasingly emphasize the underlying causes of poor health and maladaptive health behaviors. These challenging issues of education, income inequality, and discrimination/prejudice are difficult to address from within health and health care structures. ACPM can serve as a leader in making the case for health and health care structures to address these critically important issues.

Second, I hope to seek pathways that could further establish ACPM as the primary entity to vet and recommend candidates for a small number of select senior Federal and state governmental leadership positions in public health and prevention. Specifically, ACPM can create clear, established criteria for the credentials, experience, and mindset required for these positions; be widely recognized as the organization qualified to vet and recommend these officials; and comment publicly on key positions filled by persons who do not meet such requirements. This will create a pipeline for the most senior positions for ABPM-certified physicians, and thus expand opportunities for increasing numbers of positions to create a pipeline for ABPM-certified physicians.   In these ways, I hope to serve the members and fellows of the College.

 

Candidates for At-Large Regent

 

Olugbenga ("Gbenga") Obasanjo, MBBS, PhD, MPH, MBA, FACPM (Incumbent)
District Health Director, District 4/LaGrange
Georgia Department of Health

This Candidate Reported No Conflicts of Interest

 

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Candidate Statement

The College through its various CME activities, trainings and meetings serves as a crucial resource to bring academic and practice preventive medicine together and to expose physicians to new and changing concepts in public health. As the paradigm shifts in healthcare practice in the US, the place of public health and preventive medicine is becoming more central. It is therefore essential that the College champions communication between public health physicians and other specialists. Many public health physicians are not Preventive Medicine trained; the college has increased its outreach to these individuals for participation and membership of the College. My current position gives me access to several such physicians in Georgia and the Southeast. I am also faculty or a board member of 3 Universities in Georgia, giving me the capacity to influence career choices of students and direct them toward the College and public health. Finally, my membership of the American Association of Physician Leadership and the American College of Health Executives has exposed me to many overlapping interests and goals of these organizations that the College and Board of Regents can explore

 


Ayanna V. Buckner, MD, MPH, FACPM
Principal
Community Health Cooperative

Reported Potential Conflicts of Interest:

Independent Contractor - Faculty member/subject matter expert for the ACPM Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum - WISEWOMAN Provider Education Project 

 

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Candidate Statement

I’m excited about the power of preventive medicine. I have enjoyed an array of diverse professional development and service activities through ACPM since residency. I am impressed with the organization’s growth and the strategic path it has forged to advance preventive medicine, population and public health, and lifestyle medicine. I would like to help carry this mantle as a member of the Board of Regents. 

I have committed my career to addressing the needs of underserved communities and have enjoyed bringing this passion to my work with ACPM. I currently serve on the ACPM Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Advisory Council and also as a faculty member on the WISEWOMAN Lifestyle Medicine Provider Education Project. I am looking forward to exploring additional ways that ACPM can work strategically and creatively with members to addresses our country’s health challenges. Please feel free to take a look at my CV or my website (http://communityhealthcooperative.com/qualifications/) to learn more about me. 

 

  

Jason M. Spangler, MD, MPH, FACPM

Executive Director, Medical Policy/Quality Strategy
Amgen, Inc.

This Candidate Reported No Conflicts of Interest

 

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Candidate Statement

After representing the specialty of preventive medicine and the American College of Preventive Medicine in various roles and leadership positions, I am excited about the opportunity to serve the College as a Regent on the Board.  I have been an active and productive member of the College dating back to my years as a resident when I received the ACPM Outstanding Resident Award. My contributions to the College's activities and initiatives have been consistent and significant. I continue to represent the College as the alternative delegate to the AMA. I have participated on the Planning Committee for the annual meeting repeatedly, including chairing several meeting committees.  In my role as the principal staff support for many prevention projects, such as the national Council on Aspirin for Health and Prevention (previously the Aspirin Task Force), I have insured that the individual and organizational expertise of the College was contributory to its many successful projects. Most recently, I led a task force to develop measurement objectives and a tactical plan for a Board-initiated strategic initiative to establish ACPM and Preventive Medicine physicians as leaders in the transformation of health care delivery systems around public health, clinical preventive medicine, and population health principles. I have written and spoken on a wide variety of public health and preventive medicine issues wearing both private, public and not-for-profit sector “hats”. My previous leadership position in the non-profit Partnership for Prevention and my current position in a leading biotechnology company are testimony to not only my dedication to the field, but also to the diversity of experience available to preventive medicine physicians. As we consider our current, unique period in medicine and public, I think it’s vital that the College be a strong leader in influencing healthcare policy and practice. I believe that in all circumstances and in every position of increasing responsibility, I have represented myself, the specialty, and the College with expertise and good judgement. I look forward to continuing this on the Board of Regents.

 

 

Joseph Woodring, DO, MPH, MTM&H, FACPM 

Medical Officer

World Health Organization's Regional Office of the Western Pacific
(through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

 

This Candidate Reported No Conflicts of Interest

 

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Candidate Statement

I hope to serve as an ACPM Regent At-large to apply my international and domestic research, policy and advocacy skills and vocalize unmet international public health issues which may also affect US policy.  Seconded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I now serve as the hepatitis B focal point for 37 countries and 1.8 billion people in the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Western Pacific.  In this capacity, I help guide prevention, control and eradication programs for 37 countries which contain over half of global hepatitis B chronic infections and 40% of the global deaths from viral hepatitis.  


As a brief history, I am a proud and dedicated Preventive Medicine (PM) Officer serving in the U.S. Public Health Service at the CDC since 2012, after having previously served in the U.S. Army from 2001 through 2012.  I have published work on malaria and enteric diseases from research performed as a PM and Occupational Medicine resident in Kenya and Thailand.  In 2010, I deployed to Baghdad, Iraq for 12 months, acting as the U.S. Army PM Consultant for 90,000 Soldiers and 120,000 contractors and helping develop policies on tuberculosis, blood-borne pathogens, travel medicine and contractor health issues.  During my epidemiology fellowship in CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, I published research that led to changes in CDC’s national HIV testing policy and deployed to emergency responses involving multistate fungal meningitis outbreaks in the US in 2012 and measles outbreaks associated with Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2014.  While working at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics as the Senior Medical Officer for the Operations Branch of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study from 2013-2015, I also deployed to Liberia in 2014 as a CDC team lead when 40-60 Ebola cases were being daily diagnosed and to Sierra Leone in 2015 as a CDC site lead for a Ebola vaccine trial.


Thank you for your consideration (and possible vote!) in having me serve in this At-large position.


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