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An interview with Robert Kahn

By Kandyce Larson

Robert Kahn is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He trained in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and received his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. His major research interests are in the underlying pathways that lead to health disparities and innovative interventions to mitigate them. His current work includes a focus on understanding disparities in asthma outcomes taking a ‘genes to geocode’ approach. He is also collaborating with the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities on a project to transform how communities jointly support early childhood trajectories. This interview – which was conducted by Kandyce Larson, …

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An interview with Michael Fraser

By Michael Lu

Michael Fraser, PhD, has over 14 years of public health agency and national association experience supporting and serving federal, state and local public health agencies. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) in Washington, DC since 2007, and is also currently on the adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland’s University College. In the past, Dr. Fraser has worked as the Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a Regional Program Manager with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a Senior Staff Fellow at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), …

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An interview with Chad Abresch

By Michael Lu

Chad J. Abresch, MEd is the Interim Executive Director for CityMatCH, an urban maternal and child health organization based at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After completing his Master of Education, Mr. Abresch worked for the Wellness Councils of America as Senior Staff Writer where he authored a wide variety of corporate health promotion literature and assisted organizations in planning and implementing employee wellness programs. Following this, Mr. Abresch worked for the Gallup Organization, a national leader in research and corporate consulting. In his current position at CityMatCH, Mr. Abresch works to advance the organization’s mission to improve the health and well-being of urban women, children, and families. In addition …

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An interview with Bernard Guyer

By Shirley Russ

Bernard Guyer, MD, MPH is the Zanvyl Krieger Professor of Children’s Health Emeritus at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A physician trained in both preventive medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Guyer served for seven years as director of the state MCH program in Massachusetts, and for five years as a CDC medical epidemiologist with national and international service. He has chaired or been a member of both state and national committees on childhood injury prevention, outreach for prenatal care, infant mortality, and Medicaid. Dr. Guyer and colleagues at both Harvard and Hopkins have further contributed to providing research that can be used to strengthen the way in which …

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An interview with Christopher Forrest

By Shirley Russ

Christopher Forrest, MD, PhD is the Mary D. Ames Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His academic focus is on the theory and measurement of health, pediatric population sciences, transforming children’s health, and informatics innovations in healthcare delivery. He has authored numerous scientific manuscripts and reviews, and his research is supported by a broad mix of funders, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the …

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An interview with David Barker

By Michael Lu and Jessica Chow

David Barker, M.D., Ph.D., FRS was a Physician and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Southampton, U.K. and Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University, U.S. Twenty years ago, he showed for the first time that people who had low birth weight are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease. In 1995, the British Medical Journal named this this “Barker Hypothesis.”  It is now widely accepted. In 2003, he joined Professor Kent Thornburg at the faculty at the Heart Research Center, OHSU, to study how nutrition and growth before birth and during early childhood alter the development of the heart. …

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An interview with Cheri Pies

By Shirley Russ and Sepideh Rabi

Cheri Pies, MSW, DrPH is a Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley, and former Director of Family, Maternal and Child Health programs at Contra Costa Health Services. She is actively involved in the practical application of life course theory to the work of state and county health departments. We recently sat down with Cheri to hear her thoughts about the future directions of life course health development research, and her vision for the Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network (MCH LCRN). The interview was conducted by Shirley Russ, MD, MPH, Health Sciences Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at …

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An interview with Tina Cheng

By Shirley Russ and Kandyce Larson

Tina Cheng, MD, MPH is Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health and Chief, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. She is a founding member of the MCH Life Course Research Network (MCH LCRN). We recently sat down with Tina to hear her thoughts about the future directions of life course health development research, and her vision for the Life Course Research Network. The interview was hosted by Shirley Russ, MD, MPH, Health Sciences Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Attending Physician in the Department of Academic Primary Care Pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Kandyce Larson, PhD, MSW, Senior …

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