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OPENING SESSION AND
PLENARY PRESENTATION

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

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Michael F. Dulin, MD, PhD
Executive Director, Academy for Population Health Innovation (APHI)
Professor, Public Health Sciences
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Michael Dulin, MD, PhD is the Executive Director of the Academy for Population Health Innovation at UNC Charlotte – a collaboration designed to advance community and population health.  Dulin started his career as an electrical and biomedical engineer and then received his MD/PhD studying Neurophysiology from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine and entered private practice in Charlotte, North Carolina.  After working as a community-based provider, he became the Research Director and then Chair of the Carolinas Healthcare System’s Department of Family Medicine where he founded and directed a primary care practice-based research network (MAPPR) that has had ongoing federal funding since 2006.  Immediately prior to joining UNC Charlotte, Dulin served as an executive at Atrium Health where he led the system’s analytics center of excellence as well as their center for outcomes-based research and evaluation. From 2020-2021, Dr. Dulin has been a Fellow at the National Academy of Medicine where he supported the U.S. House of Representative Energy and Commerce Committee working on policy issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, public health data infrastructure, social determinants of health, mental health, and health information technology.  His ongoing policy fellowship is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and now focuses on bias in artificial intelligence.  Dr. Dulin is a nationally recognized leader in the field of health information technology (HIT) and the application of analytics and outcomes research to improve care delivery and advance population health. 

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Jan Warren-Findlow, PhD
Professor and Interim Department Chair,
Public Health Sciences
College of Health & Human Services
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Jan Warren-Findlow is a Professor and interim Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She has a PhD in Community Health Sciences from the University of Illinois Chicago.  She is a public health gerontologist whose research focuses on understanding and improving health disparities related to chronic disease outcomes; particularly as it relates to self-management of hypertension. She is the developer of the Hypertension Self-Care Activity Level Effects or H-SCALE measure to assess the lifestyle behaviors that individuals engage in to manage their blood pressure. The H-SCALE is used in over 35 countries and in 29 states in the U.S.  She has been funded by the National Institute on Aging and published in journals related to aging, psychology, medicine, nursing, nutrition and public health.

PLENARY PRESENTATION:

Mecklenburg County Public Health:
A Strategic Vision for 2023-2025

Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Dr. Raynard Washington lays out his strategic vision for ensuring the health of all Mecklenburg County citizens. He presents the county’s newly updated strategic business plan, discusses new opportunities for engagement, and issues a challenge for improved coordination, collaboration, and engagement as we address the region’s most pressing social determinants of health and the underlying structural barriers that perpetuate health inequities. 

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Dr. Raynard Washington
Health Director
Mecklenburg County Public Health

Dr. Raynard Washington was appointed as Mecklenburg County’s Health Director in January 2022, making him the first African-American to serve in this role. He is responsible for directing all public health and environmental health activities of Mecklenburg County’s Public Health Department. Dr. Washington previously served as Mecklenburg County’s Deputy Health Director, leading many of the department’s internal operations, including key aspects of the COVID-19 response.

Before moving to Charlotte, Dr. Washington served as Chief Epidemiologist and Deputy Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia where he made significant progress in expanding their public health system, led the city’s violence prevention strategy, and championed the role of public health in local government with a focus on achieving health equity. Dr. Washington earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Michael E. Thompson, MS, DrPH
Associate Director, APHI
UNC Charlotte Public Health Sciences

Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences Dr. Michael Thompson serves as Associate Chair and directs UNC Charlotte’s CAHME-accredited and nationally ranked MHA Program. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Academy for Population Health Innovation (APHI), a unique partnership between Mecklenburg County Public Health and UNC Charlotte. Previously, he directed UNC Charlotte’s CEPH-accredited MPH program and the graduate programs in Health Informatics and Analytics. He has over 20 years’ experience in actively developing, leading, and seeing accredited public health and health administration programs domestically and internationally.