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Wendy Baesler is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and an independent consultant. She has an M.A. in accounting from Brigham Young University.
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Noelle A. Benzekri
Noelle Benzekri specializes in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. She has worked with the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, UNHCR, PATH, and non-governmental organizations on numerous projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Benzekri uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to understand and address social and cultural barriers to care in West Africa. She is interested in the development and implementation of community-level interventions to improve health outcomes and enhance social justice. She is currently based in Senegal, where she is the PI of studies to evaluate partnerships with traditional healers to improve HIV and TB outcomes, to evaluate interventions to address food insecurity and improve HIV outcomes, and to evaluate social protection interventions to improve TB outcomes. She attended UCLA medical school and completed an internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Washington. She has a DTM&H from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and received training in qualitative research methods from the University of Oxford.
Stephen Bezruchka is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Services and the Department of Global Health. He worked in clinical medicine for 35 years, including more than a decade in Nepal, where he set up a hospital for training generalist doctors and worked to improve surgical services. Bezruchka is passionate about improving the health of populations, and he founded the Population Health Forum to promote dialogue about how political, economic and social inequalities interact to affect the overall health status of society. He was awarded the School of Public Health's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2002 and its Faculty Community Service Award in 2008. Bezruchka earned an MPH from John Hopkins University and an M.D. from Stanford University.
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Elise Chayet is a clinical instructor in the Department of Health Services and director of external and community affairs at Harborview Medical Center, the region's level 1 trauma center and the largest safety net hospital in Washington state. Prior to joining Harborview in 1995, Chayet was the county division director at Public Health – Seattle & King County. Before moving into public health, Chayet provided advocacy for low-income residents in public entitlement programs and housing at Evergreen Legal Services. From 2011 to 2016, Chayet served on the City of Seattle's Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee, providing guidance to the city on its implementation of the levy and the Preschool for All program. Chayet formerly served on the board of the Mockingbird Society and she's currently on the governing board of the King County Accountable Community of Health. Chayet earned her MHA at the University of Washington.
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Daniel A. Enquobahrie
Daniel Enquobahrie is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Health Services. He is director of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health.
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Mary Fliss is an affiliate instructor in the Department of Health Services. She has more than 30 years of experience in health care administration, including leadership positions in the Washington State Health Care Authority. A certified health executive, Fliss holds an MHA degree from the University of Minnesota.
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Jeffrey Harris is the professor and chair of the UW Department of Health Services and an investigator at the UW Health Promotion Research Center, which he directed from 2007 to 2015. Previously, Harris served the U.S. Public Health Service and CDC for 20 years. He was a co-investigator of a 120,000-person cholera vaccine trial in Bangladesh, led the development of the 70-country AIDS prevention program at the Agency for International Development, oversaw the development of CDC's Guide to Community Preventive Services and served as CDC's policy director under David Satcher, its liaison to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and as its lead participant in the development for HEDIS quality-of-care measures by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Harris is a physician who is board-certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine. He received an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the University of Washington.
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Hilary Karasz, an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Health Services, is a public information officer and education consultant at Public Health – Seattle & King County. She has a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Washington.
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Gita Krishnaswamy is a senior lecturer in the UW Department of Health Services and an affiliated faculty member with the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP). Her areas of specialization include population health, quantitative methods and health education. Krishnaswamy has many years of K-12 classroom and administrative experience in the field and consults with school districts and nonprofit organizations interested in health equity, the bidirectional relationship of education and health, and problem-based learning pedagogy. She directs the capstone experience for the COPHP program and manages community-based student projects through the NWCPHP. She earned an M.Ed. at DePaul University and an MPH at the University of Washington.
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Daniel Lessler is chief medical officer for the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), which administers the state’s Medicaid and Public Employees Benefits programs. He is also a clinical professor of medicine and health services. Lessler’s research and administrative interests have focused on the design and operation of programs that promote high-quality, cost-effective medical care. He has a particular interest in improving preventive and chronic illness care for underserved and vulnerable populations, and using health information technology as a means of achieving such improvement. Prior to joining the Washington State HCA, Lessler maintained an active primary care practice and served as an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center. A native of Connecticut, Lessler earned his medical degree at the Stanford University School of Medicine and an MHA at the University of Washington.
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Lloyd Mancl is a research associate professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences and an adjunct research associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics. His research interests include statistical methods for correlated and longitudinal data; generalized estimating equations and random effects modeling; and periodontal disease and TMD. Mancl has a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Washington.
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David Masuda is a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Health Services. In addition to teaching in the Executive MPH program, he serves as the practicum adviser. His academic interests include applied pedagogy, educational technologies and distance learning. He earned his M.D. at the University of North Dakota.
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Rick McPherson is a full-time lecturer in the Foster School of Business. He spent 25 years in business in the telecommunications industry, rising to the position of vice president at both AT&T Broadband and T-Mobile USA. For the past 15 years, he has combined academic courses with his business experiences to teach strategy, business planning, organizational behavior, decision making, and leadership and ethics in both the undergraduate and MBA programs.
Rick continues to consult with businesses and is on the board of directors of Alpine Evergreen Co. Inc. Rick has authored, co-authored or advised on the development of 21 live business cases, and been the instructor/advisor on over 250 business plans and over 70 business consulting projects. He has also taught in the Master of Communication in Digital Media program and in the Professional and Continuing Education program at the University of Washington. Rick received his MBA from the University of Denver and his bachelor’s in business administration at Arizona State University.
Miruna Petrescu-Prahova is a senior lecturer in the Department Health Services and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Sociology. She is also the director of the Online Executive MPH program and a core Investigator at the Health Promotion Research Center. Petrescu-Prahova's research has mostly focused on healthy aging, social networks and the social determinants of health.
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Nicole Sadow-Hasenberg is a health communications professional with extensive experience developing and implementing public health communications and education initiatives on a variety of health topics. From 2005 to 2014 she was part of the communications team at Public Health – Seattle & King County, where she worked as an educator consultant, public information officer and communications strategic planner on two large federal grants tackling tobacco use and obesity prevention. Sadow-Hasenberg frequently coaches public health professionals in writing. She has an MPH from the UW School of Public Health.
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Kenneth Sherr is an associate professor in the Department of Global Health and director of Implementation Science and Mozambique Programs at Health Alliance International. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Industrial & Systems Engineering. Over the past 20 years he has worked primarily in the public and NGO sectors in Mozambique, Uganda and Bolivia. His research interests focus on identifying and testing practical solutions to support service integration into the Primary Health Care framework as a means of improving health system efficiency, coverage and quality. Particular areas of emphasis include improving data-driven decision making, expanding human resources for health and identifying effective approaches to foreign assistance. Sherr received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology and MPH in International Health/Health Services from the University of Washington. He also holds a B.A. in anthropology and sociology from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
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Sarah Veele is the Research and Program Evaluation Administrator for the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington. She is a 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leaders fellow and a 2013 fellow of the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Program at Georgetown University. Her research interests include juvenile justice reform, evidence based programming, racial and ethnic disparities, applied and translational research, and university, community, and governmental collaboration. Sarah’s current research focuses on the risks and needs of some Washington State's most vulnerable youth: children ages birth to five, children who are child welfare involved, and those who have been committed to Washington State for treatment and rehabilitation. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Health Services Research from the University of Washington.
Tyler Watson is the program director of experiential learning at the UW School of Public Health, where he conducts research to better understand high-impact practices (e.g., service learning, capstones and electronic portfolios) and improve experiential equity among all students. As a graduate student researcher at UCLA, he coordinated and evaluated interdisciplinary campus health projects for the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative and the UC Global Food Initiative. He has taught in the areas of biological sciences and environmental science, including the creation of an undergraduate course Farm to Fork: The U.S. Food System and Public Health.