Under Dr. Bass’ leadership, Temple’s undergraduate program is a national model, recently named a “best practice” by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 Successful Practices Project, sponsored by the Association of Prevention Teaching and Research and the American Association of Colleges and Universities. It is also one of only 12 Bachelor of Science in Public Health programs in the country accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health. As Co-Director of the Risk Communication Laboratory, her research focuses on health and risk communication and how public health messages are crafted for all audiences. She is currently the Principal Investigator for an NIBIB study on developing low-literacy materials to educate the public on radiation-terror events, as well as a state funded grant on using literacy assessment tools and bio-physiologic measures in low-literacy populations. She is also Co-PI on an NCI funded study that developed a low-literacy CRC screening decision aid for minority patients. She has widely published in the area of health communication and recently authored a guide on Health Literacy. Dr. Bass is a member of many professional organizations including the American Public Health Association, the Society for Public Health Education, and the American Medical Informatics Association. She also sits on the Health Communication Working Group of Healthy People 2020.
She earned her D.Sc. at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At Beloit College, she teaches courses in human biology, microbiology, emerging infectious diseases and global health. Professor Fass has focused her work on changing science pedagogies, and on using public health issues to motivate learning in STEM fields. She collaborates with the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium and has been a faculty member at the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Summer Institute since 2001. She is the author of the SENCER Slow Food model course. She is a co-author, of Microbes Count!: Problem Posing, Problem Solving and Peer Persuasion in Microbiology and has just completed case investigation book for public health/ global health called Global Health Has Now Borders: Case Investigations (Fass, Seiter, Stanley and Waterman), published free as an issue of Biology International, http://www.iubs.org/publi/bi.html.
Professor Fass works closely with community groups interested in reducing racial disparities in infant mortality in cities in Wisconsin, and is also developing student projects that build on the emerging field of health literacy. These interdisciplinary projects provide great opportunities for student engagement. She served as Chair of the Undergraduate Education Section of the American Society for Microbiology and a Senior Faculty Associate with the SENCER Project (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) funded by NIH. Prior to coming to work at Beloit College, Marion Fass was the director a WELCOA Award winning wellness program that served a diverse employee population. Professor Fass also taught in the University of Wisconsin Medical School Department of Family Medicine and Practice, where she focused on teaching health education skills to residents.
Dr. McKenzie also served on the faculties at Mankato State University (MN) and Bowling Green State University (OH). He earned a B.S. and M.Ed. from Bowling Green State University, his PhD from The Ohio State University, and a MPH from the University of Michigan. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and serves on the Board of Commissioners for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. He also is an active scholar and is co-authored of four textbooks; Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs: A Primer (6th ed., in press, Pearson - Benjamin Cummings), Introduction to Community Health (7th ed., 2012, Jones & Bartlett Publishers), Principles and Foundations of Health Promotion and Education (5th ed., 2012, Person - Benjamin Cummings), and Research Methods in Health Promotion and Education (2nd ed., 2011, Jones & Bartlett Publishers).
Her research interests include social epidemiology and population health with an emphasis on racial/ethnic and place-based health disparities. Dr. Mujahid employs interdisciplinary and community-based approaches to examining and intervening on the underlying causes of social disparities in health. Dr Mujahid’s current research examines how features of neighborhood environments impact cardiovascular health and health disparities. Using data from several U.S. based cardiovascular cohorts, Dr. Mujahid seeks to improve the measurement of specific features of neighborhood physical and social environments and use state of the art statistical methods to estimate “causal” neighborhood health effects. She also works to provide empirical documentation of the contribution of neighborhood environments to race/ethnic differences in cardiovascular disease risk. In related research, Dr. Mujahid seeks to understand the multi-level and multi-factorial determinants of the clustering of cardiovascular risk factors (obesity, diabetes, hypertension) in racial/ethnic minorities that contribute to the disproportionate burden of poor cardiovascular health in these population groups. Dr. Mujahid received her B.S. in mathematics from Xavier University, New Orleans LA, and M.S. in biostatistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan. She also completed doctoral training in epidemiology at the University of Michigan in 2007 after which she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in population health as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Harvard University. Dr. Mujahid joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2009 where she holds the Martin Sisters Endowed Chair in Medical Research and Public Health.
Matthew Valliere currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Center of Community and Preventive Health with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office of Public Health. The center provides public health service to the entire population of Louisiana by overseeing statewide programs including the areas of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Genetics, Nutrition, Family Planning, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Maternal and Child Health, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Oral Health, Immunizations, Nursing Services, OPH Pharmacy, OPH Laboratory, Infectious Disease Epidemiology and the Parish Health Units. In his role, Mr. Valliere assists in the formulation and interpretation of general policies and organizational structure as they relate to divisional sections, program areas, and OPH regional offices. Mr. Valliere has over 8 years of experience in public health and brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of program design, program implementation and evaluation. Prior to this role, Mr. Valliere served as the Director of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Unit (CDCPU) for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Mr. Valliere provided strategic direction for all of the programs within the CDCPU (Asthma, Diabetes, Heart Disease & Stroke, Tobacco Control, Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System and Healthy Communities) to ensure that the chronic disease needs of Louisiana are appropriately addressed and that chronic disease initiatives are integrated across programs. Under his guidance, the CDCPU has been in able to increase its funding by $4.2 million over a three year timespan and provided innovative approaches to improving public health practice in the area of chronic disease for Louisiana. Mr. Valliere served as a member of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) State Technical Assistance and Review (STAR) program team for the state of Indiana. Mr. Valliere was a scholar in the 2009 class of the National Public Health Leadership Institute and also serves as a Board Member at-large for the Director’s of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE).Mr. Valliere has a particular interest in focusing on health disparities, health equity and the social determinants of health. Mr. Valliere received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Public Administration from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge.