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Board of Directors Candidates

Members of the APTR Board of Directors represent academic preventive medicine and public health throughout the United States. The APTR Board of Directors provides direction for member activities and services of APTR and exists to ensure the implementation of the APTR mission.

President

Willie H. (Billy) Oglesby, PhD, MBA, MSPH, FRSPH, FACHE

Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs
Thomas Jefferson University

College of Population Health

President-Elect (2019-2020)
President (2020-2022)

Statement of Interest

It is a pleasure to be considered for President-Elect of APTR.  I’ve been a member of this fantastic organization for many years and have not only included it as a part of my own professional growth, in my current role as Associate Dean (and soon to be Interim Dean), I encourage all of my faculty and students to join, participate, and benefit from all that APTR has to offer.  I’m particularly proud of how well we support students and trainees in their professional growth—from the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program to the mentoring and constructive and encouraging feedback we give to students who are selected to present their work at our Annual Meeting.

For the last two years, I’ve been honored to serve as the Program Committee Chair for our annual Teaching Prevention Conference.  With our committee’s hard work, we have successfully increased participation in the conference, including receiving more abstracts from faculty and students, more presentations, and more registrations.  Our collective fingers and toes were crossed as we held another successful meeting again this year in Cleveland!

As I mentioned, I am the Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs in the College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University where I lead all academic functions of the College, including program growth and evaluation, enrollment management, faculty development and oversight, research expansion, alumni engagement, and student support services. I also work with key leaders across the growing Jefferson enterprise and with stakeholders locally, nationally, and globally to develop new academic initiatives that promote healthcare quality and patient safety, improve operational effectiveness and efficiency, and advance public and population health.

I have worked on numerous grant/contract projects funded by federal agencies, state and local governments, foundations, and non-governmental organizations in a variety of population health areas, including substance abuse, sexual and reproductive health, lifestyle medicine, health system science, interprofessional practice, and others. I am a reviewer for several leading scientific journals in my field, including serving on the Editorial Board of Population Health Management. I am also a former policy consultant to the National Academies of Practice and a former Trustee of the Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors.  I completed my Master of Science in Public Health and PhD degrees at the University of South Carolina and I completed an MBA program in healthcare management at the Kent State University College of Business Administration. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (UK) and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

BIO

Dr. Oglesby is the Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs in the Jefferson College of Population Health where he leads all academic functions of the College, including program growth and evaluation, enrollment management, faculty development and oversight, research expansion, alumni engagement, and student support services. He also works with key leaders across the growing Jefferson enterprise and with stakeholders locally, nationally, and globally to develop new academic initiatives that promote healthcare quality and patient safety, improve operational effectiveness and efficiency, and advance public and population health.

He has worked on a career total of more than $26M in external funding, including over $8M as PI or Co-PI in a variety of population health areas including substance abuse, sexual and reproductive health, lifestyle medicine, health system science, interprofessional practice, and others. This work has been supported by a variety of federal agencies, state and local governments, foundations, and non-governmental organizations. He is a reviewer for several leading scientific journals in his field, including serving on the Editorial Board of Population Health Management. He is also a former policy consultant to the National Academies of Practice, former Trustee of the Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Prevention Teaching and Research.

Dr. Oglesby is also active in the community. He is a Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian Ad Litem where he advocates for abused, neglected, and dependent children in juvenile and family courts and in the foster care system. He is also a Lifetime Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Dr. Oglesby completed his Master of Science in Public Health and PhD degrees at the University of South Carolina and completed an MBA program in healthcare management at the Kent State University College of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (UK) and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

 

Directors

Martha A. Wojtowycz, PhD

Vice Chair for Education, Department of Public Health and Preventive MedicineDirector, Upstate Public Health Program
SUNY Upstate Medical University

First Term: 2019-2022

Statement of Interest

I am excited to be nominated to the Board of Directors of APTR.  For the last seven years, I have been an active member of the organization, and have attended the annual meeting, presented at the annual meeting, reviewed student posters and developed educational materials. Additionally, for the last three years, I have been serving as a member of the Planning Committee for the Teaching Prevention Annual Meeting. In short, APTR is a professional touchstone organization for me, and I am enthusiastically seeking to both contribute and more deeply engage with the association by becoming a member of the Board. My membership and participation has been professionally gratifying, and I would like to give back to APTR.

Other than personal commitment to APTR, I believe my background and experiences complement those of the current Board Members.  I am a health economist and health services researcher who has spent most of my professional career in public health and preventive medicine, developing courses and designing curricula for public health and medical school programs.  My colleagues at Upstate Medical University and I developed the Case-Based Series in Population-Oriented Prevention, available on the APTR website.   I also hold leadership positions at my institution, and have experience in quality improvement and strategic planning.  Additionally, I possess decades of experience in effectively working with both academicians and practitioners, with state and local health agencies, with community-based organizations, and with hospitals. My work with this wide variety of partners has included the evaluation of programs, writing and changing practices and policies, and improving the quality of care.  In short, my experiences in education, research, and administration fit well with activities of the Board, and I appreciate your vote!

BIO

Dr. Wojtowycz is the Vice Chair for Education, in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University.  She also serves as the Director of the Upstate Public Health Program, whose offerings include a CAS, MPH and MD/MPH degrees. Dr. Wojtowycz has been involved in the design of educational programs at various levels, ranging from course and curriculum design of the MPH program to meet new accreditation requirements to curriculum redesign of the preclinical medical school years. Together with colleagues from SUNY Upstate, she was involved in the creation of the Case-Based Series in Population-Oriented Prevention (C-POP).  These clinically relevant case studies, which guide learners from a specific clinical problem to the broader population-based prevention issues, are available as resources on APTR’s website.  Recently, she worked on a team that developed an innovative longitudinal case-based course for first year medical students, which integrated population health, epidemiology, health policy, bioethics and related disciplines, and incorporated self-directed learning.  Dr. Wojtowycz teaches MPH students and medical students, in both their pre-clinical and clinical years.  She is an active member of APTR and has served on the planning committee for the annual meeting for three years.

Dr. Wojtowycz is a health services researcher with over twenty years of experience conducting research on a variety of topics, including social and economic determinants of low birth weight, nonclinical factors associated with cesarean delivery, satisfaction with care, the role of insurance and different payment methodologies on access to care, utilization of services and health outcomes. She has expertise in analyzing large population-based data sets, surveys, and programmatic data. For over ten years, she has been the evaluator of the HRSA-funded Syracuse Healthy Start project. She is a member of the local Health Equity Coalition which guides the local health agency on the community health assessment and improvement process.  Given her roles at SUNY Upstate over time, she have developed strong ties with community partners, hospitals, and state and local health departments. She integrates her experiences into the instruction of students.

 

Scott H. Frank, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
Director of Health
City of Shaker Heights, Ohio

Second Term: 2019-2022

BIO

Dr. Scott Frank is a public health and family medicine educator, researcher and practitioner. He received a Master of Science in family medicine and fellowship training in addiction medicine, both at Case Western Reserve University. He is the founding and current director of the Master of Public Health program at CWRU School of Medicine. Dr. Frank also serves as director of health for the City of Shaker Heights, a small municipal health department. He is the principal investigator of the Research Association for Public Health Improvement, Ohio’s statewide Public Health Practice-Based Research Network.

 

Dr. Frank maintains a clinical family practice and has annually been named among the “Best Doctors in America” since 2002. He is an award winning teacher of residents, medical and public health students. He is involved in research and teaching in social justice, public health services and systems, adolescent health, tobacco control, substance abuse prevention, public health and medicine and assessment of stress.

Rosemary Caron, PhD, MPH

Professor, Health Management & Policy
University of New Hampshire, College of Health and Human Services

 
Second Term: 2019-2022

Statement of Interest

My areas of expertise are in community-based participatory research, public health education and workforce preparation. Specifically, I utilize community based participatory research methods to examine how academic-community partnerships can reduce public health problems, such as childhood lead poisoning, in urban settings. In addition, I utilize a theory to practice paradigm to examine how to improve the pedagogy of undergraduate and graduate public health education so public health professionals will be better prepared in the field. 
My skills and abilities are in the areas of program management, leadership, evaluation and policy development. I am the former Director of the MPH Program at the University of New Hampshire and am familiar with the challenges of leading an accredited academic program. In addition, prior to joining academia, I worked as a public health practitioner in positions at the local and state governmental levels, as well as in private consulting. My experience in both academia and public health practice has been invaluable as I continue to educate the future public health workforce in resource-constrained times. 

BIO

Rosemary M. Caron holds a doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Boston University School of Public Health; and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Regis College. Rosemary is currently a Professor, Chair, and the former Director of the MPH Program, and former Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Health Management and Policy, College of Health and Human Services, at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham, NH, USA. Rosemary is also core faculty in the UNH Master’s Program in Community Development, Policy and Practice, and was a faculty member in the New Hampshire Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program. In addition, she was an adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Rosemary received the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award in CHHS and was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Associate Professor Award at UNH. She has published her research on community-based participation in solving complex urban public health issues (i.e., childhood lead poisoning in refugee resettlement communities) in peer-reviewed journals and has edited and authored several books focused on the public health workforce and population health. She recently completed a management residency with a local community hospital in New Hampshire.
 

Rosemary is a member of several professional organizations, such as the American Public Health Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She also has held several leadership positions in the Association of Prevention, Teaching and Research, American College of Epidemiology, and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Prior to entering academia, Rosemary practiced public health for several years in a variety of settings as a practitioner. Specifically, Rosemary worked as the Assistant State Epidemiologist in the Bureau of Health Risk Assessment and served as the Chief of the Bureau of Health Statistics and Data Management for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. At the state’s largest local health department, Rosemary worked as a Chronic Disease Epidemiologist and Environmental Toxicologist. Rosemary also worked as a Senior Toxicologist conducting public health assessments for a private consulting firm.

 

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