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ODPHP Residency Preceptors
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ODPHP Residency Program Preceptors

Don Wright, MD, MPH
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health
Director, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Don Wright has been the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) since January 3, 2012. In this capacity, he leads the coordination and policy development for public health and prevention activities within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ODPHP is responsible for Healthy People 2020, a framework for public health priorities and actions comprised of a comprehensive set of ten-year national health objectives. As Director of ODPHP, he also provides leadership for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, evidence-based nutrition policy, and is the Chief Medical Advisor for Dr. Wright also serves as the Acting Director of the Office of Research Integrity.

Prior to joining the ODPHP team, Dr. Wright served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Healthcare Quality. From 2007 to 2009, he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health within HHS. During this time, he was appointed by the president to serve as the alternate U.S. delegate to the World Health Organization Executive Board. Before joining HHS, Dr. Wright was Director of the Office of Occupational Medicine for the U.S. Department of Labor, where he built strong governmental and non-governmental partnerships addressing safety and health.

Dr. Wright received an undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University, a medical degree from the University of Texas, and a 

master’s degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his family medicine residency training at Baylor College of Medicine and is board-certified in both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Carter Blakey
Carter Blakey
Deputy Director, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Director, Division of Community Strategies
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Carter Blakey is the Deputy Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), US Department of Health and Human Services. ODPHP plays a key role in developing and coordinating disease prevention and health promotion policy for the nation. Carter also is the Director of ODPHP’s Community Strategies Division, which oversees Healthy People 2020 activities on behalf of HHS. Since the late 1990s, she has worked on the myriad aspects of the Healthy People initiative, ranging from the development of the specific 10-year health objectives to implementation strategies across multiple sectors – Federal and non-Federal. Before joining ODPHP, Carter’s consulting career encompassed numerous activities in the health and biomedical arenas, including projects for the National Institutes of Health, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the HHS Office of Public Health and Science, ODPHP, and the National Center for Health Statistics. Previously, Ms. Blakey worked in public affairs and government relations for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology; as a managing editor for FDC Reports, Inc., a publishing company specializing in health and the pharmaceutical industry; and as a teaching/research assistant at Georgetown University, Department of Biology.    

Richard D. Olson, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Prevention Science
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Richard D. Olson, MD, MPH is the Director, Division of Prevention Science in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. The Division of Prevention Science coordinates the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) with the Department of Agriculture and the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Dr. Olson is currently the Designated Federal Officer for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee as it develops its recommendations for the DGA 2015.

Dr. Olson worked for the Indian Health Service (IHS) within DHHS for 37 years in a variety of locations and capacities. He was medical director at a hospital in rural Oklahoma for 11 years, the Chief Medical Officer of the Phoenix Area IHS, and the Director, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services at IHS Headquarters which includes the breadth of Indian health from maternal and child health to elder care, from nursing to behavioral health, and from nutrition to emergency preparedness; it focuses on IHS national health program policy development, agency budget development, national health program implementation, and managing multiple grant programs.

In 1967, Dr. Olson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and in 1971 earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. He completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas and at the Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois and is board certified in internal medicine. In 1987, Dr. Olson earned a Masters of Public Health degree in health care administration from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.

Clydette PowellClydette Powell, MD, MPH, FAAP
Director, Division of Health Care Quality
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services    
Dr. Powell began her career in quality improvement (QI) as Senior Physician Consultant, Clinical Quality Management, at Harvard Community Health Plan (Boston). In that capacity, she provided overall technical support, stimulus, and guidance for divisional and corporate efforts to improve the quality of health care provided to HCHP members.  She led multidisciplinary teams for the development and dissemination of clinical guidelines and best practices for delivery of care; promoted and monitored implementation efforts at health care delivery sites; and supported clinical quality management training. She also served as a committee member on the Massachusetts Health Care Purchasers Group, charged with development of HEDIS measures of quality of care for statewide plans. During her tenure at HCHP, she received advanced training in QI at Intermountain Health Care (Utah).
Subsequently, she assumed the role of Associate Medical Director, Quality Improvement for a multi-specialty medical group in Tennessee, and led the effort that won the State Quality Improvement Award. She also helped to develop disease management programs in asthma and diabetes education for TennCare (Medicaid) populations.   During this time, Dr Powell served periodically as a surveyor for the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and for Quality Health Resources (JCAHO).
As a governor’s appointee, Dr. Powell was the State Deputy Health Commissioner, overseeing key public health programs and health policy for the Department of Health, Commonwealth of Virginia.  In that role, she also supervised the Director of the Center for Quality Healthcare and Consumer Protection.
Prior to joining HHS, Dr Powell served as Medical Officer within the Bureau for Global Health at the US Agency for International Development in Washington, DC, focusing on global TB control and prevention and collaborating with the World Health Organization.
Board certifications include: pediatrics, child neurology, and preventive medicine/public health.  Degrees: MD - The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; MPH (epidemiology) - UCLA School of Public Health; Pediatric residency and child neurology fellowship - Children’s Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Centers. Academic appointment: Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The George Washington University School of Medicine.  Awards: USAID awards for Superior Service to the Field (Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Angola, Pakistan, Nepal, Brazil, Libya). The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Alumni Association awarded her the Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Government Service in 2010.

Linda HarrisLinda Harris, PhD
Director, Division of Health Communication and eHealth
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services    
Linda Harris is Senior Health Communication and ehealth Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and Director of the Division of Health Communication in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS. In this capacity she runs the National Health Information Center and oversees the management of and She is the co-chair of the HHS Working Group on Health Literacy and on the Advisory Committee to Prior to this position Dr. Harris designed, implemented and disseminated health information and communication technology research at the National Cancer Institute.
Prior to her government service Dr. Harris was the Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Concept Five Technologies, a systems integration and software development company and Director of Family Health Programs at the National Business Group on Health. She has over 25 years in experience designing and managing information technology/communication research and development projects in public health and in the private health care sector. She has a Ph.D. in communication, a post doctorate in sociology and a Service Fellowship in the U.S. Public Health Service. She has a strong understanding of communication systems and extensive experience architecting, designing, developing and evaluating information systems for consumers and health professionals. She has extensive experience in both private and public sectors managing and teaching communication, quantitative and qualitative methodologies and interdisciplinary public/private technology research and development projects. Dr. Harris is the editor of Health and the New Media:  Technologies Transforming Personal and Public Health.

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