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Our National Advisory Committee Members:

Leah Binder

Leah Binder, MA, MGA
The Leapfrog Group

Leah Binder is CEO of The Leapfrog Group, a national organization based in Washington, DC, representing employer purchasers of health care demanding improvements in the safety of the nation’s hospitals. In 2009, she was named 28th on Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. [See Full Bio]



Wendy Hagen

Wendy Hagen
Hagen, Inc

Keen insight. Bold strategies. Creative vision. Effective collaboration. These are the essentials of strategic leadership that Wendy brings to every marketing challenge. She has spent more than 25 years helping some of the most respected brands strategically position themselves and develop fully integrated marketing campaigns, including Lockheed Martin, ExxonMobil, The Washington Post, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[See Full Bio]



Spero Manson

Spero Manson, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Director
University of Colorado Denver

Spero M. Manson, Ph.D., (Pembina Chippewa), a medical anthropologist and Professor of Psychiatry, heads the American Indian and Alaska Native Programs at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. His programs include 9 national centers, totaling $65 million in sponsored activities which entail research, program development, and training among 102 Native communities, spanning rural, reservation, urban, and village settings.[See Full Bio]



Freida Hopkins Outlaw

Freida Hopkins Outlaw, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, Meharry Youth Wellness Center
Meharry Medical College

Dr. Frieda Hopkins Outlaw is Director, Meharry Youth Wellness Center, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee. She brings to this position over 40 years of experience as a clinician, researcher, educator, and policy maker in public mental health.[See Full Bio]



Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack, PhD
Helen Ross Professor
Faculty Chair of the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS)
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

As an expert on the intersection of poverty policy and public health, Dr. Harold Pollack’s research has helped inform Washington and state policymaking. His collaborative substance abuse policy research, performed with researchers from the Universities of Michigan, Maryland and Miami, was presented at a policy briefing for United States Congressional staff during the reauthorization of welfare reform legislation and has been used by several state governments designing systems to identify and to serve low-income women with substance use disorders.[See Full Bio]



Antonia Villarruel

Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Margaret Bond Simon
Dean of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania
School of Nursing

Antonia M. Villarruel, Ph.D., FAAN is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.  From 2009 through 30 June 2014, she served as Professor, Nola J. Pender Collegiate Chair, and Associate Dean for Research and Global Affairs at The University of Michigan School of Nursing. As a bilingual and bicultural nurse researcher,Dr. Villarruel has extensive research and practice experience with diverse Latino and Mexican populations and communities, and health promotion and health disparities research and practice. She incorporates a community-based participatory approach to her research. [See Full Bio]

Photos from past National Advisory Committee Meetings: