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2019 Festival

2019 Aspen Ideas: Health Scholars

The Aspen Ideas: Health Scholars are a diverse group of global leaders who are selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action.

Aspen Ideas: Health Scholars

Aspen Ideas: Health is pleased to announce the 2019 Aspen Ideas: Health Scholars, a diverse group of leaders from 30 states in the United States and 17 different countries who were selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action. They were nominated by senior members of the Aspen Institute’s staff, Ideas Festival advisors, past scholars, and many others within the Aspen Institute’s broad network. The scholars’ presence at Aspen Ideas: Health is made possible by the support of individuals, several organizations, and a group whose purchase of special Patron passes directly funds this important program. The Aspen Institute is proud to host these distinguished Scholars and grateful to the Patrons and donors for their crucial support. 

2019 Aspen Ideas: Health Scholars

Andriana Abariotes, Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Via Abolencia, Clinical Integration Specialist, Yale New Haven Health System

Andrew Adams, Chief Scientific Officer, RNA Therapeutics, Eli Lilly and Company

Maulen Akhmetov, Founder and CEO, Kunde Social Café

Usman Ali Lawan, CEO, USAIFA International

Noon Altijani Osman Abbakar, Physician and Doctoral Student, University of Oxford (Global Voices Scholar, supported by J&J)

Ivelyse Andino, Founder and CEO, Radical Health

Koku Awoonor-Williams, Director of Policy, Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation, Ghana Health Service

Metsehate Ayenekulu, Program Director, Population Services International

Zubaida Bai, CEO, ayzh Inc.

Mohammed Bailor Barrie, Strategic Advisor, Partners in Health

Stephanie Bartner, Research Analyst, Federal Reimbursement and Public Policy, Sanofi

Mariel Beasley, Principal, Common Cents Lab, Center for Advanced Hindsight, Duke University

Elisabeth Becker, Doctoral Candidate, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Rachel Berthiaume, Deputy Director of Distance Education, Clinical Scholars, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Grant Besser, President, Boulder Community Health Foundation

André Blackman, Founder and CEO, Onboard Health

Kensie Blodgett, Registered Nurse, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Selorm Branttie, Global Strategy Director, mPedigree

Shoshanah Brown, CEO, AIRnyc

Adam Buckalew, Deputy Chief Counsel, Health Subcommittee, Committee on Energy and Commerce, US House of Representatives

Lindsey Dunn Burgstahler, Vice President of Programming and Market Intelligence, American Hospital Association Center for Health Innovation

Natalie Burke, President and CEO, CommonHealth ACTION

Mona Camacci, Physician, Penn State Eye Center

Kelli Canada, Associate Professor and Associate Director for Research, University of Missouri School of Social Work

Liam Cavanaugh, Director of Operations, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (CO)

Lindsey Condrat, Associate Director of Nursing, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Danielle Cottonham, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow, San Francisco VA Health Care System

Adrienne Crawford, Certified Nurse Midwife, Family Health and Birth Center, Community of Hope (Global Voices Scholar, supported by J&J)

Megan Cunningham, Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health

Shelina Davis, CEO, Louisiana Public Health Institute

Chris D'Cruz, Co-Founder and COO, Nubundle

Isaac Deonarine Jr., Clinical Research Coordinator, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Marthe-Sandrine Eiymo Mwa Mpollo, Co-Founder, NaYa; Medical Science Liaison, Janssen (Global Voices Scholar, supported by J&J)

Diana Feliciano, Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen School of Biological Sciences

Rachel Fowler, Program Analyst, USAID

Mariely Garcia, Project Manager, Northwell Health

Daniel Gibson, Regional Vice President for Miami-Dade County, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Trinity Health

Nicolle Gonzales, Nurse Midwife; Executive Director and Founder, Changing Woman Initiative

Joseph Gyasi, Jeannette K. Watson Fellow, Watson Foundation

Buyung Hadi, Entomologist, International Rice Research Institute

Hadi Halazun, Assistant Professor in Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

Nicole Harris-Hollingsworth, Assistant Vice President of Community and Population Health, Montefiore Health System

Abby Hess, Researcher; Nurse Practitioner, Department of Anesthesiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Global Voices Scholar, supported by J&J)

Mai Hong, Eligibility Manager, Livongo

Jamillah Hoy-Rosas, Chief Health Officer, City Health Works

Avanthi Hulugalle, Director of Product Strategy, openDr

Ghada Jabbour, Founder, KAFA

Tarnue Jallah, County Manager, Last Mile Health

Megan Kaneda, Principal Scientist, Pfizer

Esron Karimuribo, Professor, SACIDS One Health Foundation

Ephraim Kisangala, Medical Officer, Kairos Hospital, Uganda; Master of Public Health Candidate, Bangor University (Global Voices Scholar, supported by J&J)

Anika Knuppel, Nutritional Epidemiologist, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford

Khaled Kteily, Founder and CEO, Legacy

Damaris Kunkler, Community Engagement Director, A Bolder Humboldt

Merin Kuruvilla, Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Jen Lau, Senior Director of Primary Care Transformation, NYC Health + Hospitals

Jennifer Lee, Medicaid Director, Commonwealth of Virginia

Una Lee, Chief Counsel, Health Subcommittee, Committee on Energy and Commerce, US House of Representatives

Kimberly Levin, Emergency Physician, Aspen Valley Hospital; County Medical Officer, Pitkin County

Direk Limmathurotsakul, Head of Microbiology Department, Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Mahidol University

Brenessa Lindeman, Assistant Professor and Associate DIO for the Clinical Learning Environment, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Gerald Madziyire, Lecturer, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences

Michael Maguire, Chief Resident, Christiana Care Health System

Solomon Makuza, Executive Director, Gardens for Health International

Joseph Mari, Vice President of Strategic Operations and Implementation, Mount Sinai Health System

Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, General Manager and Latin America Lead, CIC Miami

Carla McGarvey, Legislative Director, US Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)

Brian McKinney, Finance and Data Analytics, HCA Healthcare

Ian McNeill, Resident Physician, Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai Health System

Savior Mendin, Training and Quality Management Advisor, Last Mile Health

Ali Miller, Program Assistant, Population Services International

Kapil Mohabir, Founder, Plympton Farms

Naadiya Moosajee, Co-Founder, Women in Engineering

Abdoul Moumouni Nouhou, Director, The OASIS Initiative Niger

Iona Munjal, Associate Director, Vaccine Clinical Research and Development, Pfizer

Lillian Mutengu, Public and Community Engagement Manager, The African Academy of Sciences

Temwa Mzengeza, Program Manager, Malawi Ministry of Health and Population

Bakeyah Nelson, Executive Director, Air Alliance Houston

Tiffany Netters, Executive Director, 504HealthNet

Ifeanyi McWilliams Nsofor, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Nigeria Health Watch

Chisom Nwaneri, Executive Education Teaching and Learning Officer, University of Global Health Equity

Christle Nwora, National Chair Elect, Organization of Student Representatives, Association of American Medical Colleges

Justin Oppenheimer, Senior Vice President of Service Lines and Chief Strategy Officer, Hospital for Special Surgery

Padmini Parthasarathy, Senior Program Officer, Economic Security, Walter and Elise Haas Fund

Shilpen Patel, Medical Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington

Trillitye Paullin, Founder and CEO, Free to Feed

Anna Pham, Vice President of Operations, Saint Luke Physician’s Group, Saint Luke’s Health System

Stuart Portman, Health Policy Advisor, Committee on Finance, US Senate

Tonia Poteat, Assistant Professor of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina

Dave Prakash, Vice President of Clinical AI and Regulatory Affairs, Anthem AI

Dan Rhoton, Executive Director, Hopeworks Camden

Carlos Rodarte, Founder and Managing Director, Volar Health

Ash Rogers, Executive Director, Lwala Community Alliance

Julia Rossen, Clinical Scribe, CarePoint Health

Alice Ruhweza, Vice President of Programs and Partnerships, Conservation International

Melissa V. See, Medical Director, Unity Healthcare

Tom Sesay, Program Manager for Child Health, Expanded Program on Immunization, Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation

Valerie Simon, Chief Marketing Officer, Atlantic Health System

Justin Smith, Graduate Student, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Val Rie Smith, Board Relations Manager, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Emily Supino, Executive Director, Aspen Strong

Caitlin Sweany, Founder and CEO, Sweany Consulting

Jennifer Tescher, President and CEO, Center for Financial Services Innovation

Darla Thompson, Senior Program Manager and Faculty, Health Policy Research Scholars, The George Washington University

Dorothy Tuma, International Development Consultant

Rachel Vaden, Senior Scientist, Pfizer

Maria Valenzuela, Domestic Program Director, Esperanca

Sharon Vanairsdale, Program Director for Serious Communicable Diseases, Emory University Hospital

Alice Walsh, Head of Analytics Innovation, Oncology Translational Bioinformatics, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Kevin Wiley, Doctoral Student and Fellow, Indiana University

Inonge Wina-Chinyama, Youth Advisor, Marie Stopes International – Zambia

Monika Wittig, Associate Director, Inworks; Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Lauren Wright, Nurse Practitioner; Founder and CEO, The Natural Nipple (Global Voices Scholar, supported by J&J)

Michelle Wright, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Colorado Health Foundation Scholars

Hannah Colter, Bilingual Outreach Advocate; Youth Educator, Family Tree, Inc.

Samantha Espinoza, Policy Analyst, Colorado Children’s Campaign

Miriam Estrada, Research Associate, Mental Health Colorado

Alicia Gutierrez, Behavioral Health Provider, St. Mary’s Family Medicine

Travis Heath, Associate Professor of Psychology, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Chanda Hinton Leichtle, Executive Director, Chanda Center for Health

Patience Kabwasa, Director of Programs, Colorado Springs Food Rescue

Lindsay Reeves, Director of Early Childhood Programs, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pueblo (CO)

Jamie Rodriguez, Health Specialist, Adams County (CO) Head Start

Melina Valsecia, Community Connector and Operation Manager, Neighborhood Navigators of Eagle County

Kate West, Director of Community Development, Eaton Senior Communities

Ifill Scholars, in Memory of Gwen Ifill

Ed Cara, Reporter, Gizmodo

Shraddha Chakradhar, Reporter and Morning Rounds Writer, STAT

Emma Ockerman, Reporter, VICE News

Caitlin Owens, Reporter, Axios

Jessica Seaman, Health Reporter, The Denver Post

Marineau Scholars

Bridgette Bell, Scholar, Pat Tillman Foundation; Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, Jackson State University

Claire DesBrisay, Executive Director, Medcan Naweza

Twilight Greenaway, Writer and Editor, Civil Eats

Darrell Gray, Director of Community Engagement and Equity in Digestive Health, The Ohio State University

Basem Hamid, Director, Innova Pain Center

Kathryn Jantz, Accountable Health Communities Model, Rocky Mountain Health Plans

Christopher Jones, Executive Director, North Dakota Department of Human Services

Jin Park, Rhodes Scholar-Elect 2019; Chapter Leader and Fellow, Define American

Nihal Satyadev, CEO and Co-Founder, The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s

Lan Chi Krysti Vo, Medical Director of Telehealth, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Caroline Wong, Senior Product Designer, YLabs

Jonathan Yellowhair, Scholar, Pat Tillman Foundation

Ricardo Salinas Scholars

Maria Lemus, Executive Director, Vision Y Compromiso

Claudia Diaz Olavarrieta, Senior Researcher, Faculty of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Lourdes Rodriguez, Associate Professor and Director of Community-Driven Initiatives, Dell Medical Department of Population Health

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