Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH
In May 2013, Dr. Shah was appointed as the Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) Executive Director and the Local Health Authority for Harris County, Texas – the third most populous county in the United States. Previously, Dr. Shah had served as HCPHES Deputy Director and its Director of Disease Control & Clinical Prevention since 2004. Prior to joining HCPHES, he was Chief Medical Officer at Galveston County Health District and since 1999 an emergency department physician at Houston’s Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. He earned his B.A. (philosophy) from Vanderbilt University; M.D. from the University of Toledo Health Science Center; before completing Internal Medicine residency, a Primary Care/General Medicine fellowship, and his M.P.H. (management & policy sciences) at The University of Texas Health Science Center. In addition to completing an international health policy internship at the World Health Organization in Geneva, he has provided leadership through the American Public Health Association, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO). Dr. Shah currently serves on NACCHO’s board of directors. His numerous large-scale emergency response roles have involved Tropical Storm Allison; Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, & Ike; novel H1N1; and earthquakes in Kashmir and Haiti. His focus areas include population health, wellness and prevention; health “innovation” technology; healthcare management; global/refugee health; health equity; and community/stakeholder engagement. He remains engaged in clinical patient care, academic teaching, and is actively involved in the local community. On a personal level, Dr. Shah is a writer, entrepreneur, sports enthusiast, devoted husband and loving father of two.
Camille D. Miller, MSSW
Camille D. Miller has been the President/CEO of Texas Health Institute since 1996. After completing bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology and social work at the University of Texas at Austin, Miller gained extensive experience in policy research and development while she served in Texas for three governors, two lieutenant governors, a state comptroller, and state senator, planning, researching and developing state policy to address all policy and budget areas of state government. Ms. Miller serves on numerous boards throughout the state of Texas. In 2009, Ms, Miller received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Austin Chapter, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers. In May 2010, she was granted the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Public Service by the Board of Regents of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas.
She has held executive staff positions at the Texas Department of Community Affairs and the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. As chief of staff for the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, she supervised legislative interim studies on medically fragile children, reorganization of health and human services, and conducted the most recent comprehensive legislative study of Medicaid in Texas.
Miller serves on the board of directors of the Texas Public Health Museum, National Communities Joined in Action, past Chair and member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and served as a founding member and past chair of the Capitol Rotary Club. She serves on the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business Healthcare Administration Program. She serves on the Texas Team, working to recruit more nurses into the workforce in Texas.
She is a member of Leadership Texas’ class of 1996, Leadership America’s 2013 class and a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas.
Mary Bennett, MA
Mary Bennett is a Community Coach at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Mary’s role is to provide strategic guidance to communities who have reviewed their County Health Rankings and want to drive action to improve health.
Prior to joining the Population Health Institute, Mary worked with non-profit organizations for over 25 years, primarily focusing on improving the treatment of chronic pain through raising awareness and promoting the best pain policy, legislation, and practice. Most recently she was the Director of Alliance Development with the Pain Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS). Mary previously worked with both healthcare professional and consumer-driven organizations where she managed all aspects of a national, state-based health advocacy network. This included supporting state leaders with consultation, resources and training to create positive change in their communities, as well as providing links to national issues and efforts.
Ms. Bennett has received national recognition for her work, and currently serves on the board of the Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC).
Mary was a Fulbright Scholar in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she leveraged art-making as a means of intercultural exchange. Mary is a sculptor who has exhibited her bronze, glass, and neon art in the United States and internationally.
Mary holds a Masters of Fine Arts and Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
John Oeffinger is program manager for Texas Health Solutions & Community Collaborative Projects for Texas Health Institute (THI). He is responsible for developing community collaborative, public/population health, and eLearning projects. Mr. Oeffinger is a strategist and the program manager for THI’s Texas Health Solutions (THS) program. THS is a health transformation program organized with the Texas Public Policy Foundation taking place in four Texas communities. He is also PI for the CDC/NNPHI funded project to develop the online Biology and Control of Vectors and Public Health Pests: The Importance of Integrated Pest Management curriculum of fourteen courses. He is the Texas Local Performance Site director and Co-PI for the Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center awarded by HRSA to a consortium organized and led by the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He is also Co-PI for the NNPHI/CDC/HRSA funded NCCPHT Integrated National Training Coordination Plan. Additionally, he is Project Director for the 2016 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Texas program.
Mr. Oeffinger’s primary research interest is in distance learning, eLearning, community engagement, and the development of online organizational memory and knowledge capture frameworks. He has been active in distance learning since 1983.
John Oeffinger is an experienced association and non-profit organization manager with additional experience in for-profit technology companies. His skills include developing collaborative public/private partnerships; eLearning Portal or Learning Management System administration; online learning community collaborative development; managing health careers and community health workforce programs; and representing the organization on state, national, and international committees and in the media.
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