Elizabeth Cox is a tenured professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she directs the Prevention Research Center. In this role, she leads a team of multidisciplinary faculty and staff on a mission to enhance health and health equity for low-income women, infants, and families. She is actively involved in policy and advocacy efforts related to the social determinants of health that shape the lives of children. Her motivation for this work is rooted in her experiences growing up in rural West Virginia.
Cox is a nationally recognized expert in stakeholder-engaged health research. She conducts systems-level research that leverages the voices of children and families to deliver safer, higher quality health care. For example, she led efforts to develop an evidence-based checklist intervention that enhances patient safety by promoting family-centered rounding in children’s hospitals. She also served three years as an advisor on the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s panel on Improving Health Care Systems. As the associate director of the UW Primary Care Research Post-doctoral Fellowship, she is invested in growing the clinician-scientist workforce that will discover new knowledge to meet our nation’s evolving health challenges.
Cox received her BS in chemistry and her medical degree from West Virginia University, in Morgantown, WV. She completed her pediatric residency and a doctorate in Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in Madison, WI. She is board certified in pediatrics and worked as a traveling physician in over 80 different US locations, including Federally Qualified Health Centers and the Indian Health Service, before joining the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s general pediatric faculty in 2007.
Laura Findeiss is a professor of Radiology and Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, as well as the chief of Radiology at Grady Health System. In these roles, she oversees radiology services for the region's academic public safety net hospital and health system. Concerned to reduce health disparities by improving patient safety and access, she has focused on physician-hospital alignment, interprofessional collaboration, and operational optimization.
Prior to joining Emory and Grady, Findeiss practiced interventional radiology in West Virginia and Utah, was fellowship program director and chief of vascular and interventional radiology at the University of California at Irvine, and then chair of the department of radiology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her academic focus has been on standards of care for patients with vascular disease. She is a former president of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and has served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. She is an elected fellow of the SIR, American Heart Association, and the Society for Vascular Medicine and has delivered 118 national and international invited lectures.
Findeiss received her BA in international affairs from The George Washington University, working in Washington, DC prior to completing her MD degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After two years of general surgery residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, she practiced emergency medicine in rural Tennessee, then moved to Seattle for diagnostic radiology residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center and fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology and has been an oral board examiner for the ABR since 2017.
Ying-Ying Goh is the director and health officer of the City of Pasadena (CA) Public Health Department and a board-certified pediatrician. She led the COVID-19 pandemic response, overseeing policy and epidemiology, vaccination, community outreach and recovery, and technical assistance for health care facilities, schools, and businesses. In addition, the nationally-accredited department conducts the full scope of public health functions.
She previously served in various roles at the City of Pasadena Public Health Department, including deputy director and medical director for Programs and Research, securing grant funding and managing programs addressing chronic disease, including improving health outcomes for seniors with diabetes and childhood obesity prevention. Her professional experience includes clinical pediatric practice, management of a California Endowment task force to improve health care access and quality throughout Los Angeles County, and community-based participatory research to improve nutrition and physical activity for youth.
Goh earned a BA in Public Policy at Stanford University, an MD at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and a Master of Health Services Research Degree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She completed pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard University and Boston Medical Center/Boston University. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.
Lindsey Harris is a family nurse practitioner at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medicine and an adjunct clinical instructor at the UAB School of Nursing. As a family nurse practitioner with the Inpatient Glycemic Management Service, Harris manages the care of patients with diabetes and other hyperglycemic issues. At UAB School of Nursing where she has sponsored an endowed scholarship, Harris guides learning activities for students in the master’s and doctoral programs in health policy and leadership courses.
Harris is the first person of color to serve as president of the Alabama State Nurses Association in 107 years. Harris advances the organization’s mission to promote nursing excellence and the vision of being the professional voice of registered nurses. Harris was named an Alabama Influencer, and was featured on billboards, media spots, and mailers statewide. She has presented extensively on health care disparities, access to care, mentorship, mental health, and nursing advocacy issues. Harris continues to address health care inequities that have been highlighted by COVID-19. Proficient in Spanish, she helped to manage COVID-19 vaccine sites improving access in the Hispanic communities.
As past president of the Birmingham Black Nurses Association, Harris leveraged partnerships with the state’s minority nursing associations, local city officials, hospital and pharmacy associations, and district church leaders in efforts to increase health care access and education in Alabama’s underrepresented communities. She was awarded the Advanced Practice Nurse and Staff Nurse of the Year awards by the National Black Nurses Association. She received the Living Legacy and Young Alumnus of the Year awards from Samford University. UAB School of Nursing awarded her the Joann Barnett Compassionate Care Award, and in 2021 recognized her with the Visionary Leader Award.
After earning a BSN from Samford University, Harris received her MSN with a concentration in family practice and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at UAB School of Nursing.
Kumhee Ro is an assistant professor at Seattle University College of Nursing where she recently served as the inaugural director of the Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion Program. She leads local and national initiatives aimed at expansion, support, and advancement of minority students and faculty and is nationally acclaimed for her work building cultures of trust in nursing academia. As co-founder of the National Jesuit Diverse Nurse Faculty Network, Ro promotes the support of underrepresented faculty in nursing leadership to recruit persons of color into the nursing workforce. Ro, as consultant to the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Committee and Washington Center for Nursing, assists in policy development that addresses critical gaps in diversity across nursing education. Ro has served on numerous leadership roles in state and national organizations focused on disparities in the delivery of health care.
Ro has spent over two decades providing frontline clinical care to disenfranchised communities in public health, emergency care and primary care. She has established partnerships with health care organizations and universities to improve pipeline programs for underrepresented students and analyze current evaluation and program outcome processes. Ro is a principle investigator for multiple grant-funded projects, one of which identified best practice frameworks to promote diversity in nursing academia. Ro was inducted as a fellow into the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for her advocacy relating to health equity for marginalized populations and as a nationally recognized leader promoting diversity in the health care workforce.
Ro received a BSN, MSN for adult/geriatric nurse practitioner, a post-master’s certificate to become a family nurse practitioner, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Washington. She is board-certified as a family nurse practitioner and a Sigma Theta Tau International Experienced Academic Leadership Academy Scholar.
Berlina Wallace-Berube is the director of the Primary Care Office at the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health. In this role, she fosters collaboration across various levels of government, organizations, and communities, coordinates shortage designation by evaluating access to health care, and identifies communities with the greatest needs and health workforce challenges. She works towards solutions that reduce health disparities and increase access to quality health care for residents of the USVI. Wallace-Berube also serves as a member of the USVI ESF-8 COVID-19 Response Team and the Health Planning Team responsible for the USVI Community Health Assessment and USVI Community Health Improvement Plan. She has served as the chair-elect, chair, past-chair, and treasurer of the American Counseling Association, North Atlantic Region, and co-chair of the Association of Virgin Islands Psychologists Education Committee.
Wallace-Berube has been actively involved in policy and advocacy efforts related to behavioral health and juvenile justice matters. She served as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, the committee that advises the U.S. President, Congress, and OJJDP Administrator on juvenile justice issues and concerns. During her tenure as the director of the USVI Department of Health, Division of Behavioral Health, Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Services, she collaborated with USVI legislators to enact behavioral health legislation and was the president of the American Counseling Association of the Virgin Islands when the USVI enacted the law to license professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and substance abuse counselors. She has also contributed to the American Counseling Association’s national advocacy efforts to increase health equity through increased access to behavioral health services for vulnerable populations.
After receiving her BA in English from the University of the Virgin Islands, Wallace-Berube received a MA in Education and an MA in Psychology from the same university. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).