Keynote Speakers




Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA
American Public Health Association President-Elect

Dr. Adewale Troutman was recently elected President-Elect of the American Public Health Association.  He is featured in the nationally televised PBS series; Unnatural Causes:  Is Inequality Making Us Sick?  Dr. Troutman serves as a member (or past-member) of many groups including: the National Board of Public Health Examiners, the Academy for Health Equity, the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Health Promotion Disease Prevention Healthy People 2020, the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, the Board of Directors of Public Health Law and Policy, the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, the African American Heritage Center, and the National Association of County and City Health Officers.

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K. "Vish" Viswanath, PhD
Director of the Health Communication Core of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC)

Dr. K. "Vish" Viswanath is an Associate Professor in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), a faculty member in the Center for Community-Based Research (CCBR) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), and director of the Health Communication Core of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC). He also chairs the Steering Committee for the Health Communication Concentration at HSPH and teaches health communication courses within this concentration. Dr. Viswanath is the recipient of the Mayhew Derryberry Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) for his contribution to health education research and theory (2009). He was elected Fellow of the Society for Behavioral Medicine (2008) and the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (2006). He is also chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Marketing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He was appointed to this post by US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Michael Levitt.

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Dave Jenkins, MD
Founder and Medical Director of SurfAid International

Dr. Dave Jenkins qualified from Otago University Medical School in New Zealand in 1982.  His career includes general practice, senior lectureships at Auckland Medical School, Executive Director for education for an Asian corporate health project, and founding NGO SurfAid International where he currently holds the position of Medical Director.  Since 2004, SurfAid has become the lead agency for both Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) in emergency preparedness and response to five earthquakes and tsunamis in the island chain of Sumatera.  Dr. Jenkins continues to research and apply new behavioral approaches that save lives and create lasting change.

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Paulo Pontemayor
Advisor for Government Relations and External Affairs for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)


Paulo Pontemayor is the Advisor for Government Relations and External Affairs for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Prior to working at APIAHF, Paulo worked as a Senior Legislative Assistant for U.S. Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo (Guam-At Large), who served as the executive board secretary and chair of the Health Task Force for the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). Paulo also managed the congresswoman’s environmental and natural resources work on the House Committee on Natural Resources, where she was the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife. Additionally, Paulo was responsible for her education, civil rights, immigration, women, children, seniors and family initiatives. While with the Congresswoman, Paulo helped usher in priorities important to the Asian Pacific Islander community in the development of historic health care reform legislation in the 111th Congress, which became law through working with the Congressional Tri-Caucus and national community organizations.

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