Keynote Speakers

Rich Hamburg

Trust for America – Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.

From anthrax to asthma, from chemical terrorism to cancer, America is facing a crisis of epidemics.

As a nation, we are stuck in a “disease du jour” mentality, which means we lose sight of the bigger picture: building a public health defense that is strong enough to cover us from all points of attack – whether the threats are from a bioterrorist or Mother Nature.

By focusing on PREVENTION, PROTECTION, and COMMUNITIES, TFAH is leading the fight to make disease prevention a national priority, from Capitol Hill to Main Street. We know what works. Now we need to build the resolve to get it done.

Richard Hamburg is Deputy Director at TFAH. He oversees public policy initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and internal operations and has more than 25 years of experience as a leading health policy advocate.  He has led TFAH’s efforts to ensure disease prevention is a centerpiece of health reform, and has been instrumental in TFAH’s work on obesity prevention, building national pandemic flu and public health emergency response capabilities, and increasing support for public health priorities and budgets.  Prior to TFAH, Mr. Hamburg served in a number of roles with the American Heart Association (AHA), including as its national Director of Government Relations. At AHA, Mr. Hamburg managed the daily operations of an extensive federal legislative and regulatory program, represented AHA on health topics ranging from healthcare reform to tobacco control.  He was a recognized leader in public access to defibrillation advocacy.  He is also a past Director of Government Affairs at AHA’s New York City affiliate.  A native New Yorker, Mr. Hamburg is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, from which he received a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration.


Patrick O’Carroll, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACMI is a Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), serving since January 2003 as the Regional Health Administrator (RHA) for USPHS Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington). As RHA, RADM O’Carroll serves as the region’s principal federal public health physician and scientist representing the Assistant Secretary of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). From October 2008 to November 2009, RADM O’Carroll also served as Acting Regional Director, HHS Region X, representing the HHS Secretary in Region X on behalf of the HHS Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

RADM O’Carroll received his medical degree and his Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 1983. After training in family practice and preventive medicine, he joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer. Initially assigned to work in the area of violence epidemiology, RADM O’Carroll later led the epidemiology research unit for the prevention of suicide and violence at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. He was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine in 1988.

In 1992, RADM O’Carroll began working in the field of public health informatics, developing the nation’s first training course and first textbook on public health informatics. As Associate Director for Health Informatics at CDC’s Public Health Practice Program Office, he defined, developed and directed CDC’s national Health Alert Network, a critical component of the nation’s defense against bioterrorism. He was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics in 2004.

During his 29 years with USPHS, as an epidemiologist, informatician, program director and leader, RADM O’Carroll has worked on a great variety of health and policy challenges, including injury prevention; immunization; chronic disease; maternal and child health; environmental health; infectious disease epidemic control; behavioral health; global health and disease surveillance; and bioterrorism and disaster preparedness. He has received numerous awards and other recognition for his work, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest honor awarded by the USPHS. RADM O’Carroll holds Affiliate Professor appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health, and is also Affiliate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, University of Washington School of Medicine.


Tammy Green

Ms. Green has more than 20 years of experience in health education, disease prevention, health program management and implementation. Currently, as director of Well-Being & Absence Management for Providence Health & Services, she provides leadership for a range of employee health and well-being programs. Before Providence, Ms. Green served as the Deputy Director for the State of Alaska Division of Public Health.  She is a national speaker on topics of healthy workplaces and wellness in a much broader sense than we discuss it now, which is pertinent for changing how public health thinks and talks about wellness too.


Jay Butler, MD, MPH, Senior Director, Division of Community Health Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Jay Butler, MD, CPE is Senior Director of the Division of Community Health Services at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage. Previously, he was Chief Medical Officer of Alaska from 2007 to 2009, Alaska State Epidemiologist, 2005-07, Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Arctic Investigations Program, 1998-2005, and medical epidemiologist in CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, 1991-98. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Medical School, completed clinical training at Vanderbilt and Emory Universities, and is board certified in infectious diseases, internal medical, and pediatrics. His varied professional experiences include working as a physician for two months at a mission hospital in Kenya, leading the CDC field response to the initial Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome outbreak in the US in 1993, and serving as the CDC liaison to FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC during in the investigation of the anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001. He was a team co-leader during the CDC responses to the SARS outbreak of 2003, avian influenza in 2004, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. He was governor of the Alaska chapter of the American College of Physicians from 2005 to 2009.


Ward Hurlburt, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services

Dr. Hurlburt serves as Chief Medical Officer and State Health Official for the State of Alaska and has been in this role since 2009. His first assignment in Alaska was as Medical Officer in Charge of the Kanakanak Indian Health Service Hospital in 1961. He spent more than 30 years with the US Public Health Service including assignments as Chief of Surgery and Director of the Alaska Native Medical Center, Deputy Director of the Alaska and Navajo Areas of the Indian Health Service, and as Director of Program Operations nationally for the IHS. He served as Assistant Surgeon General for the USPHS. Pertinent to recent news, Hurlburt led a USAID funded team in Liberia for two years developing a physician assistant based model rural health care system for that nation. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Hurlburt served in leadership roles with health plans in Washington, Utah, and North Carolina. He is board certified in both general surgery and general preventive medicine.


Richard Mandsager, MD, Chief Executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center

Dr. Richard Mandsager is Providence Alaska Medical Center’s senior executive, overseeing all medical center services at the 364-bed hospital. Prior to his appointment as chief executive, Dr. Mandsager served as the executive director of The Children’s Hospital at Providence, the state’s only dedicated children’s hospital.
A pediatrician by training, Dr. Mandsager served as the director of the Division of Public Health for the State of Alaska from 2004 to 2006. He has worked in various managerial and clinical positions at Southcentral Foundation and Alaska Native Medical Center, including serving as the medical center administrator.
Dr. Mandsager received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College Of Medicine and ompleted his residency in pediatrics at the LAC-USC College of Medicine in Los Angeles. An Anchorage resident since 1985, Dick has volunteered with many local organizations, including the Boy Scouts, Lutheran Social Services and the Municipality of Anchorage Health & Human Services Committee.


Mouhcine Guettabi

Mouhcine Guettabi is an assistant professor of economics at ISER, with a PhD in economics from Oklahoma State University. His fields of specialization are regional and urban economics, health economics, and applied microeconomics; he has, for example, studied the effects of various economic factors on obesity among Americans. Specifically, he has examined the role of the distance, density and the built environment on weight outcomes for both adults and children. At ISER his recent work includes estimating savings from reducing childhood obesity, conducting a survey of employer provided health insurance ,assessing the economic impact of the smoke-free policy in Anchorage, and co-writing studies of the economic costs to Alaska of higher fuel prices and of the economic importance of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. Some of his current projects include assessing the needs of Alaska veterans, conducting an economic assessment of the Ambler mining district road, and updating ISER’s economic forecasting model for Alaska.


Jared Parrish

Jared Parrish, M.S. is a senior epidemiologist with the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit of the Alaska Division of Public Health.  Mr. Parrish developed a nationally recognized integrated data approach and methodology for operationalizing public health definitions to comprehensively and systematically quantify child maltreatment.  Mr. Parrish serves on multiple committees focused on improving national estimates of maltreatment related mortality, and has provided States and counties across the U.S. technical assistance on implementing maltreatment surveillance.  In his spare time, Mr. Parrish is completing an epidemiology doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His dissertation work is centered on explicitly quantifying methodological challenges in population based maltreatment research arising from incomplete covariate assessment, outcome misclassification, and risk-set modeling.


AK Wellness Coalition

  • Elizabeth Ripley, Executive Director, Mat-SU Health Foundation
  • L. Diane Casto, Prevention & Early Intervention Manager, Division of Behavioral Health, AK DHSS Stephanie Allen, Executive Director/Alaska Wellness Coalition Director, United Way of Mat-SU
  • William Hurr, Director, Grants and Justice Programs, Boys and Girls Club Alaska
  • Aftan Lynch, Coordinator, Ketchikan Wellness Coalition
  • Rachel Romberg, Prevention Program Manager, Haven House Homer

Two years ago at the Alaska Public Health Association conference community leaders at the state and local levels came together to discuss how they could work together to be more effective in their campaigns to promote wellness. With that intention, the Alaska Wellness Coalition was birthed. Consistent with the State of Alaska’s strategies to prevent underage alcohol use, they decided to join forces on a statewide social norms media campaign, based on the Positive Community Norms Framework. Members of this panel will contribute their slice of the story, growing relationships that change behaviors which contribute to transformational shifts in our social ecology.

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