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Sleep Health and Saftety - Public Health Track Faculty

Friday, March 5, 2010 (9:00 am - 10:30 am)
Sleepiness in America

Woodie Kessel, M.D., M.P.H. , a community pediatrician for over 30 years, is an advocate, educator, and researcher in public health, public policy, pediatrics, and maternal and child health. Dr. Kessel is currently Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Family Science, and Principal Advisor to the Dean for Public Health Science in the School of Public Health, University of Maryland. His areas of scholarship include prevention of childhood overweight and obesity; access to quality health care; child health care reform; community-based partnerships; and child health policy.
Dr. Kessel serves on several boards including the PBS KIDS Health Council; Sesame Workshop; Shaping America’s Youth; Healthy Children, Healthy Futures; National Sleep Foundation; the Fischell Department of Bioengineering Advisory Committee, UMD; and others. Dr. Kessel has had a distinguished career in the United States Public Health Service serving as an Assistant Surgeon General advancing applied research, community-based programs, professional education, and health policy.

He was a senior advisor on public health, health policy, and child and family health matters to the White House, Cabinet Secretaries, Surgeons General, Health and Human Services officials spanning eight administrations.

Janet Croft, PhD , Chief of the Emerging Investigations and Analytic Methods Branch in the Division of Adult and Community Health, has been a chronic disease epidemiologist for 17 years at CDC. She received an MPH in Maternal and Child Health at Tulane University and a PhD in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She represents CDC on multiple scientific workgroups and actively promotes surveillance activities in state health departments. She has served as an author on over 200 scientific reports and publications on the epidemiology of heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease risk factors, and emerging public health topics. Her current surveillance interests at CDC focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and the impact of racial disparities, mental health, sleep health, and childhood trauma on chronic diseases.

Allan I. Pack, MB, ChB, PhD


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