Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Elva M. Arredondo, Ph.D. is professor of public health at San Diego State University and Core Investigator in the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH). Dr. Arredondo earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University. She completed her clinical internship in behavioral medicine from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Arredondo is a bilingual/bicultural native of Mexico with over 18 years of research experience in examining social determinants of Latino heath, with a focus on physical activity and cancer screening. Dr. Arredondo’s research interests also include developing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating multi-level community-based programs that improve the health of ethnic minority and socially/economically disadvantaged communities. She has served as PI, Co-PI or subcontract PI of grants, from sources ranging from the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Her research has resulted in over 130 manuscripts, book chapters, and scientific entries.

Ross C. Brownson, PhD, is the Lipstein Distinguished Professor of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. He directs the CDC-supported Prevention Research Center and co-directs the Washington University Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control (supported by the NCI). Dr. Brownson studies the translation of evidence to public health practice and policy, with a content focus on environmental and policy determinants of chronic diseases. Dr. Brownson is the author of 15 books and over 550 peer-reviewed articles. He has received numerous awards for his work. Among these, he is the recipient of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Abraham Lilienfeld Award for excellence in teaching and mentoring (2003) and the APHA Award for Excellence (2016). Dr. Brownson is a former president of the American College of Epidemiology and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.

Dr. Guastaferro's program of research, situated at the cutting edge of prevention and intervention science, is devoted to the development, optimization, and evaluation of effective, efficient, economical, and scalable interventions with high public health impact, specifically focusing on the prevention of child maltreatment.

Dr. Huebschmann began her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a BS in Environmental Engineering. She earned her medical degree in 2000 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Continuing her education, most recently she earned an MS in Clinical Sciences in 2015 at the University of Colorado.​ Dr. Huebschmann is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Women’s Health Research. She is funded by a K23 career development award from the National Heart Lung Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and was previously funded by a KL2 award from the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Her overarching research goal is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes by overcoming barriers to physical activity and by optimally controlling other cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension. To achieve this overarching goal, Dr. Huebschmann seeks to work with clinics and communities to implement evidence-based programs to promote physical activity for people with Type 2 Diabetes.

Dr. Kilbourne is Director of the Quality Enhancement Research initiative (QUERI) in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Professor of Learning Health Sciences at University of Michigan. Her goal is to improve public health outcomes through implementation strategies that help providers scale up and spread effective innovations in real-world settings

Dr. Wynia’s career has focused on the intersections of professional ethics, clinical care and health policy. The Center he leads is responsible for a university-wide portfolio of programs for teaching, community engagement, clinical consultation and research related to health humanities and bioethics. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Dr. Wynia directed the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association for more than 15 years, leading projects on understanding the ethical climate of health care organizations, communication and team-based care, physician professionalism and self-regulation, ethics and epidemics, medicine and the Holocaust, and inequities in health and health care.