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BerneyBarbara Berney, PhD is director of the program in Health Policy and Management at Hunter College.  She has taught and done research on public health, environmental justice, and the U.S. health care system.  She holds degrees in Public Policy (PhD), Health Administration (MPH) and Political Science (BA). Her work focuses on health disparities, environmental issues, and occupational health.  She is currently working on a documentary on how Medicare was used to desegregate America’s hospitals.



Joy Jacobson, MFA, is the poet-in-residence at the CHMP. Her poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Examined Life, and elsewhere. Co-founder with senior fellow Jim Stubenrauch of the Narrative Writing for Health Care Professionals program at the CHMP, she teaches writing to nursing students in the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and has co-led writing workshops for nurses at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, cancer survivors at

jjthe Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, and clinical and humanities faculty at the New York City College of Technology. She was an editor at the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) for nearly twelve years, nine of them as managing editor. While there, she supervised production of articles recognized by the Association of Women in Communications, the American Society for Healthcare Publication Editors, Publications Management, and others. In 2008 she won an Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from the Association of Health Care Journalists for her report in AJN on workplace violence against nurses. In 2010 she contributed, with Diana Mason, more than twenty case studies and profiles to a groundbreaking report from the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. She holds an MFA in poetry from the New School in New York City. Follow her on Twitter: @joyjaco.

May May Leung

May May Leung, PhD, RD is an assistant professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College.  Her research expertise includes the development and evaluation of innovative health communication and community-based interventions to prevent childhood obesity.  She also uses community-based participatory research methods, such as Photovoice, to engage and empower communities.  In addition, she focuses on the translation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions and policies to promote health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.  May May’s work extends internationally as she has worked with the World Health Organization, Shanghai Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.  She currently consults with the University of North Carolina’s Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation, which has a mission of enhancing the public health impact of community practitioners through training and intervention translation initiatives.  She completed her doctoral degree in Public Health Nutrition at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.  She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her MS in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  Prior to her time at UNC, May May was an adjunct faculty member and project manager at the University of Pennsylvania-School of Nursing.

Hannah Rosenzweig, MPH, is a documentary filmmaker, producer and public health advocate. Her television work includes films for the History Channel, the Sundance Channel and PBS. She produced PUPPET, an independent feature documentary that premiered at the DOC NYC Festival. Hannah founded Intention Media Inc in 2006, a company that consults on media strategy and produces video for health and human rights organizations. She worked with Hillary Clintonʼs campaign for president in 2007-2008 and continues to produce media for other Democratic races.  She is currently directing two independent documentaries – one about innovative approaches to malaria and the other about food policy in New York City. Before film, Hannah worked as a researcher and community health worker.  Her focus was HIV/AIDS.  She was a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, the California Department of Health Services and Columbia University.  Hannah holds a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a BA in History from Oberlin College.

Peggy Rafferty

Peggy Rafferty

Margaret (Peggy) Rafferty RN DNP MPH MA completed her pre-licensure nursing education at State University of New York Plattsburgh (1975) and subsequently received a Master of Arts in Nursing from New York University (1978), a Masters in Public Health from the Columbia University-Mailman School of Public Health (1987), and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Case Western Reserve Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (2009).  She has a long career as both a nursing educator and clinician. She is currently an Associate Professor at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology (NYCCT).

She started her career in 1975 as a staff nurse in surgery and geriatric rehabilitation at the Bronx’s Montefiore Hospital. After completing her first master’s degree she practiced as a clinical specialist in community psychiatry in St. Luke’s-Roosevelt’s innovative community-based programs.  For seven years at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, she worked in substance abuse and mental health clinics, and single room occupancy hotels (SRO’s) as part of an interdisciplinary team.  Outside of work, she engaged in political advocacy in an effort to improve the care and treatment of the chronically mentally ill, especially as they were evicted from SRO’s and swelled the ranks of the homeless.  She collaborated with Robert M Hayes, a lawyer and founder of the Coalition for the Homeless, and later served on its Board of Directors while starting the Coalition’s Health Committee. In 1985, she became the nurse manager at the St. Francis Residence, still recognized nationally as a residential care model for the chronically mentally ill. During that time she wrote a number of articles in nursing and other journals, textbook chapters, edited the Coalition’s Shelter Worker’s Handbook and submitted testimony to a Congressional committee investigating the issue of homelessness.

In 1987, she began her career in nursing education at the Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing.  For nearly three decades, Dr. Rafferty has been a dedicated and well-regarded nursing educator instructing thousand of nursing students in courses in psychiatry, community and professional issues. She currently teaches an innovative Urban Health course with clinical placements in a broad range of community-based settings in the baccalaureate program of the New York City College of Technology.  She has served on both NYCCT’s and the CUNY central Institutional Review Board.  She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles in nursing. An article based on her doctoral research on the clinical competencies of the second-degree accelerated nurse was published in the Journal of Nursing Education. 

Dr. Rafferty is the recipient of several awards and honors, including induction as a Fellow to the New York Academy of Medicine; the Circle of Mercy Award from Mercy Center, a South Bronx-based community organization, the New York State Bar Association’s Courts and Community Award;  and a National Institute of Mental Health Traineeship.  She is the recipient of several grants and collaborated with colleagues to introduce the highly successful Vermont Nurses in Partnership model to Brooklyn.

Dr. Rafferty is active in a number of public interest and community advocacy activities. She is a member of United for Action (UFA), Food and Water Watch, the League of Woman Voters and the National Resources Defense Council, four organizations that raise public awareness about the dangers of using the hydraulic fracturing process in oil and gas drilling.  Through her personal involvement Dr. Rafferty has tried to highlight the public health consequences of hydrofracking in a number of ways. This has included a radio appearance on WBAI’s Healthstyles; the submission of testimony to the New York State Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation and New York City Council, and authoring one of the first peer-reviewed nursing articles on this important issue.  She is also a member of Physicians for a National Health Plan that advocates for single payer health insurance.

Charmaine Ruddock, MS joined the Institute for Family Health formerly known as The Institute for Urban Family Health in 2000 to direct Bronx Health REACH, a coalition of 50 community and faith-based organizations, funded by the Centers for Disease Control’s REACH 2010 Initiative to address racial and ethnic health disparities.  Since 2007 Ms. Ruddock has had oversight of Bronx Health REACH/NY CEED, a CDC designated national Center of Excellence to Eliminate Disparity.  Ms. Ruddock also directs the Institute’s NIH funded initiative exploring the efficacy of faith-based organizations to provide diabetes education; the New York State Department of Health funded School Wellness Initiative and; a Johnson and Johnson funded childhood obesity prevention program. Ms. Ruddock sits on the board of a number of local and national organizations dedicated to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities. Ms. Ruddock holds a BA. in Literature and Social Sciences from the University of the West Indies and a Masters of Science in Management and Policy Analysis from the Graduate School of Management, The New School for Social Research.

Liz Seegert, MA is an independent healthcare journalist, writer, blogger and educator with more than 25 years experience in print, Seegerthead1a broadcast and digital media. She covers a range of health issues, with an emphasis on aging and related topics such as chronic disease, health policy, and aging-in-place.  She was recently named as the core topic leader on aging for the Association of Healthcare Journalists – the point person for studies, data, trends and key concepts for members.

Some of Liz’s many writing credits include Kaiser Health News, New America Media, Women magazine, Home Care Technology Report, The Atlantic online, Discovery Education,, and Healthwise Magazine. Liz has also published in professional journals, including the Journal of Healthcare Information Management, Practical Diabetology and Aeging Research Reviews.  Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University and a Master’s in Social Policy, healthcare concentration, from Empire State College, State University of New York.  Liz is also an adjunct in media studies and communication at Empire. You can follow Liz on Twitter @lseegert.

Jim Stubenrauch is a writer and editor with 15 years’ experience in medical publishing, health care, and education. As a senior editor at the American Journal of Nursing (AJN), he edited original research and feature articles and monthly columns on clinical and health policy topics; wrote articles on health care reform, evidence-based care, health information technology, and international disaster relief; and wrote and edited photo essays on humanitarian aid and nursing history. New media experience includes blogging at AJN Off the Charts and The Best American Poetry and producing audio podcasts for AJN Online. Prior to his nine years at AJN, he was publications manager at the Healthcare Chaplaincy, a multi-faith clinical pastoral education center that places chaplains in hospitals and nursing homes throughout the Tristate area. He has also written and produced publications for Oncology Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Believer, Riverdale Country School, the New York State Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and many others. He has taught English literature and composition and English as a Second Language in college, secondary, and adult continuing education settings. He received an MFA from the Writing Division at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

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