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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.

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.

Kristi Head ShotKristi Westphaln, RN MSN PNP-PC is a San Diego based Nurse Practitioner with a passion for pediatric clinical practice, child advocacy, and nursing education. She is proud to now be 13 years in and still counting her adventures in nursing – with 9 years of PNP expertise in the arenas of pediatric emergency health care, trauma, and child abuse.  Along with the pleasure of practicing pediatric primary care in El Cajon with Children’s Primary Care Medical Group(CPCMG), she enjoys “keeping it real” for children and families at the bedside the Emergency Department at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Kristi also enjoys educating other Health Care Professionals and has presented educational content on child abuse and trauma at conferences for both the California Association of Nurse Practitioners (CANP) and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). She also serves as faculty for the Hahn School of Nursing at the University of San Diego (USD), as an Assistant Clinical Professor for the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and is a clinical preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students.

Some of Kristi’s additional adventures in nursing include publication in the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, certification as a pediatric sexual assault forensic examiner, and partaking in international medical missions. Her educational background includes a BSN degree from California State University Los Angeles and a MSN degree from the University of California Los Angeles. Passionate about lifelong learning, Ms. Westphaln is currently pursing her PhD at the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing. She remains optimistic that education and advocacy are key ingredients to improving the health and welfare of our children. Follow her on: Facebook: PNP by the Sea Twitter: @k_westphaln

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