ICCPUD Webinar Series Premier
January 30, 2013, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET
Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA,
is the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. As America’s Doctor, she provides
the public with the best scientific information available on how to improve their
health and the health of the nation. Dr. Benjamin also oversees the operational
command of 6,500 uniformed public health officers who serve in locations around
the world to promote, and protect the health of the American People.
From her early days as the founder of a rural health clinic in Alabama – which she
kept in operation despite damage and destruction inflicted by hurricanes Georges
(1998) and Katrina (2005) and a devastating fire (2006) – to her leadership role
in the worldwide advancement of preventive health care, Dr. Benjamin has forged
a career that has been recognized by a broad spectrum of organizations and publications.
Dr. Benjamin has a B.S. in chemistry from Xavier University, New Orleans, an M.D.
degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an MBA from Tulane University.
She attended Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency
in Macon, Ga. Dr. Benjamin holds 18 honorary degrees.
Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. was nominated by President Barack Obama and
confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2009 as Administrator of the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a public health agency
within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency's mission is to reduce
the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Hyde is an attorney and comes to SAMHSA with more than 30 years experience in management
and consulting for public healthcare and human services agencies. She has served
as a state mental health director, state human services director, city housing and
human services director, as well as CEO of a private non-profit managed behavioral
healthcare firm. In 2003 she was appointed cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Human
Services Department by Gov. Bill Richardson, where she worked effectively to provide
greater access to quality health services for everyone.
Ms. Hyde is a member of or has served as a consultant to many national organizations,
including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the American College
of Mental Health Administration, the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental
Health and the United States Department of Justice. She has been recognized by many
groups, including the American Medical Association, the National Governor's Association
and the Seattle Management Association, for her creativity and leadership in policy
and program development and in organizational management issues. She has received
special acknowledgment for her ability to build teams, develop coalitions and consensus,
develop strategic plans and form the basis for action and achieve identified goals
in a constantly changing environment.
Ms. Hyde received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School (1976) and
her B.A. from Southwest Missouri State University (1972).
Frances M. Harding serves as director
of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center
for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and she is recognized as one of the Nation’s
leading experts in the field of alcohol and drug policy. She also serves as the
lead for SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative on the Prevention of Substance Abuse and
Mental Illness, which will create prevention-prepared communities where individuals,
families, schools, faith-based organizations, workplaces, and communities take action
to promote emotional health and reduce the likelihood of mental illness, substance
abuse including tobacco, and suicide. Prior to Federal service, Director Harding
served as associate commissioner of the Division of Prevention and Recovery at the
New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, where she was
responsible for the development of policy and guidelines for alcohol and drug abuse
and gambling prevention, treatment, and recovery programming. In 2004, she became
the first nonresearcher to receive the prestigious Science to Practice Award from
the International Society for Prevention Research.
Kenneth R. Warren, Ph.D is the
acting director for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
He joined the NIAAA in 1976 as a staff member of the then Division of Research.
He later became chief of the Biomedical Research Branch, and then deputy director
of the Division of Extramural Research. From 1984 to 2005 he directed the Office
of Scientific Affairs, which is responsible for peer reviews, grants management,
committee management, scientific communications, and activities of the NIAAA National
Advisory Council and Extramural Advisory Board. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Warren served
as the associate director for Basic Research. He has often served as the editor
of the triennial Reports to Congress on Alcohol and Health, andhas
been particularly active in research on the effects of alcohol use during pregnancy,
including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Dr. Warren initiated NIAAA's
research program on fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) over 30 years ago. He currently
chairs the government-wide Interagency Coordinating Committee on FASD.
A graduate of the City College of New York, Dr. Warren earned his doctorate degree
in biochemistry from Michigan State University in 1970. He subsequently undertook
postdoctoral positions at the University of California, Los Angeles and at University
of Michigan Mental Health Research Institute before joining the Federal government
in a research position at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in 1974.