Joint Center Place Matters

Webinar #8

Place Matters 2012 Program Plans
Monday, November 7, 2011 | 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies/Joint Center Place Matters

Dr. Brian Smedley led a discussion with PLACE MATTERS team members on the future directions of the PLACE MATTERS Initiative. Webinar highlights include ideas for team expansion, and new learning community design and approaches.

This Webinar will:


Kendall Alexander
Project Coordinator
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Health Policy Institute
Washington, DC





    Brian D. Smedley, PhD
    Vice President and Director
    Health Policy Institute
    Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
    Washington, DC

    Brian D. Smedley, PhDBrian D. Smedley is Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC. In this position, Dr. Smedley oversees all of the operations of the Institute, which was started in 2002 with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Institute has a dual focus: to explore disparities in health and to generate policy recommendations on longstanding health equity concerns.

    Formerly, Smedley was Research Director and co-founder of a communications, research and policy organization, The Opportunity Agenda (, where he led the organization’s effort to center equity in state and national health reform discussions and to build the national will to expand opportunity for all. To that end, Smedley is a co-editor, along with Alan Jenkins, of a book, All Things Being Equal: Instigating Opportunity in an Inequitable Time. Prior to helping launch The Opportunity Agenda, Smedley was a Senior Program Officer in the Division of Health Sciences Policy of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), where he served as Study Director for the IOM reports, In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce and Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, among other reports on diversity in the health professions and minority health research policy. Smedley came to the IOM from the American Psychological Association, where he worked on a wide range of social, health, and education policy topics in his capacity as Director for Public Interest Policy. Prior to working at the APA, Smedley served as a Congressional Science Fellow in the office of Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-VA), sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among his awards and distinctions, in 2004 Smedley was honored by the Rainbow/PUSH coalition as a “Health Trailblazer” award winner; in 2002 he was awarded the Congressional Black Caucus “Healthcare Hero” award; and in August, 2002, was awarded the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest by the APA. Smedley holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA. (

    Mark Cervero, MPH, CPH
    Program Associate
    CommonHealth ACTION
    Washington, DC

    Mark Cervero, MPH, CPHAs a Program Associate with CommonHealth ACTION (CHA), Mark Cervero provides support and subject matter expertise in various areas of CHA’s programmatic activities. Activities include research and writing concerning current public health and policy topics; technical assistance delivery to community groups, local governments, and other organizations; development of curriculum and other unique learning experiences around public health issues; and other organizational development tasks including proposal development and grant writing. (

    Felicia Eaves
    Special projects Coordinator
    Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Health Policy Institute
    Washington, DC

    Felicia Eaves, Special Projects Coordinator for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute has been a dedicated human rights advocate for nearly 20 years. Felicia began her journey into social-political advocacy and activism in San Diego California, where she obtained a degree in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. Since then, Eaves worked in the area of Environmental Health Justice, beginning in San Diego, California with the Environmental Heath Coalition (EHC), one of the oldest grassroots organizations in the country. As a result of her work with EHC, she later moved to Washington, DC and began work with the Alliance for Healthy Homes (formerly the Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning) as a project manager to advocacy groups around the country to protect children at highest risk from environmental health hazards in their housing, schools, neighborhoods and communities.

    As Special Projects Coordinator for the Joint Center for Economic Studies Health Policy Institute, Ms. Eaves continues her commitment to working on behalf of low-income communities and people of color in the area of Health Equity. Through the Place Matters initiative, Eaves serves as project manager to sixteen teams responsible for designing and implementing strategies that address the social determinants of health impacting residents in 21 counties and 3 cities. (


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakersí presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Webinar #8 Presentation Slides


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