Doctor of Public Health in Leadership

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Adriane K. Griffen, DrPH, MPH, MCHES

Senior Director, Public Health & Leadership
Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Dr. Adriane Griffen serves as the Senior Director, Public Health and Leadership, at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. With 20 years of experience, she specializes in disability and health, social marketing, qualitative research, and health education. Her activities focus on capacity building, systems change, and health promotion for people with disabilities across the life span.

Dr. Griffen integrates action learning principles and action research in her current work as she develops partnerships, collaborates on program planning including proposal development, supervises support staff, and serves as the programmatic operations contact for funders.

Dr. Griffen recently completed a Doctor of Public Health in Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she conducted action research to understand state-level readiness, capacity, and capacity building factors necessary to include people with disabilities in public health programs. She also holds a Master of Public Health with a specialty in social marketing from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.


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Elizabeth Pozzebon, DrPH, REHS

Environmental Health Division Director
County of San Luis Obispo Health Agency

Dr. Pozzebon is an Environmental Health Director. She leads staff that implement 20 different environmental health programs along the California coast in the County of San Luis Obispo. She is also active in the California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health where she leads a committee on water and land use policy.



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David J. Reynen,DrPH, MA, MPPA, MPH, CPH

Research Scientist Supervisor I
Epidemiology, Surveillance and Federal Reporting Branch
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division
California Department of Public Health 

With the California Department of Public Health since 1994, Dr. Reynen currently serves as the Chief of the Morbidity and Mortality Monitoring Unit within the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division. In his work, Dr. Reynen directs a team of scientists and epidemiologists working on maternal and perinatal epidemiology, in order to help improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children and adolescents throughout the state. Dr. Reynen's portfolio includes efforts related to maternal morbidity and mortality, prematurity, infant mortality, SIDS/SUID, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Dr. Reynen is grateful to be working in this capacity and indebted to the UIC DrPH Program for equipping him to do so.


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Dr. Suzet M. McKinney

Dr. McKinney currently serves as the Executive Director for the Illinois Medical District Commission. The Illinois Medical District (IMD), a 24/7/365 environment that includes 560 acres of medical research facilities, labs, a biotech business incubator, universities, raw land development areas and more than 40 healthcare related facilities, is the largest urban medical district in the United States. Dr. McKinney is the former Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), where she oversaw the emergency preparedness efforts for the Department and coordinated those efforts within the larger spectrum of the City of Chicago’s Public Safety activities, in addition to overseeing the Department’s Division of Women and Children’s Health. During her time at CDPH, Dr. McKinney also spearheaded Chicago’s efforts as the field test site for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Generation-3 autonomous biological detection system technology.

Q&A with Dr. McKinney.


Photo of Michele Shade McCayDr. Michele L. Shade McCay

University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Psychiatry - Project Manager for the Illinois DocAssist Program (A child and adolescent mental health consultation program.)

DePaul University, Health Sciences Department - Part Time Instructor (Course: Introduction to Public Health)

University of Phoenix-Online Faculty (Course: Concepts of Population Health)

Ashford University-Associate Online Faculty

Q&A with Michele Shade

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