The Institute for Public Health has added two associate directors, a center manager and a developer to its staff—a slate of multidisciplinary and dynamic public health practitioners.
“We welcome these new colleagues, who will assist the Institute as a connector, convener and catalyst to address complex public health issues and disparities in our region and across the globe,” says Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health, Bill Powderly, MD.
Mark Huffman, MD, MPH, has been named associate director of the Institute’s Global Health Center working alongside Director, Victor Dávila-Román, MD. Mark is a practicing cardiologist, researcher and educator with more than a decade of experience in global cardiovascular epidemiology, clinical trials, implementation research, and health policy research and training. His research seeks to improve global cardiovascular health and health care in low- and middle-income countries and in the United States. Mark has a secondary appointment as a Conjoint Faculty at The George Institute for Global Health at the University of New South Wales in Australia.
Byron Powell, PhD, LCSW, joins the Institute as associate director of the Center for Dissemination and Implementation, working alongside Director, Elvin Geng, MD, MPH. Byron will also lead the center’s Methods & Metascience Initiative. He aims to improve the quality of behavioral health services by designing, tailoring, and assessing the effectiveness of implementation strategies and advancing implementation research methods. Byron is also president of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration and the associate director designee for WashU’s Implementation Research Institute. He is core faculty for HIGH IRI; TIDIRH-Australia; and, the Irish Implementation Science Training Institute.
Adriana Aramburu Graypel, MPH, has been named manager of the Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration. Under Director, Kim Thuy Seelinger’s leadership, Adriana will manage day-to-day center operations. She earned a master’s degree in public health, with a concentration in global health, from Washington University in St. Louis, and has experience in emergency preparedness from her work at a Colorado public health department. Most recently, Adriana coordinated research in obesity prevention at WashU’s Brown School.
Nick Cardoza, is a new developer for the Public Health Data & Training Center. Nick earned a bachelor’s degree in biophysics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has experience as both a developer and programmer. He is well-versed in various programming languages and operating systems and for the past five years, he has worked developing code.