Our Editors & Advisors
Hassan A. Tetteh, MD, MPA, MBA, FACS – Assistant Professor of Surgery, Howard University School of Medicine; U.S. Navy Commander, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; former Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow
assigned to the U.S. Congress, Congressional Budget Office (CBO); and former Assistant Deputy Commander for Healthcare Operations and Strategic Planning, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Dr. Tettah’s clinical focus is on cardiovascular disease management, heart surgery,and heart and lung transplantation. He is currently director of Thoracic Transplantation Procurement and Research for the INOVA Health System Heart and Lung Transplant Program in Virginia.
As a Visiting Scholar with CBO, Tetteh provided a clinical perspective on various health policy projects including the cost of chronic conditions such as obesity, supply side modeling of health workforce issues, the impact of health information technology on the federal budget, and policy proposals for savings in Medicare.
Tettah is author of the novel, “Gifts of the Heart”, and has published articles on surgical innovation, health information technology, ethics, wounded warriors, and process improvement. He also serves on the board of directors of Champions for Kids, a non-profit that mobilizes millions of people to improve the lives of children.
Past military responsibilities include Ship’s Surgeon and Director of Surgical Services for the USS Carl Vinson, and serving as a trauma surgeon to two Afghanistan provinces. His military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal.Other awards received include the Alley Sheridan Award of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education.
Tetteh received his B.S. degree from State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, his M.D. from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, his M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins
University Carey Business School. He completed his thoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota and advanced cardiac surgery fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Board certified in surgery and healthcare management, he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American College of Healthcare Executives.


Kenton K. Kirby,- – – Senior Editor, Health Power’s Caribbean Circuit and General Advisor of its National Multicultural/Minority Health Communication Network; and Editor-in-Chief, Caribbean Life

Caribbean Life newspaper is a New York City weekly with a readership of over 300,000 and New City’s leading community newspaper focusing on the Caribbean community. Born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, prior journalism positions held by Kenton Kirby include Director of Communications of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, Chief Reporter of The Vincentian, the major newspaper in his home country, and correspondent for: Caribbean News Agency, UPI, Radio Barbados and Radio Antilles.

From 1990 to 1995 Kenton also worked in the New York City Department of Health as a Public Information Specialist, and Community Liaison Worker. In the latter capacity, he was liaison to multiple organizations including the Brooklyn Perinatal Network with a focus on Healthy Start Program Development.

Kenton earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of the West Indies, and an Advance Degree in Journalism from the International Institute for Journalism in Berlin.

Valentine J. Burroughs, MD,Senior Medical Advisor of Health Power for Minorities (Health Power), and Editor of its website’s Men’s Health Channel.
A Board certified endocrinologist and internist, specializing in metabolism, diabetes and other endocrinologic diseases; and former Chief Medical Officer, North General Hospital, NYC. He has served widely as a consultant to numerous professional organizations and corporations.
Leadership positions held in the National Medical Association (NMA) included Chair, Health Policy Committee of the Board of Trustees; Treasurer; Member, Board of Trustees; and President of both Manhattan Central Medical, and Empire State Medical Association (both NMA affiliates). He is also past President of the New York County Medical Society, an affiliate of the American Medical Association.
Dr. Burroughs earned his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.


Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello, Ph.D., – – Health Power Advisor; Associate Professor, College of Social Work and Founder & Executive Director, Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Under Dr. Giachello’s leadership, the Midwest Latino Health Research Center has: developed diabetes curricula for community lay health workers (health promoters) and health providers with CDC support; conducted training across the nation and in Mexico, and Puerto Rico sponsored by the U.S HRSA; and with CDC support, established the National Center for Farmworkers Health, and Pan American Health Organization, among others. Through a CDC REACH 2010 grant, the center is now reducing diabetes disparities among African Americans and Latinos in seven Chicago communities. Dr. Giachello is also Co-PI of Redes En Acción Cancer Network, a National Cancer Institute funded project of Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Giachello earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico; her Masters’ degree from the University of Chicago; and, her Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of Chicago (Health and Ethnicity).


Andrea King Collier,- – Health Power Nutrition Editor; Journalist; Food and Society Policy Fellow; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Co-author, Black Woman’s Guide to Black Men’s Health.
King Collier’s work has appeared in the Washington Post and New York Times, and appears regularly in Essence, Woman’s Day, O – Oprah Magazine, National Medical Association Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, AARP Magazine, and other media. In addition, she has written about health policy as it affects communities of color in ‘white papers’ for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Her work and experiences have made her an in-demand national speaker on health and health disparities.
King Collier is a board member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.  She is a graduate of Indiana University with degrees in Journalism and Political Science, and a former medical journalism fellow through the National Press Foundation at the National Cancer Institute.


B. Waine Kong, Ph.D., J.D.,- – – Editor and Advisor, Health Power Spiritual Health Channel; Executive Vice President, Heart Institute of the Caribbean, and President of its Foundation
Dr. Kong, former CEO, Association of Black Cardiologists, is also an educational psychologist, and attorney. Through an NIH grant, he pioneered the organization of churches and barber shops as high blood pressure control centers, and received wide recognition for this work. He has published widely, and has made presentations in Egypt, Jamaica, the Virgin Islands, Soviet Union, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Kenya and Israel.
Dr. Kong earned his Ph.D. degree from Walden University, his M.A. degree from American University, and his J.D. degree from Dickinson School of Law


Brenda Lee Huerta, – – – Editor, Health Power Hispanic/Latino Channel; News/Community Relations Director and Univision.com Site Manager, Univision Radio

A native Texan from the Lubbock area, her background is in media and politics, beginning with radio at the age of 5 and television and politics in her teens. Ms. Huerta has continued her ties to television, radio, and the print media throughout her life, even when she worked in government in different capacities, including work with a U.S. Senator, a Texas Governor and the Texas Legislature.

Huerta, News/Community Relations Director and Univision.com Site Manager with Univision Radio, has received awards from the Associated Press, AP Managing Editors, Dallas Press Club, Texas Association of Broadcasters, National Association of Broadcasters, federal and state officials, and numerous non-profit organizations. She serves on numerous local, state and national boards and commissions.

In spite of her very busy schedule, she devotes her free time to golf, ceramics, quilting, reading and sleep.


Clive O. Callender, M.D., F.A.,- – – Heath Power Advisor; Founder and Director, National Minority Organ and Tissue Transplantation Education Program.

On August 8, 1991, the New England Journal of Medicine, the nation’s premier journal for medical professionals, chronicled the 10-year experience of the first National Organ/Tissue Donor Program in the United States. Organized by Howard university Hospital, National Kidney Foundation/National Capital Area, and DOW Chemical Company, this collaboration led to the conceptualization and development of MOTTEP.

MOTTEP is the first national donor related organization to identify a two-fold solution to donor shortage: (1) increasing the number of minority donors, and (2) decreasing the number of persons who need transplants through a health promotion campaign aimed at preventing the need for transplantation. There are now 16 MOTTEP affiliates in cities throughout the United States, and one in the Virgin Islands.

Dr. Callender, Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine, earned his M.D. degree from Meharry Medical College, received his kidney transplant training at the University of Minnesota, and his liver transplant training at the University of Pittsburgh.


Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN ,Editor, Health Power Food and Fitness Channel; National Spokesperson, American Dietetic Association; Blog: Diabetes: Don’t Claim It! Manage It!

Constance Brown-Riggs is a certified diabetes educator with more than 25 years of experience in the field of nutrition, and President of CBR Nutrition Enterprises, a nutrition consulting and counseling service. She is author of Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes, a guide that helps African-Americans with diabetes learn how to prepare and enjoy ethnic fare from the American South and Caribbean. Her latest work, The African American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes takes a body/mind/spirit approach to daily diabetes self-care. She has been nutrition consultant for books such as The Essence Total Makeover and Lighten Up: Healthquest’s Complete 30-Day African-American Weight Loss Program, and contributed to Food, Cuisine, and Cultural Competency for Culinary, Hospitality, and Nutrition Professionals.

Her professional honors include 2009 Distinguished Dietitian from the New York State Dietetic Association, and 2007 Diabetes Educator of the Year from the American Dietetic Association Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group. She is a past president of the New York State Dietetic Association; and currently a national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. A former honoree of Health Power for Minorities, her blog, Diabetes: Don’t Claim It! Manage It! www.eatingsoulfully.com/blog, is also cross-linked in the Health Power Blog.


Cordelia Clapp, RN, BSN,- – – Editor; American Indian/Native American Channel; Spokesperson of the American Heart Association and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, U.S. DHHS.
Cordelia Clapp is a Native American health care professional currently working as a nurse consultant and educator for the tribes of Oklahoma and nationally, providing numerous national and religional presentations on all aspects of health disparities that plague the Tribal communities.  Focus on heart health awareness for women, continues to be a passion in her 24 years of nursing.  Her goal in life is to make a difference for all people in overall health care needs especially the underserved, the Native American.
Current Ms. Clapp is a member of three National Boards:  two for the American Heart Association and one for the Department of Justice and she also serves on four local boards, the Dearing House (Child Advocacy Center), Ponca City Domentic Violence Shelter, Ponca City Memorial Hospital Diabetic Advisory Board and Pani Hope Executive Advisory Board (Pawnee Systems of Care Program).


Darci Graves, MPP, MA, MA, — Health Power Editor on Spirituality, Culture and Health, and Aging; and Senior Health Education and Policy Specialist at SRA International, Inc.
Darci L. Graves, MPP, MA, MA is Health Power Editor onSpirituality, Culture and Health, and Aging, is also a Senior Health Education and Policy Specialist at SRA International, Inc. where she is currently a Deputy Project Manager.  Her activities in that capacity include serving as the primary content expert for education and policy initiatives regarding a contract with the U.S.  Office of Minority Health regarding cultural competence and health disparities, and serving as task lead on a project to address revisions of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care (CLAS Standards), and serving as task manager for curriculum development and interactive supplementary materials for online curriculum dedicated to cultural competence.
Prior positions held by Darci Graves include Cultural Competence Training Manager for Network Omni Multilingual Communications, and Coordinator for Cultural and Religious Diversity at the University of Maryland.  She has also taught courses onDiversity and Pluralism, Normal Processes of Aging, and An Interdisciplinary Approach to Patient Care. Topics addressed in her publications, presentations and facilitations include Communication Skills, Aging, and Long-Term Care in addition to Spirituality.
Darci Graves holds Masters Degrees from the University of Maryland, University of Missouri, and  Missouri State University.


Denese O. Shervington, M.D., FAFA, – – – Editor, Health Power Mental Health Channel; Director of Psychiatry, Harlem Hospital Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Prior positions held include Associate Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Meharry Medical College; Regional Medical Director, New Orleans Region, Louisiana Office of Mental Health; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Science Center; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Population Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A graduate of New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Shervington completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and received her MPH in Population Studies and Family Planning from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is the author of two books: SoulQuest, A Healing Journey For Women of the African Diaspora, (Random House); and Three Women (Silver Lion Press).



Donna Wang, M.D.,- – – Co-Editor, Health Power Asian Pacific Islander Channel.

Professor of Medicine, Director of Investigative Medicine and Vice Chair for Basic Research at Michigan State University. She has served on a variety of National Institutes of Health (NIH) advisory bodies, and on the editorial boards of such publications as Hypertension; Current Hypertension Reviews; American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulation; and the Journal of Cardiothoracic-Renal Research.

Dr. Wang’s major volunteer activities for the American Heart Association include serving on its: Publication Committee; Science Advisory & Coordinating Committee; Women & Minorities Leadership Committee, as Chair; and Advocacy Coordinating Committee. In addition, Dr. Wang is President and Chairperson of the Board of the Academy of Cardiovascular Research Excellence.

The numerous past and present consultancies of Dr. Wang include The Council of Healthcare Advisers, and The Wellcome Trust. She earned her M.D. degree from Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences in Guangzhou, China.



Dr. Elena Rios Headshot 2016Elena Rios, M.D.,- – – Editor, Health Power Hispanic/Latino Channel; President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association

Dr. Rios serves as President & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, (NHMA), representing 50,000 Hispanic physicians in the United States. The mission of the organization is to improve the health of Hispanics. Dr. Rios also serves as President of NHMA’s National Hispanic Health Foundation affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, to direct educational and research activities.

Dr. Rios also serves on the Campaign Against Obesity, Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nurse Family Partnership, Better Medicare Alliance and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda Boards of Directors, the Cancer Treatment Centers for America Hispanic Advisory Council, and the National Quality Forum’s National Priorities Partnerships Steering Committees. Dr. Rios has lectured and published articles and has received several leadership awards, including awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Congressional Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American Caucuses, American Public Health Association Latino Caucus, Association of Hispanic Health Executives, Minority Health Month, Inc., Hispanic Magazine, Verizon’s First Pollin Community Service Award, and Amerigroup. Dr. Rios was appointed to the Minority Alumni Hall of Fame of Stanford University in October, 2006, as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine in 2007, and on the Institute of Medicine Global Forum for Health Professions Education in 2014.

Dr. Rios earned undergraduate degrees and an MS degree from Stanford University and UCLA School of Public Health, and her M.D. degree from UCLA School of Medicine. She then served an NIH fellowship focusing on access to care for minorities, and management skills among family practice physicians.



Erme C. Maula, R.N., MSN,- – – Co-Editor of Health Power Asian-Pacific Islander Channel; Advance Practice Community Health Nurse

Consultant to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, coordinating HIV/AIDS programs and ensuring that people have access to culturally and linguistically appropriate health care. Other specialty areas are maternal and child care, women’s health, and community health.

An active advocate for the visibility of Asian and Pacific Islander communities, Ms. Maula is Chair of both the East Coast Asian AIDS Network, and the Asian and Pacific Islander Women’s HIV/AIDS National Network. She is also a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.



Gerald Hoke, M.D., M.P.H.,- – – Editor, Health Power Men’s Health Channel; Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Harlem Hospital, New York, NY.
Dr. Hoke is also Chief of Urology at Harlem Hospital Center, NYC. Born in Harlem, he attended New York University and subsequently  received his M.D. degree from Cornell University Medical College. Following residency training at Downstate-Kings County Medical Center, he completed his urologic training at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where he currently maintains a faculty appointment in the Department of Urology.
Postgraduate training included an MPH degree Columbia University School of Public Health.  His clinical expertise is primarily in men’s health issues, male and female sexual dysfunction, prostate diseases, and incontinence.  Dr. Hoke is a board-certified urologist, has authored numerous scientific publications, and been appointed to several prestigious committees including the New York State Prostate Cancer Task Force, and the American Urological Associations’ Practice Parameters and Guidelines Subcommittee.  He has been named onee of the nations’ top 100 physicians by Black Enterprise Magazine and one of the top 25 Black New York physicians by The Network Journal.


Javette C. Orgain, M.D., – – – Editor, Health Power African-American Channel; Past President, National Medical Association

Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine; Chair, African-American Health Care Council in Chicago; Co-Chair, Illinois State Board of Health; and Board member, Illinois Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Orgain was the 100th President of the National Medical Association (NMA). She has had extensive International Health experience including professional activities in China, South America, East, West and Southern Africa, the Caribbean, France, Cuba, and Laos. Her numerous honors include recognitions in Ebony and Black Enterprise magazines.

She earned her M.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.



Jayshree Winters, M.D., FAPA,- – – Editor, Health Power Mental Health Channel; Psychiatric Consultant at Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital, NJ.

Psychiatric Consultant and in the private practice of general psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Prior positions held include Supervising Psychiatrist, Rockland Psychiatric Center (NY); and Staff Psychiatrist at both County of Rockland, Orangetown Mental Health Center (NY), and Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center, Mental Health Center in White Plains, N.Y.

Dr. Winters has lectured extensively, conducted numerous workshops, and appeared on a variety of radio and TV programs. Representative community involvement includes Member, Board of Directors, Cancer Care of Ridgewood, NJ; and the Advisory Council Center for International Studies, Bergen Community College; Member, Asian Indian Women’s Association, Multi-Ethnic Task Force, Bergen County Department of Human Services; and Language Bank of Red Cross International. She has received numerous awards and citations including: Marquis Who’s Who in the East, Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2000 Women of Achievement (worldwide).

Dr. Winters earned her M.B.B.S. (Medical) degree from M.S. University, Baroda, India, completed her Psychiatry Residency, New York Medical College, and her Certification in Psychoanalysis from Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.



Jermane Bond, Ph.D.,Editor of Health Power’s Men’s Health Channel
Jermane Bond, Ph.D., is a Senior Advisor of Health Power for Minorities (Health Power), and Editor of its Men’s Health Channel. He is also a Research Scientist in the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
His research interests include paternal involvement in pregnancy outcomes, men’s preconception health, reproductive  life planning and racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality.  With funding from the Office of Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Bond recently formed and currently directs the Commission on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes, (a transdisciplinary working group of social scientists and public health professionals) to raise awareness for the importance of paternal involvement in pregnancy and family health by reframing debates, and informing research, policy and practice to support greater involvement of expectant fathers in pregnancy.
 Dr. Bond is Vice President of the Board of Directors at the Family Health and Birth Center in the District of Columbia, a member of the American College of Epidemiology and has been recently appointed to serve on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health.
Dr. Bond earned a B.A. degree from Morehouse College, and his Ph.D. degree from Howard University.  He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.


Karen L. Bell, M.D., MAAN,- – – Editor, Aging Health Channel; Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology, Columbia Univ College of Physicians and Surgeons, Taub Institute for Alzheimer’s Research and the Aging Brain.

Dr. Bell’s Associate Clinical Professorship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons is in the G.H. Sergievsky Center and the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain. She is also an Associate Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials Group at Columbia University.

She is former Director of the Minority Recruitment Core for the National Institute of Aging-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, and is interested in achieving ethnic diversity in enrollment in Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials on a national level. She has developed physician and community education programs, and is Program Coordinator of Region 1 of the  National Medical Association.

Dr. Bell completed her undergraduate studies at New York University, her M.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, served her internship at Harlem Hospital Center, and completed her Neurology residency and fellowship at Columbia University.


Kathleen R. Watson, M.D., P.M.; Disability Consultant, – – – Editor, Fitness Branch of Health Power Food and Fitness Channel

After practicing Physiatry and Sports Medicine for 20 years, Dr. Watson is a Disability Consultant to a variety of insurance companies and other entities. Other prior experience includes Assistant Clinical Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Representative clients for whom consultative services have been provided include Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); Chairperson, University of the West Indies Medical Alumni Association – Tri-State Chapter; Co-Chair, Task Force for Government Affairs, Academy of Pain Medicine; Chair, Medical Committee, International Hockey Federation. Recognitions include Listing in Connelly’s List of Best Doctors in New York – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; and Recipient, International Hockey Federation Award.

Dr. Watson earned her MBBS (Medical) degree from the University of the West Indies.



Lillian Beard, M.D., FAAP, – – – Editor, Health Power Teen & Parent Channels; National Spokesperson, American Academy of Pediatrics.

 Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Howard University College of Medicine.

Dr. Beard is author of the popular book, Salt in Your Sock(2003), which is based on her varied pediatric practice. Her extensive media experience includes being a current National Spokesperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics, having a feature column in Good Housekeeping magazine, and being a guest expert on numerous radio and television programs including CBS Good Morning, and CNN.
She earned her Baccalaureate and M.D. degrees from Howard University.


M. Natalie Achong, M.D., FACOG,Women’s Health Expert and Advocate, Ob/Gyn
Past Clinical Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, School of Medicine.  A certified obstetrician/gynecologist, her focus is on Women’s Health, especially empowerment of women and families through health information and education.
A member of the Board of Trustees of the National Medical Association, she is Chairperson of its Public Affairs Committee and a member of its Council on Concerns of Women Physicians.  She has an interest in medi and related experience includes:  featured columnist, Ask Dr. Natalie for Lifetime Magazine, which reached over seven million readers, and being featured in both Prevention and Essence magazines. She has also lectured widely on consumer-oriented issues such as intimate partner violence, wellness and fitness and health disparities.
Dr. Achong earned her M.D. degree from New York University School of Medicine, and did her specialty training at Yale University School of Medicine.  She has received numerous awards.


Martha Sanchez,- – – Editor, Health Power Hispanic/Latino Channel; Program Director for the Northern Manhattan Start Right Coaltion, Center for Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health
As Director of the Northern Manhattan Start Right Coalition, Heilbrunn Center for Population and Family Health of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, Martha Sanchez she oversees a major U.D. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded Reach 2010 Program.
Prior positions held by her include Program Manager of the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, a Central Harlem Healthy Start Project; Assistant Project Director of the Natonal Development and Research Institute (NDRI); and Research Coordinator for AIDS Programs of the New York City Department of Health.  She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Sanchez earned her BA degree in Psychology from Lehman College, the City University of New York, and her MA degree in Health Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.


Michael Ellenbogen,Health Power Editor and Advisor and Global Expert on Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Caregiving
Michael Ellenbogen was diagnosed with Young-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 49. Prior to his diagnosis, he was a network operations manager for a Fortune 500 financial institution. Difficulty with work-related tasks eventually led to his early retirement.
As a world-renowned Alzheimer’s and dementia advocate, he has been featured in nationally syndicated TV, radio and other media outlets. He has written for blogs, newspapers and websites and shared his personal perspective as a guest speaker.
Michael currently serves on the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee and other advisory councils. He is a regular speaker at the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services and has been featured in the Alzheimer’s Disease International’s 2012 World Alzheimer’s Report.
He is interested in motivating those with Alzheimer’s to raise their voices and reduce the stigma surrounding the disease. He believes that his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease is not the end for him, because he has so much more to give to the world. Michael wrote about his journey with the disease in his latest book entitled “From the Corner Office to Alzheimer’s.”


Monair J. Hamilton, Ph.D., MPH, CHES, Editor of the Health Power Preventive Health Channel; Director, Training and Technical Assistance, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
 Dr. Hamilton’s work primarily focuses on building capacity within the 100 counties of North Carolina to engage in evidence-based cancer prevention and control practices; thus increasing knowledge about and participation in cancer prevention research opportunities across higher education, health care, public health and community organizations.
A certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), she has taught in the field of Health Education and Promotion on the college level for nearly 10 years, and has been awarded for her leadership and service by numerous professional, civic and community organizations.  Dr. Hamilton has been an invited speaker at numerous events including consecutive American Heart Association Conferences.  Her primary areas of expertise include:  health disparities in minority populations, cultural competence and health education.
Dr. Hamilton earned her B.S. degree in Community Health Education from York College (CUNY), her MPH degree from Hunter College (CUNY), and her Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from Kent State University, Ohio.


Rachel Villanueva, M.D., FACOG, Women’s Health Expert and Advocate, Ob/Gyn
Prior professional positions held by Dr. Villanueva include Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/GYN, New York University School of Medicine; and Coordinator, Yale University School of Medicine Minority Research Appretice Program.
Leadership positions held include National President, and Member of the Board of Directors, Student National Medical Association; Vice Chair and Chair, Council on Concerns of Women Physicians, National Medical Association; President, Manhattan Central Medical Society; and Member, Executive Committee, Association of Alumni in Yale Medicine.
Dr. Villanueva earned her B.S. degree from Yale University, and her M.D. degree, cum laude, from Yale University School of Medicine.


Robert G. Robinson, MSW, Dr.PH,- – – Health Power Editor, Smoking and Health, and Race, Culture and Health
Developer of the Pathways to Freedom (PTF) program. Because of PTF’s national status as  the state-of-the-art tobacco control program for African Americans, it has been published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and is distributed free on request. Dr. Robinson also spearheaded the coalition that defeated the introduction of UPTOWN cigarette, the first tobacco product produced and marketed specifically for African Americans.
Dr Robinson is former Associate Director for Health Equity of the Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – 1993 to 2006.  At CDC, Dr. Robinson developed national programs targeting the needs of communties of color, women, blue collar and agricultural workers, gays and lesbians, low income and youth.  He is a former Researcher at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, where he developed PTF. He has also developed policy and program initiatives for South America and Sub-Sahara Africa.
He was the first Chairperson of the African American Studies Program at Adelphi University, and focuses now on further understanding and knowledge of the underpinnings of race, community, and cultural competence, in order to help advance progress related to equity and social justice.
Dr. Robinson earned his BA degree from City University of New York, his MSW degree from Adelphi University, and his MPH and Dr. P.H. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.


Robert L. Johnson, M.D., FAAP, Dean; Professor and Chair, Pediatrics/Psychiatry; Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Denistry of N.J.
Research focus on adolescent physical and mental health, adolescent violence, adolescent fatherhood and risk prevention, and reduction programs emphasizing substance and alcohol abuse, sexually and sexual dysfunction.
A Fellow of the American Academy of Medicine, Dr. Johnson serves on the Board of Health Care Services, and the Board of Law and Justice of the National Academy of Sciences.
He is also Author of “Strength for Their Journey”, and “The Race Trap”.


Sharon Allison-Ottey, M.D.,Editor, Health Power Aging Health Channel; Author, Speaker and Health Strategist (www.drsharononline.com) Executive Director, The COSHAR Foundation (Maryland)
Internal Medical and Geriatrics trained Director of Health Education and Community Initiatives at the COSHAR Foundation, based in Baltimore. She has been named Investigator of the Year by the American Geriatric Society for pioneering work on AIDS in the elderly, and her current research involves Health Literacy, Spirtuality and Direct to Consumer Advertising.
Dr. Allison-Ottey has taken health education to the airwaves with radio broadcasts and numerous other venues including print media, television, workshops, conferences and lectures.  She serves on several boards including Partnership for Clear Health Communication, and is a former member of the Board of Trustees, National Medical Association. Other leadership positions include membersip on the Minority Affairs Consortium of the American Medical Association.  She earned dual Bachelor’s degrees from North Carolina Central University, and her MD degree from East Carolina University School of Medicine.


Suki Terada Ports, AB, – – – Editor, Health Power Asian-Pacific Islander Channel; Founder and Executive Director, Family Health Project, Inc. (NYC).
Prior positins held include Co-Founder and Executive Director, Minority Task Force on AIDS; Co-Founder and/or Steering Committee member, National Minority AIDS Council, East Coast Asian and Pacific Islander Network, and Voices of Women of Color Against HIV/AIDS.  She is also a member, Board of Directors, Asian & Pacific Islanders Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA), and Iris House.
Publicatons include “Learning Culture:  on Asian and Pacific Islander Populations“, in U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Journal on Innovations/Issues in HIV Service Delivery, Special Projects of National Significance, 1996.
She earned her Baccalaureate degree from Smith College.


Walretta O. Jones, M.A., RD, CDN,- – – Editor, Health Power Food & Fitness Channel; Past President, New York Chapter of American Dietetic Association; Adjunct Professor in Nutrition and Food Science, Hunter College
Adjunct Professor, Hunter College, City University of New York and Instructor, Nutrition and Food Science Program, Hunter Graduate School of Health Science.  Prior positions held in the nutrition field include Chief of Nutrition and Food Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center (NYC).
Prior faculty positions include:  Charles R. Drew Medical School Continuing Education Sea and Shore Seminars on the SS Rotterdam; New York Universtiy; and Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
From 1976 to 1981, Ms. Jones was Producer and Host of “Nutrition on the Air”, a 30-minute radio talk program aired in New York City.


Wendell A. Moore,- – – Health Power Advisor on Teen Issues; Adolescent Health Specialist.
Wendell Moore is former Director of an Adolescent Theatre Company which was conceptualized and established by Health Power’s President, and jointly funded by four years by the New York State and New York City Departments of Health. Moore is also former Director of HIV Prevention Education at Safe Space, Inc., a 300 staff New York City non-profit organization providing services to teenagers, and Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Our Voices, Safe Space’s risk reducing newsletter. In addition, he was also the organizaton’s Artistic Director of its Arts Academy.
Key among Moore’s numerous consultancies were Life Skills Trainer of the National Football League (NFL) and Youth Speak Out Conference Moderator of Hunter College, City University of New York.  He also has broad expertise in the computer field as well as in video-production, curriculum development, and creative writing.
Moore received his BA degree in Journalism and Communication from the City College of New York.


Wilbert C. Jordan, MD, MPH,Director, OASIS Clinic and AIDS Program of Los Angeles

He treated his first patient in 1979, and in 1981 called him for follow-up, saying “I know what you have”. Thus, he has been involved with HIV from the beginning. That includes three terms on the original Los Angeles County Commission on AIDS, which he chaired for two years; and being actively involved with the original HIV Planning Council.

Outreach has been a long term interest of Dr. Jordan, and in 1986 he developed the “Focused Intervention Model, which has been cited by CDC and other major public and private health organizations. Because of this model, Oasis Clinic continues to see 1 to 12 new HIV/AIDS clients each month, and many with CD4 counts below 400.

Further interests of Dr. Jordan, who has served extensively as a national consultant on HIV/AIDS, are addressing the needs of adolescents, women and transgender clients, and further developing Oasis community Advisory boards with support groups, for each of these groups.


William B. Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., DFAPA,- – -Editor, Health Power Mental Health Channel; Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry; Howard University College of Medicine

Prior positions include Chief, Mental Health, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana Unversity School of Medicine; and Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Section, National Medical Association.

Honors and awards received include Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Member, Scientific Advisory Board, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; Committee Member, National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine; recipient, American Psychiatric Association’s Jeanne M. Spurlock Minority Fellowship Achievement Award; Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, National Depression and Manic Depressive Society.

Dr. Lawson earned his B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from Howard University, University of Virginia and University of New Hampshire, respectively, and his M.D. degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago.


Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., AAFM, Family and Preventive Medicine Expert and Advocate
Dr. Wooten is former Chair, National Medical Association (NMA) Council on Concerns of Women Physicians; Chair, NMA Women’s Health Section; Chair, Council on Concerns of Women Physicians; Chair, NMA Board of Trustees; and Past Chair, Region VI, NMA. She also directs the NMA’s CDC funded national Diabetes Education Program.
Faculty positions held at the University of California at San Diego include Faculty Coordinator, Sports and Exercise, and Associate Clinical Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine. She has participated in medical missions in Ghana, Jamaica, and Kenya.
Dr. Wooten earned her BS degree from Spelman College, and her MPH and MD degrees from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.


Yvonne J. Graham, R.N., M.P.H., – – – Editor, Health Power Caribbean Health Channel; Founder and Past Executive Director, Carribean Women’s Health Association
Deputy Borough President of Brooklyn where her areas of responsibility include borough-wide health policy issues, Yvonne Graham is a pioneer in public health. She founded, and served as was Executive Director of the Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA) from 1982 to 2001. CWHA provides comprehensive, culturally sensitive healthcare, immigration and social support services to a diverse clientele of more than 30,000.
In the capacity of Deputy Borough President of Brooklyn, a position assumed in 2001, in addition to overseeing health care policy, she is the Borough President’s primary representative and key advisor on immigration and general welfare issues.
A Registered Nurse, Yvonne Graham earned her baccalaureate degree from St. Joseph’s College (NYC).