Giang Nguyen, MD, MPH, MSCE is Executive Director of Harvard University Health Services and the Henry K. Oliver Chair of Hygiene. He provides strategic vision and oversight for the department’s clinical services, public health initiatives, emergency preparedness, compliance and accreditation, health insurance compliance, and immunization compliance programs. Previously, Giang served as the Executive Director of the University of Pennsylvania Student Health Service, the health center for the University’s 24,000 students. Dr. Nguyen was born in Vietnam and holds degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers/UMDNJ, and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Nguyen’s research includes health equity, college health, community engagement, health communication, preventive care, Asian immigrant health, and LGBTQ health. His community engagement work has included outreach to Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian refugees, health fairs and immunization clinics, cancer education workshops, advocacy, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ issues. He has served numerous boards and advisory committees regionally and nationally. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the American College Health Association.
Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world's poorest people. Dr. Farmer holds an MD and PhD from Harvard University, where he is the Kolokotrones University Professor and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. He is professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Farmer is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Bronislaw Malinowski Award and the Margaret Mead Award from the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Louise Ivers is the Executive Director for the Center for Global Health, practicing infectious diseases physician, Interim Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ivers has spent her career providing care to the rural and urban poor and engaging in patient-oriented investigation that offer solutions to barriers to healthcare. She has worked on healthcare delivery in India, Southeast Asia, and Africa. She was based in Haiti for 10 years and served as Clinical Director and then Chief of Mission before serving on the executive leadership team at Partners In Health, responsible for global strategic implementation. She has served as an Advisor to the WHO, and the Haitian Ministry of Health, and is a delegate to the Global Task Force for Cholera Control at WHO. She has collaborated with U.S. government, EU, multilateral, non-governmental organizations, and private industry partners. She mentors Haitian, American, and Irish physicians and students in global health implementation and research. She is the editor of a textbook on food insecurity and public health, and over 50 peer-reviewed published papers and chapters on global health issues.
Dr. Bruce Walker is the Director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, a Professor at Harvard Medical School ad Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and a board-certified Infectious Disease specialist. The overarching goal of his laboratory is to define the interplay of immunologic, virologic and host genetic factors that determine control of human viral infections, to guide vaccine development and immunotherapeutic interventions. His research focuses in particular on HIV and HIV-specific CD8+ T cell responses, and these studies are performed both at the Ragon Institute and at the Africa Health Research Institute, a state of the art Tb-HIV research facility he helped establish in Durban, South Africa and served as one of the founding co-directors. Dr. Walker is also an Adjunct Professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the American Association of Physicians (AAP), and the National Academy of Medicine.
Ingrid Katz, MD, MHS, is the Associate Faculty Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute and an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She serves as an Associate Physician in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is a research scientist at the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research over the past decade has focused on the social determinants of health-seeking behavior among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, with the goal of developing sustainable, socio-behavioral interventions aimed at improving care for the most underserved. As an HGHI Burke fellow in 2015, her research tested strategies to engage with treatment refusers about the benefits of early treatment, in order to achieve the goal of “Treatment as Prevention” in South Africa. She has been consistently funded as a Principal Investigator through the National Institutes of Health since 2012 and has served as an Editorial Fellow and a National Correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine.
Marie Louise Jean Baptiste
Dr. Marie Louise Jean Baptiste was born in Haiti where she attended medical school and residency. In response to the health needs of the Haitian immigrant community, she found herself learning about and providing tuberculosis and HIV care in addition to primary medical care. Dr. Jean Baptiste has also been an active teacher of Harvard medical students in the “Patient Doctor” sequence and preceptor of medical residents in her clinical settings. She was appointed Program Director for minority affairs for the internal residency training program, to recognize her leadership role in the Department of Medicine in promoting a safe, diverse and culturally competent milieu for medical practice and training. Dr. Jean Baptiste has also been an advocate for health care access for the Cambridge and Somerville linguistic minority communities. She offers group visits for patients with diabetes, records health promotional messages for local radio stations, and trains “volunteer health advisors” to promote health of their communities. Dr. Jean Baptiste has won numerous public service and teaching awards.
Claudine Moïse was born in the Bahamas to Haitian parents, fromwhich point she immigrated to the states and grew up in North Miami, Florida. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bethune Cookman University and doctoral training at Seattle Pacific University, where she earned her PhD in clinical psychology. She has conducted research, developed programs, and implemented school-based MI/MET, harm reduction/ relapse prevention interventions, and facilitated substance use and trauma informed treatment programs with veterans and civilians. She worked conducting cross-cultural neuropsychological testing for asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants. She served as a psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological examiner and ran a number of unique groups across a broad spectrum of mental health diverse settings. Since starting her fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, Claudine has been an active committee member, and later co-leader of the Social Justice Coalition (SJC). She has recently joined the Haitian media platform, Kwen Sante (“The Health Corner)- which is part of UDH Services organization with Dr. Jean Baptiste & Alix Simeon- where she serves as a health coach speaker providing a series of mental health related education services intended to create awareness, empower, & mobilize health related change in the Haitian community.
Dr. Sara Oliver currently serves as the Lead for the COVID-19 vaccines ACIP Work Group and a Medical Officer in the Division of Viral Diseases, National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). She previously worked in the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch, where she was the H. influenzae subject matter expert. Dr. Oliver came to the CDC in 2015 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Disease. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, completed a Pediatrics residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama and Masters of Science in Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.