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The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) is a collaborative of 23 national public health organizations. Since 1992, the Council on Linkages has worked to further academic/practice collaboration to ensure a well-trained, competent workforce and the development and use of a strong evidence base for public health practice. Council on Linkages member organizations and their current representatives are listed below.
American Public Health Association (APHA)
C. William Keck, MD, MPH, Chair of the Council
Professor Emeritus, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Susan Swider, PhD, APHN-BC

Professor and Program Director

Rush University Medical Center


American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)
Beverly Taylor, MD
Chair, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Program Director, Preventive Medicine Residency Program
Morehouse School of Medicine
Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI)
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)
Amy F. Lee, MD, MPH, MBA
MPH Program Director
The Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health (CEOMPH)
Association of Accredited Public Health Programs ​(AAPHP)
Gary Gilmore, MPH, PhD, MCHES
Professor and Director, Graduate Community Health Programs
University of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin-Extension
Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)
Philip T. Amuso, PhD
Former Laboratory Director (Retired)
Tampa Laboratory, Bureau of Public Health Laboratories
Florida Department of Health
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
Lynn Goldman, MD, MS, MPH
Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health
Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health
The George Washington University
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
Wendy Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM
Director, Center for Public Health Practice
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
Professor, Health, Policy, and Management
Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Rebecca Gold, JD
Associate Director for Policy
Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)
Barbara Gottlieb, MD
Primary Care Internist
Brookside Community Health Center 
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Laura Rasar King, MPH, MCHES
Executive Director
Council on Education for Public Health
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Beth Ransopher, RS, MEP
Management Analyst II/Workforce Development Manager
Columbus Public Health (OH)
National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH)
Christina Dokter, MA, PhD
National Association of Local Boards of Health
Faculty, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Michigan State University
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
Carolyn Harvey, PhD
Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Eastern Kentucky University
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Lisa Lang, MPP
Assistant Director for Health Services Research Information
National Library of Medicine
National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI)
Patrick Lenihan, PhD
Executive Director
Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago
National Public Health Leadership Development Network (NLN)
Louis Rowitz, PhD
Professor, Community Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
Quad Council Coalition of Public Health Nursing Organizations (Quad Council Coalition)
Susan Little, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, CPHQ
Continuing Nursing Education Specialist/Primary Nurse Planner
Public Health Nurse Consultant
Division of Public Health, Local Technical Assistance and Training Branch
Public Health Nursing & Professional Development Unit
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
Michael Fagen, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor and Chief, Public Health Practice Division
Department of Preventive Medicine
Director, MPH Program, Institute for Public Health and Medicine
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
​​Matthew J. Clark
Education Program Specialist, Interagency Shared Training
Department of Veterans Affairs