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Advancing the public health workforce to achieve organizational excellence


​​​​​The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) is a collaborative of 24 national public health and population 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)
Olabisi Badmus, MD, MPH 
Program Director, Prisma Health-Midlands/USC Preventive Medicine Residency
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Staff Physician, Occupational Health Services/Employee Health
Prisma Health-Midlands​
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)
Leah Gillis, PhD
Former Laboratory Director (Retired)
Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Public Health Laboratories – Miami
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
Paul K. Halverson, DrPH, FACHE
Professor and Founding Dean
Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Indiana University
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
Professor and Director, Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina—​Chapel Hill
Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
Erin Seedorf, DrPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Professions​
Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUD)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Michelle Carvalho, MPH, MCHES
Lead, Learning Design & Fellowship Education Team
Education and Training Services Branch
Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Liza Corso, MPA
Senior Advisor for Public Health Practice and Accreditation
Performance Development, Evaluation, and Training Branch
Division of Performance Improvement and Field Services
Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)
Barbara Gottlieb, MD
Primary Care Internist
Brookside Community Health Center 
Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations (CPHNO)
Lori Edwards, DrPH, MPH, BSN, RN, CNS-PCH, BC
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Health
School of Nursing
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists ​(CSTE)
Erica Smith, PhD, MPH
Deputy State Epidemiologist
Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
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)
Terry Brandenburg, MBA, MPH, CPH
Director, MPH Program
Medical College of Wisconsin
National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH)
Andrew J. Quarnstrom
Township Supervisor
City of Champaign Township (IL)

National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE)

Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN

Executive Director

Mississippi Public Health Association

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
D. Gary Brown, DrPH, CIH, RS, DAAS
Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, Environmental Public Health Science\Industrial Hygiene and Sustainability
Eastern Kentucky University
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI)
Serena McCovery, MBA 
Program Manager
National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT)

Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB​)
Rex Archer, MD, MPH
Professor and Director of Population and Public Health
Department of Curriculum and Integrated Learning
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kansas City University (MO)
Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
Michael Fagen, PhD, MPH
Professor and Chief, Public Health Practice Division
Department of Preventive Medicine
Director, Program in Public Health, Institute for Public Health and Medicine
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Nancy Harada, PhD, PT
Health Services Researcher
Office of Academic Affiliations
Department of Veterans Affairs