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Our Mission

PHRASES is designed to improve the ability of public health professionals to communicate the impact and value of the public health field to other sectors in language that resonates and fosters cross-sector partnerships and alliances.

Building on the recognition that key policy and programmatic decisions are too often made without the expertise of public health, PHRASES builds capacity among public health professionals to collaborate with other decision makers in order to achieve shared goals and objectives.

PHRASES
Advisory Committee

Twelve leaders representing a diverse set of sectors provide guidance on PHRASES priorities, strategies, and messaging.

Co-Chair

Karen DeSalvo

MD, MPH, MSc

  • Professor of Medicine and Population Health

    University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

  • Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health

    U.S. Department of HHS

  • Former Health Commissioner

    City of New Orleans

Co-Chair

Soledad O'Brien
  • CEO

    Starfish Media Group

  • Host

    Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien

Member

John Auerbach

MBA

  • President & CEO

    Trust for America's Health

  • Former Associate Director for Policy

    CDC

  • Former Commissioner of Public Health

    Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Member

Raymond J. Baxter

PhD

  • Former Senior Vice President for Community Benefit, Research, and Health Policy

    Kaiser Permanente

  • Board Member

    CDC Foundation

  • Trustee

    Blue Shield of California Foundation

Member

Richard Berke
  • Executive Editor

    STAT

  • Former Executive Editor

    Politico

  • Former Reporter and Editor

    New York Times

Member

Gary M. Cohen

MBA

  • Executive Vice President and President, Global Health

    BD

  • Board Member

    CDC Foundation

Member

John J. Dreyzehener

MD, MPH, FACOEM

  • Commissioner

    Tennessee Department of Health

Member

Sandro Galea

MD, DrPH

  • Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor

    School of Public Health, Boston University

Member

Jackie Judd
  • Journalist and Communications Consultant

Member

Joe Reardon

JD

  • President and CEO

    Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Member

Lawrence Wallack

DrPH, MPH, MSc

  • Emeritus Professor of Public Health

    UC Berkeley

  • Distinguished Fellow

    Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

  • Former Dean

    College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University

Member

Leana Wen

MD, MSc

  • Health Commissioner

    Baltimore City

Project Team

PHRASES Staff

Ruth J. Katz

JD, MPH

  • Vice President

    Aspen Institute

  • Executive Director

    Health, Medicine and Society Program

Maureen Byrnes

MPA

  • Project Director

    PHRASES

Katie Taylor

MSc

  • Communications Project Manager

    PHRASES

Andie Vaught

MPH

  • Research Associate

    PHRASES

Our Partnership

PHRASES is a joint project of the de Beaumont Foundation and the Aspen Institute’s Health, Medicine and Society Program.

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The de Beaumont Foundation

The de Beaumont Foundation’s mission is to strengthen and transform public health in the United States by improving the effectiveness and capacity of local and state health departments.

The Foundation believes that a strong public health system is essential and works to strengthen and transform the practice of public health through strategic and engaged grantmaking. Programs funded by the Foundation build the capacity and stature of the public health workforce, improve public health infrastructure, and advance the distribution and relevancy of information and data in the field.

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The Aspen Institute’s Health, Medicine and Society (HMS) Program

HMS, the domestic health initiative of the Aspen Institute, brings together influential groups of thought leaders, decisionmakers, and the informed public to tackle health challenges facing the US in the 21st century. Reasoned discussion and analytical rigor are core elements of its nonpartisan work, but HMS also honors disruptive thinking; seeks intersections across disciplines; and goes well beyond the “usual suspects” in recruiting participants for its events.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.

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