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Speakers - 11th Annual Bud Benenson Distinguished Lecture Series


"Unrecognized and Underserved Torture Survivors: Gaps in Their Healthcare"

Kathi Anderson, MA

In 1997, Kathi co-founded Survivors of Torture, International (SURVIVORS). SURVIVORS’ mission is to facilitate the healing of torture survivors and their families; educate professionals and the public about torture and its consequences and advocate of the abolition of torture. She served as SURVIVORS’ first board chair before becoming its executive director. She has extensive experience in health care, human rights, refugee resettlement and higher education. She received from San Jose State University her M.A. in Counseling and from the University of the Pacific her B.A. in International Relations with an emphasis on Latin America. She studied in Mexico and worked in Costa Rica. Kathi serves as an elected member of the Denmark-based International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims’ Executive Committee and is one of the co-founders and officers of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs. She recently termed off as the elected chair of the San Diego Refugee Forum. She currently serves on the advisory boards of San Diego State University School of Social Work, University of the Pacific School of International Studies and Lutheran Office of Public Policy. She has also served on national boards of directors of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Amnesty International and Center for Employment Training.


"The Coming of Computational Epidemiology"

Onyebuchi (Onyi) Arah, MD, MSc, MPH, DSc, PhD

Onyi Arah is a Professor at the Department of Epidemiology, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is an epidemiologic methodologist specializing in quantitative methods for bias analysis, causal inference, simulations, clinical outcomes and comparative effectiveness research, and global social epidemiology. His research interests include applications of modern statistical, causal, bias analytical, and complex simulation methods to studies of obesity, diabetes, end-stage renal disease, pediatric and perinatal outcomes, and occupational physical activity and heart disease.


"Examining Homelessness from a Systems Perspective: The San Diego County Homeless System Framework"

Suzanne Lindsay, PhD, MSW, MPH

Dr. Sue Lindsay is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Emeritus at San Diego State University and is the Executive Director of the Institute for Public Health (iph.sdsu.edu). The mission of the IPH is to bridge the academic resources of SDSU with the considerable resources of the public health practice community to improve the health of our communities and to reduce health disparities. Her expertise is the dissemination and implementation of evidence based research into community practice settings with a focus on health equity and the elimination of health disparities. As such, she has always been a community-engaged scholar, with the goal of adapting and adopting evidence based practices into diverse community settings in full partnership with community practitioners and community members. Her scholarship examines multiple types of interventions designed to screen, diagnose and treat a health disease or condition through a systems lens and to encourage the academic and professional practice communities to reach beyond academic study designs that ask the question “Does this program/project work?” to questions that ask “How many interventions of what type are required in what neighborhoods to reduce this disease or condition in the population (collective impact)”? Over her 15-year career she has served as the PI or Co-PI of grants and contracts totaling over $30 million all of which were academic/community partnerships. Her current work involves the development of a System Framework to monitor progress and outcomes for all programs involved in San Diego County’s Homeless System of Care.


"The Global Refugee Crisis: The U.S. Resettlement Response"

David Murphy, MBA

David has been the Executive Director for the International Rescue Committee’s San Diego office since April 2015, before he was the Country Director for the IRC in Ethiopia since August 2004. Previously David was a General Manager for an air freight company in Denver, Colorado. During his time there he gained valuable management and organizational development skills. After seven years in this position, he began to get bored, tired, burned out and hated Monday mornings. While thinking about his future course of action, a question was posed to him, “if money was no object, what would you do for a career”? David answered, “I want to lead photo safaris in Africa” and with this answer he moved to Africa and began to lead safaris. After one year of extensive travel around Southern and East Africa he began to look at the aid, humanitarian, relief field. One day while on a break in between trips in Nairobi Kenya, David approached the IRC for a job. IRC had a job in the break away North Western Somalia (Somaliland). He began working as a volunteer and quickly moved up the management ladder (Project Manager, Program Coordinator, and Country Director). After four years in Somaliland, David took over the IRC Kenya office for one year. Then onward to Afghanistan for a short-term mission that turned into a 1 ½ year posting. Finally, he moved to Ethiopia for 10 ½ years. David currently resides in San Diego with his French wife (Delphine), a 13 year old son (Neil) and a 10 year old daughter (Andrea).


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