SDSU Graduate School of Public Health Advisory Board
Amy Adome, MD
Senior Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness
In her role as senior vice president of clinical effectiveness for Sharp HealthCare, Amy Adome, MD, is responsible for leading efforts to maintain and improve the quality of patient care across the Sharp system, which includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals and two affiliated medical groups. Dr. Adome works with a variety of groups within Sharp including clinical research and physician services, institutional review board, continuing medical education, service lines and performance improvement. In addition, she works collaboratively with physicians, nurses and health professionals to develop, define and deliver quality patient care, using quality assessment and monitoring techniques.
Irma Cota, MPH
President and CEO
North County Health Services
Irma Cota, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer of North County Health Services (NCHS). For more than 20 years, Irma has had experience working in executive management, strategic program planning, finance, and operational management. Under her leadership, NCHS serves more than 62,000 individuals annually at eleven clinic locations, providing comprehensive medical, dental, mental and other related health services. Irma oversees more than a $60 million budget, more than 700 employees, and a variety of programs to provide health services and outreach to the community.
Irma is an active member of the San Diego Community. She serves as the Chair for the Board of Managers for Integrated Health Partners of the San Diego Council of Clinics and Secretary for the Board of Health Center Partners (HCP) of Southern California. In addition, Irma is a member of the Board of Directors for the Elizabeth Hospice; City National Bank Advisory Board; California State University, San Marcos University Council; Palomar College President’s Circle; California Department of Public Health, Office of Binational Boarder Health; and Latino Health Coalition.
Jennifer Covin, MPH
Director of Programs
Health Quality Partners
Jennifer Covin is the Director of Programs at Health Quality Partners of Southern California, a subsidiary of Health Center Partners. Health Center Partners serves as the primary voice and health care policy advocate for community health centers that serve the health needs of communities throughout Southern California (San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties). In collaboration with a team of Program Managers, Jennifer oversees grant sponsored programs and services aimed at meeting the needs of patients in the Health Center Partners member organizations. Prior to joining HQP, she worked in the academic arena at both SDSU and UCSD for 20+ years managing federal and state funded public health research studies and programs aimed at preventing the leading causes of disease and managing chronic health issues in the primary care setting with adolescents and adults. Jennifer is a graduate of San Diego State University. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion.
Kenneth C. Earhart, MD
Naval Health Research Center
Dr. Kenneth C. (Ken) Earhart serves as the Principal Director of Research at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC). NHRC, located on Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego is part of the U.S. Navy’s medical research enterprise and is the Department of Defense’s Center for Deployment Health Research executing a diverse research portfolio focused on the health and readiness of our armed forces and their families. As the Chief Science Executive and senior civilian, Dr. Earhart advises the command leadership, provides guidance to the science directorates, their programs and staff, and oversees the command’s research portfolio and operational support.
Nick Macchione, MPH
Director and Deputy Chief Administrator
HHSA, County of San Diego
With over 30 years’ experience in the delivery, management and public policy of health and human services, Nick Macchione serves as San Diego County’s Director of the Health and Human Services Agency. Also, he oversees the operations of the County’s Psychiatric Hospital; Edgemoor Skilled Nursing Facility; Children’s Emergency Shelter; and a residential high school for foster youth. Macchione implements policy direction for an elected Board of Supervisors and works closely with other elected leaders, including executive/legislative branches from states, federal, and international governments, city mayors/councilmen, district attorney, sheriff and superior court judges.
Throughout his entire public service career, Macchione has served as a community strategist, convener, and leader of large scale population-based improvements. Most notably, during the past nearly 9 years in his role as Agency Director, he has helped develop, implement and grow a bold and ambitious county- wide “social movement” known as Live Well San Diego. Most recently, he was named by Governing Magazine as a national Public Official of the Year for his career accomplishments in developing innovative health, housing and human services.
Cheryl L. Moder
Community Health Improvement Partners
Cheryl Moder is Vice President of Collective Impact at Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP), a San Diego non-profit organization. Using a collective impact model, Cheryl is responsible for mobilizing partnerships among multiple sectors and coordinating countywide efforts to prevent and reduce childhood obesity in a county of 3.2 million. Cheryl oversees multiple programs including the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, the Chula Vista Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program, and a robust food systems department. Prior to her work with CHIP, Cheryl served as a consultant to many health and human service organizations in the field of health promotion, communications, grant writing, and research as vice president of Moder Research & Communications, Inc., and worked for many years in the field of tobacco control and prevention.
Barb Robinette, MPH
Marketing Communications Vice President
Coventry & GSPH Alumni Board Chair
Barb graduated with an MPH from the GSPH in 1989, with an emphasis in Health Services Administration – now better known as HMP. She is the Vice President of Marketing for the Coventry Workers’ Comp Services division of Aetna. Barb is a strategic marketing leader with 25+ years of experience leading high-growth initiatives in B2B health care and insurance markets through the development of first-ever integrated marketing strategies. She has responsibility for a nearly $1 billion insurance division, building and leading teams in overall marketing practices, marketing organization/leadership, business development, market positioning, multi-channel advertising, social engagement, customer database, digital and traditional marketing initiatives, and e-commerce. She has expertise in B2B Marketing, Product Development, Marketing Strategy and Operations in Healthcare, Insurance, Workers’ Compensation and Managed Care.
Elise Rothschild, BS
Department of Environmental Health, County of San Diego
Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
Nancy Sasaki is the Executive Director of Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF). She has held this position since August 2011. AHF works to advance health and wellness for those in need in San Diego & Imperial Counties by providing over $2.25M in funding each year. The target populations are: under 250% of poverty, uninsured/underinsured, homeless and children. Ms. Sasaki sits on the San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) Board of Directors and chairs the Funders Together to End Homeless-San Diego chapter. In addition, Ms. Sasaki sits on the Board of Directors of San Diegans for Healthcare Coverage, Regional Task Force on the Homeless and the Imperial County Homeless Executive Board.
Douglas Scutchfield, MD
Former GSPH Director
Professor, University of Kentucky
F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D., was the initial incumbent in the Peter P Bosomworth Professorship in Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Kentucky. He held faulty appointments in the College of Public Health and the College of Medicine. He now is Emeritus faculty at the University of Kentucky and San Diego State University, having retired in January 2017. He received his MD degree from the University of Kentucky, where he was elected to AOA medical honorary. He completed post graduate medical education at Northwestern University, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Kentucky. Dr. Scutchfield is a diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine and was, from 1972-1985 a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice. He holds fellowships in both the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Academy of Family Practice. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Pikeville. He was one of the founders of the College of Community Health Science at the University of Alabama and founded the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, he founded the school, now college, of public health at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Scutchfield has held many national positions in professional organizations, including President of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and received several awards from those organizations, including the American Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award.
Wilma J. Wooten, MD
Public Health Officer
HHSA, County of San Diego
Judith Yates, MPH
Senior Vice President
Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties
Judith R. Yates is Senior Vice President of Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, a non-profit trade association representing hospitals and health systems in the two-county area. Using her expertise in strategic planning, communications, team development, and program development, Yates’ efforts support Hospital Association’s members as an advocate for affordable, medically necessary, quality health care services in the San Diego and Imperial County communities.
Yates represents hospital members on numerous state-level issues through meetings of the California Hospital Association (CHA) including public affairs, disaster preparedness, emergency medical services/trauma, governance, workforce, rural health, behavioral health, homelessness, stroke, continuing care, medical rehabilitation, payor relations, and accreditation/licensing. She contributed to California Institute for Nursing & Health Care’s (CINHC) white paper on nursing education re-design in California and serves on HEALTH Impact’s Advisory Committee focusing on inter-professional education and collaborative practice in the healthcare workforce.
last updated: 8/31/2017