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Findings from Phase II of the National Healthy Start Evaluation

Monday, June 2, 2008, 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

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Presenter Information

Gopal K. Singh, Ph.D.Gopal K. Singh, Ph.D.
Senior Epidemiologist/Health Care Administrator
Office of Data and Program Development
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18-41
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone: 301-443-0765
Fax: 301-443-9354

Gopal K. Singh, PhD, is a Senior Epidemiologist with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in Rockville, MD. His current research interests include social inequalities in health and mortality, obesity and physical activity, spatial and time trends in cancer incidence and mortality, immigrant health, and health disparities by ethnicity and socioeconomic deprivation. From 1998 to 2005, Dr. Singh worked as a cancer epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he published a comprehensive NIH monograph on socioeconomic status and cancer in the United States. Dr. Singh has also worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Kansas Health Institute and a Research Demographer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. He has taught at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Ohio State University and has served as a statistical consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Government of Egypt.

Dr. Singh has published extensively in the field of health inequalities, immigrant health, obesity and physical activity, minority health, cancer epidemiology, and maternal and child health. His publications have appeared in such prestigious journals as American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer, International Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, Canadian Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, and Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Singh holds a PhD in sociology and demography from the Ohio State University, an MS in population planning from the University of Michigan, a post-master’s diploma in population studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences in Bombay, and an MS in statistics from India.

Deborah Klein Walker, EdD.Deborah Klein Walker, EdD
Vice President/Principal Associate
Health Division
Abt Associates, Inc.
55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office:  617-349-2390

Deborah Klein Walker, EdD, is Vice President and Principal Associate in the Health Division of Abt Associates. Before joining Abt in 2004, Dr. Walker was at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for 15 years, where she most recently was the Associate Commissioner for Programs and Prevention. In this position, she was responsible for programs in maternal and child health, health promotion and disease prevention (including the tobacco control program), primary care and community health programs (including those for HIV/AIDS and substance abuse), minority health, data integration, and information systems.

Dr. Walker is the immediate past President of the American Public Health Association as well as a current trustee of the Cambridge Health Alliance and a board member of the Massachusetts Public Health Association. She is a past President of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs; a past Chair of the Maternal and Child Health Section of the American Public Health Association; and a co-founder of New England SERVE, an organization committed to quality services for children with special health care needs.

Dr. Walker is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health. She received a BA magna cum laude and with great distinction from Mount Holyoke College and an EdM and an EdD in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Walker has authored three books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. Her research and policy interests include child and family policy, program implementation and evaluation, public health practice, disability policy, community health systems, health outcomes, and data systems.

Margo Rosenbach, PhD.Margo Rosenbach, PhD
Vice President
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
955 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 801
Cambridge MA  02139
Phone: 617-301-8967
Fax: 617-491-8044

Margo Rosenbach, PhD, is Vice President of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR). She was Principal Investigator on MCHB’s Evaluation of the National Healthy Start Program and led the participant survey component of the evaluation. She has devoted her career to studying access to health care for vulnerable populations. In addition to the Healthy Start evaluation, she recently directed a national evaluation of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, with a focus on outreach, enrollment, retention, and access to care. Dr. Rosenbach is currently working with the Delta Health Alliance, in the Mississippi Delta, to design and carry out an evaluation of 21 community-based projects designed to reduce disparities in health care access and health status. She also is conducting an assessment of MCHB’s performance measures for the block grant and discretionary grant programs (including Healthy Start). Dr. Rosenbach has a PhD in health policy from the Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University.