Special Assistant to the President: Sylvia Drew Ivie, JD
Ms. Drew Ivie will serve as an advisor on community relations/affairs. In her role, she will work with health centers, community-based organizations and community coalitions to develop and implement programs that promote the University and its strategic plan. In addition, she will assist with establishing and promoting positive external relationships with various community-based organizations, individuals, and businesses that support the University’s strategic outreach efforts.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Prothrow-Stith as Dean and Professor of Medicine for the College of Medicine. Dr. Prothrow-Stith will also hold the rank of adjunct Professor of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA.
Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD, is an internationally recognized public health leader, who since 2008 has advised top-tier healthcare, life sciences, academic and not-for-profit institutions on leadership and executive talent in her role as a principal at the global executive search consulting firm, Spencer Stuart. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, she served as the Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Public Health Practice and Associate Dean for Diversity at the Harvard School of Public Health where she created and led the Division of Public Health Practice, and secured over $14 million in grant funding for public health programs.
As a physician working in inner-city Boston, Dr. Prothrow-Stith broke new ground with her efforts to define youth violence as a public health problem. She developed and wrote The Violence Prevention Curriculum for Adolescents, a forerunner of violence prevention curricula for schools and communities. She is the author of Deadly Consequences, the first book to present the public health perspective on violence to a mass audience. She has authored and co-authored over 100 publications. She is co-author of a blueprint for community based violence prevention in, Murder Is No Accident (Jossey Bass Publishers, 2004) and a guide for parents of adolescent girls in Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice, (Jossey Bass Publishers, 2005). She is also co-author of a high school health education textbook, Health (Pearson 2014) that is in its third publication.
In 1987, Governor Michael Dukakis appointed her the first woman Commissioner of Public Health for Massachusetts where she led a department with 3,500 employees, 8 hospitals and a budget of $350 million. She established the nation&rsquo;s first Office of Violence Prevention in a state department of public health, expanded prevention programs for HIV/AIDS and increased drug treatment and rehabilitation programs. Dr. Prothrow-Stith and her family lived in Tanzania during her husband&rsquo;s tenure as U.S. Ambassador where she worked with several local organizations, including Muhimbili National Hospital and an NGO that runs the first HIV clinic in Tanzania.
She is a graduate of Spelman College and Harvard Medical School. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In 2003, Dr. Prothrow-Stith was elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Medicine. She has received ten honorary doctorates including ones from Morehouse Medical School and Meharry Medical College. She is the recipient of the 1993 World Health Day Award, the 1989 Secretary of Health and Human Service Award, and a Presidential appointment to the National Commission on Crime Control and Prevention. In 2015, she was inducted into the honor roll of women physicians in the Massachusetts Medical Society.
We are also delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Hector Balcazar as Dean and Professor of Public Health for the College of Science and Health.
Hector Balcazar, PhD is currently the Regional Dean of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, El Paso Regional Campus. He is also a tenured professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences. Prior to joining UT, he was a tenured professor and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health at University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, TX. He was also a tenured Associate Professor at Arizona State University. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in International Nutrition from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and a B.S. degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Iberoamericana University, Mexico City.
Dr. Balcazar served as the Co-Director of the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center, an NIH funded initiative in collaboration with the College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing of the University of Texas at El Paso from 2003-2013. Dr. Balcazar served as Chair of the Editorial Board of AJPH from 2008-2011.
Dr. Balcazar specializes in the study of public health problems of Latinos/Mexican Americans. Dr. Balcazar is a bilingual, bicultural family and public health scientist who has conducted numerous studies of Latino birth outcomes, acculturation and health related behaviors, cardiovascular disease prevention programs in Latinos, and border health issues. His most recent funded work includes: 1) a Reach CDC Consortium study to promote policy, systems and environmental strategies for improving nutrition, physical activity and changes in weight utilizing the community health worker model among Hispanics from 6 US states; 2) a study on employment of promotoras as mandated by Texas House Bill 2610-48.12; 3) the development and evaluation of the use of family-oriented consumer products for Hispanic populations: fotonovelas and promotora guides on salt and cholesterol; 4) an NIH initiative to explore health disparity domains in the U.S.-Mexico border area of El Paso Texas; 5) an NIH initiative to test lifestyle and environmental changes to reduce CVD risk in Texas; prior recent studies include: a CDC/ASPH project on promotoras de salud and hypertension control; and an NHLBI/NIH project on the North Texas Salud Para Su Corazon (Health For Your Heart) Community Health Initiative. As a Latino health specialist Dr. Balcazar provides consultation and leadership to local and national health organizations. Dr. Balcazar has over 170 publications including peer-reviewed journal articles (92), book chapters, monographs, and abstracts.
Dr. Balcazar will commence his appointment on April 4, 2016. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Balcazar to our CDU community and in expressing our gratitude to Dr. Ronald Edelstein who is currently serving as the Interim Dean for the College of Science and Health and also to the co-chairs for the Search Committee, Dr. William Shay, Assistant Provost and ALO and Dr. Jay Vadgama, Executive Vice President for Research and Health Affairs. We are grateful to the search committee members, the COSH faculty and the university community for a successful search.
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Mr. Gary Veron, MPA, has accepted the position of Compliance Officer at CDU. Hecomes to CDU after serving as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator/Senior Advisory Counsel at Brigham Young University - Hawaii. Heattended Brigham Young University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He earned a Juris Doctorate as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law.
Mr. Veron was an NCAA Compliance Assistant for the University of Wyoming intercollegiate office of athletics where he trained coaches, student-athletes, and boosters on a variety of NCAA and Mountain West Conference rules. Additionally, Mr. Veron had responsibility for reviewing game and coaches' contracts to ensure the contracts complied with legal and university regulations.
Mr. Veron served as the inaugural Director of NCAA Compliance at BYU-Hawaii. In this role, Mr. Veron oversaw all areas of compliance for two hundred student-athletes, forty athletic staff members, and served as the liaison between the athletic department and the other departments on campus.
Healso served as the Athletic Department Chair for BYU-Hawaii's Title IX Senior Advisory Committee. He was instrumental in establishing a robust and healthy culture of Title IX Compliance on a campus that had only a modest Title IX program previously. Since the establishment of the Title IX Senior Advisory Committee, BYU-Hawaii boasts a 100% training success rate for all incoming students and a 96% training success rate for all staff and faculty.
Mr. Veron has also worked in tandem with the BYU-Hawaii Compliance and Internal Audit Office on a number of investigations and trainings covering a variety of compliance topics including: equal employment opportunity, Title VII, university contracts, and intellectual property issues. He served on the BYU-Hawaii Working Compliance Committee and chaired the Athletic Compliance Committee.
Mr. Veron and his wife Ciara have one daughter, Taylor, and are expecting another child in June 2016.
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