The de Beaumont Foundation today released its inaugural list of 40 Under 40 in Public Health. Twenty-four women and 16 men from 23 states and one U.S. commonwealth were selected for their creative approaches and innovative solutions to improve community health. For more information and a summary of their accomplishments, visit

“We launched 40 Under 40 to personalize the public health field and showcase the creativity and commitment of the individuals who are strengthening the health of our nation’s communities,” said Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation. “By elevating the work and voices of these leaders, we hope to attract and inspire other professionals to bring creativity and innovation to fuel the future of public health.”

Nominees were evaluated by a distinguished panel of professionals from the nonprofit, business, and higher education sectors on their demonstrated leadership, contributions to their community’s health, and collaboration with other organizations.

The 2019 judges panel includes:

  • Derrick Feldmann, Senior Advisor Research and Consultancy Services, Ad Council
  • Carrie Fox, President and CEO, Mission Partners
  • Robert Fullilove, EdD, MS, Professor, Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center, Associate Dean, Community and Minority Affairs, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Sarah Martin, PhD, MPH, MPP, Director of Public Health, mySidewalk
  • Judy Monroe, MD, President and CEO, CDC Foundation
  • Thomas Quade, MA, MPH, CPH, FRSPH, Health Commissioner, Geauga County Public Health
  • Kris Risley, DrPH, CPCC, Managing Director for Workforce, de Beaumont Foundation
  • Katie Sellers, DrPH, CPH, Vice President for Impact, de Beaumont Foundation

The honorees’ job titles range from health commissioner and director of health equity to doula and epidemiologist. Each individual has helped to strengthen their community and has made significant contributions to the field of public health. The 2019 40 Under 40 in Public Health are:

  • Mark Abraham, Executive Director, DataHaven
  • Jonathan Ballard, Chief Medical Officer, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
  • Colleen Healy Boufides, Deputy Director for the Mid-States Region, Network for Public Health Law, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Leah Casanave, Supervisor of the STD Prevention and Control Program, Douglas County Health Department
  • Megan Cunningham, Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Christa Cupp, Public Health Educator, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Corey Davis, Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law
  • Julian Drix, Asthma Program Manager, Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Jessica Gehle, Environmental Health Division Director, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
  • Eric Harkness, Director of the Office of Health Policy, Tennessee Department of Health
  • Brett Harris, Director of Public Health Initiatives, Suicide Prevention Office, New York State Office of Mental Health
  • Kristine Hollingsworth, Public Information Officer and Assistant to the Administrator, Florida Department of Health – Collier County
  • Jeffrey Hom, Policy Advisor, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Jeffrey Howard, Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer, Kentucky Department for Public Health
  • Devin Hursey, Peer Educator/Public Health Advocate, Missouri HIV Justice Coalition
  • Sami Kamal Jarrah, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Health Commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Joseph Kanter, Assistant State Health Officer and Region One Medical Director, Louisiana Department of Health
  • Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jesse Lava, Director of Policy, Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Jacqualyn Littlepage, Director of Environmental Health and Health Inspector, Lake County Public Health Agency, Leadville, Colo.
  • Brittany Marshall, Evaluation Specialist, CDC Foundation
  • Megan McClaire, Chief of Staff, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Mac McCullough, Assistant Professor and Health Economist, Arizona State University
  • William Moore, Health Educator 2, CPE, Saint Paul Ramsey County Department of Public Health
  • Sarah Moyer, Director, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, and Chief Health Strategist for Mayor Greg Fischer
  • Carolyn Mullen, Chief of Government Affairs & Public Relations, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Kaitlyn Neises-Mocanu, Special Assistant for Policy, Sustainability, and Development, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Northern Mariana Islands
  • Amy Olejniczak, Associate Director, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health
  • Aysha Pamukcu, Fulcrum Fellow, ChangeLab Solutions
  • Jamila Porter, Director of Programs and Evaluation, Safe States Alliance
  • Lauren Powell, Director of the Office of Health Equity, Virginia Department of Health
  • Syretta Shealey, Healthy CPS Specialist, Office of Student Health and Wellness, Chicago Public Schools
  • AZ Snyder, Public Health Director and Health Officer, Pierce County Public Health Department
  • Jovonni Spinner, Senior Public Health Advisor, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Food and Drug Administration
  • Kenneth Steel, Health Policy Analyst, Maricopa County Department of Public Health
  • Alison Traynor, North Dakota Suicide Prevention Program Director, North Dakota Department of Health
  • Sameer Vohra, Founding Chair, Department of Population Science and Policy, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Walsh, Public Health Statistician, City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department
  • Yi Wang, Assistant Professor, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
  • Mariah Wilberg, Communications Specialist and Health Educator, Minnesota Department of Health

Read their bios and learn about their innovative solutions at


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