Paula Braveman, M.D., MPH, is a professor of family and community medicine and director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Dr. Braveman received her medical degree and completed a residency in family medicine at UCSF, and earned a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from University of California, Berkeley. For more than 25 years, Dr. Braveman has studied and published extensively on health equity and the social factors affecting health, and has actively engaged in bringing attention to these issues in the United States and internationally. Her research has focused on measuring, documenting, understanding and addressing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities, particularly in maternal and infant health and health care.
During the 1990s, Dr. Braveman worked with World Health Organization staff in Geneva, Switzerland, to develop and implement a global initiative on equity in health and health care. She recently served as research director for a national commission on the social determinants of health in the United States, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Throughout her career, Dr. Braveman has collaborated with local, state, federal and international health agencies to see research translated into practice with the goal of achieving greater equity in health. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2002.
Brenda L. Henry-Sanchez, Ph.D., MPH, is a senior program officer in the research and evaluation unit of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which works to create new opportunities for better health for society's most vulnerable members. Henry-Sanchez oversees evaluations of programs and initiatives with the potential for widespread use and national impact, and she funds research regarding the best ways to improve health and well-being where we live, learn, work and play. She also helps to further the foundation's work with researchers from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities and to expand the diversity within the evaluation field overall. Previously, she was program director for the Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance Inc., in Baltimore, Md., a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the healthy development of all young people, specifically youth of color. Her extensive research background includes a range of positions at HighScope Educational Research Foundation, University of Michigan, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.
Henry-Sanchez earned a Master of Public Health degree and her Ph.D. in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. A member of the American Public Health Association, Population Association of America and American Evaluation Association, Henry-Sanchez has received numerous academic awards and honors. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, she lives in Harlem with her husband, Safiy.
Nat Irvin II, DMA, M.A., is the Woodrow M. Strickler executive-in-residence and professor of management at the University of Louisville College of Business, where he has taught change management, leadership and future studies since 2007.
Irvin earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in media arts from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. An accomplished composer, he also holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in music composition from the University of North Texas in Denton, and is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Author, innovator, futurist, teacher and commentator, Irvin is founder of "Thrivals@IdeaFestival," an annual world-class event that attracts leading global innovators and thinkers to discuss and celebrate imagination, new perspectives and transformational ideas. "Thrivals" targets an urban audience and is a way of imagining and learning about the broad social, political, environmental, economic and technological trends that are shaping the mid- to long-term future. From 1996 to 2007, Irvin led Future Focus 2020, a think tank dedicated to providing leadership in bringing futurist thinking to urban America and minority communities. It became a center of the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where Irvin served as executive professor of future studies and assistant dean for MBA student development.
Irvin is married to Chandra Goforth Irvin. The couple has three adult children.