Speakers Announced for GPHA Annual Meeting & Conference

GPHA is pleased to announce the names of two speakers for the upcoming Annual Meeting and Conference, May 7-9 in Atlanta.

Dr. José F. Cordero will be the main speaker for the Sellers-McCroan Awards Luncheon on May 7. Dr. Cordero is the Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Department Head of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department at the University of Georgia, College of Public Health.

Previously, he was Assistant Surgeon General of the Public Health Service and Founding Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served for 27 years.

He is an internationally recognized speaker and consultant in the field of public health that has served in many advisory committees, in the United States and with international agencies, such as the World Health Organization.

David Gibbs will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, May 9th. Gibbs is the Senior Associate for Community Initiatives and Principle at Social Capital Consulting where he leads strategic initiatives designed to create healthier, more equitable and sustainable communities across the country.

These initiatives are aimed at promoting increased physical activity, proper nutrition, and smoke-free living through policy, systems and environmental enhancements. His work with innovative leaders has spanned from numerous federal and national entities, such as The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the YMCA of the USA, The Nat’l Recreation & Parks Association, and the Well Being Trust; to regional collaboratives, State, and County Health Departments, and grassroots organizations on the local levels.

Gibbs has a BA in Psychology from the University of Delaware, and Accountability, Measurement & Evaluation certification from the Eisenhower Foundation. He’s Hull Leaders in Philanthropy Fellow, and a founding member of the Southeastern Network of African Americans in Philanthropy.