Billie Weiss, MPH
Associate Director of the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center at the UCLA School of Public Health
An Associate Director of the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center at the UCLA School of Public Health and the former director of the L.A. County Department of Health Services Injury and Violence Prevention Program and acting Director and founder of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles. Ms. Weiss recently co-authored the Advancement Project Report on Reducing Gang and Youth Violence in Los Angeles. Ms. Weiss’ primary emphasis is “Violence as a Public Health Issue”, including the epidemiology of gang homicides and assaults, intimate partner violence, pedestrian injuries among pre-school children, iron poisoning, drowning, evaluation of programs to reduce teen relationship and gang violence, and parenting for violence prevention.
Before founding Communications and Crisis Management Consultants (CCMC), Steve Dishart was a managing director of Communications and Human Resources for Zürich-based Swiss Re, a leading and diversified reinsurer with offices in more than 25 countries. He and his team were responsible for strategic internal and external communications as well as advertising and sponsorship in Latin America, Canada and the United States, Swiss Re’s largest market.
Before joining Swiss Re in January of 2000, Steve was first vice president and director of Corporate Communications for Pittsburgh-based Mellon Financial Corporation. He was responsible for all internal and external communications globally as well as the company’s annual report and other financial publications.
Dr. Linda Degutis, DrPH, MSN
A consultant specializing in policy, advocacy, and injury and violence prevention. She is currently consulting on initiatives focusing on prevention of injury, suicide prevention and intervention, and violence prevention. Previously, she served as Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At NCIPC, Dr. Degutis led initiatives in preventing violence and injuries, both domestically and internationally, focusing on interventions to address risk factors and developing closer linkages between research and practice. Prior to joining CDC, she was Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health, and Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing at Yale University, and served as Research Director for Emergency Medicine and Director of the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness.
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