Judith Weiner—Judith Weiner is a Health Research Analyst within the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. She is part of the research team within the Health Communication Science Office (HCSO) and provides research support across campaign teams. Before joining the HCSO, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Most of Judith’s research has been focused on health communication with a social-influence perspective, and interpersonal communication in health-related contexts. Her work has been published in top academic journals in her field, such as Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, and Health Communication.
Sarah Cutchin—Sarah Cutchin began her public health workconducting infectious disease surveillance in Jamaica and malaria research in the Peruvian Amazon. After graduating with her Masters in Public Health, Sarah started her CDC career as an ORISE fellow in the Office on Smoking and Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. During her first years in OSH, Sarah completed media research activities, leading to her first coauthored publication. In 2013 and 2014, she supported state technical assistance activities and managed all translation related to the Tips From Former Smokers campaign. Sarah also served as programmatic co-lead of OSH’s Media Campaign Resource Center (MCRC). In August 2014, Sarah joined the Adolescent Immunizations Communications team as contractor in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases; she focuses on partnership work and state technical assistance around HPV vaccine communication.
Brock Rose—Brock Rose is the owner and co-founder of Rose & RoseAssociates located in Northern, IN. Brock has worked with the Indiana Youth Institute for 9 years working with clients on marketing and has over 20 years experience in marketing and social media consulting.
Jill B Roark, MPH, MS—Ms. Jill B Roark, MPH leads the adolescent immunization communications team for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she has focused on HPV vaccine communications for the past six years. Jill witnessed the devastation of HPV disease firsthand, in a college-town Planned Parenthood while managing the abnormal pap follow-up process, as well as the colposcopy clinic. Jill has given more 150 presentations on HPV infection, disease, vaccination, and communicating successfully about HPV vaccine. Jill has worked in public health for 20 years and received her degrees from the University of Florida.
Stephen Foster, Pharm.D, FAPhA—Dr. Stephan Foster is a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. He teaches in the area of Community and Ambulatory Pharmacy Practice. His teaching responsibilities include Physical Assessment, Immunization Delivery, Vaccine Preventable Diseases, and Patient Consultation. Dr. Foster is the Director of the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) program. Dr. Foster is nationally recognized in the field of Immunization. He is the liaison representative on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Additionally, he is on the advisory panel and a national faculty with APhA’s Immunization Delivery Certificate Program. He retired March 1, 1998 from the United States Public Health Service Indian Health Service after a 20-year career. He was trained and certified as a Pharmacist Practitioner during this time, which allowed him to perform direct patient. He is also licensed in the State of New Mexico as a “Pharmacist Clinician”.
Christine Vara—Christine Vara is a strategic communications specialist with over 25 years experience. In 2010, she began working with Every Child By Two to help counter the pervasive amount of vaccine misinformation that exists online. They developed some of the first and most influential pro-vaccine social media platforms in existence, which she contin-ues to manage today. These include the Vaccinate Your Family Facebook page, the Shot of Prevention blog, and the @ShotofPrev and @EveryChildBy2 Twitter accounts. She has presented at many national and state-level immunization conferences, where she advises attendees on how to leverage social media and online communications to help influence parental choices about vaccines. Her dynamic background in communi-cations, combined with her role as a dedicated mother to five children, provides a unique parent’s perspective to the online discussion of immunizations and the science behind them.
Amanda Cohn—Dr. Amanda Cohn is the Executive Secretary for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Dr. Cohn came to the CDC in 2004 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and was a medical officer in the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch, NCIRD from 2006-2014, where she focused on meningococcal disease, both domestically and internationally. She served as the CDC ACIP Meningococcal Vaccines Work Group lead during this time. During 2014-2015, Dr. Cohn was the Deputy Director of Immunization Services Division, NCIRD where she focused on various programmatic aspects of the US immunization system. She obtained her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts.