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Jonathan Peck

Jonathan Peck

President, Senior Futurist, Institute for Alternative Futures

Health Communication Futures: New Media & Messages

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Jonathan Peck is president and senior futurist at the Institute for Alternative Futures, where he provides a wide range of research, consulting, speaking, meeting design, and facilitation services. He guides futures research used by government leaders, foundations, and non-profits as well as corporations. Mr. Peck has integrated psychological theory, patterns, and insights into his facilitation of vision, mission, and strategic processes for leadership. His research spans health topics, social, technological, economic, ecological, and governance futures. He has led IAF projects that sketch out visionary outcomes for U.S. health care reform, biomedical research futures, global development, and key technology revolutions. Mr. Peck brings multiple disciplines to bear in his futures work.

Mr. Peck’s many projects looking to the future for government agencies, non-government organizations, and multinational corporations in Asia, Europe, and the United States prepare clients for new opportunities. He has worked on the future of health systems design, mental health care, molecular sciences, and the health information infrastructures in multiple countries. Specific studies and projects led by Mr. Peck have forecast the future of technologies, sectors, industries, and social change. He is currently focused on a vision project for health equity and prosperity that intends to expand the movement for freedom and justice in America.

Mr. Peck has worked with hundreds of organizations to help shape preferred futures. This includes global concerns, such as “Smart Globalization” and “Pro-Poor Scenarios” with the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as “Health and Health Care in 2032” with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has guided large national non-profit organizations, including AARP and a variety of health professional associations, in using vision, scenarios, and forecasts to assure that decisions made today account for tomorrow. In his business consulting, Mr. Peck works with companies large and small, worldwide. He provides consulting, speeches, workshops, and reports commissioned for businesses. Mr. Peck also works extensively with federal government leaders from multiple departments and facilitates work across the boundaries of agencies.

Mr. Peck has co-authored two books, written numerous articles, and given hundreds of keynote speeches to audiences around the world. His articles have been published in Journal of Future Studies, Futures Research Quarterly, Business and Health, Pharmaceutical Executive, Food & Drug Law Review, Clinical Cancer Research, The Monitor, and many other publications. Mr. Peck received his master’s degree at the Futures Studies Program in the political science department of the University of Hawaii.

Jonathan Woodson

Jonathan Woodson

Director, Boston University Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy; Larz Anderson Professor in Management and Professor of the Practice at BU’s Questrom School of Business; Professor of Surgery at BU’s School of Medicine; Professor of Health Law, Policy, and Management at BU’s School of Public Health; and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in the U.S. Department of Defense

Innovation & Leadership in 21st Century Health Care

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Jonathan Woodson, MD, leads Boston University’s university-wide Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy. He is a Larz Anderson Professor in management and professor of the practice at the Questrom School of Business, and holds joint appointments as professor of surgery at the School of Medicine and professor of health law, policy, and management at the School of Public Health.

Dr. Woodson served from 2010 to 2016 as assistant secretary of defense for health affairs in the United States Department of Defense (DoD). He was the principal advisor to the secretary of defense for all health and force health protection related issues, and ensured the effective execution of the DoD medical mission. He exercised authority, direction, and control over the Defense Health Agency, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and the Tricare Health Plan—responsible for servicing 9.5 million beneficiaries. His organization provided and maintained medical readiness for the medical services including during military operations, those held in control of the military services, and those entitled to Tricare.

Pauline Hamel

Pauline Hamel

Associate Clinical Professor at Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

Mentoring through Change: Why It Matters

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Dr. Pauline C. Hamel is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Health Sciences in Bouvé College of Health Sciences, where she was the Lorraine C. Snell Visiting professor (2013-15) and a member of the leadership team and various departmental and college committees. She previously served as clinical professor and director of clinical education and taught in Bouvé’s Department of Physical Therapy for a number of years.

Current and past courses taught include communications for the health professions, health science capstone, introduction to college, the American health care system, health care management, geriatrics and healthy aging, health promotion, psychosocial aspects, and professional development seminars. Dr. Hamel was the first health science faculty leader to develop a “dialogue of civilizations” in comparative health care systems and communications for the health professions, taught in London, England.

An educator, consultant, physical therapy clinician, health care administrator, and public health leader, she received her Master of Education in Administration, Training, and Policy from Boston University’s School of Education and also taught at BU’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training. Prior to returning to Northeastern, Dr. Hamel authored and taught courses in health communication and American health care system policy for the first several years of the online Master of Science in Health Communication program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College.

Between 2009 and 2013, Dr. Hamel was the director of Mass in Motion New Bedford and project coordinator of the CDC-funded Mass in Motion Kids research demonstration project (CORD) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, and the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, where her work focused on urban population health, clinical-community partnerships, and the prevention of childhood obesity. Dr. Hamel is on the board of directors of Easter Seals Massachusetts. Her current interests include health communication; health literacy and the prevention of medical errors; innovation in inter-professional, global, and experiential education; healthy aging; disability awareness; curriculum design; and ongoing student mentoring including professional development, research and capstone projects, and advising student organizations.

Christie Hager

Christie Hager

Senior Fellow, Health Policy, at University of Massachusetts; Public Health Lawyer; and former Health and Human Services Regional Director for New England

What Lessons Did the ACA Teach Us about Health Communication in a Changing America?

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Christie Hager, a public health lawyer, is a senior fellow in health policy at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She previously served in senior executive roles at Beacon Health Options, a national, 45 million-member managed behavioral health organization. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the regional director of Region I of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, from 2010 through 2014, where she oversaw the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the six New England states. Prior to her service in the Obama administration, she was chief health counsel to the speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives during the development, drafting, and first three years of implementation of the Massachusetts health reform law enacted in 2006. Her first post-graduate position was research assistant to the editorial leadership at the New England Journal of Medicine, and since then she has held research and operations positions at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Division of Public Health Practice, and at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School, where she was appointed the first senior fellow. She has served as chair of the American Public Health Association’s Health Law Forum, president of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, and co-chair of the Health Law Section of the Boston Bar Association.

Hager has held appointments on the faculties of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and Suffolk University Law School. Her work has appeared in such publications as the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Law and Medicine, and Journal of Legal Medicine.

Hager holds an AB from Smith College, a MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health, and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

She was also the inaugural instructor for biomedical ethics during the first year of the online Master of Science Health Communication program at Boston University Metropolitan College.

Jeff DelViscio

Jeff DelViscio

Director, Multimedia & Creative, STAT News; Former Science Reporter, New York Times

The Power of Video in Health & Science Storytelling

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Jeff DelViscio is STAT’s director of multimedia and creative. He worked aboard oceanographic research vessels in the Pacific Ocean before dropping anchor at the New York Times, where he developed web content for five different sections over eight years. DelViscio holds dual master’s degrees in journalism and climate science, both from Columbia University, and has written for Quartz, Popular Mechanics, and When Jeff was 3, science saved his life following a run-in with a lawnmower—he’s been trying to give back to science ever since.

John R. Carroll

John R. Carroll

BU Journalism Professor, Media Analyst, NPR’s Here & Now, WBUR’s Radio Boston

Brave News World: Are the Media Evolving or Dissolving?

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Follow John R. Carroll on Twitter: @johncarroll_bu

John R. Carroll is a journalism professor at Boston University and a media analyst for National Public Radio’s Here & Now and WBUR’s Radio Boston.

For six years prior to joining the BU faculty, Carroll was the executive producer of Greater Boston, WGBH-TV’s nightly news and public affairs program. He was also a radio commentator for WGBH-FM, and a correspondent for WGBH-TV's Beat the Press, a weekly media review program.

During his television career, Carroll has won nine New England Emmy awards, mostly for news writing and commentary. He is also the recipient of the RTNDA’s National Edward R. Murrow award for television writing, and a three-time winner of the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse award for press criticism.

Previously Carroll was a commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and On the Media, as well as American Public Media’s Marketplace. Carroll has also been a columnist for the Boston Globe and Adweek.