Dr. Ho Luong Tran came from a compelling history as a Vietnamese refugee and built an inspiring twenty year government and public health service career. She is a recognized visionary leader and compassionate advocate for the advancement of well-being of ethnic communities.
Dr. Tran received a doctor of medicine degree from Saigon Medical School, completed a Pediatrics residency at St. Luke Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago, and received a master's degree in Public Health at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Tran chaired the State of Illinois Governor's Advisory Council on Asian Affairs and the City of Chicago Mayor's Council on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. She has been appointed to many commissions, including the HHS Secretary's National Minority Health Advisory Council. Dr. Tran also served as the Special Assistant on Asian Affairs within the Center for Minority Health of the Illinois Department of Public Health, helping minority populations by providing information and technical assistance, and by developing, maintaining and enhancing health care services.
Dr. Tran was the President & CEO of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national advocacy organization whose mission is to enable AANHPIs to attain the highest level of health and well-being. In less than five years, she grew the organization's budget from $2.9 to $6 million, developed health policy initiatives such as creating the Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Alliance and NCAPIP, and led her policy staff to develop the Blueprint for Achieving Optimal Health and Well-Being of AANHPIs.
Recently, Dr. Tran was recognized for excellence in bringing Asian health issues to the forefront when she received the Trailblazer award from the Office of Minority Health, Health and Human Services. She received local recognition when she was featured in ABC7 KGO-TV San Francisco News Profiles of Excellence series.
Gary A. Puckrein, PhD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Minority Quality Forum (formerly the National Minority Health Month Foundation), a not-for-profit organization that he founded in 1998. The Forum addresses the critical need for strengthening national and local efforts to use evidence-based, data-driven initiatives to guide programs to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness for racial and ethnic minorities and other special populations. The goal of the Forum is to strengthen the capacity of local communities to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness in minority populations through prevention, early detection, and control of disease complications.Dr. Puckrein also serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance of Minority Medical Associations (a collaborative effort of the Asian and Pacific Physicians¹ Association, the Association of American Indian Physicians, the Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the National Medical Association), which was formed on the basis of evidence-based data that highlight significant disparities in health-care treatment plans and outcomes among many underserved populations within the United States. In April 2001, the National Minority Health Month Foundation launched National Minority Health Month in response to Healthy People 2010, the national health-promotion and disease-prevention initiative.
The National Minority Quality Forum has received support from a wide variety of organizations, including federal agencies, pharmaceutical companies, payers, and trade associations. With support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Forum undertook the Zip Code Analysis Project, developing a comprehensive database that links vital statistics and other elements‹including demographic, environmental, claims, prescription, laboratory, hospital, and clinic data‹in a centralized data warehouse, organized around zip codes. The Zip Code Analysis Project has enabled the Forum to develop the Health Assessment Tool, which measures and forecasts health status in small geographic areas, evaluates the impact of specific interventions, monitors changes in health outcomes, and undertakes risk assessments (health-care utilization and its financial implications). The Forum uses the Health Assessment Tool to stratify communities by geographic and health-status referents and to provide the health-disparities movement with a common set of indicators to measure and report on progress toward the elimination of disparities in health care and health status.
Dr. Puckrein was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University, where he received his master¹s degree (1974) and doctorate (1978). Between 1974 and 1992, he taught and lectured at Roger Williams College, Brown University, Connecticut College, and Rutgers University, where he was a tenured member of the faculty. Dr. Puckrein has received many awards and honors, including being named a visiting scholar and fellow at the Smithsonian¹s National Museum of American History and a visiting fellow at Princeton University. He was publisher ofAmerican Visions, the country¹s leading African American art and cultural magazine, which he launched during his tenure at the Smithsonian Institution and Rutgers University. Dr. Puckrein also created and launched Minority Health Today, which served the needs of clinicians practicing in minority communities.
Dr. Bill Chin leads PhRMA’s Scientific & Regulatory Affairs department. A physican, an endocrinologist and an academic at heart, Dr. Chin envisions establishing PhRMA as the premiere convener in advancing drug discovery and development, regulatory sciences and collaborative partnerships.
Amy Hinojosa is the Executive Director of MANA, A National Latina Organization, the oldest and largest Latina membership organization in the United States. MANA focuses on leadership, advocacy and community service through educational programming for adults in the areas of financial literacy, child passenger safety and mentor training. The signature HERMANITAS® program is the only mentoring program specifically designed for Latina youth in the country. Amy is responsible for the operations and oversees the educational programming of the national organization, as well as national advocacy efforts. Prior to joining MANA, Amy served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Hispanic Publications, Inc. (NAHP) and the National Hispanic Press Foundation (NHPF), based in Washington, DC. NAHP is a non-partisan trade advocacy organization representing the leading Spanish language publications in the United States, and NHPF is the partner non-profit organization that promotes Hispanic publications through community outreach to academic and professional institutions, facilitation of research and recognition of excellence in the field. Amy has extensive experience working on local and national grassroots campaigns targeted at mobilizing voices and actions in Hispanic communities nationwide on topics ranging from financial literacy and retirement, mentoring, long term care planning, and census participation to advocacy efforts on student loans, immigration reform and health care reform. Community education and engagement have been central to Amy’s work, with a particular emphasis on youth. She has has experience working for and volunteering with community organizations such as the Girl Scout Councils of the Nation’s Capital and South Texas, the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, The National Hispanic Institute, and Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership. Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Mosaica, a national nonprofit organization that focuses on capacity building and organizational development for nonprofit organizations that serve communities of color. Amy also represents MANA on national coalitions such as the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR). Originally from Baytown, Texas, Amy is an alumna of the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She currently resides in Arlington, VA.
Dr. Lisa R. Treviño, PhD, joined Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) in January 2014 as the Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. Trevino earned her doctorate in Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and conducted her postdoctoral training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.
Most recently, Dr. Trevino was managing and serving as the lead scientific analyst for various adult and pediatric cancer projects at the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
With her extensive basic and translational research experience, Dr. Lisa Treviño has published in top-tiered, peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Nature and Science and other prominent cancer journals.
Dr. Treviño will lead the research program at DHR by establishing sound policies and procedures for everyone interested in conducting human subject research. She will expand current clinical research studies in the areas of diabetes and other disease states, as well as facilitate the writing of medical manuscripts pertaining to existing data collected by DHR physicians.
Throughout her scientific career, Dr. Treviño has established and maintained professional collaborations with experts in the field of medicine in Texas, including Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, as well as with other institutions nation-wide. She will work tirelessly to bring the most cutting-edge technology and advanced diagnostics to DHR and the people of the Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Treviño was born and raised in Pharr, TX and is a graduate of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School.