A well-respected physician and educator, Dr. Harrison is the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Eleanor Health, an innovative company who will provide best in class, value-based care for individuals experiencing opioid and other substance use disorders using a biopsychosocial care model supported by community health navigators and technology. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with Spanish and Chemistry minors at Howard University, completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and General Psychiatry Residency at Emory University.
She is Board-Certified in both Adult General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and has spent her career treating individuals with Serious Persistent Mental Illness and Addictive Diseases. Currently, she holds adjunct faculty appointments at the Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry is Co-Founder of Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform, Inc. and Campaign Psychiatrist for Let’s Get Mentally Fit, a public education and stigma-reduction campaign. She is married to a daytrader and has two sons, aged 12 and 13 -- a combination that provides plenty of funny stories for cocktail parties.
Jack Turman, Jr. is a Professor in the Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indiana University, IUPUI
Jack is dedicated to growing education, research and outreach programs that optimize maternal and child health. After graduating from Washington University (B.S., Physical Therapy) he earned his Ph.D. from UCLA in Kinesiology (neuroscience emphasis) and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was a faculty member for 15 years at the University of Southern California, where he founded and directed the Center for Premature Infant Health and Development, wherein he received recognition from the California Legislative bodies for his community engagement efforts to improve birth outcomes. As a program director at the University of Nebraska Medical Center he built The Connections Project, a community-based program to improve birth outcomes and infant development in Omaha’s African American community. During his tenure as dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Indiana State University, he was the academic lead of the Wabash Valley Healthy Moms and Babies Initiative, a CDC/Public Health Institute technical assistance project, to improve birth outcomes in rural Indiana. In 2016, he received a Fulbright Specialist Award in Global Public Health, through which he worked to develop the first MPH program in Morocco.
At the Fairbanks School of Public Health, he is leading an initiative funded by Riley Children’s Foundation to train and mentor Grassroots Maternal and Child Health Leaders in Indiana zip codes at high risk for infant mortality. He serves as the Chairperson of the Indiana March of Dimes Maternal and Child Health Committee facilitates the Community Action Team of the Marion County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Board.
Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD is a pediatrician working in the public interest. He blends the roles of physician, occasional children's librarian, educator, public health professional and child health advocate. With graduate degrees in public health, children’s librarianship, physician assistant studies, and medicine, he brings a unique combination of interests and experience together.
An associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, he has practiced primary care pediatrics in a variety of settings with special interest in underserved populations. With a graduate degree in children’s librarianship, he has the right skill set to be the founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin and the founder and director of the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects at the University of Wisconsin. With respect to education, Dr Navsaria is heavily involved in advocacy training for and is frequently involved in medical student and physician assistant education from the clinical arena through myriad small group and lecture formats. He serves as the medical director of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s physician assistant program, and is also the director of the MD–MPH program.
Dr Navsaria works with the American Academy of Pediatrics on a state level, serving as the current vice-president of the Wisconsin Chapter. He also has served nationally on a number of committees, including being the founding co-chair of the Early Literacy Subcommittee of the Council on Early Childhood. He regularly writes op-eds on health-related topics, does radio and television interviews, and frequently speaks locally, regionally and nationally on early brain and child development, early literacy, and advocacy to a broad variety of audiences. He also has a modest professional presence on social media.