|NIH Director’s Council of Public Representatives
Welcomes Four New Members
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected four individuals
to serve as members of the Director’s Council of Public Representatives
(COPR), an advisory committee to the NIH Director on issues of
“These new members bring a wealth of knowledge and professional
experience in the areas of health care, medicine, underserved communities,
community-based research, and learning and literacy programs, along
with a strong commitment to the advancement of public health and
medical research. I am delighted to welcome them to the Council,” said
NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.
The new members are Syed Ahmed, M.D., M.P.H., Dr. P.H. of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin; Linda Crew, M.B.A., R.N. of Clemson, South Carolina;
Ann-Gel Palermo, M.P.H. of New York, New York; James Wendorf of
New York, New York.
Dr. Syed M. Ahmed is the Director of the Center for Healthy Communities
(CHC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he is also a Professor
of Family and Community Medicine. He is a fellow of the American
Academy of Family Physicians and a diplomat of the American Board
of Family Medicine.
Dr. Ahmed has 16 years of experience working with communities
in Ohio and Wisconsin as a researcher on more than a dozen federal,
non-federal, and foundation grants. As the Director of CHC, he
works with very large constituencies, including minorities and
the underserved, in Milwaukee. CHC was formed in 1997 to develop
community-academic partnerships to improve health in Wisconsin
communities. It has established numerous programs related to cardiovascular
disease, cancer, substance abuse, and mental health. CHC conducts
activities in rural parts of Wisconsin, as well as in Milwaukee,
and it is developing programs with Latino communities.
Ms. Linda Crew is a nurse manager, community leader, researcher,
advocate, public speaker, and person living with a chronic illness.
Ms. Crew was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus in 1996.
She served as Director of the Joseph F. Sullivan Center, an academic
nurse-managed health center at Clemson University, from 1994 to
Under her leadership, the Sullivan Center expanded its community
health care outreach program using a mobile health van and a team
of medical professionals. The Center has received numerous awards
for its work promoting minority health issues, improving the health
status of minority populations, and eliminating health disparities.
Since 1991, Ms. Crew has worked closely with the Latino population
in South Carolina, including creation of a culturally sensitive
and linguistically appropriate campaign to increase awareness of
breast cancer and the need for early detection.
Ms. Ann-Gel S. Palermo has worked in the area of community-based
public health for more than seven years, with a principal focus
on issues related to social determinants of health using a community-based
participatory research approach. Since 1999, Ms. Palermo has served
as the chair of the Harlem Community & Academic Partnership (HCAP),
located at the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies at the New
York Academy of Medicine.
Ms. Palermo is the Associate Director of Operations at the Center
for Multicultural and Community Affairs at New York City’s Mount
Sinai School of Medicine. She also serves as a board member of
the East Harlem Community Health Committee and is chair of the
board of directors for the Manhattan-Staten Island Area Health
Education Center. Ms. Palermo is a member of the New York Academy
of Medicine Institutional Review Board and the New York City HIV
Health and Human Services Planning Council of New York.
Mr. James Wendorf is Executive Director of the National Center
for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), which seeks to ensure that the
nation’s 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning
disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work,
and life. He directs NCLD’s efforts to provide essential information
to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities;
to promote research and programs that foster effective learning;
and to advocate for policies that protect and strengthen educational
rights and opportunities. Get Ready to Read!, a national initiative
to screen four-year-olds for skills critical to success in reading,
is the largest program in this effort.
For the past 20 years, Mr. Wendorf has worked in the not-for-profit
sector to build national and international partnerships supporting
learning and literacy programs. Mr. Wendorf serves on the advisory
boards of the National Association for the Education of African
American Children with Learning Disabilities and the Home School
New COPR members will complete the first year of their 4-year
term at the next COPR meeting scheduled April 19-20, 2007. The
meeting will highlight topics such as NIH Director Updates, Public
Member Participation in Research, and other Director’s Council
Member reports. Dr. Zerhouni will chair the meeting.
The COPR brings important matters of public interest forward for
discussion and advises and assists in enhancing public participation
in NIH activities and in increasing public understanding of NIH.
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