The Translation and Communications Interest Group is comprised of researchers, policymakers, advocates, journalists, consumers, practitioners and others interested in improving the quality of healthcare. The group focuses on practical ways to understand, translate, and communicate research findings to meet the needs of various audiences, including improving the quality of information that informs health policy development. Topics of interest include effective communication, such as understanding how media messages affect knowledge, opinions, and politics, and how research findings can be effectively translated and incorporated into healthcare programs. The Interest Group also seeks to provide members with professional development opportunities to improve communication and translation skills.

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Translation and Communications Interest Group Advisory Committee for 2016 - 2017

Anne J. Berry, M.P.P. (Chair)
Health Policy Consultant 
Logistics Management Institute

Dr. Rani Elwy
Director, VA Health Services Research and Development
Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER)

Dr. Kathleen Kelly
Associate Professor
Sage Colleges

Shivonne Laird, Ph.D., M.P.H. 
Program Officer, Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards Program

Aaron Leppin, M.D., M.S.
Research Associate, Mayo Clinic

Joshua Liao, M.D.

Kathryn Montgomery, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, RADM USPHS (retired) (Vice Chair)
Associate Dean, Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives
Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Francesca Pillemer
Health Policy Generalist
RAND Corporation 

Rachel Piltch-Loeb, M.S.P.H.
Junior Research Scientist
New York University, Global Institute for Public Health

Richard Puddy, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director, Policy Research, Analysis, and Development Office (PRADO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention