Sustainable Global Health Initiatives Speakers

William Tierney, MD, FACMI, FIAHSI

University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Twitter: @wtierney51

William Tierney, MD is a general internist and professor in the Department of Population Health at University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School where served as its founding Chair from 2016-2020. He is also a professor in the Dell Medical School’s departments of Internal Medicine and Oncology and UT Austin’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Prior to moving to Texas in 2016, he was on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine for 35 years where his roles included Associate Dean for Comparative Effectiveness Research, Chair of the Department of Medicine at Eskenazi Health (the nation’s 4th largest safety net health system), and President/CEO of the Regenstrief Institute. Throughout his career, Dr. Tierney has helped develop and assess the impact of electronic health record systems and innovative approaches to health care in Indiana, Texas, and East Africa (mainly Kenya, but also Tanzania and Uganda). From 1998-2010 he served as founding Director of Biomedical Informatics and Research for the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH). Dr. Tierney was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2006 and mastership in the American College of Physicians in 2008. He was elected Fellow by the Royal College of Physicians of London, the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, and the American College of Medical Informatics and is currently serving as President of the latter.


Gordon Shen, PhD, SM

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health

Twitter: @GordonShen

Dr. Shen is an Assistant Professor of Health Care Management at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. He is a member of the Management, Policy, and Community Health Department and an affiliate of the George McMillan Fleming Center of Healthcare Management. Prior to joining UTHealth in 2019, he was an Assistant Professor at the City University of New York (Brooklyn College, 2015-2016; Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, 2016-2018). His research is focused broadly on managerial innovations, particularly ones that are introduced to health care organizations located in low- and middle-income countries. This entails a deep understanding of customization, culture, and context. His empirical examinations include deinstitutionalization of mental health care globally, hospital management in China, and kaizen adoption by the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation. Across cases, he offers theoretical explanations drawn from organizational theory and international development. He holds a B.S. in psychobiology and public health (2005, University of California, Los Angeles), a S.M. in epidemiology (2007, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), and a Ph.D. in health services and policy analysis (2013, University of California, Berkeley). He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Public Health in 2014.


Helen K. Valier, DrPH

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Andrew Springer, DrPH

UTHealth School of Public Health-Austin, Dell Center for Healthy Living

Andrew Springer, DrPH is a tenured Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the UTHealth School of Public Health-Austin (UTSPH), with over 20 years of experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of child and adolescent health promotion programs.  Dr. Springer completed his undergraduate studies at Wittenberg University in Ohio and graduate and post-doctoral studies at University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas.  He embraces an active community health praxis, which includes his role as co-chair of the Community Collaborative for Child Health and service on community health boards that include the Austin/Travis Community Health Improvement Plan.  Dr. Springer’s global health practice experience includes service with the nonprofit Amigos de las Americas as Director of Latin American Programs, in which he developed and oversaw youth-led community health programs in eight Latin American countries; Evaluation Specialist with Save the Children in El Salvador; and Program Fellow with the United Nations Development Programme in Guatemala.  Recent adolescent and community health research include the ¡Activate Ya! study, an NIH-funded study aimed at preventing tobacco use and promoting physical activity with Uruguayan adolescents; the Youth-Led Community Health Learning Initiative, a youth-led community health assessment in partnership with two central Texas communities; and evaluation of Stronger Austin. In addition to his faculty position at UTSPH, Dr. Springer holds an adjunct faculty position at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Cali, Colombia, where he has been teaching a health promotion planning course in the Master of Health Psychology program since 2015.


Maria E. Fernandez, PhD

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health

Twitter: @Maria_e_prof

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Christine Markham, PhD

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health

Twitter: @UTexasSPH

Dr. Markham is Professor and Interim Department Chair of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences and Deputy Director of the University of Texas Prevention Research Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. She has over 30 years’ experience in health promotion and behavioral sciences research regarding HIV and STI treatment and prevention, including determinants studies, intervention development, program evaluation, dissemination and implementation research. She has served as PI, Co-PI, and Co-I on multiple NIH-, CDC-, and other federally funded HIV and STI prevention and self-management studies. She has directed multiple rigorous evaluation trials to develop and evaluate adolescent HIV prevention programs, including It’s Your Game…Keep It Real, recognized by the USDHHS as an effective HIV/STI and pregnancy prevention program for middle school students in the US. She has HIV-related research experience in E Africa and S.E. Asia on NIH Fogarty, PEPFAR, and CFAR-funded projects. From 2011-2013, she served as Associate Director and then Co-Director for the UTSPH’s NIH Fogarty-funded AIDS International Training and Research Program, which provided capacity-building in HIV research for pre- and post-doctoral fellows, investigators, and healthcare providers in Africa and Vietnam. Having trained in anthropology, she is experienced in qualitative research and mixed methods studies. She has extensive experience in Intervention Mapping, a systematic framework for developing and implementing theory- and evidence-based health promotion programs, having taught graduate level courses and workshops on Intervention Mapping nationally and internationally.


Bhavna Lall, MD

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