Tim Ken Mackey, MAS, PhD
Associate Professor, University of California San Diego, School of Medicine
Director, Healthcare Research & Policy, University of California San Diego - Extension
Director, Global Health Policy Institute
Tim Ken Mackey is an Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego, the Director of the Global Health Policy and Data Institute, and also the CEO and co-founder of the healthcare startup company S-3 Research LLC. He holds a BA in Political Science-International Relations, a Masters Degree in Health Policy & Law and also earned his PhD in Global Public Health from the joint doctoral program at UC San Diego - San Diego State University. Prof. Mackey's work has been featured in high-impact journals such as Science, JAMA, Nature Biotechnology, JMIR, the Lancet, Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, Clinical Microbiology Reviews, and BMC Medicine. His research and expertise has also been featured in major news outlets such as CNN, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal. His work focuses on an array of multidisciplinary topics in domestic and global public health including infodemiology, public health and data science, health policy, and global health governance. He also has extensive professional experience including over 10 years experience in the private sector and acting as a consultant for the World Health Organization, the US Department of Justice and others.
Cynthia Baur, PhD
Professor, Behavioral and Community Health
Endowed Professor and Director of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy
University of Maryland School of Public Health
Dr Cynthia Baur is interested in how people find, understand and use health information and services to decide on and take action to protect and promote health at the individual, community and societal levels. Prior to becoming the Endowed Professor and Director of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, Dr. Baur worked for 17 years in communication leadership roles with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C. She served as the Senior Advisor for Health Literacy in the CDC Office of the Associate Director for Communication and CDC's Senior Official for the Plain Writing Act implementation.
During her federal tenure, Dr Baur led multiple initiatives to define best practices and guidelines in health communication and health literacy. She was the first manager of the Healthy People health communication objectives and the editor of the U.S. National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. At CDC, she created CDC's health literacy website, which provides tools and online training to improve health literacy and public health, and she is the co-creator of the CDC Clear Communication Index, a set of scientific criteria for creating clear public communication materials. Her approach is based in communication science and focuses on providing diverse audiences with information in ways they can.
Editorial Board Members/Section Editors
Raphael E. Cuomo, PhD, MPH, CPH, FRSPH
Assistant Professor at University of California, San Diego
Dr Cuomo is a public health scientist and academic administrator. He has published numerous academic papers in leading biomedical journals and is the recipient of several awards for his scientific contributions. Dr. Cuomo has completed training with the World Health Organization, Harvard University, and Yale University. Dr. Cuomo is board certified in public health by the US-based National Board of Public Health Examiners, and he is a Fellow of the UK-based Royal Society for Public Health. He has also been an active member of several professional public health organizations, including the American Public Health Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and Academy Health. Dr Cuomo’s expertise in clinical research ranges across the fields of epidemiology, health economics, geospatial analysis, health policy, and global health.
Bushra Ebadi, BA, MGA
Youth Ambassador, UNESCO Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Alliance
Youth Advisor and Executive Committee Member, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Munk School Master of Global Affairs (MGA) Alumni Network Board Member
Global Advisor (Sherpa) to Aya Chebbi, Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response
Co-Founder, Health and Information Literacy Access (HILA) Alliance
Founder, InGender Media
Bushra Ebadi is a social innovator focused on mobilizing communities, knowledge, and resources to advance peace, justice, and the agency of marginalized individuals and communities around the world. She is Co-Founder of the Health and Information Literacy Access (HILA) Alliance and a member of the WHO EPI-WIN (Information Network for Epidemics) Network. Bushra currently serves as a Youth Ambassador for the UNESCO-led Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Alliance and as an executive member and youth adviser for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. She has worked with over a dozen organizations, including civil society, think tanks, multilateral organizations, and thought leaders and activists to transform governance systems, improve information accessibility, and build capacities to meaningfully engage with diverse communities through strategic foresight, interdisciplinary research, design and systems thinking, policy analysis, and storytelling. Bushra holds a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs and a joint honours B.A. in political science and philosophy with a double minor in French and management from McGill University.
Annice Kim, PhD, MPH
Senior Scientist, Director, Health Media Impact and Digital Analytics Program, at RTI International
Dr Kim is an expert in evaluating digital/social media health campaigns and monitoring how tobacco, and e-cigarette products are marketed online. She leads studies to evaluate the impact of digital and social media health education campaigns for federal (e.g. CDC, FDA), state (e.g. Florida, California), and local health agencies (e.g. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health) on topics ranging from tobacco to opioids. Her work has examined how passive exposure to digital ads is associated with online information-seeking behavior and mining social media data to determine characteristics of campaign followers and their networks. She leverages both social media data and survey data to understand how the e-cigarette marketplace and consumer use patterns are changing and what role social media data play in influencing consumer beliefs and behaviors.
Anuja Majmundar, PhD, MBA, MA
Principal Scientist, Data Science, Economic & Health Policy at American Cancer Society
Dr Majmundar's research interests include infodemiology in behavioral science, computational social science, communication, public health, and social media. She has has published several academic papers that focus on infoveillance and tobacco control. Dr Majmundar received her PhD in Health Behavior Research at the Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.
Meredith Meacham, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences at University of California, San Francisco
Dr Meacham is an epidemiologist and social scientist working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr Meacham studies substance use and related health conditions (substance use disorders, overdose, mental illness, HIV), with a current focus on infoveillance as a tool for monitoring trends and delivering interventions.
Tina Purnat, MS
Principal Expert in eHealth and Digital Innovations at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
Tina Purnat is an internationally renowned expert in digital health and infodemiology , with a particular expertise in the topic of the infodemic and also data policy and governance. She previously led WHO’s efforts on training, capacity building, and research collaboration on infodemiology and infodemic at scale. Ms Purnat has co-authored several articles and her research interests include sustainable capacity building in clinical research and data management in Lower Income Countries.