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2016 Plenary Speakers


America Bracho, MD, MPH

Executive Director Latino Health Access
Addressing Community Health through the Development of Community Leaders
Dr. America Bracho is the Executive Director of Latino Health Access, a center for health promotion and disease prevention located in Santa Ana, California. Latino Health Access facilitates mechanisms of empowerment for the community and trains community health workers as leaders of wellness and change. Dr. Bracho worked as a physician in her native Venezuela for several years, after which she came to the U.S. to obtain a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Michigan.
She has received several awards for her contributions including: The California Leadership Award, James Irvine Foundation 2008; Doctor of Humane Letters, honorary degree from the Arizona School of Dentistry& Oral Health, May 2007; Southern California Public Health Association’s Milton Roemer Award, April 2005; Dr. Bracho has been featured in several documentaries including the HBO Special “The Weight of the Nation” and a TedMed Talk on the role of patients in improving health care and their communities. Dr. Bracho is a co-author of the recently published book “Recruiting the heart and training the brain: the work of Latino Health Access.”



Bill Skeen, MD, MPH

Executive Director Physicians for a National Health Plan California
Single Payer Health Care: an Integrated Delivery System
Dr. Bill Skeen, the Executive Director of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) California, has twenty years experience in public health advocacy. Previously he worked for Soapbox Consulting, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm specializing in grassroots advocacy. The former Director of Public Policy for the statewide advocacy organization Florida AIDS Action, Dr. Skeen also served as the Director of Grassroots Programs for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). Dr. Skeen co-founded Union Positiva, the first HIV/AIDS services organization dedicated to the needs of Miami’s Hispanic and Latino community.
Dr. Skeen earned a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, a Master’s in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley and received his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the USC/Los Angeles County Medical Center and practiced emergency medicine prior to his work in public health.



David Gibbs

Senior Associate Community Initiatives
"We Are Collaborating...What are you talking about?"
Currently, and for the past 10 years, as a Senior Associate with Community Initiatives, and the Principle of Social Capital Consulting, David provides project management, implementation support, strategic coaching, training, and technical assistance for local, regional, state-wide, and national efforts to promote more equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities.  David spent nine years working for two top-25 Community Foundations in the nation - The Greater Milwaukee Foundation; and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta – serving as Program Officer, Senior Program Officer, and Director of Community Partnerships - respectively.  
 David has a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware, and a certification from the Eisenhower Foundation on Accountability & Performance Measurement.  He’s a Hull Leaders in Philanthropy Fellow, and founding member of the Southeastern Network of African Americans in Philanthropy.  He recently completed two terms on the Board of Directors for Voices for Georgia’s Children - including one term as policy committee chair.  


Misha Cohen OMD, L. Ac.

Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine
Integrative Treatment of Infectious Disease in Underserved Populations: Insights from Three Decades of Researching and Treating A.I.D.S. H.I.V., and Hepatitis C
Dr. Misha Ruth Cohen, L.Ac. has practiced traditional Asian medicine for 41 years. She is the clinical director of Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine, former Research Specialist of Integrative Medicine at UCSF, and sits on the board of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In the early 1980's, she co-founded the non-profit Quan Yin Healing Arts Center to provide services to the underserved, particularly people with AIDS, and continues to provide services to underserved people through the Misha Ruth Cohen Education Foundation.
Dr. Cohen, an internationally known teacher and mentor, has authored seven books on Chinese medicine, HIV, HCV, and gynecology. She has also created Chinese traditional medicine protocols for PMS, infertility, hepatitis, HIV, endometriosis, HPV-related diseases and menopause that are used by many practitioners of Asian medicine. Her herbal formulas are popular among people who have HIV, hepatitis C, chronic viral illness, cancer diagnoses, fibromyalgia, and the common cold.


Tabatha Parker ND

Education Director, Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine
The Global Integrative Health and Medicine Movement: What Every Clinician Should Know
Named 2015 Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and 2011 Visionary of the Year by UTNE Reader, Dr. Tabatha Parker currently works as Director of Education at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM), the leading provider of interprofessional education to health professionals in Integrative Health & Medicine.
She is interim co-secretary general of the World Naturopathic Federation, and worked with the World Health Organization on the WHO Benchmarks for Training in Naturopathy. She is co-chair of the AANP Global Health Committee and agency liaison/author for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project.
Parker co-founded and was the Executive Director for nearly a decade of Natural Doctors International (NDI), the first and oldest naturopathic global health organization where her clinical work in Nicaragua focused on women’s empowerment, cervical cancer screening and primary care.
As Education Director of AIHM, Parker organizes and co-chairs one of the largest integrative health & medicine conferences in the USA, the AIHM Annual Conference - People, Planet, Purpose, Global Practitioners United in Health and Healing – as well as being a co-program chair of the International Congress of Integrative Health & Medicine held in Stuttgart, Germany in 2016.

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