|NIH Director's Council of Public Representatives
Welcomes Six New Members to the Next Meeting, October 26, 2007
in Bethesda, MD.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected six individuals
to serve as members of the Director's Council of Public Representatives
(COPR), the advisory committee to the NIH Director on issues important
to the public.
"These new members bring a wealth of knowledge and professional
experience in the areas of rural and community health, patient
advocacy, health policy, nursing education, and communications,
along with a strong commitment to enhancing public participation
in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise," said
NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D. "I am delighted to welcome
them to the council and greatly value the significant advice I
receive from COPR."
The new members are Naomi Cottoms, M.S. of eastern Arkansas; Elmer
Freeman, M.S.W., of Boston; Elizabeth Furlong, J.D., Ph.D., R.N.,
of Omaha; Brent Jaquet of Washington, D.C.; Matthew Margo, LL.M.,
of New York City; and Anne Muñoz-Furlong, M.P.H., of Fairfax. See
brief biographies attached.
New COPR members will participate as confirmed members at the
next COPR meeting, scheduled for Oct. 26, 2007. The meeting will
highlight such topics as Researcher-Community Engagement, NIH Pioneer
and Innovator Awards, NIH Peer Review Process, and 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.
Additional information is available at www.getinvolved.nih.gov.
2007 New Members to the NIH Director's Council of Public
Ms. Naomi Cottoms is the director of the Tri County Rural Health
Network, Inc. (TCRHN), a nonprofit grassroots organization that
works to improve access to health care in the underserved rural
counties of Lee, Monroe, and Phillips in eastern Arkansas. TCRHN
collaborates with community organizations, including the Phillips
County Health and Human Services Department, the Eastern Arkansas
Hospice Center, and the Fay Boozman College of Public Health of
the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. TCRHN connects
uninsured or underinsured disabled and elderly clients with available
resources, including reduced-cost medicines.
Mr. Elmer Freeman is the executive director of the Center for
Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc. (CCHERS),
and an adjunct assistant professor and director of Urban Health
Programs and Policy for Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern
University. CCHERS is a network of 15 academic community health
centers providing health care access for underserved patients in
Boston. Prior to this, Mr. Freeman was executive director of the
Whittier Street Health Center for 17 years. He is the co-chair
of Critical MASS, a multi-organizational, multicultural, multi-community,
statewide coalition to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities
Dr. Beth Furlong is an associate professor at Creighton University's
School of Nursing and a faculty associate in the university's Center
for Health Policy and Ethics. In 2003, she received the Omicron
Delta Kappa Teaching for Tomorrow Award from her students, and
she was recognized with the Mary Lucretia Award for supporting
women at the university and with two dean's awards for excellence.
Dr. Furlong has four decades of experience in community health
nursing. She has taught health ethics and related subjects to nurses
and physicians in the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Lithuania,
and Armenia. Her international experience includes working as a
Peace Corps volunteer in India and Fulbright Fellowships in Jordan
Mr. Brent Jaquet is a senior vice president at Cavarocchi-Ruscio-Dennis
(CRD) Associates in Washington, D.C., managing programs in government
relations, strategic planning, and public policy. Prior to his
current position, he served as senior appropriations aide to Representative
C.W. Bill Young of Florida. While working for Representative Young,
Mr. Jaquet specialized in health and biomedicine across a wide
spectrum of health policy and appropriations issues. His work on
behalf of Rep.Young contributed to the enactment of the Stem Cell
Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005, which reauthorized and expanded
the nation's bone marrow registry program to include umbilical
cord blood units.
Mr. Matthew Margo is the senior vice president of Program Practices,
New York, for the CBS Television Network. As a representative of
the media and entertainment industry, Mr. Margo's responsibilities
include leading the department that determines and applies CBS
Television Network's broadcast policies and guidelines for East
Coast entertainment programming and all advertising and public
service announcements (PSAs). He supervises the "CBS Cares" campaigns,
which have won various media/entertainment industry and health
industry awards, including the Paul Rogers Leadership Award. He
executive produces the PSAs for CBS, featuring CBS stars discussing
a wide variety of causes, including many health issues, such as
HIV/AIDS, cancers, heart disease, and mental health.
Ms. Anne Muñoz-Furlong is the chief executive officer of the Food
Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), which she founded 15 years
ago after her daughter was diagnosed with food allergies. FAAN
currently has 30,000 members who work to increase public awareness,
provide education, advocate, and advance research on behalf of
the 12 million Americans with food allergies. Ms. Muñoz-Furlong
also founded the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Alliance, made up
of lay organizations in nine countries, which works to implement
public policy changes on universal issues, such as food labeling
and the availability of epinephrine.
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for setting policy for NIH, which includes 27 institutes and centers.
This involves planning, managing, and coordinating the programs
and activities of all NIH components. The Office of the Director
also includes program offices which are responsible for stimulating
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Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
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