2011 Joint Annual Meeting of Safe States Alliance, SAVIR, and CDC Core I & II State Injury Grantees
April 6-8, 2011
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Executive Director, Trust for America's Health
Jeffrey Levi, PhD, is Executive Director of Trust for America's Health, where he leads the organization's advocacy for a modernized public health system. Dr. Levi has authored reports and testified before Congress on disaster preparedness, environmental health, chronic disease and the obesity epidemic. He is also an Associate Professor at George Washington University's Department of Health Policy, where his research has focused on HIV/AIDS, Medicaid, and integrating public health with America's healthcare system. He served as an associate editor of the American Journal of Public Health, and was Deputy Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. He has appeared as an expert commentator on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and Bloomberg TV. Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.
Technology Reporter, The New York Times
Matthew D. Richtel joined The New York Times in January 2000 as a technology reporter in the San Francisco bureau. Previously, Mr. Richtel was a freelance writer for various media outlets, including The Times. In 2010, he won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for "Driven to Distraction," a series of articles on the troubling collision of 20th and 21st century technologies—driving and multitasking. The series generated the biggest impact of anything The Times published in 2009. By the end of the year, state legislators had proposed more than 200 bills variously barring drivers from texting or phoning or requiring hands-free headsets. In an abrupt turnabout, cellphone companies and auto makers said they would support new curbs, and cellphone companies hurriedly mounted campaigns warning customers about the practice. The term "distracted driving" became so familiar that Webster's New World chose it as its 2009 "Word of the Year." Mr. Richtel is the author of "Hooked," a novel centered on technology and published in 2007. Under the pen name Theron Heir, he also writes the syndicated daily comic strip "Rudy Park." The strip, launched in 2001, appears in newspapers around the country. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., Mr. Richtel grew up in Boulder, Colo. He received a B.A. degree in rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989 and an M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1990.