2012 Keynote Speakers & More

2012 Keynote Speakers

Robert S. Gold

PhD, DrPH, FASHA, FAAHB, will be the Priester Conference opening session speaker. Dr. Gold is the current President of the Society for Public Health Educators. He serves as Dean of the newly accredited School of Public Health at the University of Maryland—College Park Dr. Gold is a University of Maryland Professor and directs the School’s Public Health Informatics Lab, a research and evaluation lab that heavily emphasizes multimedia-based training and educational applications. Dr. Gold is internationally renowned for his expertise in the application of advanced technologies to health education, ranging from interactive video and computer software, to knowledge management, decision support, and expert systems technology.

Cindy Brach

Cindy Brach, Senior Health Policy Researcher at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She conducts and oversees research on health literacy, cultural and linguistic competence, chronic care, and Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Cindy is a national leader in health literacy.  She’ll speak to the use of the Universal Precautions Health Literacy Toolkit and the National Action Plan To Improve Health Literacy.

Lynn Quincy

Lynn Quincy, Senior Health Policy Analyst, Consumers Union.  Lynn will address the work Consumer’s Union does to help consumers  make informed decisions.  She’s specifically explain the challenges consumers are facing in making health insurance decisions and the need for educators to take on the challenge of health insurance literacy. Check out her latest report.

Marin P. Allen


Ph.D. is the Deputy Associate Director for Communications and Director of the Public Information Office in the Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL) in the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health. OCPL is responsible for all phases of internal and external communication including strategic planning and issues management, press relations, public information, outreach, the NIH Web, visitor’s center, podcasts, social media and more. She has two EMMY awards for programs she produced that aired for five years on the Discovery Channel and PBS. She is a two-time CINE award winner.

Debra Nichols

MD, MPH, has been a Public Health Advisor in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Department of Health and Human Services since 2001. In addition to managing the Healthy People 2020 Federal Interagency Workgroup, she serves as liaison to six Healthy People topic areas and manages Healthy People partnerships with several organizations.

Alice Horowitz

PhD, a research professor in health literacy at the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health. She was formerly a senior scientist at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Health at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Horowitz was the primary architect of the Maryland State Oral Cancer Prevention and Early Detection coalition. She initiated both state and national research on what health care providers and the public know and do about oral cancer prevention and early detection.


Priester is excited to host these excellent speakers and more!

Discussion Panel

Tackling a Winnable Battle:  Partners for Oral Health

Moderator, Alice Horowitz, PhD, Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, University of Maryland School of Public Health. Panelists: Matt Jacob, Project manager for communications at the Pew Center on the States.  Matt Jacob,  Gary W. Price, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dental Trade Alliance; John Welby, MS Director, Maryland Oral Health Literacy Campaign, Office of Oral Health, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Other Opportunities

Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation

Be among the participants who will spend half a day at the Kaiser Family Foundation exploring the work of the Foundation,  Consumers Union and  NIH.  Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation for more information.

Meet Government Agency Representatives

While in Washington D.C., you may also want to make visits on the Hill or in federal agencies.  We recommend that you make appointments.  Your options are to travel on Monday and visit on Tuesday morning before the 1:00 opening session; Thursday afternoon after 3:00 (closing session will end about 2:00); or Friday (likely only staffers available on Friday). Opportunities to interact with government agency representatives to explore funding, programming and educational materials abound.

Learn, Share and Explore

Gather information, educational materials and contacts as you explore exhibits.


Network with participants to explore how they conduct educational programs with local, state or national partners. Learn from peers about their successful educational programs that you can replicate or modify for your situation.

Meet members of the Creating Healthy Communities

Meet with representatives of eXtension’s Creating Healthy Communities Community of Practice.

Experience the Technology

Experience use  of electronic feedback in your programming

Enjoy Washington DC!

Spend a little time enjoying the museums, monuments, sites and food of Washington’s government center and multi-ethnic neighborhoods.