National Advisory Committee
Rachel Gonzales-Hanson, Committee Chair
Ms. Gonzales-Hanson currently serves as chief executive officer of Community Health Development, Inc. She has held various positions on the Texas Association of Community Health Centers' board of directors, served on the board of directors of the Southwest Primary Care Association, and been involved with the National Association of Community Health Centers at all levels. She has also served a four-year term on the national advisory committee on rural health, appointed by the secretary of health and served as an ombudsperson for migrant health issues for the associate administrator of the Bureau of Primary Health Care within HRSA. Gonzales-Hanson is also a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national advisory committee for Allies Against Asthma.
Kathy L. Coltin, MPH
Ms. Coltin is director of external quality data initiatives at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Wellesley, Mass., and an independent consultant in health care performance measurement, reporting and improvement. Coltin has served on several national advisory committees in the area of health care performance measurement, including the Committee on Performance Measurement for the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She was a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, chairing its Quality of Care Workgroup. She currently participates in the Ambulatory Quality Alliance. Coltin holds a master’s degree in public health from Boston University. She completed pre-doctoral course work in the Joint Program for Advanced Studies in Health Policy at Boston University and Brandeis University.
Alicia Fernandez, MD
Dr. Fernandez is associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and a practicing primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital. Her research interests include quality improvement in the care of diabetes and other chronic disease in low-income populations; language and cultural barriers to care; health care disparities for limited English proficiency populations, and Latino health. Dr. Fernandez has consulted in the area of health disparities to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Medical Association, the Commonwealth Fund, California Endowment, and the National Quality Forum. She is currently a member of the AHRQ study section on Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research.
Russell Glasgow, PhD
Dr. Glasgow is a senior scientist with the Clinical Research Unit at Kaiser-Permanente Colorado, in Denver. and a member of the RE-AIM Workgroup, which has as its purpose to evaluate and enhance the reach and dissemination of health promotion interventions. He is also a member of the Health Maintenance Consortium. Glasgow obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon, and has published over 300 articles in the area of behavioral medicine. Much of his recent work focuses on interactive technology and the translation of research into practice. He is the recipient of many professional honors and awards including the Society of Behavioural Medicine, Distinguished Scientist Award.
Romana Hasnain-Wynia, PhD
Dr. Hasnain-Wynia is director of the Center for Healthcare Equity and an associate professor at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Prior to joining Northwestern University, she was vice president of research for the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), where she developed the HRET Toolkit on collecting race, ethnicity and primary language information from patients. She is the principal investigator of a number of studies that examine quality of care in safety net hospitals and for underserved populations; the impact of performance incentive programs on the health care safety net; and the provision of language services to patients with limited English proficiency. Hasnain-Wynia conducted the first national survey of hospital language services and served as the lead investigator of a study that examined system-level barriers and facilitators to providing language services in California public hospitals. She serves as a co-investigator on the evaluation team for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national initiative, Aligning Forces for Quality, and is responsible for leading the evaluation of the disparities-equity component of the program.
Lewis G. Sandy, MD
Dr. Sandy is the senior vice president for clinical advancement at UnitedHealth Group. At UnitedHealth he leads efforts to promote efficient and effective health care, provide tools and information to doctors and patients to promote health, and foster the growth of evidence-based medicine. Sandy received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University. Sandy served his internship and residency at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Currently, he is a senior fellow of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in the department of health policy and management.
Ho Luong Tran, MD, MPH
Dr. Tran is president and chief executive officer of the National Council of Asian & Pacific Islander Physicians, a national advocacy organization dedicated to promoting adequate and equitable public and private resources to improve the health and well-being of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. Tran holds a medical degree with a specialty in pediatrics and a master’s degree in public health, focusing on community health services. She helped establish the Asian Health Coalition of Illinois, and once served as co-chair in the Illinois Governor’s Asian American Council.
Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Villarruel is professor and Nola J. Pender collegiate chair and director of the Center for Health Promotion at The University of Michigan. She has an extensive background in health promotion and health disparities research and practice. Her research focuses on the development and testing of interventions to reduce HIV sexual risk among Mexican and Latino youth. Villarruel has assumed leadership roles in many national and local organizations. She has served on the HRSA/CDC HIV/STD Advisory Council and as a charter member of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She has received numerous honors and awards including induction into the Michigan Nurses Hall of Fame, the Trailblazer Award from the National Black Nurses Association and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
D’Nyce Williams, MD, MPH, MPA
Dr. Williams is an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and the department of community health and preventive medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is also an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. Williams obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree in public health at University of California, Berkeley. She received her medical degree from the University of California, Davis and completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco-Fresno. She completed a master’s degree in public administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.