Learn how Philadelphia is working together to introduce new clean and safe guidelines with PHL Health Pledge.

PHL Health Advisors for Expert Advice and Guidance

To address the new needs of our customers, we have partnered with Dr. David Nash, Dean Emeritus of the Jefferson College of Population Health, to serve as the PHLCVB’s Chief Health Advisor by providing direct advice and guidance to meeting and event planners. Dr. Nash will support the PHLCVB by analyzing public health and safety reports, reviewing current public health guidelines and protocols, and making recommendations to meeting planner customers.

Dr. Nash is an acclaimed national leader in population health who holds both an MD and MBA. He is currently an endowed chair professor of Health Policy at the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH), the first of its kind in the country, where he served for more than a decade as the founding Dean, culminating a 30-year tenure. He has been lauded for his thought leadership surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Nash will also work closely with the member PHL Health Advisors, a subcommittee of the PHLCVB’s Life Sciences division and its Nursing Leadership Committee—both comprised of experts from the world-renowned Philadelphia medical community. The PHL Health Advisors represent a wide range of expertise in fields like public health, infectious disease, medical research, and mental health among many others. The subcommittee will serve as a trusted resource of accurate and timely medical information and local medical advancements in the fight against COVID-19.

Meet the PHL Health Advisors:

  • Susan Coffin, MD – Medical Director, Healthcare Associated Infections & Antimicrobial Resistance Program; Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Jonathan Epstein, MD, Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer, Perelman School of Medicine, U Penn
  • Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN, Vice President, Health and Health Equity; Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • T. Dianne Langford, PhD, Assistant Dean, Research, Lewis Katz School of Medicine Temple University
  • Ms. Betty Long, RN, MHA, President and CEO, Guardian Nurses
  • Edith Mitchell, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor, Oncologist, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Chris Molineaux, President, Life Sciences Pennsylvania
  • Sharon Murphy-Potts, BSN, RN, CRRN, Clinical Liaison, ReMed
  • Shawn O’Brien, CEO, Genomind
  • Meghna Patel, MHA, Deputy Secretary for Health Innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH, Executive Director, Center for Public Health Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania
  • Marcus Schabacker, MD, PhD, President and CEO, ECRI Institute
  • Kenny Simansky, PhD, Vice Dean for Research, Professor of Pharmacology, Drexel College of Medicine
  • Marguerite Stahley Ambrose, PhD, Educator, Elsevier
  • Heather Steinman, PhD, RN, Vice President for Business Development and Executive Director of Technology Transfer, The Wistar Institute
  • Edgar Vesga, President, Philadelphia International Medicine
  • Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President of Patient Services, Chief Nursing Officer, Main Line Health
  • Michelle Washko, PhD, President, Life Sciences Innovations
  • Darryl Williams, PhD, Vice President of Science and Education, The Franklin Institute

Special PHLCVB Podcast – PHL Health Advisors

On the PHLCVB Podcast, Dr. Heather Steinman, Vice President for Business Development/Executive Director of Technology Transfer at The Wistar Institute and co-chair of the PHL Life Sciences Advisory Board, discusses the role of PHL Health Advisors in setting a new industry standard.


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