Invited Expert Presentations
J. Michael McGinnis, M.D., M.A., M.P.P.
Dr. Michael McGinnis is a physician, epidemiologist, and long-time contributor to national
and international health programs and policy. An elected Member of the Institute of
Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, he has since 2005 also served as IOM Senior
Scholar and Executive Director of the IOM Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health
Care. He founded and stewards the IOM’s Learning Health System Initiative, and, in
prior posts, also served as founding leader for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s
(RWJF) Health Group, the World Bank/European Commission’s Task Force for Health
Reconstruction in Bosnia, and, in the U.S. government, the Office of Research Integrity,
the Nutrition Policy Board, and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
In the latter post, he held continuous policy responsibilities for prevention through four
Administrations (Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton), during which he conceived
and launched a number of initiatives of ongoing policy importance, including the
Healthy People national goals and objectives, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force,
the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and development of the Ten Essential Services of
Public Health. At RWJF, he founded the Health & Society Scholars program, the Young
Epidemiology Scholars program, and the Active Living family of programs. Early in his
career he served in India as epidemiologist and State Director for the World Health
Organization’s Smallpox Eradication Program. Widely published, he has made
foundational contributions to understanding the basic determinants of health (e.g.
“Actual Causes of Death”, JAMA 270:18  and “The Case for More Active Policy
Attention to Health Promotion”, Health Affairs 21:2 ). National leadership awards
include the Arthur Flemming Award, the Distinguished Service Award for public health
leadership, the Health Leader of the Year Award, and the Public Health Hero Award. He
has held visiting or adjunct professorships at George Washington, UCLA, Princeton, and
Duke Universities. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, the UCLA
School of Medicine, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University, and was the graduating commencement speaker at each.
Kate Clancy, Ph.D.
Dr. Kate Clancy is currently a food systems consultant, Visiting Scholar at the Center for a Livable Future Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Adjunct Professor at Tufts University, and Senior Fellow in the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Minnesota (she resides in University Park, Maryland). Her resume includes positions at several universities (Cornell, Syracuse, and the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin), the federal government (nutritionist and policy adviser at the Federal Trade Commission), and nonprofits (Director of the Wallace Center for Agricultural and Environmental Policy, Senior Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Fellow at the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy). She has served on numerous boards (the Society for Nutrition Education, Bread for the World, Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture, Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, and the Agriculture Food and Human Values Society, among others). Clancy developed a graduate course on food systems in 1982 and since then has published, taught, spoken, and consulted widely on sustainable agriculture and food systems with government agencies, universities, and nonprofits around the country. Her present interests are the research and policy facets of Agriculture of the Middle, the development of regional food systems, food supply chain analyses, the connections between community food security and regional food security, and the research needed to advance sustainable agriculture and food systems policy. Her B.S. and Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences are from the University of Washington and the University of California at Berkeley, respectively.
Susan M. Krebs-Smith, Ph.D.
Dr. Susan Krebs-Smith is Chief of the Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch, in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. In that capacity, she oversees a program of research on the surveillance of risk factors related to cancer—including diet, physical activity, weight status, tobacco use, and sun exposure; methodological issues to improve the assessment of those factors; and issues related to guidance and food policy. Her own surveillance research has emphasized trends in intake of foods and nutrients, especially fruits and vegetables; food sources of nutrients; and factors associated with the intake of foods and/or nutrients, using data from the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Program. Her contributions in the area of dietary assessment methodology have focused on developing methods to assess dietary patterns, the usual intake of foods, overall diet quality, and conformance to dietary guidelines. Her efforts in dietary guidance and food policy include evaluation of the US food supply and estimating future demand for food commodities, based on population-wide adoption of the Dietary Guidelines and census projections.
Dr. Krebs-Smith has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the International Conference on Dietary Assessment Methods, and has served on the editorial boards for both the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and on the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association.
Dr. Krebs-Smith received a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Bradley University, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctorate in Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University.