Manoj Sharma, MBBS, MCHES, Ph.D., FAAHB
Professor, Behavioral Health Promotion & Education
College of Public Service - Jackson State University
Dr. Sharma is a physician by initial training and has also completed his doctorate in Preventive Medicine and Public Health from The Ohio State University. He has worked in Community Health for more than 30 years at all levels: Local level (Columbus Health Department, Omaha Healthy Start Program, Lead Safe Omaha Coalition); State level (Nebraska Health & Human Services, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Commission on Minority Health); National level (ASHA, CDC, USEPA); and International level (India, Italy, Mongolia, Nepal, UAE, UK, Vietnam, China). His research interests are in designing and evaluating theory- based health education and health promotion programs, alternative and complementary systems of health, and community-based participatory research.
Vernon K. Smith, Ph.D.
Managing Principal, Health Management Associates
Vernon Smith is Managing Principal with Health Management Associates, where he focuses on Medicaid, Medicare, the Children's Health Insurance Program, health reform and trends in the health care market place. He has authored several dozen reports and articles on issues in Medicaid and CHIP, spending and enrollment trends, and on state and national health reform.
Dr. Smith has had the privilege to speak on these issues before many national and state audiences, including the National Governors Association (NGA), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Council of State Governments (CSG), the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), American Medical Association (AMA), American Hospital Association (AHA), America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the National Health Policy Forum, National Association of State Budget Officers, committees of the U.S. Congress, and health care associations and Medicaid reform groups in several states. He has been a guest on National Public Radio and quoted on these issues in many national publications, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek and Time Magazine.
Dr. Smith served as the Michigan Medicaid director and as the human services budget director. He holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from Michigan State University. Among other involvements, he serves on the Board of Trustees of Anderson University, his undergraduate Alma Mater.
Jamie Lavigne, JADE Journal Coordinator
Accredited Legal Secretary
Employed for the law firm, Cummins Woods. Jamie performs all office work associated with American Alcohol and Drug Information Foundation, publisher of JADE, and Michigan Council on Alcohol Problems, an AADIF related entity. Jamie is trained as a legal secretary and para-legal as well as in the desktop publishing area.