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Dr. Brian Gittens

Dr. Brian Gittens specializes in strategic diversity and inclusion, organizational and leadership development, organizational assessment and analysis, change management, and talent management in support of optimizing organizational performance and quality initiatives. Brian is a diversity and...


Ms. Ressalam oversees research translation and dissemination efforts for Systems for Action, including development of research syntheses, briefs, toolkits and training sessions. Julie is an active advocate within the Aurora immigrant and refugee community in Colorado and is passionate about sustainable community engagement methods. She is a public health researcher persuing a doctorate in health services research. She holds an MPH in epidemiology from Saint Louis University and a BS from Pennsylvania State University.


Michael E. Bird is a Kewa Pueblo Indian from New Mexico. He is the first American Indian and social worker to serve as President (2000-2001) of the American Public Health Association in the organization’s history. Mr. Bird has more than 30 years of public health experience with Native American...


As Deputy Director, Ms. Lott plays a key role in the financial, operational and strategic leadership of the National Program Office. She manages the daily operations including grant-related communication, the development of key relationships with stakeholders, coordination with the Robert Word Johnson Foundation on grant activities, assisting with research translation and dissemination efforts, and managing the Call for Proposal process. Ms. Lott received her MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health and BS from Mississippi State University. Ms. Lott is passionate about health equity and exploring ways to align systems that dismantle systemic and structural racism. Outside of work, Ms. Lott enjoys getting outdoors in beautiful Colorado to bike, run, and hike with her family.


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Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH is a physician, researcher, and public health advocate. She is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and is descended from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy at the Colorado School...

Elaine Nsoesie

Elaine O. Nsoesie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is an internationally recognized data scientist and a leading voice on the use of data and technology to advance health equity. She is a Data Science Faculty Fellow...


Ms. Belmashkan directs the creation of communication materials, digital publications, and serves as the social media manager. Prior to joining Systems for Action, she worked as a program evaluator for the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center. She has worked as a Research Assistant on cancer prevention, cancer screening, and injury prevention studies. Ms. Belmashkan received her MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health and BA from Texas Christian University.