Authors
    Decision Scientist & PhD Candidate in Health Policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    Decision Scientist & PhD Candidate in Health Policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    • Decision Scientist & PhD Candidate in Health Policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    Zach Ward is a decision scientist with research interests in simulation modelling and global health. He has worked as a programmer/analyst at the Center for Health Decision Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health since 2011. Zach entered the Harvard Ph.D. program in Health Policy in 2015, with a concentration in Decision Science and a secondary field in Computational Science and Engineering. He received his undergraduate degree in Global Health Management from Seattle Pacific University and his Masters of Public Health from l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP) in Paris, with a concentration in Epidemiology. Originally from Kenya, Zach has worked with various community-based NGOs in Tanzania, Malawi, and Rwanda, creating health information systems and management tools. At Harvard he has developed microsimulation models focused on childhood obesity, gastric cancer, and maternal mortality.

    • Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology & Director of the Health Prevention Research Center at Harvard Chan School of Public Health

    Steven Gortmaker PhD is currently Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. He directs the Harvard Chan School of Public Health Prevention Research Center (HPRC), whose mission is to work with community partners to design, implement, and evaluate programs and policies that improve nutrition and physical activity, reduce overweight and chronic disease risk among children, youth and their families and to reduce and eliminate disparities in these outcomes. Dr. Gortmaker serves as senior advisor to the Healthy Eating Research Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Current activities include continuing implementation, dissemination and updating the widely disseminated school curriculums: Planet Health and Eat Well and Keep Moving, the afterschool curriculum co-developed with the YMCA of the USA - Food and Fun, and the Out of School Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative. Current major research includes the CHOICES project, funded by The JPB Foundation that is evaluating the cost effectiveness of more than 40 childhood obesity preventive interventions. Dr. Gortmaker has been an author and coauthor of more than 210 published research articles, including the first report in the United States concerning the obesity epidemic among children, the first longitudinal study linking increases in sugar sweetened beverage intake to increased obesity incidence in youth, the recent four paper obesity modeling series in the Lancet, and recent cost-effectiveness papers in Health Affairs and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

    • Assistant Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University

    Michael Long is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. Dr. Long is an expert in research at the intersection of epidemiology and quantitative policy analysis with the goal of identifying cost-effective and politically feasible policy solutions to promote community health. Dr. Long has experience researching the epidemiology of obesity, evaluating quasi-experimental nutrition interventions in schools, and developing simulation models to predict the health and economic impact of health promotion interventions. He earned his Doctor of Science degree in 2013 from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a Master of Public Health degree from the Yale School of Public Health.