DrPH Alumni Profiles

DrPH Alumni Profiles
Alumni profiles are listed alphabetically by last name.

Anthony R. Measham
DrPH Class of 1970
Consultant in Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank

Career Highlights

  • Division Chief, World Bank, Washington, D.C.
  • Program Officer for Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP), Ford Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Deputy Director, Center for Population and Family Health, Columbia University, New York City
  • Representative, Population Council, Bogota, Colombia
Describe your current position.
I am a senior consultant to the World Bank in Health, Nutrition and Population, currently focusing on three areas of global health: Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Disease; Health and the Economy; and Results-Based Financing.

What has UNC meant to your career?
UNC gave me a solid foundation for my career in global health. UNC was then, and still is, one of the top schools of public health globally. I was fortunate to be at UNC during the tenure of the late Dr. Moye Freymann, a forward thinking giant in the field of public health whose influence was pivotal.
I have been very fortunate to work on many aspects of public health since graduating from UNC. From Chapel Hill, I joined the Population Council in Bogota, Colombia, working on MCH and family planning there and in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. My brief academic career followed at Columbia University School of Public Health. I then joined the Ford Foundation in Dhaka, Bangladesh, continuing to focus on MCH/Family Planning, but increasingly on Nutrition. In 1982 I joined the World Bank, spent five years in New Delhi and still work for the Bank. I was fortunate to work on the 1993 World Development Report – Investing in Health, and as an editor of two editions (1993 and 2006) of Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries.
My broad UNC education allowed me to switch focus throughout my career, providing the basis for a lifetime of learning.

Describe your overall experience at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Provide examples.
Chapel Hill was an oasis of green when my family and I arrived in August of 1967. My wife stayed home and cared for our two girls as well as me. A stipend from UNC made this possible, and I was able to concentrate on my studies, which included Political Science and Spanish as well as Public Health. I was lucky to get an unpaid appointment in the Department of Ob-Gyn and thus was able to supplement my stipend working at the Wake County Health Department, an invaluable experience. The quality of teaching and course content was uniformly high. And I became a lifelong fan of the Tar Heels!
It was a wonderful 3 years of stimulating study and enjoying life with my young family.

Could you have gotten where you are today without your UNC degree? If no, please explain.
I don’t think so. My acquisition of solid public health skills, especially the doctoral program training at UNC, made me a candidate for employment by the few organizations that were then working on MCH/Family Planning in developing countries.

Discuss what you would consider to be your greatest achievements in your professional career and why.

My UNC education and subsequent overseas experience gave me the confidence to speak out on sensitive topics. I am most proud of four achievements: helping to put Safe Motherhood on the map; working with others to stop the World Bank lending for tobacco production; the previously mentioned publications plus The Family Planning Revolution; and trying to contribute to better health in more than 20 developing countries. But perhaps my most important achievement has been counseling younger public health colleagues, and seeing them joining the public health effort to make life better for all.

What are your words of wisdom to current students in Health Policy & Management programs?

Work in public health where you think you can make the biggest difference. And don’t close your mind to new opportunities. They provide you with life-long learning and that will open up new doors for you. When I began this journey, I believed that as a family doctor in Canada, I would contribute less to the greater good than as a public health professional working to improve health and development in what were then termed "undeveloped countries". Some would dispute that view. But forty years later, I am even more confident of that belief.

Pam Silberman
DrPH Class of 1997
President & CEO, North Carolina Institute of Medicine and Publisher, North Carolina Medical Journal

Career Highlights

  • President & CEO, North Carolina Institute of Medicine and Publisher, North Carolina Medical Journal
  • Vice President, North Carolina Institute of Medicine
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Associate Director for Policy Analysis, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC-Chapel Hill

Describe your current position.

I am currently the President and CEO of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM). The NCIOM was created by the NC General Assembly in 1983 to study important health issues facing the state and develop workable solutions to address those problems. Studies are usually undertaken at the request of the General Assembly, executive agencies, NC foundations and/or health professional or community groups. We generally operate by convening diverse groups including legislators, state and county agency leaders, health professionals, hospital administrators, insurers, business, consumer and faith leaders to study the relevant issue. I lead the organization, help facilitate task force meetings, write health policy reports for legislative and state policy leaders and otherwise work with state health and policy leaders with the goal of improving the health of North Carolinians. What has attending school at the Gillings School of Global Public Health helped you achieve?

I have a law degree in addition to my doctorate in public health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Before I came back to school to get my doctorate, I served as a lobbyist for low-income people on health and public benefits issues (such as Medicaid, welfare, food and nutrition issues). Most of my health-related advocacy focused on access to care. While I was working on health-access issues, I never had any formal health training. My doctoral program helped provide me with a better understanding of other aspects of the health care system that can lead to improved population health. For example, my doctoral education helped me understand more about quality improvement initiatives, evidence-based prevention strategies, and how our current health care system is financed. This broader understanding of our "health" or non-health "system" has helped me be more effective in working with state and local policy leaders, health professionals and other leaders.

Describe how you balanced school, work, and family commitments during the program.

This is hard, and continues to be hard. I worked half-time at the Sheps Center while I was in graduate school and had two young children (3 and 5 when I first entered the program). I worked or attended school 40-hours during the week, came home and spent time with my kids and husband, and then focused on my school work or dissertation after the kids went to bed. To give credit where it is really due–I was only able to "balance" these different commitments because I have an incredibly supportive and involved husband who assumed more of the child care responsibilities while I was in the program!

Could you have gotten where you are today without your UNC degree? If no, please explain.

It’s possible, but unlikely. I have always been involved in health policy work after leaving law school. However, law is a career where you represent an individual or specific group rather than the population as a whole. My work at Gillings School of Global Public Health gave me the background to look more broadly at population health issues and to work collaboratively with people and organizations that have different perspectives on how to best improve the health of the population.

Discuss what you would consider to be your greatest achievement in your professional career and why.

There is not one "achievement" that I consider to be the greatest achievement in my professional career. Instead, I view all the work I’ve done on shaping health policies as important. When I was a legal services attorney, I helped work with legislative leaders to expand Medicaid to more uninsured pregnant women and children. With my work with the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, we helped develop the framework for the NC Health Choice program (the state’s Child Health Insurance Program). We’ve also helped work with state agencies in developing evidence-based strategies to reduce child maltreatment, improve the long-term care system, and address health professional workforce shortages. In general, we have found that between 50-90 percent of NCIOM recommendations are implemented – in whole or in part. I am particularly proud of the policies that have been implemented, over time, which improve access to care, quality of care or the health status of underserved populations.

What are your words of wisdom to current students in Health Policy & Management programs? Get involved in health policy work. Changing health policies to improve the health, quality of care and health care access of a population can have a significant positive impact on the health and well-being of the population.

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Last updated March 27, 2013