Pamela Russo, senior program officer, is a member of the Public Health team, which is committed to improving the health of communities and strengthening the public health system’s ability to prevent illness, injury and premature death. Public health provides protection from threats such as bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases, and also seeks to provide equitable opportunities for people to live long, healthy lives. Achieving these goals requires partnerships across different sectors of the community, and collaborative actions that address the root causes of disease and injury. The Public Health team views health as the result of interactions between social, environmental, behavioral, health care and biological/genetic factors. Russo’s programmatic areas of focus on the Public Health team include health impact assessment, quality improvement in public health, accreditation of public health agencies at the local, state and tribal level, and leadership development in public health.
In addition to being a member of the Public Health team, Russo serves as the senior program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars, a national Foundation program that enables outstanding individuals who have completed doctoral training to engage in an intensive two-year program in population health at one of six nationally prominent universities. This innovative program seeks to produce leaders in population health who will work across disciplines and across sectors to change the questions asked, the methods employed to analyze problems, and the range of solutions offered to improve population health and reduce disparities in health.
Russo came to the Foundation in November 2000 from the Cornell University Medical Center in New York City, where she was an associate professor of medicine, director of the clinical outcomes section, and program co-director for the master’s program and fellowship in clinical epidemiology and health services research. Her education includes a BS from Harvard College, MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and MPH in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. She did a residency in primary care general internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a fellowship in clinical epidemiology and rheumatology at Cornell University Medical Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery.