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André Blackman

Onboard Health was founded in 2017 by André Blackman, a pioneering strategist with deep ties into the public health/healthcare, social innovation, and strategic communication landscapes. Previously, Andre founded Pulse + Signal, a branding and innovation strategy consultancy where he helped healthcare focused organizations and startups stay equipped for the future.

 

André is a sought-after advisor to companies building the future of health and brand builder for the leaders who run them. His work and insights have been featured in CIO, Fortune, Forbes, NPR, Reporting on Health, U.S. News and World Report.

Board of Advisors

Dr. Robert Gold

University of Maryland School of Public Health

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Ivor B. Horn, MD, MPH is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Accolade. She has over 20 years of experience in healthcare serving in leadership positions academic, clinical and technology settings throughout her career. Dr. Horn is a board-certified pediatrician. Prior to her role at Accolade, she served as Medical Director of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. In addition to experience practicing as a community-based primary care pediatrician, Dr. Horn has also been an NIH-funded investigator, whose research focused on healthcare communication and health disparities with an emphasis on how health information technology can be used to improve child health disparities. She has appeared as a medical expert on the Today Show, Good Morning America.

Ashley Doyal is an HR & recruiting leader specializing in diversity and accessibility in tech. She's currently a Diversity Talent Sourcer for Microsoft's engineering organization and has spent the last 10+ years recruiting and retaining diverse teams for a variety of technology and gaming companies (including Electronic Arts, ZeniMax, and Pandora). Prior to Microsoft, she co-founded recruitHER, a recruiting and consulting agency focused on connecting tech companies with diverse candidates (including women, people of color, candidates with disabilities, veterans, and the LGBTQIA community). As a featured speaker, coach, and volunteer, she's worked to celebrate and empower young women in STEM through partnerships with The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, GirlStart, GENAustin, and Women In Games International, among others.

Carlos Rodarte is the Founder & Managing Director of Volar Health, where he helps innovative health companies refine their product strategy and rapidly commercialize their solutions. As a leading voice in digital health, he often discusses the need for human-first approaches, involving patients and consumers in their health, and the importance of accounting for context and everyday behaviors in health management. He previously founded HealthRhythms, a AI-driven digital health startup that utilizes smartphone sensors to better understand human behavior; early team member of PatientsLikeMe, where he oversaw the development of the companies sensor-research capabilities, strategic partnerships with life sciences organizations, and created their enterprise-focused subscription revenue model. As a member of various advisory boards and editorial board member of Digital Biomarkers journal, he is always striving to better understand how people​ interact with technology and their environments.

Jane is a health economist, advisor and trend-weaver to organizations focused at the intersection of health, technology and people – especially consumers, patients and caregivers. Jane founded THINK-Health after working with health care consultancies in the US and Europe. Jane’s clients span the health/care ecosystem: technology, pharma and life sciences, providers, plans, retail, financial services and consumer goods. She founded the Health Populi blog in 2007. Jane advises on strategy via environmental analysis, scenario and strategic planning. She sits on many advisory boards and on the Board of Directors of The Clinic, a free clinic for residents. Jane is a frequent speaker, listed with AHA’s Speakers Express and Executive Speakers Bureau. Jane also contributes to the Huffington Post and Tincture. Jane holds an MA (Economics) and MHSA (Health Policy) from University of Michigan. While Jane loves her work, she is even more passionate about family and home, Slow Food and her local CSA, and living a full and balanced life. Follow Jane along with 26,000 other tweeters on Twitter @HealthyThinker. See more on Jane at www.healthpopuli.com and www.janesarasohnkahn.com

Robert S. Gold was the Founding Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health (UMD SPH), and Director of the Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory. As Dean, he was responsible for the creation of the University of Maryland Global Public Health College Park Scholars Program, and during his tenure, the school created the post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in Global Public Health.

He currently serves as University of Maryland Professor with appointments as: Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health (Primary), and Department of Medicine (Secondary), University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Gold is Co-Director of the UMCP Center of Excellence for Health Information Technology Research, and Director of the UMCP/SPH Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory. He served as chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from 2013-2017. Dr. Gold’s own research focuses on health communications projects and numerous technology development projects in the areas of asthma, cancer prevention, diabetes, HIV prevention, injury and violence prevention.

He has played a significant role in the oversight and conduct of a broad variety of national research studies such as the Government Project Officer, the National Children and Youth Fitness Studies I and II, the National School Health Education Evaluation Study, and the National Adolescent Student Health Survey. He has extensive experience in public health training, career development, mentorship, and research training of over 30 doctoral students.

Katie Drasser is Managing Director of the Aspen Global Innovators Group. At the Aspen Institute, she leads global efforts to address poverty alleviation, human rights, and social justice. Drasser has worked nationally and around the world on initiatives including HIV/AIDS treatment strategies in Romania, private health services delivery in Myanmar, and the scale up of Kenya’s national emergency medical system. She also spent time building a range of start-ups, designing a network of charter schools, and helping to build an ecosystem of social impact efforts like Good Capital, The Hub Bay Area, the Social Capital Markets Conference and Opportunity Collaboration.

Maurice is a former urban education leader turned Diversity and Inclusion advocate. He currently leads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He also is the founder of TechNColor, an alliance for underrepresented people of color in tech that aims to create an inclusive and diverse community. Prior to joining CZI, he was a leader at Outco, a job search and interview prep accelerator for software engineers. Maurice is a 2011 graduate of Morehouse College and a native Washingtonian.

Heather Cole-Lewis, PhD, MPH, is the Director of Behavior Science at  Johnson & Johnson, where she works at the intersection of health behavior change and data science to build digital behavior change interventions that amplify health and wellbeing outcomes. She is an expert in the design and evaluation of digital health interventions, with a specific focus on maximizing impact using rapid iteration and unique combinations of methodologies from social science, human-computer interaction, and data science. She uses her skill set to leverage behavior change and improve health outcomes using consumer-centered technology, such as mobile phones.

Heather believes that the combination of behavioral science, data science, and technology provide an ideal opportunity to expand the reach of evidence-based health strategies to support vulnerable and underserved populations.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hcolelewis/

Robert is the founder and CEO of L.A. Kitchen. He has been a leader in the food recovery/job training/social enterprise movement since 1989, when he founded the D.C. Central Kitchen, which he led for 24 years. Collectively, these businesses have used donated food to produce over 40 million meals, and helped over 1,600 men and women gain full-time employment. Robert is an award-winning author (Begging for Change, HarperCollins), and a sought-after speaker on subjects ranging from innovation, leadership, the role of nonprofits
and social enterprise.

Heather Cole-Lewis, PhD, MPH, is the Director of Behavior Science at  Johnson & Johnson, where she works at the intersection of health behavior change and data science to build digital behavior change interventions that amplify health and wellbeing outcomes. She is an expert in the design and evaluation of digital health interventions, with a specific focus on maximizing impact using rapid iteration and unique combinations of methodologies from social science, human-computer interaction, and data science. She uses her skill set to leverage behavior change and improve health outcomes using consumer-centered technology, such as mobile phones.

Heather believes that the combination of behavioral science, data science, and technology provide an ideal opportunity to expand the reach of evidence-based health strategies to support vulnerable and underserved populations.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hcolelewis/

Ashley Doyal is an HR & recruiting leader specializing in diversity and accessibility in tech. She's currently a Diversity Talent Sourcer for Microsoft's engineering organization and has spent the last 10+ years recruiting and retaining diverse teams for a variety of technology and gaming companies (including Electronic Arts, ZeniMax, and Pandora). Prior to Microsoft, she co-founded recruitHER, a recruiting and consulting agency focused on connecting tech companies with diverse candidates (including women, people of color, candidates with disabilities, veterans, and the LGBTQIA community). As a featured speaker, coach, and volunteer, she's worked to celebrate and empower young women in STEM through partnerships with The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, GirlStart, GENAustin, and Women In Games International, among others.

Katie Drasser is Managing Director of the Aspen Global Innovators Group. At the Aspen Institute, she leads global efforts to address poverty alleviation, human rights, and social justice. Drasser has worked nationally and around the world on initiatives including HIV/AIDS treatment strategies in Romania, private health services delivery in Myanmar, and the scale up of Kenya’s national emergency medical system. She also spent time building a range of start-ups, designing a network of charter schools, and helping to build an ecosystem of social impact efforts like Good Capital, The Hub Bay Area, the Social Capital Markets Conference and Opportunity Collaboration.

Robert is the founder and CEO of L.A. Kitchen. He has been a leader in the food recovery/job training/social enterprise movement since 1989, when he founded the D.C. Central Kitchen, which he led for 24 years. Collectively, these businesses have used donated food to produce over 40 million meals, and helped over 1,600 men and women gain full-time employment. Robert is an award-winning author (Begging for Change, HarperCollins), and a sought-after speaker on subjects ranging from innovation, leadership, the role of nonprofits
and social enterprise.

Robert S. Gold was the Founding Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health (UMD SPH), and Director of the Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory. As Dean, he was responsible for the creation of the University of Maryland Global Public Health College Park Scholars Program, and during his tenure, the school created the post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in Global Public Health.

He currently serves as University of Maryland Professor with appointments as: Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health (Primary), and Department of Medicine (Secondary), University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Gold is Co-Director of the UMCP Center of Excellence for Health Information Technology Research, and Director of the UMCP/SPH Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory. He served as chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from 2013-2017. Dr. Gold’s own research focuses on health communications projects and numerous technology development projects in the areas of asthma, cancer prevention, diabetes, HIV prevention, injury and violence prevention.

He has played a significant role in the oversight and conduct of a broad variety of national research studies such as the Government Project Officer, the National Children and Youth Fitness Studies I and II, the National School Health Education Evaluation Study, and the National Adolescent Student Health Survey. He has extensive experience in public health training, career development, mentorship, and research training of over 30 doctoral students.

Ivor B. Horn, MD, MPH is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Accolade. She has over 20 years of experience in healthcare serving in leadership positions academic, clinical and technology settings throughout her career. Dr. Horn is a board-certified pediatrician. Prior to her role at Accolade, she served as Medical Director of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. In addition to experience practicing as a community-based primary care pediatrician, Dr. Horn has also been an NIH-funded investigator, whose research focused on healthcare communication and health disparities with an emphasis on how health information technology can be used to improve child health disparities. She has appeared as a medical expert on the Today Show, Good Morning America.

Carlos Rodarte is the Founder & Managing Director of Volar Health, where he helps innovative health companies refine their product strategy and rapidly commercialize their solutions. As a leading voice in digital health, he often discusses the need for human-first approaches, involving patients and consumers in their health, and the importance of accounting for context and everyday behaviors in health management. He previously founded HealthRhythms, a AI-driven digital health startup that utilizes smartphone sensors to better understand human behavior; early team member of PatientsLikeMe, where he oversaw the development of the companies sensor-research capabilities, strategic partnerships with life sciences organizations, and created their enterprise-focused subscription revenue model. As a member of various advisory boards and editorial board member of Digital Biomarkers journal, he is always striving to better understand how people​ interact with technology and their environments.

Jane is a health economist, advisor and trend-weaver to organizations focused at the intersection of health, technology and people – especially consumers, patients and caregivers. Jane founded THINK-Health after working with health care consultancies in the US and Europe. Jane’s clients span the health/care ecosystem: technology, pharma and life sciences, providers, plans, retail, financial services and consumer goods. She founded the Health Populi blog in 2007. Jane advises on strategy via environmental analysis, scenario and strategic planning. She sits on many advisory boards and on the Board of Directors of The Clinic, a free clinic for residents. Jane is a frequent speaker, listed with AHA’s Speakers Express and Executive Speakers Bureau. Jane also contributes to the Huffington Post and Tincture. Jane holds an MA (Economics) and MHSA (Health Policy) from University of Michigan. While Jane loves her work, she is even more passionate about family and home, Slow Food and her local CSA, and living a full and balanced life. Follow Jane along with 26,000 other tweeters on Twitter @HealthyThinker. See more on Jane at www.healthpopuli.com and www.janesarasohnkahn.com

Maurice is a former urban education leader turned Diversity and Inclusion advocate. He currently leads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He also is the founder of TechNColor, an alliance for underrepresented people of color in tech that aims to create an inclusive and diverse community. Prior to joining CZI, he was a leader at Outco, a job search and interview prep accelerator for software engineers. Maurice is a 2011 graduate of Morehouse College and a native Washingtonian.