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Frederick L. Altice, MD, MA

Frederick Altice

Frederick L. Altice, is a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University where he serves as the Director of Clinical and Community Research, the Community Health Care Van and the HIV in Prisons Program. As a clinician, he is board-certified in both Infectious Diseases and Addiction Medicine.  As a researcher, his interests are focused on the interface between infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, and viral hepatitis, and substance use disorders. Specifically, he is interested in both prevention and treatment issues and has been at the forefront of both behavioral and biomedical intervention research activities. He is also interested in creation of novel prevention and treatment programs for the treatment of HIV, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, and substance use disorders in vulnerable populations, including people who inject drugs, criminal justice populations, men who have sex with men and both female and transgender sex workers.

Dr. Altice has spent considerable time devoted to developing and studying integrated systems of care, including integrating medication-assisted therapies such as methadone, buprenorphine, and extended-release naltrexone into managing co-morbid conditions, including people living with or at risk for HIV, HCV, tuberculosis, and mental illness. In more recent years, given the many successful prevention and treatment interventions available, he has increasingly become involved in implementation science to find improved ways to disseminate research and evidence-based practices and ensure that they are implemented using best-practices. Dr. Altice is currently leading studies in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Peru, and the United States.


Christina Mullins, MA

Christina MullinsChristina Mullins is the Commissioner for the Bureau for Behavioral Health.  Previously, she served as the Director of the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health and has worked in a variety of maternal and child health programs.  In her nearly 20-year tenure with the Department of Health and Human Resources, she has worked to establish West Virginia’s youth anti-tobacco campaign, collaborated with a multitude of partners to launch a surveillance system for neonatal abstinence syndrome, and co-authored the 2016 West Virginia Overdose Fatality Analysis.  Christina was honored with the Maternal Child Health Bureau Director’s Award in October 2018 for her national contributions to the health of infants, mothers, children and children with special health care needs. Christina graduated from Marshall University with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.


Mitchell L. Drumm, PhD

Mitch DrummMitchell L. Drumm is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Genetics and Genome Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He received his B.S. in genetics from The Ohio State University in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan in 1990.  His doctoral degree was earned in the laboratory of Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., with whom he was a co-discoverer of the gene that causes cystic fibrosis (CF).  Dr. Drumm continues to work on CF and joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in 1992 as an assistant professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Genetics and Genome Sciences and currently holds the rank of professor in both departments.

In 2007, Dr. Drumm was appointed as Director of Basic Research of the Willard A. Bernbaum Cystic Fibrosis Research Center  In 2015 he was appointed the inaugural recipient of the Connie and Jim Brown Professor in Cystic Fibrosis Research at Case Western Reserve University.

Because of the successes in cystic fibrosis, Dr. Drumm brought together faculty from across the Case Western Reserve University campus in 2015 to form The Research Institute for Children’s Health.  This institute was launched to implement laboratory-to-clinic research programs for other rare, genetic disorders, patterned after the CF approach.  Dr. Drumm currently serves as the Institute’s director. 


Jan Rader

Jan RaderA Native of Ironton, Ohio, Jan Rader joined the Huntington Fire Department in August of 1994. Ms. Rader is the first woman to reach the rank of Chief for a career department in the State of West Virginia. She holds a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University and an Associates Degree of Science in Nursing from Ohio University. Jan holds many fire service certifications and is also a Fire and EMS Instructor in the State of West Virginia.

Since November of 2014 Chief Rader has been serving as a member of the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. The purpose of this task force is to address drug addiction in Huntington and the surrounding communities and create a holistic approach involving prevention, treatment and law enforcement. Jan recently came to national prominence after the release of the short documentary “Heroin(e)” by Netflix in September of 2017.  Then in April of 2018, she was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.