Malathi Aarkoti, BHMS, M.P.H.
Malathi Aarkoti, BHMS, M.P.H. received her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from New York Medical College (NYMC) in 2011 and has extensive experience in governmental public health at the federal, state and local levels. She has worked on various projects, including prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, disaster epidemiology and data analysis of Emergency Medical Services data for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Florida State Department of Health, New Jersey Department of Health and New Haven, Connecticut Health Department and Somerset County, NJ Health Department.
Malathi is currently a Data Analyst/Epidemiologist at the New Jersey Department of Health utilizing SAS and STATA statistical software for analyzing large datasets. Her current research interests focus on the “Opioid Epidemic” especially, Naloxone administration and the dosage required for opioid overdoses by NJ Emergency Medical Services professionals.
Malathi holds a baccalaureate degree in Homeopathic Medicine from India where she practiced homeopathy for three years.
Nkem Chukwueme, M.D. M.P.H.
Nkem Chukwueme, M.D. M.P.H. is a public health physician with over a decade experience in disease program and grants management, strategic document review, policy development, research, training, monitoring and evaluation of TB/TBHIV disease surveillance.
Dr. Chukwueme earned her medical degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and obtained her Master of Public Health – MPH in 2014 from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland. She is also a JHU certified global health professional and has received extensive training in public health cartography.
Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she was regional director for KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, the National TB monitoring and evaluation coordinator in the Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria, was the Country Survey Coordinator for the Nigeria Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey study in 2012 and earned a Presidential merit award in Nigeria for excellent community service. She is currently a Technical Review Panel Member for the Global Fund Geneva and recently enlisted into the World Health Organization pool of Tuberculosis Epidemiological Review Consultants for Africa Countries. Her broad alliance of network base and diverse experience at all program levels from grassroots engagement to Federal levels both in the private and public sector, has afforded her the privilege of being technically sound and culturally competent in the field of public health.
Her research interests include, risk factors identifications, barriers to accessing health, outcome assessments to inform policy change, and overall health system strengthening, mostly in infectious disease settings.
In her spare time, she practices playing guitar, enjoys reading and loves adventure travelling.
George W. Contreras, MEP, M.P.H., M.S., CEM, FACEM, EMTP
George W. Contreras, MEP, M.P.H., M.S., CEM, FACEM, EMTP is a healthcare professional with over twenty-seven years of experience in the fields of emergency medical services, disaster management, public health, higher education, international disaster response, hospital administration and consulting. He currently serves as Assistant Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at New York Medical College (NYMC), Assistant Director of the Emergency Preparedness Certificate Program at NYMC and adjunct Associate Professor in the NYMC School of Health Sciences and Practice. Prior to coming to NYMC, he was a tenured Associate Professor and Director of Allied Health at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York where he created, implemented and attained national initial accreditation for two new allied health programs in Brooklyn: Paramedic and Polysomnographic Technology. He is also an adjunct Professor at Metropolitan College of New York’s (MCNY) Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Emergency and Disaster Management.
Professor Contreras has actively participated in various disasters in New York City and abroad. Some disasters include the 1993 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the TWA 800 plane crash, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, the historic snowstorm in January 2016, and the September 11th terrorist attacks. On September 11th, he worked as a paramedic at Ground Zero and was fortunate enough to survive as the second tower collapsed.
His areas of interest include simulation and inter-professional education as tools in the fields of EMS, public health, disaster management, higher education and health policy and management. Above all, he continues to pursue his life-long passion and still works as a paramedic in New York City.
Helen Dao, M.H.A.
Helen Dao, M.H.A. received her undergraduate degree in psychology from New Jersey City University. She began working in the social and human services arena, developing a passion for healthcare policies and quality improvement and has been working with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) over 17 years. Ms. Dao’s expertise is in clinical quality improvement, risk management, and healthcare strategic planning skills.
In 2005, Ms. Dao received her graduate degree from New Jersey City University. After completing her Master’s in Health Care Administration, she continued concentrating in the area of systems change, quality improvement, and risk management.
Currently, Ms. Dao works for Union Community Health Center, a large Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) as the Director of Risk Management and Quality Assurance. Ms. Dao also started a healthcare consulting firm, Dao Management Consulting Services, Inc. in 2007, focusing on quality improvement and systems change, serving small and large healthcare and social services organizations throughout the United States.
Nicholas Mercado, M.P.H.
Nicholas Mercado, M.P.H. is a Medical Ethicist in the Division of Medical Ethics for Northwell Health, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Professions at Hofstra University, and acting Program Director for the M.S. in Health Informatics at Hofstra University. In his current position at Northwell Health, Mr. Mercado conducts clinical ethics consultations, sits on numerous hospital ethics committees, and participates in divisional research projects. He teaches in the medical school's ethics/professionalism, communications, and public health curricula, and is an assistant teacher in the Hofstra University Bioethics Certificate Course. Mr. Mercado graduated with his B.S. in Community Health Education at the State University of New York at Potsdam in 2012, his Master of Public Health from Hofstra University in 2015, and completed a certificate in Clinical Bioethics from the Hofstra University Bioethics Center. His research interests center on the ethical issues surrounding public health activities, specifically public health surveillance and its impact on personal autonomy in favor of public beneficence.
Parthener Pinder, M.D., M.P.H.
Parthener Pinder, M.D., M.P.H. is originally from Miami, FL, graduated Summa Cum Laude from American International School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in 2017. Dr. Pinder graduated from the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program at New York Medical College in 2018. She is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Public Health Association.
Dr. Pinder has held a position at the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute as a project assistant working in the Metropolitan Area Regional Office, Executive Office and became part of the Ending the Epidemic (ETE) Initiative in New York State, assisted in the development of HIV data charts, for the 2013-2015 year period, for Lower Manhattan and Queens ETE Regional Committees.
In August 2017, Dr. Pinder traveled to Georgetown, Guyana, with the Guyana-Jamaica Friendship Association for a Symposium and Workshops on Early Childhood Education in collaboration with the Guyana Ministry of Education. She was one of five featured presenters and conducted two workshops: “The Benefits of Movement and Games for Early Learners” and “Supporting Active Play in the Early Years.” She was also recognized for her work and received an award from the Guyana Ministry of Education.
She currently works in the Wellness Department at Open Door Family Medical Center serving as a Healthy Future Corps AmeriCorps Member in Ossining, NY.