Keynote Speakers

2021 Keynote Speakers
José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA

José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA, is the director of Health Professions Advising at Northwestern University, where he leads the university's efforts to support students interested in pursuing careers in the health sector. He is also the founder and executive director of the Welcome Back Initiative, a program to assist immigrant health professionals already living in the U.S. through the necessary steps to enter the U.S. health workforce. He is a founding member of the steering committee of IMPRINT, a coalition of organizations working to promote and implement best practices in the integration of immigrant professionals. He has advised the White House Domestic Policy Council on the economic integration of foreign-trained professionals and has served as an expert panelist on this topic at national and international fora. In 2011, he received the “Champion of Health Professions Diversity” award from The California Wellness Foundation and was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his work on immigrant integration. He is an active APHA member and has served, among other roles, as Executive Board chair. Fernández-Peña earned his medical degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and his master's degree in public administration from New York University.

AliceAnn Crandall, PhD

AliceAnn (Ali) Crandall is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at Brigham Young University . She currently directs the Families and Public Health Collaborative with a team of faculty and students interested in the family as a producer of public health. She earned her BS at BYU, her MPH at Loma Linda University, and her PhD at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Prior to getting her PhD, she worked on maternal and child health projects in domestic and international settings. Her major research interests focus on the intersection between the family environment and executive functioning and their effect on health behaviors. Current research projects include examining the effects of childhood experiences on lifelong health and developing a survey measure of family health.


Oreta Tupola

Oreta Tupola is married to the love of her life Teneli Tupola. She is a mother of four and has two grandsons. Her family is her motivation for all that she does.  From community outreach events to advocacy on the hill they are by her side. Oreta believes that everyone can make a difference in the world if they want to. Her love for community comes from her upbringing. The saying “It takes a village to raise a child” is her real life story growing up in a rural town on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. She carries that Aloha Spirit from her birthplace with her wherever she goes. Her goal is to build capacity within community members in order to perpetuate the cultural wisdom and practices that strengthen their ability to become the leaders they were born to be. Oreta believes that through community work, our children will recognize and appreciate their history and culture and see them as strengths in building a better and stronger future for generations to come. “When you Learn, Teach. When you Get, Give.”