Jermane Bond, Ph.D.
Jermane Bond, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow at the National Collaborative for Health Equity. His research interests include paternal involvement in pregnancy outcomes, men’s preconception health and care, preterm birth, infant mortality, and men’s reproductive health.
With funding from the Office of Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Bond founded and directed the Commission on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes, a transdisciplinary working group of social scientist and public health professionals who raised awareness for the importance of paternal involvement in pregnancy and family health by reframing debates, informing research, policy and practice to support greater involvement of expectant fathers in pregnancy and family health.
Dr. Bond is a member of the American Public Health Association and serves on several Editorial Boards including the American Journal of Public Health, the Maternal and Child Health Journal, and
Reproductive Systems & Sexual Disorders.
He received a B.A. from Morehouse College and a Ph.D. from Howard University.
Dr. Bond lives in the District of Columbia with his wife and three children.
Allen Herman, M.D., Ph.D.
Allen Herman, M.D., Ph.D. is an independent consultant in Public Health. He was the founding Dean of the National School of Public Health, Medical University of Southern Africa of the Republic of South Africa. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Natal in 1977 and completed his doctoral work in Epidemiology at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1989. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Epidemiology at Columbia University in New York in 1986 and a member of the faculty from 1987 to 1988. From 1989 to 1997 he was a Visiting Scientist at the National Institutes of Health. From 1997 to 2004 he was an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Dr. Herman has extensive experience in developing and managing community-based research projects. In 1990 he helped develop the Baltimore Project, an Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative in Baltimore, Maryland. This community-based, model enriched prenatal care demonstration project for East Baltimore formed part of the basis for a $160 million dollar federally funded national program to reduce infant mortality. In 1992 he developed the scientific basis of the National Institutes of Health – District of Columbia Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative. He was the scientific director of this $ 25 million community-based U.S. federal research project that was designed to identify the critical factors that contribute to a high infant mortality among poor inner city African Americans and to develop interventions to reduce infant mortality rates.
Dr. Herman was very effective in harnessing the energies of South Africans and Americans to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. He secured a $100 million grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and then worked with them to define a five-country HIV/AIDS program that focused on the health of women and children infected and affected by HIV. In his capacity as the Advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. Presidential Committee on HIV/AIDS on HIV/AIDS in Africa (during President Clinton’s second term) he helped shape the U.S. Congressional and Presidential responses to the epidemic in Africa. From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Herman directed and HIV Public Health Fellowship Program that trained fifty fellows each year in dealing with HIV and AIDS. This was the largest such training program in Africa, and his students included health leaders and community members from five southern African countries. He also worked as an advisor to South Africa’s Deputy President and the South African National Defense Force and helped bring a substantial antiretroviral treatment research program to the South African military. This program was designed to bring treatment through the use of clinical trials to military families and enable the South African government to objectively create programs of treatment for the large number of South Africans infected with HIV.
Dr. Herman is currently the co-chair of the Gettysburg College Parents Advisory; he is a Board member of the Regional Health Equity Council for US Health Region III; and he is a board member of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies where he also serves as co-chair for the Commission for Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes. Dr. Herman served as a member of the World Mental Health Consortium where he was the co-principal investigator for the South African Stress and Health Study responsible for the design and implementation of the largest mental health research project in southern Africa. He has published extensively on a variety of health subjects in the peer-reviewed literature