The secretariat is located at the Task Force for Global Health and manages the partnership’s daily operations, communications and fundraising efforts.
David Addiss, MD, MPH, Advisor to the Secretariat
David Addiss is a public health physician whose work has focused on the prevention and treatment of neglected tropical diseases – causes of immense suffering and disability. After working in migrant health as a general medical practitioner, David studied public health at The Johns Hopkins University and worked as a medical epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1985 to 2006. He co-founded the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Control and Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in the Americas. From 2006 to 2010, David directed the Fetzer Institute’s research program in science and spirituality. From 2011-2016, he directed Children Without Worms, a program at the Task Force for Global Health in Decatur, Georgia. He is currently Director of the Focus Area on Compassion and Ethics and Advisor to the Secretariat, Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy, both at the Task Force for Global Health.
Courtenay Dusenbury, MPH, Secretariat Director
From 2006-2017 Courtenay Dusenbury was the Founding Director of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes’ (IANPHI) U.S. office where she helped increase the organization from 39 to 110 members, developed and executed plans for long-term sustainability, and oversaw operations, partnership, policy and projects, including IANPHI’s public health system strengthening partnerships in over 55 countries. Prior to coming to IANPHI, she served as the Director of Federal Affairs for Emory University. She worked in the U.S. Congress as a legislative director, senior health policy advisor and budget negotiator. From 1988 to 1991 she was special advisor for federal policy to the director of the Puerto Rico Economic Development Agency in San Juan and from 1991 to 1994 was the federal health policy advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico and assistant director of his office in Washington, D.C.
Jessica Cook, Communications Director
Jessica has 20 years of communications experience in the fields of public health, business, and the arts. Prior to joining the Zero Leprosy secretariat, she was the communications director for the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), a program of the Task Force for Global Health. At PHII she worked to communicate the value of informatics for U.S. and global audiences. She also planned and executed communications strategies to raise engagement of an innovative partnership of health care, public health and technology organizations called Digital Bridge. In addition, Jessica has extensive experience promoting educational events, successfully growing audiences for conferences and online courses. She has produced feature articles and digital content, and has degrees in English and advertising. She has also studied visual art and design.