Led by Institute Director Dr. Gerald Winslow, the IHPL team is well prepared to serve as leaders for the study and promotion of innovative health policies that will help achieve better health outcomes for those in our region and beyond. Dr. Wonha Kim serves as the Associate Director alongside Senior Health Policy Analyst Dr. Helen Jung and Health Policy Analyst Andrejs Galenieks. MaryJane Rasnic supports the Institute as the Executive Assistant Senior.
Gerald Winslow, PhD
Dr. Gerald Winslow is the Director for Center for Christian Bioethics and is the founding Director of the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership. He is also Professor of Ethics at Loma Linda University, specializing in biomedical ethics and the relationship of social ethics to health policy.
He received his undergraduate education at Walla Walla University and his Masters degree at Andrews University. He earned his doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has also been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, University of Virginia, and the University of Tübingen. For over forty years, he has specialized in teaching and writing about ethics, especially biomedical ethics. His books include Triage and Justice published by the University of California Press and Facing Limits (edited with James Walters) from Westview Press. His articles have appeared in academic journals such as the Western Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Pediatrics, the Hastings Center Report, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and General Dentistry. He has presented lectures and seminars at universities and for professional groups throughout North America and in Australia, Europe, Russia, Africa, and Asia. He is a member of the California Technology Assessment Forum, a public forum for the evaluation of new health care technologies. He has served as a consultant in biomedical ethics for major health care systems and for research conducted by pharmaceutical companies.
Wonha Kim, MD, MPH, CPH, FAAP
Wonha Kim, MD, MPH, completed her undergraduate training at Princeton University, where she majored in policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and minored in Spanish Language and Literature. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins and stayed on at Hopkins for her pediatric residency.
Immediately after completing her pediatric residency, she sought further training in general preventive medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, obtaining her masters in public health (MPH) degree during the process. She is board certified in both Pediatrics and Public Health/General Preventive Medicine. In October 2013, she joined the faculty at Loma Linda University as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and of Preventive Medicine, Assistant Professor for the School of Public Health, and Associate Director for the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership.
Helen Jung, DrPH, MPH
Senior Health Policy Analyst
Helen Jung is the Senior Health Policy Analyst for IHPL and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health. She conducts policy research and analysis as well as developing publications on key policy issues for the Institute and the Adventist Health Policy Association. Prior to joining IHPL, she worked at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and completed a fellowship program at CHI Franciscan Health in Tacoma, Washington.
Dr. Jung received her Doctorate in Health Policy and Management from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health and holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Andrejs Galenieks, MPH, MArch
Health Policy Analyst
In addition to holding a Masters in Architecture from Andrews University, Andrejs Galenieks completed his Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Leadership at LLU and also served as a Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellow in local government. Coming from an international background, he is fluent in Russian and also speaks Latvian and German.
Having worked in the field of architecture and urban design and by combining the experience with health policy, he has a demonstrated a strong commitment and leadership to the intersection of the built environment and public health.
MaryJane Rasnic, MSA
Executive Assistant Senior
MaryJane Rasnic comes from a background of healthcare with an undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions. She also received a Master of Science in Administration from Andrews University where she was the Admissions Director in the Department of Physical Therapy education programs in Michigan and Ohio.
She came to Loma Linda University Health in 2004 and has been Executive Assistant Senior to the Vice President for Mission and Culture, Gerald Winslow, PhD, and the Vice President for Institutes, Mark Reeves, MD, PhD, FACS. Her dedicated support and collaborative, operational skills fit well with the team at the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership in its efforts to provide information and make connections that lead to healthier people in healthier communities.
Amber Booth, MPH-C
Graduate Health Policy Assistant
Amber Booth is the graduate student assistant for IHPL and is focusing on increasing student engagement between the Institute and scholars at Loma Linda University. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of California, Berkeley receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology where she worked on research that examines the cultural effects race has on identity and personality. Prior to coming to LLU to earn her MPH in Health Policy and Leadership, Amber served as an educator teaching math concepts to elementary and high school students and was a rehabilitation specialist for behavioral health services in Los Angeles, working with at-risk adolescents and teens.
Currently, Amber is working on a white paper with Dr. Wonha Kim at the Institute of Health Policy and Leadership on Behavioral Health Policy in an effort to expand research and advocacy.