Founded by Dr. Gerald Winslow and led by Institute Director Dr. Wonha Kim, 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. The Institute is supported by Senior Health Policy Analyst Dr. Helen Jung, Health Policy Analyst Priya Vedula and Executive Assistant Senior MaryJane Rasnic.
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 Senior Research Scholar for the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership. In September 2015, she became the Associate Director for the Institute. She began her role as the Institute Director in January 2017.
Gerald Winslow, PhD
Dr. Gerald Winslow is the founding Director of the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership and the Director for Center for Christian Bioethics. He is also a Professor of Religion 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.
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.
Priya Vedula, MPH
Health Policy Analyst
Priya Vedula joined the IHPL team in January 2018 as the Health Policy Analyst. She collaborates with the team in supporting the work of the Institute and provides analysis of current state and federal health policies and regulations.
Ms. Vedula completed her undergraduate training in the biological sciences at the University of Michigan and worked as a researcher in the field of microbiology at the University of Minnesota. She received her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University in the Health Policy and Management Department with a specialization in health policy analysis.
MaryJane Rasnic, MSA
Executive Assistant Senior
MaryJane Rasnic comes from a background of health care with an undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University. 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 served as Executive Assistant Senior to the Vice President for Mission and Culture until 2016. Currently she assists the Director and Founding Director of the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership, as well as the Director of the Center for Christian Bioethics. Her dedicated support and collaborative, operational skills fit well with the team at the Institute in its efforts to provide information and make connections that lead to whole, equitable health in our communities.