Pamela Russo’s work over the past ten years has been in the area of population health and governmental public health, committed to improving the health of communities and strengthening the public health system’s ability to prevent illness, injury and premature death, by providing equitable opportunities for people to live long, healthy lives. Achieving these goals requires partnerships across different sectors of the community, and collaborative actions that address the root causes of disease and injury. It depends on a view of health as the result of interactions between social, environmental, behavioral, health care and biological/genetic factors. Dr. Russo’s programmatic areas of focus include health impact assessment, health in all policies, addressing inequity, quality improvement in public health, accreditation of public health agencies at the local, state and tribal level, leadership development in public health, and demonstrating the value of community level prevention. Among other projects, Dr. Russo serves as the senior program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars, a national Foundation program that enables outstanding individuals who have completed doctoral training to engage in an intensive two-year program in population health at one of six nationally prominent universities. This innovative program seeks to produce leaders in population health who will work across disciplines and across sectors to change the questions asked, the methods employed to analyze problems, and the range of solutions offered to improve population health and reduce disparities in health. Dr. Russo came to the Foundation in November 2000 from the Cornell University Medical Center in New York City, where she was an associate professor of medicine, director of the clinical outcomes section, and program co-director for the master’s program and fellowship in clinical epidemiology and health services research. Her education includes a B.S. from Harvard College, M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, and M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. She did a residency in primary care general internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a fellowship in clinical epidemiology and rheumatology at Cornell University Medical Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery. After ten years as an NIH and AHRQ supported researcher, teacher and clinician, she came to RWJF to lead the newly formed Population Health: Science and Policy team.