Like our clients, we are health professionals who have devoted our careers to addressing complex health issues in a responsible, sustainable way. The ICF health team comprises more than 1,000 individuals who are highly respected practitioners and scientists, offering practical and insightful intellectual leadership as editors of leading publications, fellows of prestigious organizations, authors of peer-reviewed scientific literature, and frequent speakers at conferences.
Working in the government, private sector, nonprofit, and academic worlds, we have helped our clients navigate the complex issues that are affecting the health, and the culture of health. Informed by this depth of experience, our pioneering solutions have had a positive and lasting impact on the field. Examples from the U.S are building AIDS.gov as a future-friendly resource for the HIV/AIDS community, to operating two national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surveillance systems that allow real-time reporting of diseases like the flu and Ebola, to the Smokefree.gov campaign that doubled the likelihood of someone kicking the habit.
In the U.K. we are working with nonprofits and the National Health Service to evaluate innovative approaches to cancer care and other services. We support EU-wide action on issues such as smoking and dietary health.
Our work with organizations like United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Africa delivers the gold standard data and tools countries need to make smart choices about infectious and chronic diseases and improve health outcomes. Whether we’re conducting health-focused surveys, managing confidential data, motivating behavior change, or building the capacity of others, ICF knows how to put all the pieces together to inform data-driven decisions when time is of the essence and resources are constrained.
ICF provides health data management and dissemination services that enable health leaders worldwide to maximize data value and optimize decision-making to advance their missions.
ICF helps clients at all levels of government and the private sector prepare for the public health, healthcare, and medical consequences of all hazards, disasters, and emergencies.
Chuck Akin joined ICF in 2011. He brings more than 20 years of experience applying information science in various applications while focusing on public health and research informatics for the last 13 years. He frequently presents, writes, and teaches architecture development and use, performance management, and tracking technology impact to our client’s missions.
Lewis Berman is an accomplished innovator in strategies, principles, methodologies, and processes for health information technology and community-based studies. Dr. Berman is also a skilled writer and presenter on health issues, with expertise in public health, real-time data capture, epidemiologic health study and operations, survey research, and quality improvement and assurance.
David Cotton brings more than 20 years’ experience at ICF and the federal government to bear on issues at the intersection of public health, research and evaluation, and technology. He leads a portfolio that provides solutions to clients’ most pressing problems—solutions that integrate equal parts authoritative expertise in domain issues, methodology, analytics, and the technology that undergirds them.
Robert Tortora is an expert in statistics and methods, and has more than 40 years of survey experience both domestically and internationally. His current research focuses on reducing measurement error in surveys and developing methods to use non-probability survey data for statistical inference. He is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association.
Dr. Christine Walrath joined ICF in 2002. She has more than 20 years of experience in public and behavioral health policy and program research and evaluation. Dr. Walrath is a frequent publisher and presenter in the field of mental health promotion evaluation and mental health services evaluation and is an adjunct faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Jennifer Welham has more than 25 years of experiencing helping public and private sector clients collect, manage, analyze, and report scientific data to inform decision making particularly as it relates to public health outcomes. She has extensive experience assessing the potential hazards and risks to human health from exposure to environmental pollutants, including chemicals and pathogens.