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Panelist Bio


Elizabeth T.H. (Terry) Fontham, MPH, DrPH
LSUHSC School of Public Health

Elizabeth Fontham is the Founding Dean and Professor of Epidemiology Emeritus at Louisiana State University (LSUHSC) School of Public Health and Professor of Pathology in the LSU School of Medicine where she has been on the faculty in the LSUHSC since 1980. She is a member of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium, served as Senior Consultant Epidemiologist to the Louisiana Office of Public Health, and was recently named a Senior Research Fellow of the International Prevention Research Institute in Lyon France.

Dr. Fontham’s major area of research is cancer epidemiology, with a particular interest in tobacco, as well as nutrition-related cancers and gastric carcinogenesis. She has conducted studies of lung cancer and environmental tobacco smoke, including the largest early study of lung cancer in nonsmoking women that provided critical data leading to the classification of secondhand smoke as a human carcinogen. Dr. Fontham has published extensively on stomach cancer and its risk factors, with studies of the high risk populations in the Andes Mountains of Colombia. Her current research includes the study of innovative approaches to cervical cancer screening in hard to reach women, and studies of the long-term human health effects of the exposures as a result of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.

She served as a member of the NCI Board of Scientific Counselors from 2000-2005 and was recently appointed to a new term beginning 2014. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Epidemiology of which she is a Fellow and past Treasurer. She was a member of the inaugural Editorial Board of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention as Assistant Editor; Chairman of the Scientific Editorial Board of the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries; and a contributing author and reviewer for several Surgeon General’s Reports as well as contributing author of two International Agency for Cancer Research Carcinogenesis Monographs.

Dr. Fontham is recipient of the Alton Ochsner Award Relating Tobacco and Health, the C.L. Brown Award for Leadership Excellence in Tobacco Prevention; the Leadership and Distinguished Service Award of the American College of Epidemiology; and the Pfizer Award for Excellence in Research, Education and Patient Care. Dr. Fontham has been active in the American Cancer Society since 1981 at all levels and was a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society from 2001-2010 and served as national President in 2009.

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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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