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National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention appoints new key leader

January 23, 2014
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) has announced that it has selected Doryn D. Chervin, DrPH, as its new Executive Secretary. Chervin’s three decades of public health experience are comprised of results-driven program improvements. She has worked with all levels of Government, as well as with nongovernmental and community organizations helping to translate research and science into policies and programs. Leaders at the organization believe that her expertise in addressing social determinants of health will contribute immensely to the Action Alliance’s goal of saving 20,000 lives in five years.

“Dr. Chervin’s deep understanding of building strategic relationships and her background in public health will be a true asset in advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and progressing actionable and life-saving changes in the field of suicide prevention,” said Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW, Director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at Education Development Center, Inc. and Executive Committee member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. “Her outstanding leadership skills and business development acumen will propel the Action Alliance forward in garnering public and corporate support, creating future and long-lasting partnerships and a collective understanding that suicide is preventable.”

Most recently, Chervin was the Executive Vice President and Principal Scientist at SciMetrika, where she directed the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division and led key corporate initiatives.  For 16 years, at ICF International (formerly Macro International) she served as a senior leader, including serving as Vice President of work in the Public Health Research and Evaluation practice, addressing a broad spectrum of public health issues.

Chervin has directed more than 180 state and national program evaluations, policy assessments and evaluations, training projects, and research studies over her career. Chervin conducted rapid assessments leading to rigorous evaluations in work as diverse as hypertension control, heart disease and stroke prevention, school policies in asthma-management, and policies to improve testing and treatment for HIV among adolescents. She has led multiple staff teams whose focus was on high-quality, data-driven results for public health improvement and accountability.

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