Introducing our Advisory Board


An esteemed group of leaders anticipating the future of veterans health care

By Brett W. Copeland
VHPI Executive Director

I’m pleased to introduce the inaugural members of the Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute Advisory Board. Each of the following individuals brings their own unique perspectives, professional experiences, and personal insights to VHPI’s analysis and policy projects. During their tenure, our advisory board members will guide our work, provide a critical eye on our analysis, and help us reach veterans, decisions makers, the media, and the public in transformative ways.

The board are all leaders in their respective fields either in their communities, professions, or on the national stage. And they all are deeply committed to better healthcare for veterans and all Americans.

The Inaugural VHPI Advisory Board:

Dr. H Westley Clark
Dean’s Executive Professor of Public Health, Santa Clara University

Larry Cohen
Chair, Our Revolution

Charlene Harrington, Ph.D., RN
Professor of Sociology and Nursing, University of California San Francisco

Charlynn Johns
Executive Director, Sunshine After Rain
Advisor, Texas Vets Cares for Health Care

Mark Jwayad
Writer and Filmmaker

Phil Longman
Lecturer, John Hopkins University
Senior Editor, The Washington Monthly
Policy Director, Open Markets Institute

Edward Machtinger, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Director of the Women’s HIV Program, University of California San Francisco

Dr. Andrew Pomerantz
National Mental Health Director, Integrated Services, Veterans Health Administration
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

Dr. Josef Ruzek
Adjunct Professor, Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Co-Director of the Center for m2 Health, Palo Alto University

Dorothy Salmon
President of the Board, The Pathway Home Inc.

Kenneth W. Watterson
President, Homeless Veterans Services of Dallas
Chair, The Veterans Resource Center and the Veterans Homeless Day Center

Jay Youngdahl
Visiting Research Scholar, Murphy Institute CUNY

Their expansive credentials could not fully be captured in this brief list. Please see our full advisory board bio page for more information on each individual.

The advisory board will guide and support the institute’s four main areas of analysis, research, and commentary: the impact of privatization efforts in regard to the quality and access of veterans’ health care; legislative and policy analysis; the performance review of veterans health care programs and the organizations that provide it; and veterans mental health care and veteran suicide.

VHPI will rely on the advisory board’s expertise to help us craft new solutions to systemic problems that impact veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American healthcare system. Click here to learn more about these incredible individuals.

Brett Copeland