Governing Council Speaker
Elected November 2010
Term Ending: November 2014
Barbara E. Giloth, DrPH, MPH is currently a Vice-President at Advocate Charitable Foundation, leading a team responsible for systemwide program development and grant development. The team is responsible for developing philanthropic support for a series of clinical integration and community health initiatives for Advocate Health Care, a large, faith-based health care delivery system serving the Chicago metropolitan area. The team also oversees the Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund, created in 2007 to provide grants to community programs in Westside Chicago communities to reduce health disparities.
Prior to this, she worked as a health consultant and as the Director of Health Services Research for the Hospital Research and Educational Trust, (an AHA affiliate). Barbara also gained extensive experience in the planning and delivery of hospital-based patient and community health programs during her 14 year tenure with the American Hospital Association. She began her public health career as a Peace Corps health education volunteer in Togo, West Africa. Barbara has served on national committees and has won many awards in patient education and public health. She earned an MPH in health education and population planning from the University of Michigan in 1974. In 2000, she graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with a Doctorate in Public Health, her dissertation entitled “Effects of a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program on Well-Being.” Elected in 2007 as the Speaker of the Governing Council for the American Public Health Association, Barbara also serves as a member of the Association’s executive board.