Manoj Sharma, MBBS, MCHES, Ph.D.

Editor, Journal or Alcohol and Drug Education
Professor, Behavioral & Environmental Health
School of Public Health, Jackson State University

Manoj Sharma, MBBS, Ph.D., MCHES® is a public health physician with a medical degree from the University of Delhi and a doctorate in Preventive Medicine (Public Health) from The Ohio State University.  He is licensed to practice medicine and surgery anywhere in India by the Medical Council of India.  He is also a master certified health education specialist certified from the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing.  He also has certification to teach Kundalini Energy Yoga (KEY) from World Community Service Center and Universal Peace Foundation, India. He is currently a tenured Full Professor in Behavioral & Environmental Health at Jackson State University in the School of Public Health.  In his career, spanning over 30 years, he has trained/taught over 6,000 health professionals that include physicians, health education specialists, dietitians, community health nurses, health care administrators, epidemiologists, sanitarians, health and development workers, allied health professionals and others. He has designed and taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in health behavior, health education, and health promotion at twelve national and international universities working full time or part-time (Jackson State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Central Michigan University, Walden University, National University, The Ohio State University, Saint Mary's College of Minnesota and Minnesota State University, Mankato).  He has worked for local health departments (City of Columbus, OH; Douglas County Health Department, NE; City of Cincinnati Health Department, OH etc.); state health departments/agencies (OH, MS, NE, Ohio Commission on Minority Health, etc.); federal government agencies (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- CDC, United States Environmental Protection Agency – USEPA, etc.); invited keynote presenter at universities (Chongqing Medical University, China; Lincoln Memorial University; University of Arkansas, University of Oklahoma); non-profit agencies (American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Charles Drew Health Center, Indian Chicano Health Center, Voluntary Health Association of India, etc.); professional organizations (American Public Health Association, American School Health Association); and international agencies including governments of other nations (European Union, World Health Organization, Swiss Development Corporation, Government of Mongolia, Government of India, Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau (Italy), etc.).  He is a prolific researcher and as of May 2019 had published ten books, close to 250 peer-reviewed research articles, and over 400 other publications and secured funding for over $4 million.  His research interests are in developing and evaluating theory-based health behavior change interventions, obesity prevention, stress-coping, community-based participatory research, and integrative mind-body-spirit intervention.



Vernon K. Smith, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor, Health Management Associates

Vernon Smith is currently a Senior Advisor and former Managing Principal with Health Management Associates, where he focused on Medicaid, Medicare, the Children's Health Insurance Program, health reform and trends in the health care market place. He has authored several dozen reports and articles on issues in Medicaid and CHIP, spending and enrollment trends, and on state and national health reform. 

Dr. Smith has had the privilege to speak on these issues before many national and state audiences, including the National Governors Association (NGA), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Council of State Governments (CSG), the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), American Medical Association (AMA), American Hospital Association (AHA), America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the National Health Policy Forum, National Association of State Budget Officers, committees of the U.S. Congress, and health care associations and Medicaid reform groups in several states.  He has been a guest on National Public Radio and quoted on these issues in many national publications, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek and Time Magazine.

Dr. Smith served as the Michigan Medicaid director and as the human services budget director. He holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from Michigan State University.  Among other involvements, he serves on the Board of Trustees of Anderson University, his undergraduate Alma Mater.


Jamie Lavigne, JADE Journal Coordinator
Accredited Legal Secretary

Jamie performs all office work associated with American Alcohol and Drug Information Foundation, publisher of JADE, and Michigan Council on Alcohol Problems, an AADIF related entity. Jamie is trained as a legal secretary and para-legal as well as in the desktop publishing area. Jamie is current also employed by the State of Michigan in the Attorney General’s office.