Janet Williams, MA

Senior Program Manager, Physician and Health System Engagement, Improving Health Outcomes, American Medical Association (AMA), Chicago, Illinois

Williams manages the AMA’s prediabetes initiative to develop and test clinical tools and resources for engaging health systems, clinicians, and health departments in diabetes prevention. She works with health system leadership and clinical practices to establish a prediabetes screening and referral mechanism that is integrated into existing clinical care. Before joining the AMA, she was Director of Tobacco Prevention and Control for the Cook County Department of Public Health in Illinois and Deputy Executive Director of Public Affairs for the American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago. With more than 30 years of public health program and policy development experience, Williams regularly presents on clinical practice change and improving prevention at the clinical and community levels. Her speaking engagements have included conferences hosted by the American Public Health Association (APHA), Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and American Hospital Association (AHA). She earned an undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s degree in media advocacy and public policy from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.