Public Health Program Coordinator
Tobacco Use Prevention Coordinator (June 2015- Present)
Oklahoma State Department of Health- Oklahoma City, OK
• Serve as tobacco control content expert for division, agency, and external partner (state and regional) program initiatives, services, and public health policy proposals.
• Manage development, implementation, and evaluation of Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant funded data collection initiative (Project C.H.A.T. Oklahoma) illustrating impact of statewide tobacco retailer density and point-of-sale promotion.
• Oversee collaborativecomprehensive cancer control and tobacco prevention initiative to reduce illegal tobacco sales to youth through targeted retail education visits, culturally appropriate policy and environmental interventions, and micro- learning trainings resources.
• Provide equitable and sustainable policy development guidance and recommendations for state legislative language addressing tobacco prevention priorities and youth access enforcement.
• Conduct contract compliance monitoring for division’s state and national vendors to ensure contract deliverables, procurement requirements, and budgetary limitations are authenticated.
• Provide outcome-driven consultation and technical assistance to over 50 Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Healthy Living grantees.
• Conduct approximately 500 voluntary tobacco control policy reviews annually and provide recommendations based on state law and best practices.
• Develop, edit, and evaluate tobacco related content including scientific publications and presentations, social media posts, press releases, legislative briefings, and talking points.
• Engage, supervise, and mentor undergraduate and graduate level public health student interns during and beyond division service.
HIV, Hepatitis, and Public Health Pathogen Program Associate Intern (January 2015- April 2015)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – Washington, D.C.
• Coordinated final phase of division’s nine VA medical center HIV Care Continuum Quality Improvement Projects and facilitated briefings with department leadership on timelines, effectiveness, and sustainability.
• Generated HIV Care Continuum Quality Improvement Projectsfinal report highlighting nine VA medical center project successes, barriers, outcomes, and products for Veterans Health Administration stakeholders.
• Assisted Senior Program Manager during HIV testing trends investigation and reporting.
• Contributed to the planning and development of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and influenza prevention content for agency medical personnel and Veterans.
Health Equity Associate Intern (June 2014- January 2015)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs- Washington, D.C.
• Obtained and interpreted data to generate Veterans Health Administration: Health Equity Summary Briefhighlighting service period specific health disparities and health equity issues impacting the health care outcomes of vulnerable Veteran populations.
• Collaborated with division epidemiologists to develop Wait List for Vulnerable Populationsand Quality Improvement Projects – Lessons Learned2014 reports.
•Organized and facilitated quarterly health equity strategic planning meetings for remote and central duty station division staff.
Library Services Research Assistant (January 2013- May 2014)
South University- Montgomery, Alabama
• Retrieved campus and online student and faculty requested literature, recommended acquisitions for health sciences disciplines, and maintained request lists for departmental invoicing.
• Developed and facilitated biweekly academic, professional, and personal development workshops for students and staff across all disciplines.
• Developed the Analyzing & Reviewing Scientific Articlesresearch guide for health sciences online resources catalog.
• Managed electronic databases for online and campus consultation requests, long-term cataloging, and purchase records.
• Provided marketing and planning guidance for campus Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) committee and activities.
Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Health Educator Intern (May 2011-December 2012)
Alabama Department of Public Health- Montgomery, Alabama
• Developed and coordinated statewide men’s health initiative that identified the leading health issues affecting male residents, analyzed health practices of state collegiate males, and enhanced digital and print agency men’s health education resources.
• Coordinated inaugural statewide Men’s Health Symposium and Road to High Quality Healthcare satellite conference.
• First agency intern to serve as a panelist and agency representative alongside a United States Department of Health and Human Services Regional Director during a nationally broadcasted satellite conference.
• Designed men’s health education community outreach toolkits for county health departments.
•Developed individuals with disabilities demographic reports for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site visits, Functional Access Needs trainings, and Alabama Obesity Task Force meetings.
AmeriCorps VISTA (June 2012- July 2012)
Substance Abuse Youth Networking Organization- Montgomery, Alabama
• Co-principle of Project AKA Community Grant, which allowed the organization to receive over $1,000.00 towards the purchase of educational material.
• Facilitated weekly research-based substance, tobacco, and alcohol abuse prevention workshops and personal development activities for approximately 150 low-income youth during Department of Recreation summer program.
• Coordinated healthy living, sexual health, and personal development workshops for over 200 youth attending regional youth leadership conference.
Smokeless Tobacco & Oklahoma’s Retail Environment |National Smokeless Tobacco Summit (June 2012- July 2012)
Project C.H.A.T. Oklahoma: Combatting Heavy Advertisement of Tobacco |Tribal Public Health Conference (April 2018)
State/local Approaches for Point-of-sale Tobacco Control and Prevention |National Conference on Tobacco or Health (March 2017)
Protecting Every Student: Tobacco-free Schools in Oklahoma| United States Public Health Service Symposium (May 2016)
Fellow of the Year- Oklahoma Chapter (June 2018) | New Leaders Council
Commission on Healthcare- Senior Fellow (February 2018) | Millennial Policy Initiative
Community Service of the Year Award (January 2018) | Oklahoma State Department of Health
Oklahoma Public Health Leadership Fellow (April 2017) | Oklahoma State Department of Health
Office on Smoking and Health Leadership and Sustainability School (September 2016) |Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Young Professional of the Year Finalist (February 2013) |Leadership Montgomery
Master of Public Administration (MPA)| Troy University-December 2014
• Coursework emphasized Public Health Administration
Nonprofit Management and Leadership (CNP)|Nonprofit Leadership Alliance- January 2013
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology| Auburn University at Montgomery-December 2011
• Coursework emphasized Microbiology and Public Health
• Nonprofit Leadership Alliance NEXTGEN Scholar
New Leader Council- Oklahoma Chapter | Selection Committee Chairperson (January 2018 – Present)
American Public Health Association|Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section Contributor (October 2017 – Present)
Association of Certified Nonprofit Professionals | General Member (October 2017 – Present)
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated| General Member (April 2011 – Present)