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Public Health Advisory Board

Purpose

The Public Health Practice Advisory Board is composed of members of the public health workforce within Georgia. This Board will range in size from 10-15 public health practitioners. The administrator of the Office of Public Health Practice and Community Service within JPHCOPH will oversee the meetings and the functioning of this Board. Members are appointed by the Dean in consultation with the faculty on an annual basis. The Public Health Practice Advisory Board is responsible for the following:

  • Advising the Dean on issues related to the practice of public health within Georgia
  • Advising the Dean on curriculum related issues important to the public health practice community
  • Assisting in the development of community-based partnerships for research and outreach/practice opportunities
  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of practicum experiences for our students
  • Assisting in the development of workforce development continuing education programs to be offered by JPHCOPH
  • Communicating JPHCOPH information to the public health workforce within Georgia

Members of the Board
  • Mike Backus, M.S., Retired, Boys & Girls Club (Statesboro, GA)
  • Jodi Bazemore, M.S., District Epidemiologist , South Central Health District 5.1 (Dublin, GA)
  • Carla Belcher, CEO Community Health Care Systems, Inc (Sandersville, GA)
  • Dwain Butler, M.S., District Director of Environmental Health, Southeast Health District 9.2 (Waycross, GA)
  • Tara Cramer, Executive Director, GRAChIE (Sandersville, GA)
  • Katherine Cummings, M.A., Executive Director of Fall-line Alliance for a Clean Environment (FACE) (Sandersville, GA)
  • Steve Davidson, M.Ed., Project Director, Rural Roads Initiative and Smoke Alarm Programs, Injury Prevention Program, Georgia Department of Community Health (Jesup, GA)
  • Lawton C. Davis, M.D., District Health Director, South Central Health District 5.1 (Dublin, GA)
  • Jennie Wren Denmark, B.B.A., CEO East Georgia Health Cooperative (Swainsboro, GA)
  • Amber Erickson, M.P.H., District Epidemiologist, North Central Health District 5.2 (Macon, GA)
  • Mike Fedrick, Pastor (Baxley, GA)
  • Shelby Freeman, M.P.H., M.S.W., Wellness Program Coordinator, Southeast Health District 9.2 (Statesboro, GA)
  • Ketty M. Gonzalez, M.D., District Health Director, East Central Health District (Augusta, GA)
  • Mark Harden, M.P.A., Director of Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness, South Central Health District 5.1 (Dublin, GA)
  • Brenda Harris, Community Health Coordinator, Temple of the Higher Calling, Inc. (Baxley, GA)
  • Cindi Hart, RN, M.S.N., District Nursing and Clinical Coordinator, Southeast Health District 9.2 (Reidsville, GA)
  • Andrea Hinojosa, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Southeast Georgia Communities Project (Lyons, GA)
  • Rhonda McLeod, Social Media Coordinator/HE, South Central Health District 5.1 (Dublin, GA)
  • Rosemarie Parks, M.D., M.P.H., District Health Director, Southeast Health District 9.2 (Waycross, GA)
  • Heather Peebles, Nutrition Services Dir/Deputy Program Manager, Southeast Health District 9.2 (Waycross, GA)
  • Hollard Phillips, Director of the Office Emergency Preparedness,, Southeast Health District 9.2 (Waycross, GA)
  • Mary-Kate Pung, M.S.P.H., Center Director, Magnolia Coastlands AHEC (Statesboro, GA)
  • John Riley, Executive Director of Georgia Diabetes Coalition (Atlanta, GA)
  • Dee Shaffer, Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Jesup, GA)
  • Trevor Thomas, District Epidemiologist, Southeast Health District 9.2 (Waycross, GA)
  • Robert Thornton, District Epidemiologist, Coastal Heath District 9.1 (Savannah, Ga)
  • Clarence Williams, Jr. Pastor, First Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church (Savannah, GA)
  • G. David Williamson, Ph.D., Senior Advisor Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences (Atlanta, GA)

Last updated: 12/1/2015