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On the Front Lines: Community Health Scientists at Work During COVID-19


Join us to learn more about how Community Health Scientists combat COVID-19.


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Joi Alexander is currently the Interim Director of Health Initiatives at Georgia Institute of Technology. She plays a key role in proactively leading the development and implementation of health well-being initiatives and programs aligned with evidence and best practices to create an innovative approach to Health and Well-Being. Joi received both her master’s and bachelor’s degree in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University.

Shawnté Elbert, EdD, MCHES, CHWC, serves as the Associate Dean of Health & Wellness at Central Washington University. Shawnté has worked in higher education for over fourteen years and has dedicated her time to improving the health and wellness of the campus community. In her current role, she leads a team of extraordinary professionals at the Student Health Services, Student Counseling Services, Wellness Center, Disability Services, and the Recreation Center

Dr. Raphael Coleman led the community well-being team within the Office of Health Promotion at Emory University. As a college health professional, Dr. Coleman works to advocate for healthy behaviors, mitigate barriers to access, and build capacity for resilience in individuals and communities. His professional and academic work involves disrupting systems that negatively impact historically minoritized student populations in an effort to co-create environments that affirm students in all of their identities, facilitate their well-being, and enable their success.