This Web Forum will feature panelists from multi-sector partnerships that are working to advance equity in their communities. Each leader’s story exemplifies the adaptive skills necessary to pivot strategy as necessary to truly meet the needs of communities and achieve higher impacts. All panelists are alumni of the Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (LAPH), a program of PHI’s Center for Health Leadership & Impact. This session is sponsored by our leadership academy alumni network, the Leadership Learning Network (LLN), in partnership with Dialogue4Health (D4H).


Chris Michael Kirk, PhD

Chief Program Officer


Chris Kirk is the Chief Program Officer at Norwescap where he leads a team to develop, implement, and evaluate a broad portfolio of social impact strategies across northern New Jersey. Dr. Kirk's career began in youth services where he served as a minister, counselor, and school-based non-profit leader. After witnessing…

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Lauren Weatherford, MPA

Families & Community Development Agent

Fayette & Nicolas Counties

  • Associate Professor , West Virginia University Extension Service,

Lauren Weatherford has been with the WVU Extension Service for 18 years. She delivers evidence and research-based information to both professional and community level audiences and has specializations in health and wellness, life management skills and relationship education. Prior to her role as a county agent, she served as an…

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Harrison Ndetan, PhD, MD, MPH

Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center

  • NLAPH Cohort Eight, East Texas Cares Team,

Harrison Ndetan is a current professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center. He previously served as a Professor and Director of Research at Parker University, Dallas, TX, the Hospital Administrator of New Era Clinic, and the Chair of Science Division at Christ…

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Karya Lustig, MA, ISS

Director, PHI’s Program Office - CDC- Cooperative Agreement

Public Health Institute

  • Deputy Director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice, Public Health Institute,

Karya Lustig is director of the Public Health Institute’s (PHI) POCA (program office - CDC- Cooperative Agreement, and deputy director of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP). She provides vision, strategy and design on PHI’s approach to the potential and opportunity of the CDC Cooperative Agreement.  She works internally…

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