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Lisa M. Carlson, MPH, MCHES

Elected Member


Elected November 2011

Term Ending: November 2015

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Lisa M Carlson joined APHA and GPHA nearly two decades ago. She has a deep understanding of both sections and affiliates; she is a past chair of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section and was the youngest president of the Georgia Public Health Association. She appreciates multiple perspectives, having represented both PHEHP and GPHA on the Governing Council. She grasps the association at a broad level, having served on the APHA-wide Task Force on Joint Membership, Improvement Workgroup, President’s Task Force on Aging, and the APHA Program Committee. Lisa chaired APHA’s Local Host Planning Committee for the 2001 Atlanta Annual Meeting and has reviewed scientific abstracts for PHEHP and the LGBT Caucus. She served most recently as chair of APHA’s Intersectional Council and as an ex officio member of the Executive Board. Lisa was honored by PHEHP with the 2008 Sarah Mazelis Award, given in recognition of outstanding performance by a health education practitioner. As a leader in APHA and GPHA, Lisa has developed an understanding and appreciation of the complexity, diversity and richness of APHA.


Lisa’s volunteer leadership is not confined to APHA. She has experience on multiple boards, including as at-large member of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, as past President of Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health Alumni Board of Governors, and as a current member of the university-wide Emory Alumni Board. Additionally, she has served as Abstract Committee Chair for the Society for Public Health Education, was appointed to the Emory President’s Commission on LGBT Concerns, and chaired the Rollins Seating the Future initiative for Campaign Emory.


Lisa is director of academic programs and administration for Emory Surgery and the Emory Transplant Center. She is responsible for administration of their basic science, translational and clinical research programs, managing awards in excess of $40 million. Her role demands team-oriented leadership, delicate but effective communication and strong planning and fiscal skills. Formerly vice president for population health for the Arthritis Foundation, she is skilled at managing effective collaboration between staff and volunteers nationally. Lisa is an adjunct professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Rollins. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and holds degrees from Yale and Emory.