Ella Greene-Moton has an extensive background in community organizing, advocacy, and community/academic partnership building that spans over the past forty years in the Flint area. Her commitment to the empowerment of community residents reaches across local, state, national, and international levels. She currently serves as a Community Education Coordinator at the Center for Public Health and Community Genomics, staff support for the Community-Based Public Health Caucus (CBPHC), as well as the National Community-Based Organization Network (NCBON) Program Coordinator at the School of Public Health – University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, in addition to serving as an Independent Community-Academic Consultant.
Ella is a member of the Flint based Community-Based Organization Partners (CBOP), Inc., Past Chair of the Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Board of Directors; Past Chair of the Community-Based Public Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association (APHA); member and Past Chair of the APHA Action Board; a Past Co-Chair of the APHA Joint Policy Committee (JPC); Past Ex-officio member of the APHA Executive Board; and founding Co-Chair and Past Chair of the National Community Committee (NCC) of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program.
Ella served as Assistant Director for seven of her ten year period of employment with Flint Odyssey House, Inc., Health Awareness Center, in Flint Michigan. She also served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Michigan Flint Campus from 2000-2003 as well as a Co-Instructor at the Michigan Public Health Training Center. Beginning in 1995, while employed by the Flint Odyssey House, Inc. Health Awareness Center and in addition to her responsibility of office management and staff supervision, other affiliations included; Coordinator of the in-house student intern placement from the University of Michigan Flint and Ann Arbor; member and 1st Community Chair of the Michigan Prevention Research Center (PRC) Community Board; National PRC Community Board Representative; member of the National PRC Steering Committee; member of the National Chronic Disease and Prevention Research Conference Planning Committee; member of the Michigan Public Health Training Center (MPHTC)Curriculum Committee; and member of the MPHTC Steering Committee.
I am honored to have been nominated by the Community-Based Public Health (CBPH) Caucus and confirmed by the Nominating Committee as one of the 2011 candidates for the Executive Board (EB) of the American Public Health Association (APHA).
As a non-traditional candidate with a very strong community/grassroots background, I bring atested commitment to serve as a bridge between grassroots communities and their academic, practice, and governmental partners at the national level. My extensive background in public health advocacy and programming has armed me with an understanding of how to effectively engage collaborators in solutions-oriented dialogues, aimed at improved health and health outcomes.
If elected to the Executive Board, my priorities will include:
- further influencing the evolution of APHA as an effective voice of academic, practice and community-based public health advocates and the diverse communities they serve.
- advancing the association's advocacy activities by creating and/or identifying opportunities to ensure that the community's voice is valued, included and elevated in decisions and policy making discussions
- advocating for policies including population-focused strategies; community-based prevention; access to culturally and linguistically appropriate services; and funding for educational outreach
- increasing APHA membership and active participation by community-based advocates for public health, including lay health workers and students.
I believe closing the gaps in the nation's health is dependent largely on the development and implementation of a National Dialogue and Strategy on Health Promotion and Public Health. As a member of the Executive Board, I would advocate for the understanding that the community lies at the heart of public health. I would work tirelessly to build, maintain, and sustain the necessary relationships to promote the recognition that health, as a basic human right, can best be improved by responding to the social determinants of health when all voices are at the table.