Ella Greene-Moton has an extensive background in community organizing, advocacy, and community/academic partnership building that spans over the past forty-five years in the Flint area. Her commitment to advocate for community engagement and empowerment for community residents reaches across local, state, national, and international levels.
Ella currently serves as a Community Education Coordinator and "Bridge" at the Center for Public Health and Community Genomics, at the School of Public Health – University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She also serves as an Independent Community-Academic Consultant working with academic institutions that are engaged in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with their local communities.
Ella is an elected member of the Flint Community Schools' Board of Education (Flint, MI), an elected member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Executive Board, Chair of the Community-Based Public Health Caucus of APHA; the 2014 Chair of the Prevention Research Centers' (PRC) Community Board of MI, a member of the Flint based Community-Based Organization Partners (CBOP) Inc. representing the National Community-Based Organization Network (NCBON), Past Chair of the Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Board of Directors; 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 (HAC), 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. HAC and in addition to her roles of office management and staff supervision, other responsibilities 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 invited and confirmed by the APHA Nominating Committee and nominated by the Community-Based Public Health (CBPH) Caucus as a 2014 candidate for the Executive Board (EB) of APHA.
I bring a tested 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 form collaborations effectively engaged in solutions oriented dialogues, aimed at improved health and health outcomes.
If successful in my election bid to be added to the Executive Board to serve a full term, my priorities will include:
• sustaining a strong community presence within APHA by advocating for mutual understanding and partnering between academe, practice and community.
• strengthening the community voice nationally
• advancing the association's advocacy activities by creating and/or identifying opportunities to ensure that the community's voice is included and valued in decision and policy making discussions
• advocating for regulations including population-focused strategies; community-based prevention; access to culturally and linguistically appropriate services; and funding for educational outreach
• increasing and retaining APHA memberships especially among community partners and students
Closing the gaps in the nation’s health hinges 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 /or sustain the necessary relationships to promote the recognition that health is a basic human right that can be improved by responding to the social determinants of health when all relevant voices are at the table.