Public Health Fellowship
APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government call for application is now closed. The 2014 fellow will be announced at the end of August.
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APHA is pleased to announce the 2013 Public Health Fellow in Government - Barbara Baylor, MPH, CHES
“Only some things are health-directed, but EVERYTHING is health-related.” These words echoed by the late Dr. Guy Stuart have continually guided Barbara’s work in public health. Empowering individuals and community members to find their voices within their own networks commit her to a “bottom-up” approach to community health and wellness.
Barbara has over twenty-five years of public health practitioner experience. Her early experiences in public health began as a Health Educator at the Wake County Department of Health in Raleigh, NC. During her ten-year employment at the Department of Health, Barbara advanced to become the Director of Health Education followed by the Minority Health Program Manager. She was later hired, as a full-time Health Education Instructor at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. Barbara has been a member of APHA for over twenty years. Currently she serves as the Chair of APHA’s Equal Health Opportunity Committee and is a past Chair of the Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community. Ms. Baylor has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a member of the Theta Chapter, Delta Omega Honorary Public Health. She was certified as a Health Education Specialist and has been a member of (SOPHE) the Society of Public Health Education.
Barbara is employed by the national offices of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a mainline progressive Protestant denomination with 5,300 churches nationwide and over 1.2 million members. Barbara has served for fifteen years as the Program Minister for Health Care Justice in the Division of Justice and Witness Ministries. She provided leadership and guidance to the United Church of Christ in identifying and understanding the political landscape of health care reform as well as some of the emerging and unresolved social and political ideologies related to this issue. She recommended public policy positions for the UCC on health and health care issues and encouraged an understanding of health and health care as issues of social and economic justice. Barbara traveled nationally and globally to learn and understand how social, economic and cultural conditions affect health and health outcomes. Additionally, Barbara served on numerous boards and committees of several national, state and local organizations that work on health care reform and other health and health-related issues. Upon completion of this fellow, Barbara plans to continue her position as Minister for Health Care Justice and apply her learning to help communicate and translate national policies to local faith and community organizations for action and to develop a national faith-based youth health policy.