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Nandi Marshall, DrPH, MPH, CHES

Nandi Marshall headshotExecutive Board Chair

Dr. Marshall is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Community Health and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Marshall holds a BA from Spelman College, an MPH from East Stroudsburg University, and a DrPH from Georgia Southern University. Dr. Marshall is also a certified health education specialist and a certified lactation counselor. 

Dr. Marshall has over 19 years of community engagement experience including fostering partnerships and relationships with grassroots organizations, state coalitions, non-profits and national associations, particularly around health inequities. These experiences, along with her completion of the Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program and the Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI), have contributed to her commitment to addressing the social determinants of health through community engagement, enhancing student leadership, and conveying the importance of achieving health equity. Dr. Marshall has also worked with both Rural and Urban populations to identify and address barriers in various community health issues. 

Dr. Marshall has served as a member and leader in numerous public health organizations including the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). She has served as the Chair of the Science Board, Co-Chair for the Joint Policy Committee, as an Ex-Officio member of the Executive Board for the APHA, and is currently serving a four year term as a member on APHA’s Executive Board. Additionally, she served as the Education and Training Co-Lead for the Georgia Society for Public Health Education (GASOPHE) and currently serves as a member of the CRASH committee for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), which focuses on equity issues in breastfeeding and the USBC nominations committee, and as a board member for the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition. Dr. Marshall also serves as a member of the Mayor’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (One Boro) in Statesboro, GA and the Racial Equity and Leadership (REAL) Savannah Taskforce in Savannah, GA.

Dr. Marshall has been a faculty member since Fall 2013 and has been involved in securing grants as a PI, Co-PI, and contributor in community-based programming and participatory research including a CDC (2018-present) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant, Savannah H.O.P.E., on which she is a contributor leading the breastfeeding continuity of care initiative and a grant from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health (2019-present) on which she is the PI to implement evidence-based programming in a Chatham County high school to prevent opioid use. Most recently, Dr. Marshall secured $3.25 Million in funding to assist disadvantaged students with financing their graduate public health degrees.