Ella Greene-Moton has an extensive background in Public Health Advocacy, Public Health Policy, Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), and programming, spanning over the past forty plus (40+) years in the City of Flint and surrounding areas. In addition, specific efforts in public health ethics have focused on providing an awareness at the community level, developing, and elevating the community voice and advocating for community inclusiveness at the State and National Levels. Her areas of expertise include facilitating community/academic/practice partnership building and sustainability; developing, managing, and evaluating community-based projects; and training programs for graduate students, community members, as well as middle and high school students partnering with community-based organizations, schools, and public health agencies.
Ella joined the Flint Odyssey House, Inc. Health Awareness Center in 1995 and served as its Assistant Director from 1998-2005. She served from 2006-2019 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 currently serves as the Community Based Organization Partners (CBOP) Community Ethics Review Board (CERB) Administrator and the Executive Consultant and Co-Chair of the Flint/Genesee Partnership, Health in Our Hands project. She also serves as an Independent Community-Academic Consultant working with other academic institutions nationally that are engaged in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with their local communities.
On the State, regional, and national levels, Ella is a member of the Michigan Public Health Association Board of Directors and serves as the Michigan Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association. She represents Michigan on the Great Lakes Public Health Coalition and serves as the Regional Representative for Region V on the Council on Affiliates. In addition, and along with five of her MIPHA colleagues, Ella serves as a Cohort 10 and 11 Fellow of the Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health Michigan Health Equity Team.
My decision to accept the coveted nomination for the office of the 2022 President Elect of the American Public Health Association (APHA) comes from a place of genuine humility, dedication, and unquestionable commitment to public health. Being recommended, considered, and nominated confirms an even more deeply rooted sense of honor, respect, and bidirectional appreciation than I allowed myself to imagine. As a non-traditional candidate, it speaks volumes to many forward-thinking pivots of APHA as well as the struggles of those most often unheard and/or undervalued voices within our public health circles.
I was introduced to public health through an invitation to join Flint’s McCree North Advisory Board in the early 90s. As a result, I have been able to develop and enjoy a tested relationship as a bridge between grassroots communities (a largely untapped segment of the public, who as a rule, are not members of APHA) and their academic, practice, and governmental partners.
My personal journey within APHA began over twenty-five years ago. As a community partner, I joined with an extensive level of board and committee leadership experience. I have since served in several APHA leadership positions: Action Board Chair, Joint Policy Committee Co-Chair, Caucus Collaborative Chair, Executive Board Member, and currently, Michigan Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council of APHA. In these positions, I have sought to integrate the community’s voice by building understanding and creating safe spaces whether in areas of conflict and commonality amongst diverse groups.
If elected as the 2022 President Elect, my top priorities will include:
- working to increase leadership development opportunities
- working to strengthen and grow the public health workforce
- improving internal alignment across APHA units
- ensuring that ongoing conversations include removing the layers of institutional, structural, and systemic threads of racism contributing to the poor health outcomes in our communities.
Ella Greene-Moton's CV (PDF)
Ella Greene-Moton's Written Question Response (PDF)