Dr. Donna Williams, associate professor in the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Program at the School of Public Health, LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans has been chosen to serve as the first Associate Dean for Public Health Practice. Dr. Williams will assume her new role on November 1, 2016.
[Photo: Dr. Donna Williams]
In her new role, Dr. Williams will work to improve public health practice by developing new models and/or updating current models for academic and practice programs, establishing collaborative efforts with community partners and enhancing practice-based research and training opportunities for current and future public health practitioners. In her own words, “Through establishing strong linkages with the community, we will be able to expand student access to practitioners and the opportunities to learn from them. We can also expand our capacity for practice‐ and community‐based research. In turn, we would give back to the community through providing well‐trained public health professionals and developing new forums for dissemination of best practices in public health.”
Dr. Williams brings to the position over 25 years of experience in academic settings that have included roles in scholarship, research, and public health practice. She is also Director of the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Early Detection Program and Director of the Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Programs.
Educated in Louisiana, Dr. Williams received degrees in engineering from Louisiana Tech University (BS, MS) and degrees in public health from Tulane University (MPH, DrPH). She serves as Principal Investigator on numerous research and public health service projects, including several that are currently funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Cancer Prevention & Control Programs for State, Territorial & Tribal Organizations, Increasing Awareness of and Support for Young Women with Breast Cancer in the Gulf South, and Increasing the Implementation of Evidence-Based Cancer Survivorship Interview to Increase Quality & Duration of Life among Cancer Patients.