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UNC: Alumnus Makes “40 Under 40 in Public Health” List by de Beaumont Foundation

Mr. Corey Davis, an alumnus of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as one of this year’s “40 Under 40 in Public Health” for his work to advance equity-focused public health law, policy and practice.

The de Beaumont Foundation created the “40 Under 40 in Public Health” list to recognize leaders in the field whose creativity and innovation are strengthening communities across the country.

Mr. Davis is a lawyer, professor, advocate and mentor. As he describes it, he strives “to create a healthier, safer and more just society” by advancing policies that recognize the dignity and rights of people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, people who use drugs and people who engage in sex work.

“My goal is to advocate for laws and policies that have as their guiding principle the fact that everyone deserves dignity, respect, and the right to protect and improve their health,” said Mr. Davis.

Currently, Mr. Davis is a senior attorney at the National Health Law Program and is deputy director of the Southeastern Region of the Network for Public Health Law. In these roles, he helps federal, state and local partners utilize the law as a tool to reduce inequities and improve public health. He also assists advocates who are working to create more just and equitable laws, policies and practices.

Mr. Davis earned a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2005 and received a Master of Science in Public Health from the Gillings School in 2010. He has authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles and currently holds faculty appointments at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine and Occidental College.

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