In this presentation, Ms. Hunter will discuss current research and trends in addressing racism as a public health issue and explore civic engagement as one strategy to achieve health and racial equity.
About the speaker:
Dawn Hunter, JD, MPH, is the Network for Public Health Law’s Southeastern Region Director. Dawn is an experienced state health department policymaker and legislative director whose work focuses on research, analysis, implementation, and capacity building related to the use of law and policy to improve health outcomes and advance racial equity. She previously served as deputy state health official in New Mexico, where she led legislative planning and policy development, strategic planning, performance management, and public health accreditation.
Dawn started her career in child protective services in Hillsborough County, Florida. She later transitioned into research and development as a microbiologist at the University of South Florida, Center for Biological Defense, with a focus on rapid detection methods for food and waterborne pathogens. Dawn is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. She received her A.B. in English Literature from Princeton University, her B.S. in Microbiology and her M.P.H. in Global Communicable Disease from the University of South Florida, and her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.