Kristen Naney

Director, Learning and Impact

At the Trust

My newly defined role works at the intersection of strategy, planning, grantmaking, and evaluation to execute the mission, strategies and initiatives of the Trust. I work collaboratively with my colleagues to foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement, establish learning and evaluation priorities for all programs, and translate and disseminate data to maximize the impact of our investments to improve the health and well-being of North Carolina communities.

My Proudest Accomplishment

I had an amazing opportunity to partner with the Low Country Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC) in North Charleston, South Carolina for several years to help them address environmental justice issues that have perpetuated poor health outcomes in their community. My proudest accomplishment was being able to work with LAMC and Dr. Sacoby Wilson during a time that solidified my career trajectory focused on environmental justice, racial/health equity, community resilience, and social determinants of health.

Before I Got Here

  • Public Health Epidemiologist, Durham County Department of Public Health
  • Research Assistant Professor, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Independent Contractor, ICF International, Inc.
  • ORISE Postdoctoral Environmental Science Research Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Education and Awards

  • Ph.D. in Toxicology and Environmental Health, University of Maryland, School of Public Health
  • M.P.H. in Community-Based Health Mercer University, School of Medicine
  • B.S. in Biology, James Madison University
  • National Institute of Aging iCARE-AD/ADRD Challenge Competition Award, Caregiver411 m Health Application
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Capstone Award
  • U.S. Air Force Academy Commander’s Excellence Medallion

When the Day is Done

I love to spend time outdoors with my husband and two sons. I also like to read, watch movies, travel and connect with friends and family. In addition, I am a long-time member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and participate in the Environment and Epidemiology sections.

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