Omari Richins

Program Officer, Health Improvement in North Carolina

At the Trust

I work deeply in community to improve health and well-being, focusing on groups that have been marginalized, using an equity and population health lens. Through the Trust’s Healthy Places NC work, I am engaging with residents in some of North Carolina’s most vibrant yet underserved communities, to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table in improving their community’s health and well-being.

I Work On

My Proudest Accomplishment

I entered this field to help empower historically underserved communities to better their health for generations to come. My proudest accomplishment was leading a Photovoice project in Mat-Su, Alaska, working alongside community, helping them share their strengths and health challenges. I had the pleasure of presenting our research with these community leaders at the 2020 Alaska Public Health Summit.

Before I Got Here

  • Community Health Fellow, Mat-Su Health Foundation
  • Community Initiatives Assistant Planner, WellFlorida Council Inc.
  • Rural Health Advocacy and Policy Intern, Suwanee River AHEC
  • Soccer Official, University of Florida Department of Recreational Sports

Education and Awards

  • Master of Public Health, University of Florida, College of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Member, Public Health Honorary Society, University of Florida, Delta Omega – Beta Upsilon Chapter
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Minor in Chemistry, University of Tampa

When the Day is Done

Given the knowledge and opportunities I have gained from doing my M.P.H., I share useful information for my fellow public health family on my platform – thePHmillennial. It gives me joy to assist others who are trying to find their path in public health. You can also find me reading a book or a public health-related paper, or watching my favorite soccer teams play—Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Trinidad & Tobago, and The Netherlands!

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