Dana Williamson

Dana Williamson, MPH, is a doctoral candidate in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, where she also completed her master’s level training. She has a diverse public health experience that entails extensive involvement in community outreach & development, working as an emergency medical technician, a health communications specialist with CDC’s VERB youth media campaign, and a project director implementing a NIH-funded culturally-sensitive intervention educating about organ and tissue donation. Her research has maintained a core theme of a health disparities lens, crucial in addressing key questions about society, inequities, health consequences, and lack of resources. Williamson’s doctoral work is guided by a disparities perspective focusing on community mobilization and capacity building approaches to address environmental justice concerns. As a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholar, she recognizes the immediacy for change and the necessity for advocacy and interdisciplinary teamwork to create solutions to the complexities of health inequities.