Natalie D. Hernandez, Chair Elect
Dr. Hernandez is an Assistant Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). She is also a postdoctoral fellow at the Prevention Research Center and Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at MSM. Dr. Hernandez received her master of public health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and a bachelor of arts in anthropology from Stony Brook University in New York. She earned her doctorate in public health as well as a graduate certificate in interdisciplinary women’s health from the University of South Florida.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Hernandez worked as a project coordinator for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and held leadership positions in a number of coalitions in Georgia dedicated to advancing health equity. In addition to supporting community health promotion, education, and advocacy, she also provided technical assistance to support the provision of high quality culturally relevant, sensitive, and linguistically appropriate health care and prevention services. Dr. Hernandez’s expertise includes the health status and health needs of Latinos, promotores de salud (community lay health educators), HPV and cervical cancer among Latinas and other ethnoracial minorities, family planning, and health advocacy. She has presented her work at various international, national, state, and local conferences. Dr. Hernandez’s future career plans and goals with respect to health equity are tied directly to her role as a researcher and a woman of color. They are to strengthen health programs and policies, to reduce racial disparities, and to ensure that all people receive comprehensive, culturally appropriate, quality health care.