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Laura Colbert

Laura Colbert has worked at Georgians for a Healthy Future since 2014, and stepped into the Executive Director role in 2017.

Laura previously worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; HSTAT, a student-run health policy and advocacy organization; and the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

Laura sits on advisory committees for Georgia Departments of Community Health and Public Health, New Disabled South, and the Georgia State University’s Center for Leadership in Disability. She has served as a Consumer Liaison Representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (2018-2020), and as a board member to the Georgia Society for Public Health Education. Laura is also an alum of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Child Health Leadership Network (2019).

Laura earned her Master of Public Health degree from Emory University, where she focused on health literacy and the social determinants of health. Previously Laura attended the University of Georgia where she studied biomechanics and earned her B.S.Ed. She is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.

She lives in Atlanta with her husband and their two dogs.

Laura can be contacted at 404-567-5016 x 1 or lcolbert@healthyfuturega.org

Knetta Adkins

Knetta Adkins is the Organizing Manager at Georgians for a Healthy Future. She is a polished public speaker and community health advocate with high level experience in intimate partner violence, mental health, and maternal healthcare.

Knetta earned her Master’s of Science from Rowan University with a focus in Biomedical Sciences. She previously attended the University of Virginia where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her unique subject matter knowledge and experiences exist at the intersection of gender equity and social justice, with the intention of advocating for marginalized communities.

She is a certified birth doula and has a passion for advocating for birth equity. She is invested in strengthening maternal healthcare practices to ensure equitable treatment for all birthing people.

She can be reached at kadkins@healthyfuturega.org.

Lois Hairston

Lois Hairston is the Content Development Manager at Georgians for a Healthy Future. In this role, Lois will lead the effort to collect stories from individuals and families as part of GHF’s Close the Gap initiative. Additionally, she will manage the development of digital assets that share consumer stories and informational content highlighting the state of health care in Georgia.

Lois earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with a minor in Psychology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her professional background includes experience in fundraising, marketing, and public relations. Before joining GHF, Lois was an independent contractor providing photography, graphic design, and media production services.

You can contact Lois at lhairston@healthyfuturega.org or 404-567-5016 x 4.

Anthony Hill

Anthony Hill is the Strategic Communications Manager for Georgians for a Healthy Future. In this role, Anthony will lead GHF’s communications, marketing, and public relations efforts.

Anthony, a Georgia native and proud graduate of Georgia Southern University, brings a wealth of experience in effectively managing communications for diverse audiences, with a specific focus on policy communications.

Anthony combines his passion for communication with a deep commitment to improving health outcomes for Georgians by leading the organization’s communications, marketing, and media relations efforts.

Anthony can be contacted at ahill@healthyfuturega.org

Deanna Williams

Deanna Williams is the Central Georgia Insurance Navigator for Georgians for a Healthy Future. In this role, Deanna provides enrollment assistance, and community outreach and education in central Georgia, with a focus on these 10 counties: Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, and Wilkinson counties.

Deanna earned her B.S. in Psychology and minor in Sociology at Georgia Southern University. Following her passion to help others she began her career at the Department of Family of Children Services in Bibb county and later on passed her CMS training to become a certified Medicare counselor for the State of Georgia.

Deanna can be contacted at (470) 654-5509 or dwilliams@healthyfuturega.org.

Angelica Rivera

Angelica Rivera is a health insurance navigator at Georgians for a Healthy Future. In this role, Angelica conducts outreach and provides enrollment assistance to uninsured and underinsured Georgians, as well as those covered by Medicaid and through healthcare.gov. She focuses primarily on the LGBTQ+ and Native American communities in Georgia.  

Angelica earned her Juris Doctorate at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and her B.S. in Business Management and Economics at SUNY Empire State College in Buffalo, N.Y. Angelica has real passion for community involvement in public policy and works tirelessly advocating for justice and fairness for all. Prior to her work with GHF, Angelica sat as the Education Chair for Citizen Action of NY and served as a community health worker for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia where she provided education on sickle cell disease and served as an advocate and liaison between her clients and the medical community. 

Angelica can be contacted at (470) 654-5484 or arivera@healthyfuturega.org.

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