Laura King, Principal Investigator, Director of Public Health. Ms. King is the Principal Investigator of the Million Hearts® Collaboration, a CDC-funded cooperative agreement to support implementation of national, state and local strategies aligned with the Million Hearts national initiative. Ms. King also serves as the Principal Investigator for the Heart Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program, a CDC-funded cooperative agreement to implement county-level policy and system changes in the county of El Paso, TX. Ms. King was the Sr. Field Consultation Manager for AHA’s Voices for Healthy Kids initiative, a childhood obesity initiative funded by the Robert Wood John Foundation; and served as the Senior Program Manager for a three-year CDC-funded cooperative agreement through the Partnerships in Community Health program funded by the CDC’s then Division of Community Health. In this role, Ms. King provided strategic oversight and management in AHA’s efforts to implement population-based strategies across 30 local communities in their efforts to implement PSE improvements. By the end of the project, the projected reach was 16 million people and had successfully implemented PSE changes in over 300 unique settings over the three-year timeframe. As Principal Investigator, Ms. King will be responsible for strategic direction, leadership and project planning management and fiscal oversight for the Center. She will oversee the program team and ensure programmatic integration across the identified objectives and associated activities. Ms. King will also serve as the liaison with the California Department of Health, in collaboration with Eric Batch, VP Advocacy, on Tobacco Center updates, the delivery of training and technical assistance organizing and community engagement to ensure all objectives are successfully executed, monitored, evaluated and projected project outcomes are achieved.
Contact: Laura King