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Last updated: 4/1/2016
MS. Esther Ashford, MPH
General Member
Professional Information
Georgia Department of Public Health
Planning & Policy Specialist
30008  United States
770 000-0000 (Phone)
  Chronic Disease Section
  MPH - Master of Public Health
Personal Information
United States
770 000-0000 (Phone)
Additional Information
  Chronic Kidney Disease, Evaluation, Health Equity, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Obesity
  Chronic Disease Prevention, Strategic Planning, Obesity Prevention, Policy, School Health, Work-site Wellness, Public Health Accreditation process, Technical Communication, Community Health.
Candidate: PhD. in Public Health-Specialization in Community Health: Walden University School of Health Sciences, MN: 2012-Current

Master of Public Health (MPH): Walden University School of Health Sciences, MN: 2010-2012

Bachelor of Arts: Technical Communication / Minor: International Studies: Southern Polytechnic State University, GA: 2001-2003

Work Experience:
Planning and Policy Specialist-Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section: 2015-Current

Grant Manager: Healthcare of Georgia Foundation (HCGF) Grant; 2015-Current

Cobb 2020 Planning and Partnerships, Joint use Agreements and School Work Groups: 2014-2015

Grant Writer: 2011-Current

Public Health Educator: 2012- 2015

Health Sciences and Master of Public Health (MPH) Internship/Practicum Coordinator: 2012-Current

CDPH Event Planner and Coordinator: 2012-Current

We Can! in Cobb Coalition Chair: 2012-2014
Social/Volunteer Organizations
Public Health Board Affiliations:

- Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Site Supervisor/Visitor: 2014-Current
Serve in an official supervisory accreditation capacity for PHAB during accreditation application process for tribal, state, local, and territorial health departments. Review policies, procedures, programs, projects, and day-to-day operations of the health department. Perform assessments of the health departments’ formal working relationships with partners. Assist health departments with their accreditation process, requirements, standards and measures interpretation. Conduct interviews with the health department director, members of the governing entity, community partners, and key departmental staff. Determine that submitted documentation provides evidence that the department is in conformity with specific PHAB measures and standards. Write reports and submit evidence for accreditation determination.

- American Public Health Association (APHA): 2010-Current

More Information
Special Recognition:
- Recognized by Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) as first staff member to initiate and lead a district wide Cultural Diversity Day (February 4, 2015).

- Recognized by Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) as first staff member to connect Atlanta Braves Foundation to CDPH funding (2013-2015).

- Recognized by National Institute of Health as most successful program facilitator in South East region 2014.

Published Work:
Ashford, E.N. (Forthcoming 2016 January 30). HIV Risk Perceptions among HIV Infected Adults 30-49 Years Old in Atlanta, Georgia. (Doctoral dissertation, WALDEN UNIVERSITY).

Ashford, E.N. (2011). Malaria Control and

Mune, E.N. (2000). How To Manage Your Stress. Student Perspectives, Chattahoochee Technical College.

Professional Presentations:
Ashford, E. (2014, October). Successful Dissertation Process. Lecture conducted from Walden University. Atlanta, GA.

Ashford, E. (2013, October). Building Healthier Communities through Education, Empowerment, and Engagement. Lecture conducted from The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Atlanta, GA.

Ashford, E. (2013, November). Role of Partnerships in Community Health. Lecture conducted from South Cobb Business Association. Austell, GA.