Karma Harris, MSPH
Disabilities, Healthy Communities, Physical Activity, Walkability
Karma Harris is a Public Health Consultant with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), and currently serves as both the Healthy Communities and Walkability Lead. With these roles, she leads the Walkability Action Institute project and the Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities project. She also assists with the Building Healthy Military Communities and Physical Activity Assessment Tool projects for NACDD. With each of these projects, she works with nearly 63 local, regional, and state project participants. She especially enjoys the overlap between physical activity, active transportation, built design, and disability inclusion and holds the general belief that when communities are built for everyone, no one gets left out.
Previously, Karma was involved with the CDC’s Healthy Communities Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and Environmental Change (ACHIEVE) Program from 2008-2012, both as a funded community, and as a national technical assistance provider to NACDD’s 48 communities nationwide.
She provided capacity-building assistance, expertise, and leadership to communities in the establishment of PSE changes for physical activity, healthy nutrition, and tobacco strategic areas. Her tenure in chronic disease prevention and leadership is marked by 10 years of local and regional public health experience for the State of North Carolina, where she served in administrative leadership positions to develop and manage community health educators, WIC nutritionists, and broad community health efforts. When she is not working, one may often find her swimming, biking, running, and competing in the fun sport of triathlon.