Lisa Macon Harrison is the local health director in North Carolina’s Granville and Vance Counties and has worked at the intersection of public health research and practice in North Carolina since 1995. Harrison has developed the Quality Improvement 101 curriculum for local Public Health in North Carolina, directed the North Carolina Office of Healthy Carolinians and Health Education, trained the state public health workforce in Evidence Based Public Health Approaches, lead the North Carolina Public Health Incubator Collaboratives Program, directed the Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute, assessed the competency of the North Carolina public health workforce in core public health skills and emergency preparedness, and facilitated public health training, education and planning.

In 2011, Harrison worked with the North Carolina Center for Public Health Quality, the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a public health infrastructure grant for performance improvement. That most recent experience influences her leadership focus at the Granville-Vance District Health Department as the health department prepares for accreditation. Harrison has a Bachelor of Science in public health, a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and a Master of Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. She remains associated with UNC as an adjunct research associate in the Public Health Leadership Program.

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