Lauren R. Powell

Lauren R. Powell
Location: Richmond, Virginia Cohort Start Year: 2018 Project Topics: Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Food Systems and Nutrition, Health Care Access, Oral Health, Public Policy, Public, Population and Community Health Populations Served: African-American/Black, Asian/Asian American, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Homeless Populations, LGBTQ+ Communities, Low-Income Communities, Migrant Workers, Native/Tribal/Indigenous People, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPI), People with Disabilities, Rural Communities, Urban Communities
Office of Health Equity

Empowered. Independent. Free. Lauren’s vision for Virginia is one in which people feel empowered to live a long life, love without a limit, and relish in the freedom to just be. Compassion, justice, and a reverence for humanity are central to her work. In Virginia, the opportunity to achieve health varies by place. In Lauren’s work as the Director of Health Equity for the Commonwealth of Virginia, she focuses on the need to build racial equity, recognize intersections of identity in communities, and address the social causes of disease to create a Virginia where all have the opportunity to be healthy, well, and free.

Lauren is passionate and unapologetic about her commitment to justice and her love for people. Though formally educated on health equity and population health, it is her life experience as a black woman born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, that fuels her mission to create a culture of health.

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