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Venice Haynes, PhD

Senior Director of Research and Community Engagement

Venice is a social and behavioral scientist with over 15 years of public health experience. Her overarching research agenda has focused on addressing social determinants of health, health disparities, and health equity in underserved populations using qualitative and community-based participatory approaches. 

She has worked on a variety of CDC and NIH-funded projects to address disparities in cancer and other women’s health initiatives through dissemination and implementation of science and evidence-based interventions. Her body of work has also included the provision of technical assistance to community-based organizations across Georgia, North and South Carolina, and has conducted evaluation projects with non-profit and community-based organizations aiming to address cancer disparities in their respective communities. Venice has delivered a number of presentations at national conferences and has publications in a number of top public health journals. Over the last 3 years, she has served as an Adjunct Professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and also serves as the Senior Director of Research and Community Engagement at United States of Care, where she spearheads the organization’s listening and research work to understand and demonstrate the change people want and need from the health care system – with the goal of driving solutions that put people first. 

Venice received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Tennessee State University, her Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College, and her PhD from the University of South Carolina. She currently resides in her hometown of Atlanta, GA.