Deanna Barath, MPH, is a third year doctoral student on the Health Equity track in the University of Maryland’s Health Services Administration program. Her interests are in the implementation of community- and evidence-based interventions and policies that improve health equity for vulnerable populations. She is currently a research assistant in the Hospital And Public health interdisciPlinarY research(HAPPY) Lab and working on her dissertation proposal. She is a frequent guest lecturer on professionalism, policy advocacy, and the public health system; and was a teaching assistant for an undergraduate health policy course (HLSA300) in the Public Health Science program. Most recently, Deanna served as the project coordinator for a rural health community assessment in Maryland, researched veteran health insurance choices, and worked on research linking local health activities to readmission rates. In 2018, she was recognized for the best student poster at Public Health Research Day and selected to participate in AcademyHealth's Diversity Scholar's Network; and in 2017, she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Policy Research Scholar.
Before choosing to continue her education, Deanna worked at the Florida Department of Health overseeing state-wide efforts related to Children’s Medical Services, community health, emergency preparedness, disease control, minority health, and compassionate use; she was primarily responsible for the enhanced integration of health programs, particularly for endeavors that improved the health of children. She similarly provided guidance to local health departments on the community health assessment and improvement planning process, the Florida Healthy Babies initiative, and the state’s integrate approach to PHAB accreditation. She also coordinated the accreditation of Florida State University’s Master of Public Health program, which is where her affinity for performance management began, and led the team that propelled the FSU tobacco-free campus policy into fruition. Deanna received her Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Exercise Science degrees from Florida State University, earned a Six Sigma Green Belt certification from the Florida Sterling Council, and is a trained facilitator.