Who Are We
The Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA) is dedicated to protecting personal, public, and environmental health in the Metropolitan Washington area. The Association is committed to:
- Protect and promote personal, public and environmental health.
- Study and attempt to resolve health problems.
- Meet and share knowledge and experience in order to achieve the organization’s goal.
- Provide leadership in public health by initiating and supporting voluntary and governmental action to meet health needs or to remedy health problems.
- Promote continuing educational opportunities for public health and allied workers to help them acquire new or broader knowledge and develop skills to provide more effective health services.
Vision, Mission, Goals
MWPHA is the leading public health membership association in the Metropolitan Washington region that brings together diverse sectors and constituencies to create equitable opportunities for the health of the region.
MWPHA is an American Public Health Association (APHA) affiliate and a regional association of individuals and organizations working to improve the health of the Metropolitan Washington region. We educate members, other professionals and the public in our region about scientific and professional public health standards, practices and policies to enable them to advocate for social justice and enhance their own public health practice, addressing the conditions necessary for healthy communities.
The core values of MWPHA are social justice, collaboration, social and cultural competence, empowerment, health care as a right, member satisfaction, responsiveness, flexibility to capitalize on opportunities and respect for diversity of opinion.
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Jateya C. Jones - MWPHA President
Jateya C. Jones is an Immunization Healthcare Specialist with the Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Branch (DHA-IHB) Education Division. She is responsible for developing educational programs and materials; providing evidence based solutions that improve immunization healthcare through policy implementation guidance, strategic communication, education, and training worldwide. In support of Force Health Protection and Readiness, and the Military Health System (MHS), Jateya has educated thousands of service members, beneficiaries, federal and contract employees via live and virtual mediums on vaccine preventable diseases. She is passionate about developing and promoting programs and services that enhance immunization effectiveness, safety, and acceptability. Prior to her work with DHA-IHB, Jateya was an integral part in the establishment of the Army Human Research Protection Office (AHRPO). Here, she gained extensive experience in regulatory oversight and ethical and regulatory issues in biomedical, behavioral, and social research. With the desire to effectively educate and improve the health of vulnerable populations, it was at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Center for Health Disparities (USUHSCHD) Community Outreach division, where she began her military health career.
Jateya, a native of Athens, Georgia attended Mercer University School of Engineering in Macon, Georgia where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication with a minor in Business Administration. Jateya continued her educational pursuit at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia where she attained a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health Education. Jateya is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES); a member of The American Public Health Association, The Society For Public Health Education, Project Management Institute, and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her spare time, Jateya enjoys event planning, traveling, motivational speaking, participating in intramural flag football, and spending time with family and friends.
Stephanie Hall - MWPHA Vice President
Stephanie Hall is the current Executive Director of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc. (LBCM). She is a former program manager and active advocate for health equity. Stephanie has more than 15 years of progressive expertise in minority health, health policy, and health disparities.
A graduate of the Jackson State University, University of North Health Science Center, and George Mason School of Public Policy, with degrees in Biology, Public Health, and Public Policy, respectively. In 2017, Stephanie was selected to be a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) III. RHEC III aims to address health disparities in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Committed to educating individuals on the important of health equity, Stephanie continues to provide technical assistance to corporate and community leaders. As the Executive Director of the LBCM, she works with members of the Maryland General Assembly, community organizations, faith-based institutions, and colleges and universities to advocate for change in health care with the focus on issues that disproportionally affect African Americans. Previously, she worked with several health centers in seeking funding for programs to support uninsured and underinsured individuals. Stephanie understands that now is the time for all to work together to create policy and programs that provide health care for all.
Tiffani N. Kigenyi - Immediate Past President
Tiffani N. Kigenyi is a public health professional with over 10 years of experience in the field. Tiffani currently works as a Public Health Analyst at the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Previous employment positions include a Public Health Advisor (Project Officer) and a Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tiffani’s professional areas of interest include health education and promotion, sexual and reproductive health, women’s health, maternal, infant, and child health, adolescent health, minority health, and mental health.
Tiffani obtained a dual Master of Public Health degree in Health Education and Maternal and Child Health from Loma Linda University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health Education/Health Science from San Diego State University.
Tiffani is a Southern California native and currently resides in Washington, DC.
Erin Buchanan - MWPHA Governing Council Member
Erin Buchanan works at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery as an analyst for quality and performance measurement. she obtained her MPH from GWU in 2014 and her BS in health science in 2012 from Towson University. Erin has always had a passion for health and has pursued that not only in her career but in her free time as well. When she was younger, she committed time to volunteering with the health department and health related health organizations in Harford County, Maryland. Erin is thrilled to join the MWPHA Governing Council as at At-Large Member and chair of the membership committee.
Jaida Carter - MWPHA Secretary
Jaida is a person that was born to help and assist others and it is what led her to the public health field. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a B.S in Rehabilitation Services with the thought of becoming a physical therapist. As her thinking evolved, she began to research and identify ways to assist people before an injury occurs and the need for physical therapy arises. She attended and graduated from George Mason University with her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Global and Community Health in members 2013. She is a lifelong Maryland (Prince George’s County) resident and is committed to improving the health and well being of her beloved Prince George’s County and the DMV area as a whole. She is currently a Public Health Analyst with the District of Columbia Department of Health within the Community Health Administration. Her public health interest include minority health disparities/health equity, adolescent and social justice.
Jaida is a committed lifelong learner that believes the more knowledge we obtain the more we are able to live a more complete and healthy life. She loves history, linguistics/communication, music and being knowledgeable on current events. Her ultimate goal in life is to ensure that the communities that experience the worst health outcomes will be equitable to the communities that experience optimal health.
Cassandra Chess - MWPHA Governing Council Member
Cassandra Chess has over 20 years of experience in the field of Public Health including a background in HIV/AIDS prevention, working with youth, reproductive and sexual health education, program management, and program development. Cassandra currently works for the U.S. DHHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) as a Public Health Advisor. Other Federal positions held were with the Office of Population Affairs and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Prior to joining the Federal Government Cassandra was a Program Coordinator for the Alexandria Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program at the Alexandria Health Department.
Aside from her work experience, Cassandra is a current Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA) member, past MWPHA President and Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council of APHA. Cassandra has been a MWPHA Governing Council member since 2010. Cassandra also served on the APHA Coalition of Affiliates (CoA) as an At Large member and CoA representative and Chair on the APHA Nominations Committee. Other volunteer activities include being a board member for Project Discovery Alexandria, a college preparatory program for students at T.C. Williams High School who are the first in their families to seek higher education.
Cassandra’s professional areas of interests are Minority, Adolescent and Women’s Health; and policy development and analysis.
Cassandra is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (BA, Psychology) and the University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health (MPH, Health Services Administration/Public and Community Health Services). Cassandra currently resides in Prince Georges County, MD.
Jasmin Saville - MWPHA Governing Council Member
Jasmin Saville is an LGSW (University of TN, 2007) and MPH (University of Memphis, 2013) and has worked in social work and public health for almost ten years. Her most recent accomplishments include work with Georgia Medicaid recipients providing services to pregnant women with complex psychosocial needs. She also co-created and facilitated a pilot program to increase breastfeeding rates among women of lower socioeconomic status, ensure timely screening of perinatal mood disorders, and promote intraconception health. She has long been passionate about HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual health of women and girls of color; to this end she has served with her church-based HIV/AIDS ministries, Sister Love Incorporated, The Red Pump Project and AID Atlanta helping to raise financial support, provide accurate prevention information to the greater community and facilitate testing and linkages to care. Her efforts have spanned several states including metro areas surrounding Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA, Memphis, TN, and international interests that included studies in Cuba. Her next professional opportunity is that of a medical communications writer where she looks forward to further honing her skills to present uniform, digestible messages that are easy to implement and create measurable change in communities at risk for poorer health outcomes.
Derica Smith - MWPHA Governing Council Member
Derica Smith is a public health professional with more than 7 years of experience that primarily focuses on health policy and state and federal health care programs and regulations. Derica currently works as a Compliance/Regulatory Project Administrator with Anthem, Inc. She previously worked as a Policy Associate with the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) where she served as policy content expert on topics related to maternal and infant health and children’s health. In addition, she spent more than five years with the Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida’s Medicaid Agency, where she focused on improving access to public health programs through program management and policy research and development.
Derica’s professional areas of interest include women’s health, maternal and infant health, and state and federally funded public health programs.
Derica graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences and a Master of Public Health Degree in Health Policy and Management.