Cherry L. Houston, PhD, EdSp, MPH, RN
President/CEO
Critical Learning Systems, Inc.

Cherry Houston is a member of the HHS Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) (Region IV); serves as the co-chair or coordinator for RHEC IV’s Oral Health Subcommittee, Governance Committee, and Expert Stakeholder Group; and is a member of the Cross-RHEC Oral Health Equity Workgroup. She is a member of DentaQuest Foundation’s National Oral Health Connection Team; adjunct associate professor at Meharry Medical College’s Masters of Science in Public Health, School of Graduate Studies and Research; and visiting scholar at Tuskegee University’s National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care.

Dr. Houston used her network of partnerships to create health equity consortia that are designed to advance national and regional health equity knowledge exchanges. With her expertise and leadership in training and motivation, she has implemented various projects in faith-based settings, engaged stakeholders and community advocates using community-based participatory approaches, and targeted interventions involving the entire family. She previously served as an Associate Director of Training and Senior Behavioral Scientist to provide strategic leadership to plan, coordinate, and design project-specific activities. These initiatives aimed to adapt, tailor, and contextualize behavioral interventions for public health prevention projects, community health, and capacity building services for outpatient care and treatment.

Dr. Houston successfully administered projects as the division director of a state public health agency in Tennessee. In this position, she provided strategic leadership to directors of the Office of Minority Health and Disparity Elimination, Faith-Based Initiatives, and Title IX/Civil Rights. She convened and coordinated the HHS Region IV Research Integrity Conference, developed equity modules for Communities Putting Prevention to Work grantees and staff, and contributed to the African American Men’s Health Network. She currently is a subcontractor on a National Institutes of Health grant that is funded to develop a policy action plan for the reduction of childhood obesity, child advocacy, and child policy programs. The grantees of this initiative include the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and the Tennessee Collaborative Action Child Education Program. She also is Project Director for the Oral Health Needs Index Project.