Vivian Lasley-Bibbs, MPH
Epidemiologist and Acting Director, Office of Health Equity
Kentucky Department for Public Health

Vivian Lasley-Bibbs is an epidemiologist and Acting Director of the Office of Health Equity (OHE) at the Kentucky Department for Public Health. She also is the state coordinator for Healthy People 2020 and has over 20 years of public health experience. OHE’s primary objectives are to increase awareness of health disparities, enhance patient-provider communication, improve cultural and linguistic competency in health service delivery, and improve coordination and utilization of research and outcome evaluations. OHE is a leader in addressing social determinants of health and health issues for lesbian/ gay/bisexual/transgender populations for Healthy Kentucky 2020. OHE also provides leadership and oversight on multiple projects that address health disparities, including cultural and linguistic competency, disease prevention, and social and ecological factors of health impacting disparate populations. OHE is continuing to pursue its goal of influencing system-level factors that encourage the elimination of health disparities throughout the state of Kentucky.

Ms. Lasley-Bibbs has presented the findings of OHE’s activities at numerous state, local, and national conferences, workshops, panels, and poster sessions. She currently is partnering with multiple state government cabinets to address health disparities and inequities in the context of where individuals live, learn, work, play, and pray. She has contributed her expertise to advisory boards, workgroups, and committees that address cultural competency, health literacy training, social justice, and inequities affecting the health and health outcomes of minority, underserved, and vulnerable populations.

Ms. Lasley-Bibbs earned a BS in biology from Kentucky State University and an MPH in hospital and molecular epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She also is a graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences. She has completed doctorate-level courses in public health, with a concentration in epidemiology, at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Her professional affiliations include national and state public health organizations, state workgroups, civic organizations, and community-based groups.