Thometta Cozart, MS, MPH, CHES, CPH
Communications Manager - Partnering4Health
Assistant Health Equity Director
Directors of Health Promotion and Education

Thometta Cozart, MS, MPH has over 10 years of public health experience and 15 years of experience in public relations and health communications. She is the Assistant Health Equity Director and Communications Manager for the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) in Washington, DC. Prior to working for DHPE, Thometta served as the Deputy Press Secretary for the Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee, Florida, as well as the Marketing Coordinator and Public Relations Manager for the Department’s Women’s Health Program and Office of Minority Health. The Washington State and North Carolina native has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Bethune-Cookman College (now University), a master’s degree in Public Relations from Florida A&M University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Florida. She is certified in public health, health education and government meeting planning. Thometta is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Health Promotion and Education from The University of Alabama, where she is also serving as an adjunct instructor.

Since graduating from BCC in 2003, Thometta has focused on improving the health outcomes of racial and ethnic communities by addressing health disparities and striving for health equity. In 2015, she returned to BCU to recruit students for DHPE’s national Health Equity Internship, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So far, three BCU students have successfully participated in the Internship Program. As DHPE’s Assistant Health Equity Director, Thometta not only monitors the Internship Program, which has had nearly 700 students from Minority-Serving Institutions work towards diversifying the public health workforce in the past 15 years, but she also manages the Lupus Health Education Program. Through the Lupus Program, which is a half-a-million-dollar grant program from the national Office of Minority Health, Thometta impacted nearly 150,000 individuals in one year to increase the awareness of lupus among women of color nationwide. She also serves DHPE as the communications manager of its CDC-funded National Implementation and Dissemination to Prevent Chronic Disease Program. In this role, Thometta supports the efforts of 97 funded multi-sector health coalitions to prevent chronic disease by increasing access to nutritious foods; addressing barriers to physical activity opportunities; improving community-clinical linkages and promoting more smoke-free environments.

Link to longer bio: http://www.dhpe.org/staff/details.asp?id=20732