Jalisa Dawkins
Columbus Public Health, Local Food Systems Strategies Manager

Jalisa Dawkins is the Local Food Systems Strategies Manager at Columbus Public Health. In her role, she is responsible for the implementation of the Columbus & Franklin County Local Food Action Plan, which looks to create a fair and sustainable food system that benefits our economy, our environment, and all people.

Prior to her work at Columbus Public Health, she worked as a fellow in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Associate Program before transitioning to full- time work with the Division for Global Migration and Quarantine. Jalisa has over 5 years of experience working in diverse communities to provide health education and programming in the areas of food justice, food safety, chronic and communicable diseases, and emergency preparedness.

Jalisa believes access to healthy and affordable food as well as quality healthcare should be a right and not a privilege. Her professional and volunteer work in her church’s health ministry and within her local community supports this belief. In the health ministry, Jalisa helps bring in health care professionals representative of the community and facilitates health- related programs.

Jalisa serves on the Joint City-County Local Food Team and the Franklin County Local Food Council. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Master of Public Health degree from The Ohio State University.

In her downtime, Jalisa can be found baking her famous chocolate chip pecan cookies, visiting one of Columbus’ great local restaurants or going for a bike ride in the park.