Lyana Delgado is a public health specialist who is passionate about intersecting social justice as a framework towards developing health equity for all communities. She currently works in the Office of Health Equity in STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop the first Latinx/Hispanic profile, support evaluation efforts for community based approaches, and provide policy analysis recommendations to remove health disparities throughout the US.
Prior to this role, Lyana served as a Public Health Associate in Columbus, OH in Chronic Disease Prevention, where she was nominated as one of the top 5 public health associates in the CDC Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) amongst 120 of her peers in 2019. She worked on the coordination and development of Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) changes towards childhood obesity and chronic disease prevention as it relates to health equity. She engaged with local health and city government officials to publish policy memos on best practices for promoting sustainable health practices, worked with New American organizations, and coordinated a childhood obesity prevention coalition with over 40 organizations throughout Columbus impacting policy strategies statewide.
An avid member of the community, Lyana served as a fellow for the Mayor of Columbus' New American Leadership Academy focusing on civic engagement and public policy for our New American residents, a participant in the Leadership for Social Change program with the YWCA, and a mentor for youth in Columbus City Schools. A newly minted Atlanta resident, Lyana has plans to continue to grow as a social justice leader and public health advocate that empowers the community to thrive together.Lyana earned her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation as a nationally accredited health educator in 2018.? She received her bachelor's in Community Health and master's in Public Health degrees through a joint program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017 with a special focus on health behaviors and education in minority populations and reproductive health. Originally from Chicago, IL, you might find Lyana searching for new places to enjoy yummy food, dancing salsa, or hanging out with friends trying to master a new card game.