Whitney Magendie is a Senior Program Manager at the National Network of Public Health Institutes, a social, financial, and information network of more than 40 independent public health nonprofit organizations across the U.S. Mrs. Magendie leads program management and strategy design for national public health projects on the topic of behavioral health, including tobacco control and opioid overdose prevention, with a particular interest in elevating public health practice to reduce health disparities. Prior to her current role Mrs. Magendie worked in the field of women’s global reproductive health and volunteered as a Louisiana state-certified HIV outreach testing volunteer. She is an advocate for reproductive justice and criminal justice reform, including efforts to end cash bail, and she is particularly passionate about exploring how these causes intersect with and impact public health. Mrs. Magendie is committed to using her platform to advocate for health equity and social justice, and throughout her projects she seeks to utilize technologies, tools, and strategies designed to ensure equitable engagement for all stakeholders, not just the loudest voices in the room.
A native of Louisiana, Mrs. Magendie holds an MPH in International Health from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana and a B.A. with a Double Major in Political Science and Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Durham where she volunteers as a Hospital Responder for the Durham Crisis Response Center; a member of the Triangle chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice; and a volunteer for the A.C.L.U. of North Carolina. In her free time she enjoys reading voraciously, cheering on Tar Heel basketball and L.S.U. & Saints football, and cooking her family’s Cajun and creole recipes.