Assistant Dean for Community Engagement
Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine (KPSOM)
Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards is the inaugural Assistant Dean for Community Engagement at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine (KPSOM), where she is also a professor in the Health Systems Science Department. She is responsible for leading efforts to bring the School into the community and the community into the School, through teaching, practice, service, and research. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Public Health Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) Gillings School of Global Public Health (SPH), the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Faculty Liaison for North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute at UNC-CH, and the Co-Lead of the DEIA Task Force for the Clinical Translational Science Awards (CTSA) consortium. Dr. Carter-Edwards was the Principal Investigator of a recent COVID-19 study on risk communication strategies in rural, Black faith communities, one of seven, 2020 Gillings Innovation Labs COVID-19 awards. She was a co-investigator and member of the UNC National Program Office for the Kresge Foundation Emerging Leaders in Public Health program designed to transform local public health departments. She also led the development of a statewide model of the Faith-Based Organization Network (FBON) in North Carolina. Currently, she is a project co-lead for the Evidence Academy program for the NIH-funded Rapid Acceleration in Diagnostics Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) Coordination and Data Collection Center, which advances COVID-19 testing technologies in populations of greatest impact. Also, as an affiliate and member of the American Heart Association, she serves on its national Research Funding Subcommittee. Dr. Carter-Edwards has over 25 years of experience conducting observational studies, interventions, and programs—including numerous grant-funded projects—with emphasis on social determinants of health associated with cardiovascular-related risk factors and outcomes in African American faith communities.