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Karya Lustig is director of the Public Health Institute’s (PHI) POCA (program office – CDC- Cooperative Agreement), and deputy director of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP). She provides vision, strategy and design on PHI’s approach to the potential and opportunity of the CDC Cooperative Agreement. She works internally and externally to lead this work, inspiring collaboration and strategic approaches to work in chronic disease that supports the CDC’s vision for healthy communities. With more than 20+ years of experience as a learning and development practitioner, she drives her work from the foundations of social justice and equity. Creating opportunity for all individuals and families to live, work and play in healthy communities is the passion behind her work. Her areas of expertise include serving as a thought leader applying strategic design and industry leading approaches (systems, triple impact, human design thinking) to solve population health challenges. Lustig brings her extensive background in leadership learning and innovative program development to advance health equity. In this role, she collaborates with the director of CHLP in leading a team dedicated to delivering and supporting cross-sector national, state, regional, and local leadership programs that are part of the Center’s strategy, as well as assessing the Center’s organizational performance. In the Center’s latest innovation, California Opioid Safety Network, she designs and co-leads a statewide effort developing opioid prevention and response best practices in local opioid safety coalitions. Lustig works with the director on the team’s strategic and tactical decisions and oversees daily operations. She also ensures that the Center’s research and evaluation initiatives, which have been integral to its success and have informed the field of leadership as a whole, receive widespread dissemination.

Lustig came to PHI from her seven-year independent consultancy where she provided program development and evaluation services to the Community Health Center Network and La Clinica de la Raza where she served as Training Manager developing the first staff training department (serving over 700 staff) in a community health center in California. Lustig’s commitment to public health spans over three decades from policy work to providing direct service to disenfranchised individuals as a case manager and social worker.

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