Keri Norris, Ph.D., MPH, MCHES is the Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority’s (FDHA) Chief of Health Policy and Administration, where she oversees the Community Health Awareness and Prevention Office.
Prior to coming to The FDHA she worked at the Centers for Disease Control for seven years and held positions as a health scientist, evaluator and epidemiologist. She has also served on the advisory council for the CDC’s University School of Public Health Research and Medicine. She has extensive and specific experience in the areas of eliminating health disparities for vulnerable populations in the United States. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions of higher learning such as the University of South Carolina, Agnes Scott College, Spelman College and Morehouse School of Medicine.
Dr. Norris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies from Agnes Scott College, a Masters of Public Health in Health Administration, Management and Policy from Morehouse School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health Program, and a certificate of graduate study in Gender and Women’s Studies from University of South Carolina. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina. She has earned numerous awards including: induction into Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Outstanding Alumni Service Award – Morehouse School of Medicine (2015) and Agnes Scott College (2017, Outstanding Young Alumnae), Who’s Who in Black Atlanta (2017).
Dr. Norris is also a motivational speaker and author. Her book “The Other Side of Thru” (pen name Payne Nickerson) focuses on the challenges of poverty, childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and survival. She spends a great deal of her time as an advocate for underserved communities and performing community service. She is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She resides in Atlanta and has an adult son and a grandson.