Jamila M. Porter, DrPH, MPH is the Director of Resilient Communities with the Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC). She leads BCHC’s efforts to build healthy, resilient, and vibrant communities across our nation’s largest cities by utilizing expertise in systemic equity, racial justice, violence prevention, and policy.
Prior to joining BCHC, Jamila was Director of Programs and Evaluation at the Safe States Alliance, a national professional association dedicated to strengthening the practice of injury and violence prevention. At the Safe States Alliance, she led the association’s program, policy, and evaluation initiatives, including providing technical assistance and training to multi-sector organizations and practitioners at local, state, and national levels. Prior to the Safe States Alliance, Jamila worked in health care consulting and international development.
Jamila has over 15 years of experience in public health research and practice. Her research interests include public health capacity, policy evaluation, transportation equity, the social determinants of health, systems change, and healthy community design. She has published articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and the Journal of Transport and Land Use.
Jamila earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication and Health Policy and Administration from Wake Forest University. She earned her Master of Public Health degree from Mercer University School of Medicine and her Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Georgia College of Public Health.