Debra Gardner Morris, an expert in advanced training and technical assistance, helps build strong systems to promote health and support substance misuse prevention. She brings extensive experience in evidence-based prevention strategies, cultural competency, effective methods to address health disparities, school-based prevention, management of large national public health centers, and systems change.
Morris is a lead training and technical assistance specialist for Prevention Solutions@EDC. Nationwide, she provides coaching to engage and mobilize communities to implement environmental prevention strategies. Drawing on a deep understanding of the needs and challenges of the public health workforce, she builds capacity to launch, monitor, improve, and sustain public health initiatives.
Morris specializes in guiding agencies in coordinating their services to enhance efficiency and improve outcomes. She has managed and provided training and technical assistance at all levels of government and nonprofit organizations, and uses a wide range of on-site, virtual, and blended methods.
Morris holds an MPH from Emory University focused on Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).