Crystal Dixon, MPH, MCHES

Promoting Health, Engaging Communities, Changing Lives

Crystal Dixon, MPH, MCHES

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Department of Public Health Education

School of Health and Human Sciences

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

P.O. Box 26170

Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

(336) 334-5532 (office)

Office Location: 437 Mary Channing Coleman (HHP) Building

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Education and Training

East Carolina University, B.S.            Major: Health Education and Promotion in Community Health

East Carolina University, MPH           Major: Public Health in Health Analysis and Management

East Carolina University                    Certificate in Ethnic Rural Health Disparities

I received my undergraduate degree and my Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. During my graduate program, I received a certificate in Ethnic Rural Health Disparities. Following my undergraduate study, for three years I worked as Chronic Disease Case Manager in rural, eastern North Carolina. While working in a federally qualified health center, I provided one-on-one diabetes education, taught evidence-based classes and connected residents to safety net programs.

While pursuing my graduate degree, I worked as a graduate research assistant in the Department of Public Health and conducted surveys, coded and analyzed data on over 100 Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program recipients. Soon after, I began working at the Center for Health Disparities Research and gained research experience on health disparities plaguing African American breast cancer survivors. Simultaneously, I worked as a graduate teaching assistant and taught Personal Health to all incoming students.

While completing an internship at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at UNC Chapel Hill, I analyzed data for the S.E.E.D.S of Hope Dissemination Research project. Following this, I began working full-time as a Public Health Education Specialist at the Durham County Department of Public Health. While working on the Durham Diabetes Coalition (DDC) project, I provided education throughout Durham County through health fairs, presentations and weekly education sessions. I served as a liaison between the clinical arena and the Durham community and assisted in building rapport between clinicians and community residents.

During my time in Durham, I mobilized communities to take action on managing their diabetes and launched the What’s the 411 series.  Of the seven workshops series that were held, over 500 residents were reached. In addition, I helped facilitate a weekly diabetes support group, which addressed food insecurity impacting diabetics enrolled in the DDC project.

After being trained through the Racial Equity Institute, I joined Guilford Anti-racism Alliance (GARA) in raising awareness of institutionalized racism. As co-chair for Obesity and Chronic Illness, a sub-committee under the Partnership for a Healthy Durham, I used this platform and supported hosting ‘courageous conversations’ to introduce racial equity to community partners all throughout Durham County.

While working full-time as a health educator, I also taught the foundational course Personal Health as an adjunct-instructor at North Carolina Central University.


Research Interests

My research has been published in Public Health Nutrition and the Journal of Cancer Education.
My research interests include: health disparities, health equity, disparities in breast cancer treatment among African-American women, the impact of fast-food consumption in underserved populations, menu-labeling in fast-food chains, zoning ordinances in underserved communities, racial equity, systemic and institutionalized racism.


Courses Taught

HEA 426: Internship Planning

HHS 475: Race, Class and Health Equity: Examining Systems, Power and Institutions in Society

HEA 428: Public Health Education Internship (Fieldwork and Seminar)

HEA 334: Community Health

HEA 339: Introduction to Public Health Education Practice

HEA 201: Personal Health

Links of Interest

NCPHA Young Professionals Group

Racial Equity Institute
Partnership for a Healthy Durham