As NAACP’s Senior Director of Health Programs, Dr. Marjorie Innocent leads the development and management of the NAACP’s policy and programmatic agenda to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes for African Americans and other communities of color in alignment with organizational strategy. Dr. Innocent is responsible for establishing the NAACP health department as a resource and standing expert to advance the NAACP’s policy agenda around health issues. She also collaborates with internal and external colleagues to advance public discourse about the intersection of health and other social issues impacting populations of color, including education, community development and criminal justice. In addition, she leads the health team’s efforts to work with research, technology and communications staff to develop reports and other internal and external narratives relating to program and project activities and results, with careful attention to pursuing program and project goals.
As a health policy professional, Dr. Innocent’s experience includes: Vice President of Research and Programs, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., Washington, DC; Evaluation Specialist, Department of Shared Accountability, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD; Research Associate, Center for Applied Research and Technical Assistance, Inc., Baltimore, MD; and Director of the Maryland School-Based Health Center Initiative, Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families, Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Innocent received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French Literature from Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, NY. To her credit, Dr. Innocent has published numerous articles and writings covering various health and education-related topics. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, she is fluent in French and has working knowledge of Spanish and Haitian Creole.