Throughout her career, Ava has worked to advance public health initiatives through systems change, effective policies and evidence-based programs as an advocate and researcher. She is passionate about addressing the many dimensions of public health threats—from food insecurity to unsustainable food systems practices to climate change and maintains a commitment to social, economic and racial justice as core tenets to achieving health equity.
A former Center for A Livable Future Lerner Fellow, Ava served as a project director at the Baltimore City Health Department, leading efforts to address decades of trauma in west Baltimore. Ava holds a BS in Biology from Frostburg State University, an MPH from Morgan State University and is currently pursuing a DrPH from the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. Her adviser is Roni Neff, PhD.