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Terri D. Wright

Terri D. Wright

Terri Wright is the Director of the Center for School, Health and Education and the Center for Public Health Policy at the American Public Health Association. She provides leadership to the strategic development and integration of public health in school-based health care and education as well as public health policy and programming to achieve population health and equity. Prior to joining APHA in 2010, she served as a program director for health policy for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, MI for 12 years. In that capacity Terri developed and reviewed the Foundation’s health programming priorities and initiatives, evaluated and recommended proposals for funding, and administered projects and initiatives. She also assisted in public policy analysis and related policy program development, as well as provided leadership to the Foundation’s school-based health care policy program. Previously, Terri was Maternal and Child Health Director and Bureau Chief for Child and Family Services at the Michigan Department of Community Health in Lansing, Michigan. In that role, she managed policy, programs and resources with the goal of reducing preventable maternal, infant, and child morbidity and mortality through policy and programming. She received her bachelor’s degree in community and school health, as well as her New York State certification in secondary school education from the City University of New York. Terri obtained her master of public health in health policy and administration and doctor of philosophy in public health from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Terri takes an active leadership role in several professional associations and community organizations including the American Public Health Association and the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities.


Year Degree   School
2014 PhD SPH-HBHE University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1983 MPH Health Planning & Administration University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1980 BS Community Health & School Health with Secondary Education Certification City University of New York, Queens

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