Department: Health Equity Title: Director of Health Equity E-mail: Phone: 202-659-2269
Steven Owens, MD MPH is a seasoned public health trained physician with expertise in minority health issues – health equity and disparities, and public health workforce recruitment and development. As the Director of Health Equity, he provides technical assistance to state, local and territorial departments of health to address health inequities through using public health systems and environmental change tools, and geographic analysis of market research data to plan and inform effective health programs. With an emphasis on health equity, he provides health department staff trainings on integrating social determinants of health into projects and activities addressing chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Additionally, Dr. Owens oversees the placement of DHPE’s health promotion and policy fellows at state departments of health. Prior to joining for DHPE, Dr. Owens led the Diversity Initiative for USAID’s Global Health Fellows Program. Dr. Owens received a master’s in biology from Hampton University, a master’s in public health with a focus on international health policy and management from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a M.D. from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.