M. Anita P. Holmes, JD, MPH, serves as a consultant to Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. She has over 40 years of experience in the healthcare field with a focus on health promotion, community development and engagement, partnership building, health equity, social justice, health planning, and health policy.
Anita received a BS from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and an MPH from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC-SPH) with a concentration in Health Behavior and Comprehensive Health Planning. While at UNC, she was one of the founders of the Minority Health Caucus. She developed an appreciation of the ethical and legal issues affecting healthcare and later completed her law degree at NCCU and became a member of the NC State Bar.
Highlights of her career include serving as Principal Investigator of the first Education Research Division of the Duke-UNC Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center; developing the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s African American Community Outreach Program; Director of the Health and Human Services Program of the General Baptist State Convention of NC and the affiliated Center for Health and Healing; Program Manager of the NC Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Branch; and Executive Director of the legislatively appointed Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force.
Following her retirement from the State, Anita became a consultant with the FaithHealth Division of Wake Forest Baptist Health (now Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist). Volunteer leadership positions have included Board of Trustees, Durham Regional Hospital Corporation (now Duke Regional Hospital); President, NC Society for Public Health Education; Chairperson, UNC School of Nursing Center for Innovation in Health Disparities Research Advisory Committee; Shaw University Divinity School Board of Visitors; and Co-Chair, UNC-SPH Alumni Inclusive Excellence Committee. Anita credits her accomplishments to the collective work of the many people who joined together for a common cause.