Kacia Vines, MPH, MSW


Kacia Vines received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Virginia and Polytechnic State University (Virginia Tech) and received her Master’s in Public Health and Master’s in Social Work the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill. Her area of focus is on health equity and community engagement as it relates to mental health, restorative justice, and youth empowerment within the Black community.

As a public health social worker, Kacia brings a foundation of community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and equity-centered work through her work at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. She assisted with community-based participatory research projects focused on cardiovascular disease, COVID-19, and incarceration. Kacia has experience as a case manager, working with individuals experiencing homelessness as it relates to their mental and social health. Additionally, she has experience conducting both qualitative and quantitative research through racism, incarceration, Black learning, and homelessness-centered work. She now serves as the Engagement Strategist for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, where she provides coordination and project management support for the COMPASS, RECOVER, and HEAL projects.