Mississippi State Department of Health -Delta Health Collaborative
Tameka Ivory Walls, PhD is the Bureau Director of the Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative (MDHC), Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH). She previously managed the Mississippi Delta Cardiovascular Health Examination Survey, Clinical Community Health Worker Initiative, and served as a Special Projects Officer within the Office of Oral Health at MSDH. Dr. Walls has successfully led efforts in the Mississippi Delta with integrating Clinical Community Health Workers (CHW) in health systems. The model has been highlighted in the 2018 CDC Guide for Best Practices for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs. In her new role, she has continued her commitment to communities by serving as the Community Clinical Linkage Director implementing policy systems and environmental change strategies in the Mississippi Delta. Dr. Walls led the first participant cohort for the Mississippi State Department of Health implementing the National Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program. The MSDH program received initial pending status then received preliminary recognition status (2018- 2019) based on outcomes of first led cohort. Prior to working with MSDH, she completed the New Leader Program in Leadership and Management with USDA Graduate School and was honored by the CDC and other federal agencies as an Emerging Leader in Environmental Public Health. Dr. Walls was recently inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success. Dr. Walls has performed water quality research with USDA-ARS She managed the research project that evaluated an alternate method for human papillomavirus (HPV) screening recommending strategies to decrease cervical cancer rates in the Delta. She has facilitated alliances and collaborations with churches, barbershops, healthcare systems, community based organizations, municipalities, policy makers, and CHWs. Her research experience includes chronic disease and metabolic disease risk prevention in high-risk populations. Dr. Walls is a results-driven and team-oriented professional who has worked in the Mississippi Delta training, directing, and leading diverse groups.