Crater Health District/Virginia Department of Health
Alton Hart, Jr., MD, MPH has served as the District Health Director for the Crater Health District /Virginia Department of Health since July 1, 2012. He has initiated programming to address the social determinants of health. He also led the charge for the Crater Health District to host its first regional summit addressing the concerns of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Trauma-Informed Care (TIC).
Prior to working for the Virginia Department of Health, Dr. Hart served as the Associate Scientific Director for the Center on Health Disparities at Virginia Commonwealth University for over 4 years. He also served as the Medical Director for Massey Cancer Center’s Adult Cancer Survivorship Clinic, and held an appointment in the School of Medicine as an Associate Professor of Medicine.
While at VCU, Dr. Hart’s research focused on working with African-American men in 30 barbershops in the Richmond area. He served as the principal investigator on an American Cancer Society funded study to develop an interactive computer-based program to help African-American men make informed decisions about prostate cancer screening. Dr. Hart also served as principal investigator on a National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded project titled, “Exploring Cigarette Dependence among African-American Males in Barbershops.”
Dr. Hart’s honors include, a 2011 Telly Award for Video and Film for his prostate cancer educational video and selection as a mentor in the National Cancer Institute’s Research to Reality Mentoring Program, a program focused on evidence-based public health practice. Dr. Hart was also selected to participate in the Kresge Foundation's Emerging Leaders in Public Health Cohort II.
Wednesday, July 10
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Thursday, July 11
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM