Lisa Tobe, M.P.H., has been working on women’s health issues since she served as a VISTA volunteer in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky ten years ago. As the Director of the Center for Health Equity, an arm of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, she helps shape policy that focus on decreasing health disparities. The Center for Health Equity serves as a catalyst for collaboration between public health, communities and organizations that work to eliminate the social and economic barriers to good health. Through policy change, evidence-based interventions and education, the Center builds new coalitions that reshape the public health landscape to assist communities in addressing barriers to health equity.
Before returning to Kentucky, Lisa founded and directed Women’s Mountain Passages, a non-profit which works with women and youth to connect with their strengths so they may improve their lives and facilitate social change in their communities through leadership development, advocacy and youth programs. In addition, she served as a consultant on diverse prevention efforts focusing on youth and domestic violence. As part of this work, Lisa worked with communities and organizations to assess violence issues; develop strategic, action and evaluation plans; facilitate systems changes; and enhance individual, organizational and community capacity to address diverse health issues.
Lisa has worked for the Kentucky Commission on Women, served as a Health Education Consultant to the California Department of Health Services and worked as Program Chief, Director of Health Education for the Plumas County Public Health Agency. She has a BA in English Composition from DePauw University and obtained her Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina.