Charlotte L. Williams, DrPH, MPH
What is your current job title and place of employment?
Associate Professor of Public Health and Director of the Center on Community Philanthropy, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
What UAMS COPH degree program(s) did you complete?
MPH and DrPH.
What inspired you to study public health?
My uncle received his DrPH from UCLA back in the 70s. He has had an amazing career as an academic, administrator and practitioner. I wanted to have that same opportunity for professional fulfillment and the ability to drive change at the population level.
In one sentence, what is public health to you?
Public health is a discipline linking policy, practice and philanthropy together for the improvement of population health with a focus toward equity and social justice.
What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far?
Leading the Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School of Public Service and teaching in the graduate program for that school.
How would you describe a typical work day?
Blessed, enjoyable and sometimes hectic!
What is the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were starting out in public health?
Pursue mentors early!
What do you think is the biggest challenge that the public health field should be focusing on?
Finding new and innovative ways to address health disparities through interdisciplinary discovery and team research that link public health with other fields of study like social change philanthropy.