CHHS Names Leadership Fellow for Partner Engagement, Diversity and Health Equity

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Today, the College of Health and Human Services announced a newly created college leadership fellow position that will support the expansion of partner engagement efforts, with an emphasis on health equity as well as the coordination of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access issues. Dr. Kent Guion, professor of public health, will serve on the college leadership team as the CHHS Leadership Fellow for Partner Engagement, Diversity and Health Equity.

In this role, he will identify and cultivate strategic partnerships, as well as oversee and facilitate initiatives and support activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Specific duties include chairing the CHHS Globalization, Culture and Diversity Committee; serving on the CHHS Advancement Council; and continuing exploration and development of strategic partnerships, especially those that advance health equity. Dr. Guion will retain faculty responsibilities of teaching, research and service within the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences.
Dr. Guion served as the inaugural chief diversity officer at UNCW from 2015-20. Before this appointment, he served as the vice president for diversity and inclusion at Georgia Regents University and Georgia Regents Hospital; interim dean of their College of Allied Health Sciences; and associate dean for student, faculty and community affairs. He received his M.D. and M.A. specializing in exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a fellowship in clinical epidemiology and general primary care at Duke University Medical Center. His professional interests include the areas of cultural competency, physical activity and public health, and implementing solutions to health disparities.

-- Amy Mangus