Ayanna V. Buckner, MD, MPH, FACPM

Double board-certified in preventive medicine/public health and internal medicine, Dr. Ayanna V. Buckner has extensive experience in community-based health education, outreach, and evaluation.

Before founding Community Health Cooperative, Dr. Buckner served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where she also served as Associate Director of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, leader of the department’s Undergraduate Medical Education Unit, and director of the yearlong Community Health Course for first-year medical students. She also served as director of the Regional Coordinating Center for Hurricane Response at the Morehouse School of Medicine, through which she managed multi-state projects to assist with rebuilding the health systems in the Gulf Region after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 

Dr. Buckner previously served as the chair of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program Coordinating Committee, which coordinated a 5-year, $105 million initiative developed as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement and designed to strengthen primary and behavioral healthcare services in oil spill-impacted communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

Dr. Buckner serves on the American Heart Association’s National Hypertension Control Initiative Advisory Group and PAD National Action Plan Workgroup. She previously served on the Vascular Health Advisory Committee and Metro Atlanta board, and she chaired the Metro Atlanta Health Equity Committee.

She served two terms as a member of the American Public Health Association Executive Board, through her role as chair of the organization’s Science Board and co-chair of its Joint Policy Committee.

Dr. Buckner received a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College. She completed a combined residency program in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Griffin Hospital, during which she received a Master’s Degree in public health, with an emphasis in Health Management, from Yale University. Dr. Buckner is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and was a Marshall Memorial Fellow. She is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016 and received the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2014.

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