Lisa Sockabasin

Director, Office of Minority Health, Maine CDC, DHHS

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Lisa Sockabasin is the Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Department of Health and Human Services.  The office promotes health equity in Maine’s racial and ethnic minority communities by the identification and elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. Prior to being named the Director of the Office of Minority Health, Lisa worked as a Regional Epidemiologist in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program for the State of Maine.  She was also a nurse epidemiologist with the North American Indian Center of Boston, Inc., focusing on health disparities issues including diabetes management, facing the Native American community.  Lisa continues her work as the Program Coordinator for the Four Directions Summer Research Program at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Lisa’s education includes biology, nursing, public health and health policy attending school at the University of Maine and University of Southern Maine as well as the University of Minnesota. Lisa has participated in the Institute for Civic Leadership Program in 2006, the Leadership Maine class in 2007 and received the 2005 Schott Fellowship in Early Care and Education at Cambridge College, MA, honing her policy research, leadership, and advocacy skills.