Fradua Joins IMPH as SCale Down Program Manager
IMPH is pleased to announce that Karen Fradua will serve as the program manager of the SCale Down Initiative. Ms. Fradua has a diverse and solid background as a public health professional in South Carolina and brings extensive experience and skills in program management, strategic planning and partnership development to her new role. As a program manager for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Ms. Fradua had notable success in the development, implementation and evaluation of a variety health prevention programs. She convened community partners to identify and address critical public health issues and was considered the local public health authority in providing resources, data and guidance on national best practice recommendations. She led the planning and statewide implementation of one of the first South Carolina initiatives to address obesity prevention in the childcare setting. This implementation model was highlighted at the CDC’s Weight of the Nation Conference in 2008 and has been replicated in other states.
Ms. Fradua is also very involved in serving her community and gravitates towards opportunities that allow her to support healthy communities. She has served on the Board of Directors for Eat Smart Move More South Carolina and South Carolina Action for Healthy Kids. She also served on the Spartanburg County Childhood Obesity Task Force, the Road to Better Health Coalition and was a member of the United Way of the Piedmont’s Community Impact Council for Health and Wellness, which she chaired in 2009. She was named the South Carolina Outstanding New Health Educator of the Year in 2004, Health Educator of the Year in 2006 and was selected as South Carolina’s Health Education Professional of the Year in 2010. Her academic degrees include a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s degree from Clemson University and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics from Georgia Regents University. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and a Registered Health Information Administrator.
As program manager, Ms. Fradua will oversee the development, implementation and coordination of the South Carolina Obesity Action Plan through the SCale Down Initiative. Representing the culmination of numerous collaborative efforts, the initiative focuses on both long-term and short-term strategies that can be immediately implemented to begin reducing the rate of obesity in the Palmetto State. To assist the state in meeting its goals, the plan promotes comprehensive actions to stimulate across-the-board changes at the environmental, policy and system-level.