Dr. Megan Weis is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist who brings close to 20 years of experience in planning, implementing and evaluation of public health initiatives and surveillance programs to IMPH. A graduate of Furman University and the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Weis’s diverse experience ranges from serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer working in Maternal and Child Health in Malawi, Africa; implementing and managing surveillance systems at the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC); and report writing, grant writing, strategic planning, organization and coalition development, management of multi-stakeholder workgroups and evaluation and communications for IMPH.
In all her roles, she has successfully worked to unite non-traditional partners from various disciplines and organizations to jointly address public health challenges. Currently, she serves on the board of Eat Smart Move More South Carolina and the Leadership Team for the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina. She has previously served in numerous leadership positions within the South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA), including as the SCPHA Affiliate Representative to the American Public Health Association (APHA) Governing Council, Health Education Section Chair and as a Member-at-Large and Secretary of the Governing Council. In 2013, she received the Lucinda Thomas Award for outstanding contributions in the area of community health. For her efforts in establishing the Student Forum (now Student Section) of SCPHA, she was recognized with the President’s Award in 2010, and in 2017 she was recognized with the Michael D. Jarrett Excellence in Customer Service Award. Dr. Weis was also recognized as the 2007 Health Education Professional of Year by the South Carolina Association for the Advancement of Health Education.
Her doctoral studies in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health focused on structural approaches to public health interventions, particularly in relation to evaluation of social and organizational influences on health, capacity development initiatives, and the effectiveness of collaborations and partnerships.