Karina C. Howell serves as the Health Equity Manager for the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health. In her role, Ms. Howell brings Diversity, Equity and Inclusion expertise to IMPH’s work and performs data analysis and writing, editing and content development for the Health Policy Fellows Programs and Institute taskforces.
Ms. Howell received both her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Exercise Science-Applied Physiology from the University of South Carolina. She also holds Certificates in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business and Diversity and Inclusion from the Six Sigma Global Institute.
Ms. Howell is committed to utilizing her experience and skills to improve health outcomes for South Carolina’s communities. Ms. Howell brings over 15 years of experience in health promotion and health care research from her previous roles at Prisma Health and other health and wellness programs. Throughout her career, Ms. Howell has worked in roles coordinating community health and wellness activities and developing comprehensive training programs for individuals of all ages with various fitness and health levels. Ms. Howell studied the higher prevalence and incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female athletes versus male athletes, then proposed and implemented training interventions. In 2013 her publication, “Training for Landing and Cutting Stability in Young Female Basketball and Soccer Players” published in the Strength and Conditioning Journal, a peer-reviewed journal of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, culminated her research and interventions. At Prisma Health, Ms. Howell contributed to the analysis of quality improvement within laboratory specimen processes, developed white papers addressing quality improvement and championed patient safety.