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LaDrea Ingram

Founder at ProjectiGive and Associate Research Scientist at Yale University , ProjectiGive, Inc and Yale University

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Location: Charlotte, NC
Start Year: 2022
TRHT Pillar: Racial Healing and Relationship Building


Dr. LaDrea Ingram is Founder at ProjectiGive and Associate Research Scientist at Yale University. She is a social behavioral scientist by training and certified as a health education specialist (CHES) and Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC). She earned her doctoral degree in Health Education & Behavioral Studies from Columbia University, Teachers College. She received a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science in Health and Medical Policy from George Mason University.

LaDrea’s professional experience includes working on national projects to advance healthcare quality, health equity, and program planning initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels. She has worked on high-level healthcare policy analysis as a junior service summer fellow at the Agency for Healthcare Quality and as a deputy director at The George Washington University, Milken’s Institute of Public Health. While a community health specialist with the Fairfax County Health Department, LaDrea oversaw the Health Department’s HIV prevention program. She coordinated a community-wide partnership with the faith community and the expansion of a statewide collaboration with George Mason University, Inova Juniper Hospital, and interfaith agencies in Fairfax County.

LaDrea is a passionate community-based practitioner who engages in research scholarship to eliminate racial/ethnic health disparities while increasing the overall quality of health of people of color and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. As a scholar-practitioner, LaDrea recognizes the dynamic interplay between research and community change and thus applies a social justice-oriented approach to community-based participatory research (CBPR).

Future Focus

LaDrea is looking forward to working on building a Center for Health Equity and Racial Justice (CHERJ) at ProjectiGive, Inc. The Center will be implemented through strategic partnerships led by a democratic collaborative process. Key stakeholders will build consensus on actions to address health disparities and racial injustices through a shared community vision.
The CHERJ seeks to foster trusting and authentic relationships where community members feel valued and honored. The Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing (CoHLI) provides a unique opportunity to share ideas while strategically creating a communal space for like-minded thought leaders. This CoHLI program is a demonstrated model of the truth, racial healing, and transformation framework. LaDrea expects this program to assist her in capacity building toward health equity and racial justice strategy development.

Post-Institute: Transformative Action Plans

LaDrea is creating a safe space for individuals with multi-dimensional identities to unite in a shared community. She seeks to build a healing, recovery, and reconciliation space. In this space, individuals can show up as their authentic selves without fear of judgment or exclusion.


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