Prior to her current role as the health literacy lead in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of Communication Science, Michelle was a health communication specialist in CDC’s Office of the Chief of Staff and the agency’s Center for Global Health. She has worked with subject matter experts, researchers, policy analysts, and leadership across the agency to make their material resonate with various audiences including members of Congress, public health partners, the media, and the public. Before coming to CDC, she ran her own communications and marketing company for 12 years, serving clients in a variety of industries, including those in public health, science, and medicine. Michelle began her career journey as a dentist and later became an educator. Throughout all her careers, she has put an emphasis on providing information that patients, students, clients, and clients’ clients can find, understand, and use.
She received her doctoral degree in dentistry from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, her master’s degree in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, her bachelor’s degree from Clark University, and her teaching certification from Georgia State University. She enjoys doing Zumba and playing word games…but not at the same time.