Central Valley Health Policy Institute
LaMecia Ward, MPH, CHES
LaMecia Ward is a research associate at Central Valley Health Policy Institute (CVHPI). She received her Bachelor of Science, B.S. in Food and Nutritional Sciences, emphasizing Community nutrition, Health, and Wellness, and a Master of Public Health, M.P.H, emphasizing Health Promotion from California State University, Fresno. During her graduate studies, she was able to gain research experience in assessing and analyzing health disparities among underserved communities. While obtaining her Master's degree, LaMecia joined CVHPI as a research assistant in 2019 and has since contributed to numerous projects regarding health equity and social determinants of health. These projects include the Sweet Potato Project, Developing the Region's Inclusive and Vibrant Economy (DRIVE) Initiative, and the COVID-19 Equity Project. Throughout her time at CVHPI, LaMecia has engaged with neighborhoods and communities within Fresno County.
LaMecia aspires to uplift and amplify underserved community voices in the Central Valley through her research efforts at CVHPI and collaborating with established organizations to find and develop opportunities to create healthier living in the Central Valley.
LaMecia was born and raised in Bakersfield, California, and grew up in the Central Valley. She loves spending time with family and friends, being physically active, and finding new adventures.