Dr. Karon Phillips

Policy Development Manager,
Trust for America's Health

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Trust for America's Health
Silver Spring, MD

Dr. Karon Phillips

Policy Development Manager,
Trust for America's Health


Dr. Karon L. Phillips is a public health gerontologist working in the Washington, D.C. area. She completed her Master of Public Health (Health Policy and Management concentration) and her Ph.D. in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida. The work she completed for her dissertation examined multiple indicators related to cultural competence, including predictors of having a provider of the same race/ethnicity, client perceptions of the cultural competence of their health care providers, and overall satisfaction with care reported by a diverse sample of adults ages 50 to 99. Dr. Phillips’ current research interest is centered on the study, and ultimate elimination, of health disparities among older minority populations through cultural competence, improving health literacy, and community-based interventions. She has led multiple Chronic Disease Self-Management Program classes, a program developed by the Stanford Patient Education Research Center, to several groups of seniors in the community. The overall goal of this program is to encourage older adults to become better self-managers of their health. She is also a certified Care Transition Coach, which enables her to assist with care transitions in low-income and older adult populations.


Tufts University
Certificate in Nutrition
2014 To 2015

University of South Florida
2005 To 2008

University of South Florida
2004 To 2009

Cornell University
2000 To 2004

Job History

Community Preservation and Development Corporation
Older Adults Regional Resident Services Manager
August 2014 - present

Concordia University, Nebraska
Adjunct Faculty
January 2014 - present

University of Maryland Baltimore County
Adjunct Professor
December 2012 - present

Kaplan University
Adjunct Public Health Instructor
May 2011 - present

IMPAQ International
Research Associate
December 2012 - July 2014

The Atlantic Philanthropies
Health & Aging Policy Fellow
October 2011 - December 2012

Scott & White Healthcare
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
October 2009 - October 2011

University of South Florida
Graduate Research Assistant
July 2005 - August 2009

Areas Of Expertise

  • Community and Home Care
  • Community and Home Care: Other
  • Ethnic Groups: African-American/Black American/African
  • Family: Grandparenthood/Grandparent-Grandchild Relations
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Promotion: Screening
  • Housing
  • Housing: Arrangements
  • Housing: Design/Architecture

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  • Gerontology