Carla Bacon, DrPHc, MPH, MBA serves as Immunize Colorado’s incoming Executive Director. Since 2000, Carla’s contributions to public health have included a variety of leadership roles: Regional and County Public Health Director/Administrator in Klickitat County, Washington and Fremont County, Colorado; Founder and Executive Director of the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation; and Analyst III for Kaiser Permanente.
As a Regional and Public Health Director across three states during her career, Carla directed community and family public health and early intervention services in Colorado, Oklahoma and Washington. In all states, Carla worked closely with the State Department(s) of health to develop programs, pursue grant funding, and provide reporting and audits of the private, county, state, and/or federally funded health initiatives. During her time as a Public Health Director in Colorado, she also became a Certified Prevention Specialist II (CPSII). With her leadership guidance and through community collaboration, Fremont County completed a County Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan, engaging and mentoring University of Colorado Public Health graduate students through the process.
As the Founder, volunteer Executive Director, and Board Member of the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation (NUFF), Carla’s work in patient advocacy and nonprofit development began in 2000 and continues today, as NUFF functions predominantly on the internet and is entirely volunteer driven. Through NUFF, she has enjoyed partnering with entities such as the Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ), the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), the Patient‐Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Carla received her Master in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, her Master in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and is currently a DrPH Candidate at the University of Illinois.