U.S. Department of Education: Considerations for Student and Staff Mental Health and Well-being during COVID-19

Thursday February 11, 2021
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Keynote Theater

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will discuss the importance of mental health and wellbeing for students and staff, COVID-19 mitigation strategy challenges and successes from CDC-funded school districts, and how CDC is promoting the health and well-being of our nation's youth. 



Carmen Ashley, MPH, MCHES

Carmen Ashley is Chief of the Program Development and Services Branch in the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In her current capacity, she oversees two teams that manage cooperative agreements funded to local education agencies and non-governmental organizations. She is also currently the Principle Investigator for the Teens Linked to Care (TLC) pilot initiative, which seeks to identify barriers and facilitators to implementing school-based substance use/risky sex behavior prevention programming for high school teens in rural communities. Prior to her current position, Carmen was a Public Health Analyst in DASH’s Office of Policy, Communication, and Strategy, where she worked within and across other CDC divisions to identify and address risk and protective factors related to risky behavior among adolescents.

In addition, Carmen was a Team Lead in DASH’s Program Development and Services Branch for three years. Before joining CDC, Carmen was the Associate Director for Programs and Operations in the Applied Public Health department at Emory University. She has over 20 years of experience working on school-based adolescent issues for other public health agencies such as the American Cancer Society, the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Carmen is an active member of the American Public Health Association, the American Society for Public Administration, the American School Health Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Carmen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Furman University, a Masters of Public Health Degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and she is currently pursuing a doctoral student at Valdosta State University. She is also Master Certified Health Education Specialist.