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Makala Carrington

Makala Carrington MPH, CPH

Graduate Research Assistant, DrPH Student
  • Department of Community & Behavioral Health
  • Injury & Violence Prevention Center

Makala is a first year DrPH student at the Colorado School of Public Health Community and Behavioral Health department. As a North Carolina native, Makala received her MPH from Gillings School of Global Public Health and her BSPH from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to joining Colorado School of Public Health, Makala accrued experience at the local and federal levels of government at institutions such as the Johns Hopkins University, the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Makala has been awarded a unique opportunity to assist leaders in the field of injury and violence prevention and work alongside stakeholders and gatekeepers to promote, prevent, and improve the quality of life for diverse populations. While serving as a United States Air Force Reserve Officer, she continues her research as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Injury and Violence Prevention Center Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative by focusing on firearm injury prevention among Airmen at Buckley Space Force Base and the United States Air Force Academy.    

Areas of Expertise

  • Injury and violence prevention
  • Systems thinking
  • Systemic racism, discrimination, and oppression
  • Strategic planning and evaluation
  • Black and AIAN social determinants of health, structural health inequities

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • MPH, Public Health Leadership, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • BSPH, Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte 


  • APHA Kaiser Permanente Community Health Scholarship, The American Public Health Association and Kaiser Permanente, 2022
  • Rachel Stevens Scholarship for Public Health Leadership, Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2021
  • Futures Without Violence Peter John Sawires Memorial Conference Scholarship, The National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, 2020
  • Trong D. Nguyen Memorial Award, The American Public Health Association Student Assembly, 2019.


  • Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section Councilor, The American Public Health Association
  • Member, UNC Gillings Alumni Association Advisory Board
  • Member, UNC Gillings Inclusive Excellence Committee
  • Member, SOPHE

Injury & Violence Prevention Center (IVPC)

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

3rd Floor West , Mail Stop B119

Aurora, CO 80045

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