Cerise is the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, director for the Center for Public Health Practice, and an assistant professor in the Department of Community & Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is also a past president of the Colorado Public Health Association. She is responsible for the formation of community linkages that guide public health practice, provision of continuing education and workforce development opportunities in public health, and engagement in public health practice research. Cerise was instrumental in the formation of the Colorado Black Health Collaborative. She is also a founding member of the Healthy Babies Strong Families Healthy Start Community Action Network (CAN). The CAN is a multi-sector collective impact initiative committed to the reduction of the African American/Black infant mortality rate and the promotion of positive birth outcomes.
Prior to her employment with the Colorado School of Public Health, Cerise was the health disparities specialist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Office of Health Disparities. There, she was charged with developing and implementing statewide strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities. She worked with local health agencies to create health equity plans. Cerise’s research and practice explores topics related to equity, diversity, inclusion and organizational change; health equity; racial and ethnic inequities; and authentic community engagement.