Engaging the community to improve

children's health in Hampton Roads

Meet Our Staff

 

Amy Paulson, Director 

Mrs. Paulson has consulted and presented locally and nationally on a variety of topics related to coalition development and maintenance, community leadership building, strategic development, action planning, group dynamics, health policy advocacy, chronic disease, and pediatric health. Amy Paulson has over fifteen years experience in public health program management.  Ms. Paulson joined CINCH as a program coordinator in 2001 and assumed the role of Executive Director of CINCH in 2006.  She also serves as an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters.  As the Executive Director of CINCH, she is responsible for coalition development, fundraising, grant writing and management, program development and implementation, staff supervision, and general operations. Her background is in public safety, prevention behavior, chronic disease research and programming, and organizational psychology. She is interested in health promotion, behavior, and social justice as it applies to community systems and policies, particularly in under-served populations. 

Amy holds Bachelor's degrees in Business in Health Care Administration and in Psychology, both from Appalachian State University, and a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Email: PaulsoAC@EVMS.EDU 

 

 

Laurie McManama, Project Associate

Mrs. McManama joined CINCH in 2007 and has provides administrative support for CINCH and the Division of Pediatrics Staff.  She enjoys working with CINCH members and being a part of an organization that is helping children become healthy in Hampton Roads. Laurie also supports the EVMS/CHKD Summer Scholars Program, which has provided over 300 students from 65 universities in 25 states with scholarly projects.

Laurie holds an Associates Degree in Medical Administration from Tidewater Technical College. 

Email: McmanaLA@EVMS.EDU 

 

Amanda Clarke, Research Assistant 

Amanda Clarke has worked in the community health sector for over 3 years.  She joined CINCH as a coalition member and has been with Eastern Virginia Medical School since 2014.  Amanda most recently completed the UCLA Healthy-by-Default REACH Project, where she worked as the Assessment and Outreach Coordinator.  This project focused primarily on increasing physical activity and improving nutrition within minority churches and organizations in the City of Norfolk.  Prior to joining EVMS, Amanda worked on several projects with the Department of Health Evidence and Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  These projects included Project HEED (Help Educate to Eliminate Diabetes) and the Communities IMPACT (Inspired and Motivated to Prevent And ConTrol) Diabetes Center, where she worked on several initiatives. 

Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Norfolk State University. 

Email: ClarkeAW@EVMS.EDU 

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