April's featured partners are the "dynamic duo" of Karin Hohman and Leslie Given. This month, they begin a series of monthly discussions called "Coalition Corner". Karin and Leslie are well-regarded for their work with comprehensive cancer control coalitions in most states as well as tribes, territories and Pacific Island Jurisdictions. Their discussions will focus on topics of interest to coalitions and others engaged in cancer control efforts.
Karin Hohman, RN, MBA, is President, co-founder and co-owner of Strategic Health Concepts. Karin has over 20 years of experience working with diverse health care and public health agencies in the public, government and private sector. She has worked extensively with these agencies at the community, state and national level on a wide array of health issues. Her work in the public health field includes strategic planning, program implementation and evaluation, coalition development and implementation, and the development and delivery of health professional training programs and materials. Through her work in Strategic Health Concepts, Karin has provided technical consultation to an extensive list of clients across the nation on issues such as comprehensive cancer control, cancer early detection programs, nutrition and physical activity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, tobacco control, access to care quality of life, survivorship and end-of-life care. In addition, Karin has a long and successful history of working with not only the majority of states across the nation, but also with all US Flag Territories and Pacific Island Jurisdictions as well as nearly all tribes that have been funded by CDC through its National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. Because of her ongoing work and collegial relationships in these areas, Karin has an extensive understanding of the issues and challenges faced by populations that have an unequal burden of disease.
Leslie Given, MPA, is Vice President and co-owner of Strategic Health Concepts. Throughout her 20 year career in public health, Leslie has provided expertise to various organizations in strategic planning, consensus building and partnership development, public and professional education and program development, growth and evaluation. Prior to joining SHC in January 2007, Leslie was a Team Lead for the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch in Atlanta, GA. She was with the CDC for eight years, working primarily in the area of comprehensive approaches to cancer prevention and control, colorectal cancer initiatives and in national partnership development. She has extensive experience with conceptualizing, implementing and evaluating cancer control programs at the local, state, national and international levels. She was instrumental in building and leading the CDC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and in establishing the CDC Colorectal Cancer Screening Demonstration Program. During her tenure at CDC, Leslie supervised program consultants who provided guidance and technical assistance to CDC grantees and contractors implementing various programs including the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Program, the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, the Colorectal Cancer Screening Demonstration Program and various other programs and projects including national partnership support, cancer survivorship, hematologic cancers, prostate cancer, skin cancer and special population-focused programs such as those focused on American Indian and Pacific Islander populations. Ms. Given’s first-hand knowledge of public health program development, implementation and evaluation gained through her work at CDC brings a unique perspective to SHC’s work.