As a Program Manager with CommonHealth ACTION (CHA), Mark provides leadership, support, and subject matter expertise across the organization’s portfolio. He is a key team member in the delivery of technical assistance to community-based organizations, local governments, and other groups; and contributes to the expansion of CommonHealth ACTION’s communications strategy, among other organizational development tasks including program development and proposal writing.
He has worked extensively to develop unique learning experiences and provide group facilitation for communities and organizations to address their work using a health equity lens. Mr. Cervero helped lead CommonHealth ACTION’s curriculum development for the Texas Department of State Health Services funded through their Community Transformation Grant. The curriculum, delivered to 18 contractors serving 30 counties across the state, will build the capacity of contractors to address health disparities and disproportionalities in their communities and implement evidence-based interventions among populations with chronic disease risk factors.
As a part of the technical assistance portfolio, Mark works closely with the Place Matters initiative. He assists multi-sectoral teams in jurisdictions across the country frame their work through the lens of health equity and build strategies and policy priorities to achieve change. Mark also works closely with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services to operationalize an equity initiative throughout the department. Past work and projects include the development of a learning curriculum in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, which aims to inform policymakers throughout the Governor’s cabinet on how the decisions they make affect health; development and implementation of health equity workshops and webinars for the YMCA’s Pioneering Healthy Communities cohorts; and assisting in the creation of two concept papers.
Before his work in Washington, Mr. Cervero completed a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In graduate school, he conducted research on state-level policy differences in organ donation guidelines, with a focus on the stark disparities in the receipt of transplants by people of color. He also collaborated on a project using clinical data and mapping techniques to observe the racial and geographic disparity in the distribution of HIV/AIDS in Birmingham. Mr. Cervero is a Certified Public Health professional (CPH) and a graduate of the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he received his degree in Quantitative Policy Analysis (MPH). His coursework at UAB included Public Health Policy, Health Economics, Health Disparities, Modeling & Simulation, and Empirical Methods for Health Research. As the public health field increasingly recognizes the need to apply an equity lens across all aspects of its work, it is crucial to think about how doing so can become the standard within an organization or a community. Policies, practices, procedures, and perspective transformation are tools available to organizations and communities to create an equitable environment that provides all people with the opportunity to achieve optimal health. Mark Cervero’s work strives to help organizations and communities understand and achieve this type of change.