Ava Holt

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Highly competent, systematic, and goal-driven professional with proven leadership skills in operations management, process improvement, program development, research and analysis. Known as a proactive executive with keen attention to detail and well-defined communication, problem-solving, analytical, organizational, and leadership skills. Keynoted for the ability to interact with all levels of management, establish rapport, and deliver successful strategies while exceeding objectives and expectations.


DrPH. Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, 2016
M.S. Environmental Health, East Tennessee State University, 1996
B.S. Biology, East Tennessee State University, 1991

Research Interests

Health equity and environmental justice in climate change adaptation and intervention planning, assessment of changes in infectious disease epidemiology due to climate variation, examination of potential cancer risks and climate hazards

Research Activities

Sea level rise and environmental justice, health impacts on vulnerable populations

Selected Presentations

Holt, A. 2015. Examining breast cancer screening and health care insurance coverage for women in Florida using 2013 behavioral risk factor surveillance system (BRFSS) data. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Holt, A. 2013. Florida youth survey trends. Summer Academy for District Physical Education and Health Education Leaders, Orlando, FL.

Holt, A. 2013. Safety and mental health: Florida youth survey trends. Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership, Tallahassee, FL.

Holt, A. 2013. Safety and mental health: Florida youth survey trends. School Health and Education Interagency Collaborative, Tallahassee, FL.

Professional Experience

Cancer evaluator/surveillance manager, Florida Department of Health
Florida youth survey coordinator, Florida Department of Health
President/chief executive officer, HNH Technologies, Inc.
Project manager, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
Environmental Specialist II and III, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Professional Organizations

American Evaluation Association (AEA) 2015–Present
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) 2015–Present
American Public Health Association (APHA) 2012–Present
Project Management Institute (PMI) 2007–Present