Dr. Karon Phillips is a public health gerontologist working in the Washington, D.C. area, as the Manager of the engAGED National Resource Center to Promote the Engagement of Older Adults and as a community engagement consultant. She is also serves as an adjunct professor for both the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and the University of Maryland University College. Dr. Phillips has significant experience conducting and coordinating a variety of coalition building and programmatic activities to promote healthy aging. In addition, she has extensive training in community-based interventions and developing community-based partnerships. Along with facilitating the addition of new programs and services, she has developed and led numerous research projects and multi-site needs assessments in several communities that serve older adults.
Dr. Phillips’ Health and Aging Policy Fellowship placement in 2011-2012 was split between Senator Sherrod Brown’s office and AARP. In Senator Brown’s office, she researched public health funding in Ohio. While at AARP, she examined preventative screening guidelines for adults age 50 and older and reviewed nursing home utilization trends among racial/ethnic minority older adults. Before the fellowship, she served as a postdoctoral research fellow at Baylor Scott & White in Temple, TX, where she received the National Institute of Health-Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program Award. Dr. Phillips completed her Master of Public Health (Health Policy and Management concentration) and her PhD in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida.