Karon Phillips, PhD, MPH

Older Adult Regional Resident Services Manager, Community Preservation & Development Cooperation

Karon L. Phillips, PhD, MPH, is the Older Adult Regional Resident Services Manager at the Community Preservation and Development Cooperation (CPDC). In this role, she serves in a leadership capacity for CPDC’s Aging in Place initiative by a conducting and coordinating a variety of coalition building and programmatic activities to promote healthy aging across several low-income communities for seniors. She is also serving as an adjunct professor for both the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Concordia University-Nebraska. 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 Scott & White Healthcare 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. The work she completed for her dissertation examined multiple indicators related to cultural competence, including predictors of having a provider of the same race/ethnicity, client perceptions of the cultural competence of their health care providers, and overall satisfaction with care reported by African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American and Non-Hispanic White adults ages 50 to 99.