Felicia Solomon Tharpe, MPH

Felicia Tharpe, MPH

Felicia Solomon Tharpe, MPH is a Lead Public Health Advisor in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC). She has worked in cancer prevention and control at the federal level for more than 20 years, applying expertise in health education, partnership, training, and capacity building to support public health program implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions (EBIs).

Mrs. Tharpe serves on the management team in the Program Services Branch, where she contributes to strategic planning for division and branch priorities. She supervises the project officers who monitor and provide technical assistance to award recipients of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and the Colorectal Cancer Control Program. She also develops program trainings, tools, and other resources to support program implementation.

Prior to joining CDC in 2009, Mrs. Tharpe worked in the Office of Communications and Education at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for almost 10 years. At NCI, she developed and evaluated models for disseminating EBIs; managed partnership initiatives to enhance dissemination and adoption of EBIs; developed training and education materials on topics across the cancer continuum for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and health professionals; developed and conducted trainings to support dissemination of clinical trials education materials; and coordinated evaluation capacity-building activities for staff.

Mrs. Tharpe has authored or coauthored a number of articles, including foundational work establishing beauty salons as viable health promotion settings and methods to improve Spanish-language materials. She earned her MPH in health education and behavior with a minor in epidemiology from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and her Certificate in Evaluation Practice from The Evaluators’ Institute, now housed at Claremont Graduate University. Mrs. Tharpe completed Project Imhotep (now Lewis Scholars’ Imhotep Project) in 1996 and the Public Health Sciences Institute Fellowship Program in 1997; both programs are funded by CDC to increase the representation of minority students at the agency and in public health.

Selected publications Mrs. Tharpe has authored or co-authored include—