Health Equity Grant Branch (proposed)
Ms. April Bankston is the branch chief of the Health Equity Grant Branch (proposed) within the Division of Program and Partnership Services of the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. She is actively engaged in the agency’s efforts in advancing programs focused on diverse populations and advancing heath equity initiatives. Most recently she has been serving as a technical assistance liaison for the Agency’s Health Equity and Science and Intervention Strategy—CORE and is a current member of the Health Equity Leadership Network supported through CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. For several years, she has been the lead manager of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) initiative, and served as the agency’s first deputy for the newly created Chief Health Equity Office for CDC’s COVID-19 response.
Ms. Bankston has been with CDC for the past 25 years. She began her public health career as a disease intervention specialist assigned to various states and local health departments and transitioned to headquarters as a public health advisor. For the last several years, Ms. Bankston has served as a Senior Public Health Advisor, supporting senior leadership within the Program Development and Evaluation Branch within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s (NCCDPHP’s) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. She was responsible for developing key guidelines, protocols, and procedures that enhance the foundation of the branch to execute priority community health initiatives. As a team lead, she managed staff who provide program oversight to funded awardees representing public, private, non-governmental, academia, and state and local governments. Before joining NCCDPHP, Ms. Bankston served as a team lead within the Prevention Program Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS in the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. There she was instrumental in the development of one of the first funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) addressing the national HIV/AIDS strategy. She served on CDC’s agency-wide teams responsible for developing the following guidelines: HIV Testing in Clinical Settings; Revised Partner Services Guidelines; and CDC Grants Optimization/FOA Guidelines.
Ms. Bankston is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and a graduate of Spelman College.