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Megan Latshaw, MHS PhD

Director, Environmental Health Programs, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Inc.

Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

As the Environmental Health Director at the Association of Public Health Laboratories, Dr. Latshaw works to strengthen environmental and public health laboratories. Her team focuses on building a national biomonitoring system, testing for agents of chemical terrorism, and the development of a home base for environmental laboratories.

 

After returning from a six-month sabbatical in Central America, Dr. Latshaw was named one of 107 Regional Finalists for the White House Fellows Program. Prior to that, she served as the Senior Director for Environmental Health Policy at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. While there Dr. Latshaw led the establishment of the State Environmental Health Directors group.

 

Her doctorate is in Environmental and Occupational Health from the Johns Hopkins University, where she continues to serve as a Faculty Associate. Additionally, she holds a Masters in Environmental Health Sciences, a Certificate in Risk Sciences and Public Policy, and a Bachelors in Biology from the same University. Her dissertation results, which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and covered in major news venues, demonstrated that higher blood mercury levels were not consistently associated with poorer performance on tests of cognitive function.

 

Leadership Development Opportunities

Through the EPHLI program, Dr. Latshaw learned the importance of being part of a learning organization and how to create one. Always a fan of complexity theory, she learned how to apply it in the field of environmental health through systems thinking. The coaching process helped Dr. Latshaw better understand the importance of others’ perceptions and how they relate to her own personal motives. The conflict management webinar seemed to have some of the most immediate practical implications on her life: both personal and professional. Following the paper-scraper exercise, Dr. Latshaw will be more aware of the importance of balancing teams with different personality types. She is grateful to CDC, the instructors and her class-mates for an insightful experience.