Department of Health (TDH), leading the State offices of minority health, rural health access, and faith-based and community engagement. Her role at TDH focuses on addressing health disparities for racial, ethnic, under-served and vulnerable populations and advancing health equity through meaningful collaboration and engagement. In light of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and other vulnerable communities, Dr. Lamar established the Tennessee Health Disparities Task Force. The Task Force engages stakeholders from non-profit and faith-based organizations, academia, health care providers and local and state government officials to collaboratively generate responsive solutions and policies to reduce disparities and to ensure equitable access to health care, resources and services.
At TDH, Lamar formerly served as the Deputy Director of Child Health in the Division of Family Health and Wellness. Prior to joining TDH, she was the Chief Population Health and Quality Officer at Metro Nashville General Hospital. She also served in senior leadership at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, where she led the Congregational Health Network.
Dr. Lamar earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tulane University, Master degrees in both public health and environmental health from East Tennessee State University and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.