Susan Triggs works in the Division of Multicultural Health and Community Engagement as the Health Equity Specialist. Karen Reed is her manager.
In this role, she works with people across the Commonwealth of Virginia, health districts, organizations and communities, to teach and encourage the use of community-based participatory approaches (CBPA). Her goal is to help community stakeholders break down barriers that prevent collaboration across sectors and provide tools for engaging residents and all stakeholders concerned with the overall health and well being of any given community.
Susan manages the statewide Community Health Ambassador Program (CHAP). She has also worked as the lead developer of the community engagement component of the VDH Environmental Health Equity Project. Also, as an appointed member of several advisory councils, she has many opportunities to discuss social determinants of health specific to communities and to support development of solutions that help reverse negative health outcomes. Susan believes it is important to dig beneath the data to determine what it is in the context in which people live, work, and play that motivates them to make their health behavior choices. Susan Triggs is available to provide technical assistance and to make presentations in communities across Virginia to help build foundations for collaborative efforts that work for everyone involved.