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Marla Davis-Bellamy, JD, MGA

Marla Davis-Bellamy, JD, MGA, was recruited to the Katz School of Medicine in 2010 to serve as Executive Director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. Since arriving at LKSOM, she has been instrumental in replicating the Chicago Cure Violence public health violence model in North Philadelphia. She also has a strong background in community based participatory research and government affairs.

Prior to joining Temple, she served for 5 years as the Chief of Staff for the Pennsylvania Department of Health in Harrisburg, PA, where she provided administrative oversight for the Office of the PA Secretary of Health. In this role, she was responsible for all matters pertaining to Health Policy, Legislative Affairs, Communications, Human Resources, and Health Equity.

Other administrative positions that she has held include Executive Vice President of Special Projects at Universal Companies, Directory of Community Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Executive Director of the Healthcare Management Alternatives (HMA) Foundation, Inc. and Government Relations Liaison for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Marla holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Johnson C. Smith University, a master’s degree from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctorate from the Temple University of Law.

Selected Presentations

  • Davis-Bellamy, Marla, and H Klein. Violence Reduction through Conflict Mediations: An Examination of the Cure Violence Public Health Model in Philadelphia. Presentation at the Second College of Physicians' Section on Public Health's Public Health Day Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, USA, April 2015.