Erica Barrett


Erica Barrett has managed diverse operations and communications projects for businesses and health-related organizations, both in-house and as a consultant, for more than 20 years. Projects have frequently involved the development of new programs, websites, and educational materials or have focused on improving processes.

Most recently, Erica has been involved with the development of websites for The Patterson Foundation. Also, for four years, Erica was a TPF initiative consultant for the Sarasota County Health Safety Net System of Care Collaboration, formed between the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, the Community Health Centers of Sarasota County, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, and the Friendship Centers.

Previously, as part of her special interest in health care and public health, Erica worked for several years with the Healthy Communities Program in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She supported the CDC's endeavors and related work by national partners — including the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Society for Public Health Education — to promote community interventions that reduce health risk factors and support health equity. Her projects included developing action guides to assist funded communities in implementing policy, systems, and environmental change strategies.

In addition to her business background, Erica gained clinical healthcare experience early on as an occupational therapist in skilled nursing facilities, physicians' offices, and hospitals. She provided hands-on rehabilitation therapy and education to patients with a wide variety of medical conditions to help them meet their goals for improving functional performance during activities of daily living.

Erica earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Florida, a master's degree in business administration from Emory University, and a master's degree in occupational therapy from Texas Woman's University.

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