Tia Taylor-Williams smilingTia Taylor Williams, Director

Tia Taylor Williams is the Director for the Center for School, Health and Education and the Center for Public Health Policy with responsibility for leadership and administration in the implementation of programmatic and policy strategies of CSHE.

Tia has been at APHA for eight years and has managed a portfolio of projects aimed at addressing the social determinants of health to reduce health inequities. In addition to providing grant management and project oversight, Tia has authored and shepherded the development of reports, issue briefs and fact sheets including Better Health Through Equity: Case Studies in Reframing Public Health and Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Health Departments.

Tia has over 14 years of experience in public health and holds a Master of Public Health from Virginia Commonwealth University, Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Ithaca College. Tia is dedicated to promoting policies and practices designed to help all communities thrive.

Kelly NelsonKelly Nelson, Senior Program Manager

Kelly Nelson is the Senior Program Manager at the Center for School, Health and Education with responsibility for strategic planning and implementation of CSHE initiatives and programs in conjunction with the Director.


Kelly joined the CSHE in 2012 to advance population health and equity by preventing school dropout and improving graduation rates for K-12 students. Her key responsibilities include the provision of technical assistance to school based health care leaders and school staff for the integration of public health prevention strategies in schools across the country. In addition, she manages grants and evaluation activities, and has developed and co-authored reports, issue briefs and fact sheets on a range of topics including, graduation as a public health priority and removing barriers to health and educational success.


Prior to her work at APHA, Kelly promoted health for marginalized populations through various roles at the National Institutes of Health, the University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University Hospital. She received her Masters of Public Health, with a focus on community oriented primary care in vulnerable populations, at the George Washington University. Kelly is dedicated to advancing equity for vulnerable groups.