New Podcast Episode Explores the Integration of Behavioral Health Providers in Public Health

September 7, 2023

In the latest episode of Disruptors at Work: and Integrated Care Podcast hosts Dr. U. Grant Baldwin, Jr., DBH, Director of the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) program at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI), and Dr. Larry Ford, DBH, Member of the CGI Board of Directors, lead an insightful discussion with Dr. Charla Burns, epidemiologist and member of the CGI Advisory Council. This podcast episode explores the challenges of public health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, discusses the role of integrated care and behavioral health providers and how Doctors of Behavioral Health support public health efforts. Tune in to learn how integrated behavioral healthcare providers can best support public health efforts.

Thank you to our subject matter expert:

  • Dr. Charla N. Burns, M.D.

Listen to the episode below.


About the Panelists:

Dr. Charla N. Burns, M.D.

Charla N. Burns, M.D., has more than two decades of excellence dedicated to improving public health. Dr. Burns has earned distinction as an epidemiologist, and the multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) team lead for the Texas Department of State Health Services. Since 2022, she has focused her efforts on planning, developing, and implementing field research studies on COVID-19 within the emerging and acute infectious disease unit at the State Department. Before her current role, Dr. Burns was employed at the CDC Foundation as an epidemiologist to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Burns earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry/pre-medicine in 2000 from Louisiana State University and A&M College to prepare for her medical career. In 2006, she attained a Doctor of Medicine from the UTMB John Sealy School of Medicine, followed by internal medicine residency training at Tulane University Medical Center and its affiliated clinics and hospitals. Well-qualified in her field, she has extensive experience in public speaking on health-related topics at medical conferences and community events.

Dr. Burns’ professional accomplishments include the LSU Greek Excellence Award, West Monroe High School Distinguished Alumni Award, Ouachita Parish School Board Certificate of Excellence, Young Conqueror under Forty Female of the Year, and recognition as “One Million Women in STEM.” She is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an organization where she has proudly served for the past 25 years. Dedicated to civil advocacy, Dr. Burns serves as the treasurer of the board of directors for SHE VOTES, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that supports young women in becoming registered voters. She also lends her expertise as an Advisory Council member to the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies.