Amy Charnley Paulson, MPH, AE-C
CINCH Director & Instructor, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Amy Paulson has over 19 years’ experience in public health program management.  Mrs. Paulson has served as Executive Director of the Consortium for Infant and Child Health (CINCH) since 2006.  She is an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.  As the Executive Director of CINCH, she is responsible for coalition development, fundraising, grant writing and management, program development and implementation, staff supervision, and general operations.  She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Business in Health Care Administration and in Psychology, both from Appalachian State University, and a Masters of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is a certified asthma educator; volunteers for the American Lung Association; serves on the Fighting For Air Advocacy Network team for Virginia; and also is a member of the Tobacco Free Alliance of Virginia and the Virginia Asthma Coalition.

Mrs. Paulson is heavily involved as a leader in implementing healthy communities’ state and regional policy, systems, and environmental change projects through coalitions and partnerships. She helped to launch a regional campaign to address childhood obesity, including physical activity, nutrition, and breastfeeding, since 2006. She served as the lead for the Portsmouth Virginia Action Communities for Health Innovation and Environmental Change (ACHIEVE) project and the Norfolk Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) project, both funded by grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  She is interested in health promotion, behavior, and social justice as it applies to community systems and policies, particularly in under-served populations.  Mrs. Paulson has consulted and presented locally and nationally on a variety of topics related to coalition development and maintenance, community leadership building, strategic development, healthy communities, action planning, group dynamics, health policy advocacy, chronic disease, and pediatric health.