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Nov 30
Black Alumni Connection Series – Erica Parks, CNP (MPH ’11)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Register today for our November CPH Black Alumni Connection Conversation! UGA 40-Under-40 honoree, Army veteran, and CPH alumnae Erica Parks, CNP (MPH ’11) will share her path from military service to chronic unemployment to success as founder of the non-profit Camouflage Me Not, designed to create a holistic and community approach to enhance the transition process for women and minority veterans.

Join us Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 5:00 p.m. on Zoom as Erica reflects on her own transitions, as well as her new role as CPH’s inaugural Alumni Board President.

This event will feature guest moderator Dr. Stuart Feldman, former Health Policy & Management Department Head and Professor Emeritus at UGA College of Public Health. Dr. Feldman is also the former Dean of the UGA College of Pharmacy, and a recent recipient of the inaugural College of Pharmacy William Robie, III Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award for his work championing diversity and inclusion initiatives across UGA and establishing several endowments at the University addressing health disparities and academic support.

Click here for the Zoom Meeting link. This CPH Black Alumni Connection Conversation event is part of a series, hosted by CPH’s Alumni Board, commemorating the 60th anniversary of desegregation at UGA and honoring UGA public health changemakers of color.

About our speaker: 

Erica Parks (MPH ’11) is the inaugural President of the CPH Alumni Board, charter member of Tau Omicron of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and an inaugural member of the UGA Black Alumni Leadership Council as well as a 40 Under 40 honoree. An astute leader with a wealth of knowledge, and a story filled with many trials and triumphs. She is a public health professional, vetprenuer, mentor, coach, and Founder and CEO of Camouflage Me Not and E. N. Parks, Enterprise, LLC.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Erica completed her Associate degree in Pre-nursing from Atlanta Metropolitan State College in 2001 and received her Bachelor’s in Human Service degree from Kennesaw State University in 2008, with a national certification in Nonprofit Leadership.

Erica joined the military during her senior year in high school knowing she needed money for college as a first-generation student. She served 8.5 years as a medical logistics supply specialist in Forest Park, Georgia, while working and being a full-time student. In 2003, Erica served in Bagram, Afghanistan – Operation Enduring Freedom. She has received numerous awards, such as the Army Commendation Medal and Overseas Service Bar in addition to an Honorable Discharge from the military in 2004.

After graduating from UGA in 2011, Erica found herself chronically unemployed for 38 months and life led her down a path outside of her comfort zone. She could have never imagined this devastation – facing unemployment, and the financial hardships, foreclosure, eviction, and lack of resources along the way.

In 2015, Erica decided to move to Columbia, SC, and serve as the Health Promotion Officer (HPO) for The United States Army Training Center in Fort Jackson. As the HPO, Erica was a senior staff member to the Base general facilitating their pilot public health process. Upon completion of her HPO contract, Erica came back to Atlanta, for what she thought would be three weeks, but life had a different plan. Her experiences, passion for people led her to advocacy work while creating her own life experiences through entrepreneurship.

On February 18, 2018, a gladiator was born! Erica gave birth to Camouflage Me Not (CMN), meaning: “Don’t Hide Me or Don’t Throw Me Away,” a new initiative creating social awareness to enhance women and minority veterans’ transition process holistically. CMN is working to become a 501(c)4 advocacy and lobbying nonprofit organization.

Erica is a woman vetpreneur taking action, seated at the table, challenging the community, business leaders, and government leaders to address the systemic issues hindering our veterans and their dependents from successfully transitioning into society. A gladiator for veterans, please join Erica as she shares her story!