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Barbara Locke

Barbara Locke, MSA

Chief Operating Officer/Executive DirectorCOO, Benjamin Crump Social Justice Institute

Executive Director, Aperion Global Institute

Public health expert dedicated to addressing health disparities and inequities, with an emphasis on African Americans.

Led team that created Detroit’s first Community Health Profile and Strategic Health Plan of Action to address health disparities

Secured more than $15 million is grants through government agencies and foundations at the federal, state, and local level to support various initiatives


Speaker Profile:

Barbara J. Locke, MSA, has spent over 20 years in public health policy, planning, research, and grants management progressing from a managing member of a public health consortium, to the deputy director of a nationally recognized human service agency, to her current role as the Chief Operating Officer of Benjamin Crump Social Justice Institute (BCSJI). She also services as the Executive Director of Aperion Global Institute (AGI). Her work with BCSJI/AGI has allowed her to apply this expertise to impact some of society’s most challenging global social concerns.

Barbara served as the Detroit Project Director of the Congressional Black Caucus HIV Crisis Response Team Initiative; created to address the disproportionate HIV/AIDS crisis in minority populations. Findings provided critical information on the changing local epidemic; a message she carried to federal, state and local officials that led to the creation of program and policy changes and infrastructure redeployment targeting social and environmental conditions. It also allowed for the release of millions in direct funding targeting minority organizations to better respond to the epidemic.

Barbara is a graduate of the Michigan Public Health Leadership Institute and has a MSA in Public Health Administration from Central Michigan University and a BS in Social Sciences from Michigan State University. Her mission is to develop and promote strategies to impact those socioeconomic conditions that have created disparities and inequities within underserved communities.

 Common Keynote Themes:

When Public Health

is Out of Balance

The Role of the Community-Based Organization on Getting to Zero Parity, Inclusion and Representation: Why Are We Still Fighting for a Seat at the Table?
The impact of Health Disparities and Inequities in the African American Community on all walks of life and how to bring things back into balance How Community-Based Organizations play a key role in ending the AIDS epidemic After over 25 years of the HIV epidemic, have we gone back to the days of leaving the target population out of the planning process.
Ideal For: Public Health and Policy Officials, Legislators, Civic Organizations, Community Organizers