Emily C. Taylor, MPH, DrPH Student
Emily Taylor, MPH, is nationally recognized for leading Public Health Quality Improvement (QI) collaboratives to advance health, happiness and equity.
In 2013, Taylor founded Women-Inspired Systems’ Enrichment (WISE), a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating QI rooted in equity and social justice, action-oriented knowledge and skill-building, community engagement and advanced leadership development.
Prior to founding WISE, Emily was deputy director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. During her time there, she directed the National Collaborative for Advancing the Ten Steps and other QI collaborative efforts. She also conducted myriad research studies resulting in publication, on topics such as the influence of infant formula marketing, implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, access to donor human milk in the United States, child sexual abuse survivors’ experiences with breastfeeding and organizational readiness to change.
Emily is currently pursuing her doctorate in public health leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is the same school where she earned her Master of Public Health in 2007. Her dissertation will focus on developing evaluation protocols for Public Health QI collaboratives.
Emily completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Improvement Advisor Professional Development Program in 2012, and Tamarack Institute’s “Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact” in 2013.
Her experience as a certified childbirth doula and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE), as well as her identity as a woman, feminist, sister, advocate and equity accomplice, continue to inform her work.