Leah Roman, MPH, MCHES
Owner, Roman Public Health Consulting LLC
After spending a decade in public health, Leah Roman launched RPH Consulting in 2013 to provide clients with tailored services in key areas such as strategic planning, health communication, program implementation/evaluation, project management, and health education. One way she fuels her passion for this work is writing. From 2010-2015, she wrote an innovative blog called Pop Health. The blog examined the intersection of public health and pop culture and communicated those findings to a broad audience. Pop Health was named one of the Top 25 Public Health Blogs of 2012 by MPHOnline. Leah also serves as Editor at Large for The Scientific Parent, a blog that provides judgement-free, science-based information for parents on topics from infant feeding to childhood injury prevention.
Having worked in both practice and research-based settings, Leah brings a broad skill set to her clients. She has had the privilege of designing, delivering, and evaluating health education in a variety of community settings. For example, as the Coordinator of Wellness Programs for Babson College (Wellesley, MA), she developed and evaluated a comprehensive data-driven health promotion program for college students.
In addition, she has experience leading federally funded projects and services. At the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (housed at the Education Development Center, Inc. in Waltham, MA), Leah managed the delivery of training and technical assistance to a portfolio of colleges and universities. These communities had received suicide prevention grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act.
Prior to launching RPH, Leah managed the day-to-day operations of a $1 million research and development grant awarded to the Drexel University School of Public Health by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The goal of the project was to develop and test the architecture for a non-fatal injury surveillance system for the US fire service. A key element of the grant’s success was the effective branding of the project (called Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends). This process and its implications for health communication inspired Leah and colleagues to write a commentary which was published by the journal Injury Prevention in February 2013.
Leah’s writing has also been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has been an invited guest writer for The Public’s Health. The Public’s Health is the Nation’s only blog/column in a major U.S. newspaper dedicated solely to public health issues. In addition, she has published commentary there in response to media coverage of public health problems.
Leah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego and a Master of Public Health degree (concentrating in Social and Behavioral Science) from Boston University. Since October 2005, she has held the designation as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Leah became a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) in April 2011 and is a member of the inaugural class of credential holders. These credentials are maintained through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. In 2016 Leah became a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), a certification maintained through Safe Kids Worldwide.