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Episode #301 Faith-Based Partnerships In Public Health, With Ericka Horne, MPH

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Our guest on this episode is a public health consultant who’s passionate about faith-based partnerships. Meet Ericka Horne, a public health consultant and doctor of public health student. She shares her inspiring journey into the world of public health consulting. As the founder and CEO of Akcire Consulting, she explains how her organization assists non-profits, faith-based organizations, and underrepresented populations through program planning and evaluation, and how she utilizes her platform to prioritize self-care, education, and health. Ericka talks about her passion for faith-based partnerships, her dedication to serving her community, and why diabetes management and prevention is such an important issue to her. We also discuss the importance of community engagement and the significance of partnering with the communities we serve. To hear Ericka’s inspiring story and some helpful advice for anyone interested in working in a niche like hers, tune in today!


Meet Ericka Horne


Ericka Horne is a Doctor of Public Health student at Florida A & M University (FAMU). She holds a Master of Public Health degree and certificates in Health Education & Promotion and Epidemiology. She is the Founder and CEO of Ackire Consulting. Though she serves on several national and local boards, most of her time is spent volunteering and mentoring within her community. Ericka uses her platform to engage others in prioritizing self-care, education, and most importantly, their health. As a Certified Health Education Specialist, she spends her time providing health education to the community and through Akcire Consulting, she assists with program planning and evaluation for Non-profits, Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), and underrepresented and Caribbean populations.



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Conversation Highlights


  • An introduction to today’s guest, Ericka Horne, and her public health career.

  • How Ericka first became interested in public health.

  • The public health issue that Ericka is most passionate about: diabetes management and prevention.

  • Why it’s so important to ensure that we’re partnering with the communities we serve.

  • Ericka’s business Akcire Consulting and what it does.

  • Why she chose to focus on serving the community at churches.

  • Her role in planning and hosting events through churches.

  • Ericka’s definition of public health and how it helps her to better serve her clients.

  • How the understanding of epidemiology helps her serve her community and have a greater impact.

  • Advice for anyone interested in working in a niche like Ericka’s.


“Be authentic to your true self and be comfortable in the skin that you’re in with the work that you’re doing.” — Ericka Horne


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DrCHHuntley LLC is a public health consulting firm that specializes in epidemiology consulting, supporting large nonprofit organizations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida that serve Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We also provide nationwide public health consulting and epidemiology consulting support to BIPOC organizations across the United States.

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