Ericka Cauthon serves as a Program Director for the Health Research Institute. With a Bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene from Texas Woman's University and a Master's in Health Promotion from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, she is a credentialed health educator and licensed clinician dedicated to guiding proactive and integrative healthcare efforts. Her diverse background includes health education, corporate insurance, community health and wellness, and clinical care. Ericka has expertise in creating and implementing strategic wellness programs for underserved populations, participating in collaborative research, and designing behavior change assessments for intervention strategies and outreach opportunities. Her previous work also includes utilizing multidisciplinary approaches to formalize and institute advanced metrics that objectively measure health care quality to improve health plans, policies, and outcomes. As a Program Director, Ericka will use her innovative and unique skill set to contribute to the Health Research Institute's mission to advance health equity in the Houston community and beyond.