Ivan C.A. Walks, MD

Ivan Walks & Associates, LLC
2 Wisconsin Circle
Suite 700
Chevy Chase, MD
USA 20815
Email: iwalks@ivanwalks.com

Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Walks is a former DC Chief Health Officer (CHO) and Director of the city‘s Department of Health (DOH). During his tenure in the District, he received from then Mayor Anthony Williams a Distinguished Public Service Award for the successful management of the agency’s $1.5 billion budget. Among his many projects since leaving government, Dr. Walks has led the delivery of technical assistance to a multi-stakeholder coalition focused on developing prevention/intervention strategies for mitigating and eliminating the causes of lead poisoning among DC’s children. In addition, he has played a significant part in bringing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the National Urban League together to collaboratively develop a health marketing campaign to curb adolescent obesity among African Americans. Currently, Dr. Walks is providing cultural sensitivity subject matter expertise on an engagement with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). On this project, Dr. Walks along with a number of IWA resources are working with the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) and Office of Communications to generate H1N1 (Swine Flu) information, materials and communications that are culturally relevant for the distinct and diverse populations across the State. A component activity of this effort is the development and delivery of Outreach Competency Skills Training to selected community health workers who will be tasked with implementing sustainable minority outreach and technical assistance within their assigned communities.