Vanessa Farrell, MPH, MCHES


Ms. Vanessa Farrell is Director of Programs at KHA Inc. Ms. Farrell brings over 24 years of public health experience with deep knowledge in program planning, design, and management. Ms. Farrell was previously employed as the Territorial Director of the Communicable Diseases Division within the United States Virgin Islands Department of Health (USVI DOH). In this role, she provided grants management and oversight of all programmatic, fiscal and clinical developments for five federally funded programs. Prior to joining the USVI DOH team, she was employed as a program associate at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) – the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated to health and health care. In this role, she supported the design and development of health program strategies for national programs and managed and oversaw programs focused on children’s health and family supports. She also worked in the area of childhood obesity prevention at RWJF – advancing policy and environmental change strategies to reverse the obesity epidemic. Ms. Farrell also managed the team’s grantee learning and professional development experiences.

Before joining the RWJF team in 2005, Ms. Farrell worked with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, overseeing a social marketing campaign that promoted physical activity and nutrition. She also worked on several key public health initiatives within the department – including STD testing and screening in Philadelphia high schools. She is a graduate of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Prevention Service Program (PHPS), a three-year training and service fellowship for master’s-level public health professionals. Prior to her CDC Fellowship, she worked for seven years in Brooklyn, New York, in the area of HIV education, counseling, and training with the Caribbean Women’s Health Association, Inc., and the State University of New York – Downstate Medical Center.

Ms. Farrell received her master’s in public health degree in community health and a BA in health and nutrition sciences from Brooklyn College. She is a Master’s Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and a certified health and wellness coach. She was born in Montserrat, West Indies, and currently lives in St. Croix, USVI.