Betty S. Foh
Betty S. Foh founded Project Genes1s in May 2019. Project Gene1s is an organization dedicated to empowering humanitarians of African descent with a platform to develop sustainable projects that improve the quality of life for Africans. Her sincere interest for global health equity was ignited in 2007 when she returned home to Sierra Leone and was faced with an enormous amount of pain and suffering as a result of civil unrest. She witnessed first-hand a healthcare system crisis stricken with diseases and poverty. Basic necessity such as clean water, nutritious foods and medical care that we take for granted in the USA were far from accessible in Sierra Leone. Although this was not her first visit to Sierra Leone, it was the first time she was faced with the reality of these disparities and was challenged to find a solution.
In the summer of 2011, she advanced her commitment to global health and the advancement of Africans by studying in Livingstone, Zambia and volunteered at local clinics and villages. At East Carolina University, she was involved with several organizations and served as a research assistant in the Biology and Psychology department. She was the President of the African Student Organization and spearheaded projects such as Hope for Haiti, Cultural Explosion and Africa Night. This squarely sealed her fate of wanting to pursue a career in global/public health.
Betty currently serves as the Quality Improvement and Accreditation Program Manager at Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) and is an active member of the Executive Management Team. She is Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), passionate about continuous quality improvement and sustainable development for both global and rural citizens. She is currently enrolled in the North Carolina Public Health Association Emerging Leader Program. Betty received a Master’s in Public Health Leadership, with a Global Health and Maternal Child Health concentration, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Education with a Health Studies concentration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Biology minor from East Carolina University. She also volunteers as a Public Health Accreditation Board Site Visitor and serves as a Mentor Coordinator and Summit Fundraiser Liaison for EmpowerHERment organization. She is also a recurring featured guest on the 1st Gens podcast.